Last Saturday, I pulled my husband off the bed early morning in preparation to brave the cold weather and commute to Studio Bell. It has been on our bucket list to visit the recently opened Calgary’s musical haven and I knew deep down that my husband will enjoy it immensely being the music lover and composer that he is.
StudioBell is the new 160,000-square-foot facility built to become the first national cultural institution dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the Canadian music in all forms.
StudioBell is artistically designed for each of its 5-floors to feel interconnected, to maximize the feel of spaciousness and acoustics throughout the whole building. We could clearly hear the choir practicing from the 2nd while we were on the 4th floor. It’s that awesome.
StudioBell Level 5 – Best of Canada
“Celebrate the Canadian musicians who have left their mark on this country and beyond.”
StudioBell Level 4 – Making Music
Even if you think you are not a musician, you are capable to make music.
I also call this the “Interactive” floor. This is where parts of the exhibit are displayed for visitors to play with.
There was a number of other plugged in headphones and touch screen interactive displays to teach anyone chords that translate to hit songs. Even if you don’t play an instrument, you can become a musician in no time!
StudioBell Level 3 – Power of Music
“Music is powerful stuff, don’t you agree?”
StudioBell Level 2 – Music Mosaic
“Have private or public concerts that can play for the entire building. The sounds are heavenly.”
Other parts of Level 2 were the ‘Soundscapes’ and ‘Where Music Lives’.
Level 1 – Canada Music Square
“Where your musical adventure starts… and it’s worth every penny.”
The ground floor of Studio Bell houses the Drop-In Zone where you can map out your activity for the day, and the Rosso Coffee Roasters and NMC Shop, where you can grab a coffee or shop for souvenirs.
I recommend StudioBell for everyone!
You will enjoy StudioBell’s uniqueness and ingenuity to curate musical icons and treasures. It powerfully delivers messages of music’s effect through landscapes, time, and people. If for but one moment, we forget the outside world and realize how minuscule our part is in a universal story that expands through time and history without much use of words but through the abstract feeling of notes and sounds.