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Celebrate by the numbers: Five-year anniversary of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell and the National Music Centre celebrate five years honouring Canadian music.
July is the perfect time to visit Studio Bell at the National Music Centre. Photo submitted.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC), opened on July 1, 2016 in Calgary. Since then, NMC has welcomed visitors from around the world and supported artists through all stages of their careers. To mark the achievements of the NMC and its impact on musicians, the public and students in the Calgary area, let's take a look at a few highlights, by the numbers.

Visits - The NMC has welcomed some 530,000 visitors since opening, including hosting 48,000 students through education programs.

Exhibits - Twenty-two exhibit spaces showcase just some of the 5,800 items the NMC has collected over five years. Whether at the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame or at numerous exhibits, visitors can learn about Canadian music from origins to today's hottest artists.

Artists - Some 330 artists have been able to grow their careers at NMC, through performance and recording, logging 2,250 hours of recording time to date.

Through the Calgary Stampede, to July 18, the NMC offers free admission. There's also free entry every weekend through July, and half-off memberships all month long too. See for details.