Calgary named permanent home of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
CALGARY – Calgary is the new permanent home of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
It will be hosted at the National Music Center, which issued a statement announcing that its collection of Canadian country artifacts – which includes everything from Ian Tyson’s saddle and string to an old guitar used by Anne Murray – will be on display in permanence.
Amy Jeniga, president of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), said Calgary was a perfect choice for an institution that celebrates country music.
“Alberta has been an incredible partner for the CCMA, hosting the CCMA Awards 15 times since 1977, and we couldn’t imagine a better location for our growing collection than the National Music Center,” said Jeniga. “We are looking forward to being able to visit soon.
The Hall of Fame contains over 1,270 artifacts, representing over 150 artists, including instruments as well as memorabilia (photographs and awards), in addition to items such as Stompin ‘Tom Connors’ skateboard and a red strapless evening dress worn by Shania Twain during the 2018 CCMA Awards.
“There is no better home for the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame than Calgary, a city in the Province of Alberta with a tremendous history, heritage and appreciation for country music, and close ties to the country music industry, ”said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC.
“Since 2009, the National Music Center has worked with the Canadian Country Music Association to present Hall of Fame items at Studio Bell,” added Mosker. ‘are delighted to be responsible for taking care of her at all times as her official home. Through exhibitions, collections and on-site programs, we look forward to celebrating the legacy of Canada’s national icons for many years to come.
The music center plans to add a dedicated gallery to the hall, but for now visitors can view items from the collection in the Homegrown Country exhibit, which is on display until 2022.
The Hall of Fame was previously based in Merritt, BC
Entrance to the NMC is free through ATB on weekends until the end of 2021.