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Homegrown Country: Celebrating Canadian Country Music

Coast to coast, the country music scene in Canada is an impressive mix of musical origins, with roots in European folk music, French-Canadian influences, and American 'cowboy' culture. 

To commemorate the Canadian Country Music Awards' return to Calgary, NMC is launch a six-month special exhibition at Studio Bell. Profiling some of Canada's biggest country artists, industry builders, and new faces, this exhibitions celebrates the diverse voices of Canadian country music.

The exhibition features audio, images, a digital tribute to Canada’s own Country Music News publication that ran for over 30 years, and artifacts from the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Collection. Highlights include Hank Snow’s “Nudie Suit,” Wilf Carter’s cowboy boots and saddle, and other fun performance outfits from Shania Twain, Lucille Starr, k.d. lang, and Gordie Tapp. The exhibit will also feature a selection of instruments from artists like Paul Brandt, Dick Damron, and Colleen Peterson.

Visitors will learn about the history of Canada’s country music scene while dancing inside an immersive “barn dance” experience featuring a full-sized barn and video performances from Calgary musicians The Polyjesters and Terra Hazelton. Guests of all ages can also try their hand at crafting a country song or decorating an outfit for the stage.