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2021 NMC Gala: NIISITO!
2021 NMC Gala: NIISITO!

Join the National Music Centre (NMC) for its virtual fundraising gala, which will premiere for free at 7:00 pm MT on December 3, 2021.

The 2021 NMC Gala: NIISITO! will be hosted by award-winning actor and comedian Andrew Phung of the hit show Kim's Convenience, and the upcoming CBC television series Run the Burbs. The evening will feature performances by Canadian Music Hall of Famer and eight-time JUNO Award-winner Tom Cochrane, nine-time Grammy-nominated powwow, round dance, drum and singing group Northern Cree, bilingual (English-French) pop/R&B singer-songwriter KARÍMAH, celebrated classical brass soloist Jens Lindemann and the Alberta All-Star Jazz Orchestra performing the Gershwin classic Rhapsody In Blue, and 16-year-old classical piano prodigy Kevin Chen, who is the youngest ever winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition.

The gala’s theme name, “niisito,” comes from the word for “five” in Blackfoot. It is named in recognition of the five-year anniversary of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, our location in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) on Treaty 7 land, and the power of music to build bridges between diverse communities in Canada.

Fans and supporters can watch for free on NMC’s Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube channels, and at studiobell.ca/gala2021, where they can also make a donation in support of the future of NMC.