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PODCAST HOSTED BY NMC'S PRESIDENT AND CEO TO FEATURE GUESTS WHO ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE GLOBAL MUSIC ECOSYSTEM IN INSPIRING WAYS
(June 6, 2022— Calgary, AB) The National Music Centre (NMC) is unveiling NMC Amplifier, an interview-style podcast that features some of the most inspiring leaders in Canada and around the world who are making the world better through music. The podcast launches on June 7 at amplify.nmc.ca, and on all your favourite streaming platforms, in both video and audio-only formats.
Hosted by Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of the National Music Centre, NMC Amplifier seeks to move the needle forward on issues in music through shared ideas. It touches on topics such as community building, advocacy, storytelling, placemaking, economic, social and environmental development, education and music’s capacity to heal and bring people closer together. Guests include artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, music therapists, authors, and healers – music champions who are in the spotlight or working behind the scenes. Among them are technology entrepreneur and musician Dan Mangan, CEO of Native Communications Incorporated (NCI-FM) David McLeod, multi-award-winning Quebec singer-songwriter Louis-Jean Cormier, and music therapist and author Jennifer Buchanan.
“The purpose of this podcast is to amplify the stories of leaders who have done and continue to do inspiring things through music in Canada and around the world, whether it’s in front of or behind the microphone,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO, NMC. “I’ve always been interested in seeking out other like-minded people who believe that music can make the world a better place and hope to spark or continue some important conversations through this podcast.”
To listen to NMC Amplifier, visit amplify.nmc.ca or find episodes on iHeartRadio, YouTube, Vimeo, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast platforms. The premiere episode will be out on June 7 and stay tuned for new episodes unveiled regularly.
Below is a summary of the first four episodes:
Episode 1: “Dan Mangan on Decentralizing the Music Industry”, release date June 7
Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO Award-winning and two-time Polaris Music Prize nominated musician and songwriter. In 2017, he co-founded Side Door, a community marketplace platform matching performers with spaces to create shows anywhere, including interactive ticketed online shows. In the premiere episode of NMC Amplifier, he discusses the start-up and how it is helping artists find alternative venue spaces and democratizing concert bookings in the process.
Episode 2: “David McLeod on Sharing Culture Through Songs”, release date June 21
David McLeod (Ojibway/Métis) is the General Manager of Native Communications Incorporated (NCI) and the Co-Chair of NMC's Indigenous Advisory Committee. In episode 3 of NMC Amplifier, he discusses the work being done through the committee, as well as 25 years of collecting Indigenous music, the resilience of Indigenous culture, and learning stories through songs.
Episode 3: “Louis-Jean Cormier on Being Francophone in Canada”, release date July 5
Multi-award-winning Quebec singer-songwriter Louis-Jean discusses the nuances of being a Francophone artist in Canada, the value of National Music Centre, how his songwriting was inspired by the passing of his father, and his former band, Karkwa.
Episode 4: “Jennifer Buchanan on Using Music to Heal”, release date July 19
Renowned music therapist and author Jennifer Buchanan discusses how she discovered the practice of music therapy, its power to heal, and her books Wellness Incorporated: The Health Entrepreneur's Handbook, and Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist.
About National Music Centre | Centre National de Musique
The National Music Centre (NMC) has a mission to amplify the love, sharing, and understanding of music and is preserving and celebrating Canada’s music story inside its home at Studio Bell in the heart of the East Village in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 territory. NMC is the home to four Canadian music halls of fame, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Quebec’s ADISQ Hall of Fame. Featuring musical instruments, artifacts, recording equipment, and memorabilia, the NMC Collection spans over 450 years of music history and innovation. A registered charity with programs that include exhibitions, artist development, performance, and education, NMC is inspiring a new generation of music lovers. For more information about NMC’s onsite activities, please visit studiobell.ca. To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit amplify.nmc.ca.
Julijana Capone, Senior Publicist
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