OPEN-AIR MUSIC SERIES TO FEATURE FOUR WEEKS OF SUN-SOAKED PERFORMANCES IN EAST VILLAGE
(Calgary, AB — July 23, 2021) From August 8-29, the National Music Centre (NMC) will present a live afternoon concert series, featuring an assortment of musical genres every Sunday afternoon in East Village’s C-Square.
The annual summer series, which has been on hiatus since 2019, returns with a lively roster of rhythms, from dueling pianos and lyrical instrumental music to classic country and folk-pop jams.
“We’re so excited to bring this series back and fill the East Village with the sounds of live music again,” said Adam Fox, NMC’s Director of Programs. “We’ll be showcasing artists from the local Alberta community and injecting some good summertime vibes back into C-Square.”
These free, family-friendly performances run each Sunday (weather permitting) from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, August 8-29, at the corner of 7 Avenue and 4 Street SE in East Village.
This year’s Sundays in C-Square performers are:
August 8: Dueling Piano Kings
August 15: Violinist/fiddler Jeremy Gignoux
August 22: Country artist D’Orjay the Singing Shaman
August 29: Folk-pop songwriter Amelie Patterson
Dueling Piano Kings is a highly interactive all-request piano show “where your requests rule”. The duo was crowned “Entertainers of the Year” for the entire country at the Canadian Event Industry Awards in March 2019 and they were the first winners ever of the 2017 Calgary Event Award for “Best Entertainer”! These two piano players have decades of piano-playing experience, and can play any song you want to hear, from classic rock, retro, to the latest Top 40 music. No performances are ever the same!
Jeremy Gignoux oscillates between calling himself a violinist and a fiddler. His main project, the Acoustic Ensemble, plays lyrical instrumental music that defies genre classification, stretching from Parisian Swing to folk experiments. The Ensemble will perform as a trio with Keith Rodger on upright bass and tenor banjo and Nathan M. Godfrey on resonator guitar and banjolin.
D’orjay The Singing Shaman’s style of country music continues to evolve, honouring the classic country music she grew up on living in rural Alberta while also colouring outside the lines of what current mainstream country music has to offer. As a Black Queer woman, D'orjay is passionate, vocal, and committed to bringing diversity, and inclusiveness to country music.
Amelie Patterson is a pop music workhorse with hooks to spare. She has performed alongside Sarah Harmer, Matt Anderson, and Serena Ryder, and has played at festivals including the Calgary Folk Festival, BlockHeater 2020, and Stampede City Sessions. A songwriting tour de force, she has drawn heavy comparisons to indie-folk contemporaries including Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards, Begonia, and Feist.
After taking in a free concert, wander over to Studio Bell to take advantage of free admission, courtesy of ATB. Enjoy a musical afternoon with new and updated exhibitions, including a stop at the Speak Up! gallery that honours 15 Indigenous trailblazers that have made their mark on music and culture in Canada. Or catch roaming educators for instrument show-and-tells, science and sound demos, and performances on fan favourite, the Kimball Theatre Organ.
The NMC Gift Shop & Café will also be open, offering grab-and-go snacks and drinks, and fresh pastries and charcuterie plates. Eat in or take your food out for a picnic on St. Patrick’s Island.
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 Calgary’s East Village. 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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