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September 2019

Alberta Spotlight: Beach Season

September 20 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $15

Catch duo Beach Season as they showcase their blend of R&B and electronic pop at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre. The Calgary-based pair have crafted a unique sound around retro synthesizers, drum machine samples and sugary pop, cultivating a fanbase through their distinctive sound. Beach Season's latest EP, Time & Place, was released in December 2018.  

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Gryphon Trio

September 28 @ 6:30 pm

The Gryphon Trio will display why they are considered one of the world's preeminent piano trios in this concert at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre. Known for their dynamic repertoire which ranges from traditional to contemporary, the Gryphon Trio are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. The concert will consist of two programs, fully exploring the trio's devotion to the tradition and expansion of the classical canon.  

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October 2019

Cancer 101: Cancer in Young People

October 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free admission, registration encouraged

The Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute is hosting the second event in its public lecture series on October 4 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Dr. Jennifer Chan, deputy director of the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, will chair a series of talks concerning cancers that affect young people, including trends in incidence and prevention efforts (Dr. Miranda Fidler-Benaoudia), models used to study sarcoma and identify new treatment options (Dr. Michael Monument) and psychosocial issues facing young people with…

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NMC AiR Workshop: Hermitess

October 6 @ 1:00 pm
Included with admission

Hermitess is the indie-folk pseudonym of Calgarian musician and artist Jennifer Crighton. She'll be in residence at National Music Centre to record an EP of new songs with engineer Elisa Pangsaeng and local musicians. Both Crighton and Pangsaeng will conduct an artist workshop on October 6. Photograph by Mike Tan.

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Jimmy Rankin

October 11 @ 8:00 pm
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Legendary Canadian songwriter and musician Jimmy Rankin will bring his signature Cape Breton sound to Calgary as part of his "Songs from Route 19" tour. Rankin will showcase his maritime storytelling across the country, performing songs from throughout his extensive catalogue along with cuts from his latest album, Moving East. Be sure to catch Rankin as he brings his East Coast sound to the prairies for two nights at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Photograph courtesy of…

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Alberta Spotlight: Calvin Love

October 18 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $15

Lo-fi pop romantic Calvin Love will put his distinct strain of retro-futurism on full display as he performs as part of the Alberta Spotlight series at the National Music Centre. Through drum machines and synthesizers, the Edmonton-based artist has created a signature sound which juxtaposes space age tinges against a backdrop of familiarity. Love's latest LP Highway Dancer was released in October 2018, followed by a five-song EP of acoustic renditions titled Highway Dancer Acoustic released in July 2019.  

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Dinner in the Dark Fundraising Gala

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Non-profit organization Light Up the World (LUTW) is focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives and implements projects in communities that don’t have access to electricity. You can help support them with this unique fundraiser where guests will enjoy dinner (with the lights out!) served by Hotel Arts, live music, silent auctions and more. Tickets are $125 per person or $800 for a table of eight with tax receipts of $75 and $400, respectively.  

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November 2019

NMC AiR Workshop: Shopé

November 2 @ 1:00 pm
Included with admission

Toronto rapper Shopé is coming to NMC hot on the heels of his CBC Searchlight win for the song "Come Wid It" (below). Shopé beat out over 2,000 contenders for the prize and will be using his time in residence to record a crop of new material. Attend his public workshop to introduce yourself to an artist on the rise. Photograph courtesy of National Music Centre.

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NMC AiR Workshop: Too Attached

November 9 @ 1:00 pm
Included with admission

Too Attached is the collaborative synth-pop project of siblings Vivek Shraya (Avenue Top 40 Under 40 2018) and Shamik Bilgi. Though they make music together, the two live in different cities and will be using their time in residence at National Music Centre to work collaboratively face to face. They will share their creative process during this public workshop on November 9. Photograph courtesy of National Music Centre.

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Alberta Electronic Music Conference

November 13 - November 17
Prices vary

The Alberta Electronic Music Conference (AEMCON) returns to Studio Bell for its fourth annual gathering of artists, industry members and experts. Musicians will enjoy panels, workshops and presentations by some of the biggest gear brands in the game. If you're not an electronic musician, you can still partake in the fun by attending live performances and parties. Photograph by Brette Culp.

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Alberta Spotlight: Copperhead

November 22 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $15

Calgary's own Copperhead are set to bring their genre-bending ambient sound to the National Music Centre as part of the Alberta Spotlight series. Swaying in and out of a flurry of genres through a variety of influences, Copperhead defines their approach as "folk music for the 21st century," creating atmospheric soundscapes beneath soulful vocals. Copperhead's latest album, Touch, was released in August 2018.      

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December 2019

Alberta Spotlight: Mariel Buckley

December 12 @ 7:00 pm
$10 – $15

Calgary singer-songwriter Mariel Buckley will take the stage for a special performance at Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre. Buckley's brand of contemporary country calls to mind the classic era of the genre, with the singer's masterful songwriting ability shining through the modern country norm with an authentic roots approach. Catch Buckley at the Studio Bell Performance Hall as part of the Alberta Spotlight series.  

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