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National Music Centre’s Sundays in C-Square Concert Series Returns to East Village, August 6-27


Family-friendly series to feature Al Third, Ashley Ghostkeeper, Electric Religious, NOELINE HOFMANN, and more

(Calgary, AB — July 31, 2023) Live music will once again fill the East Village’s open-air square as part of National Music Centre’s free Sundays in C-Square concert series.

Happening every Sunday in August, the annual outdoor series highlights some of Alberta’s brightest up-and-coming talents. Shows are family-friendly and run August 6-27, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at the corner of 7 Avenue and 4 Street SE in East Village. All shows are weather permitting.

“It’s the talent coupled with the summertime vibe and eclectic East Village neighbourhood that makes this such a fun series,” said Daniel Go, Interim Senior Programs Manager. “You can discover some great local artists on a small, intimate stage. And, if at any point, you need to beat the heat, Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, is just a short stroll away for the perfect music-filled Sunday itinerary.”

This year’s Sundays in C-Square performers include:

  • August 6 – Al Third with Ashley Ghostkeeper
  • August 13 – Electric Religious with Noeline Hofmann
  • August 20 – Brett Cassidy with Emily Triggs
  • August 27 – Joanna Borromeo with Dempsey Bolton

Known for his rhythmic style of music that melds pop, R&B, and dancehall, Al Third is an artist and producer that concocts a contemporary stew of reggae-pop and world-beats.

Ashley Ghostkeeper is a Métis-Cree country artist originally from Red Deer, Alberta. Her songs draw inspiration from artists such as Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, and The Chicks; an honest, down to earth style with a classic ‘90s country sound and early 2000s country feel.

Electric Religious is the project of Métis singer-songwriter Brandon Baker, whose guitar-driven songwriting explores powerful themes, such as displacement, intergenerational trauma, hope, and healing.

Noeline Hofmann is a singer-songwriter and working-cowgirl from the Southern Alberta Badlands. From bittersweet ballad to gritty barn burners, the Wildrose girl brings the glowing expanse of the Plains to the stage – a voice with the golden charm of a meadowlark and lyricism with the strike of a rattlesnake.

Alt-folk singer/songwriter Brett Cassidy is a Calgary-based multi-instrumentalist that has spent the past decade honing his songcraft as a band member across a wide span of genres. His music draws as much inspiration from traditional folk and country music as it does from psychedelic drones.

Emily Triggs is a bred-in-the-bones roots musician. The guitarist and singer-songwriter takes you on a journey through influences and experiences that have shaped her boundary-pushing folk-roots sound. Those influences span the Deep South through to Texas blues with strains from the Appalachian Mountains to her early years in Francophone Canada.

Joanna Borromeo is a treasure of Calgary's soul/jazz and R&B music scene; a vocalist, pianist, and JUNO-nominated recording artist influenced by some of the deepest, most beautiful musicians in history. Dynamic, heartfelt and undeniably groovy—not to mention, a natural entertainer—Joanna Borromeo delivers a captivating performance wherever she goes.

Influenced by his modern-day heroes, such as Zanski and Dominic Fike, and the legends he grew up on, including Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, R&B artist Dempsey Bolton elicits emotion and vibe through sparse arrangements, letting the complexity lie in the writing and the harmony.

Soak up the sun with the free outdoor show, then head inside to cool off with a visit to Studio Bell. Or play games and shoot some hoops at The Bounce, East Village’s games park located on the corner of 8 Avenue and 4 Street SE.

Much more than a music museum, Studio Bell features five floors of breathtaking architecture, exhibitions celebrating legendary Canadian artists (see: this summer’s blockbuster exhibitions, Randy Bachman: Every Guitar Tells a Story and Canadian Music Hall of Fame: Nickelback), as well as interactive instruments, daily demonstrations, and pop-up performances. Bring the whole family to play, learn, explore, and connect through music.

Studio Bell is now open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Regular admission to Studio Bell is $21.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors (65+), $13.50 for children (3-12 years of age), and free for children under 3 years of age. Admission for NMC Members is free. To become an NMC Member, visit

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 To check out the NMC experience online, including video-on-demand performances, made-in-Canada stories, and highly entertaining educational content, visit


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