Studio Bell set to reopen Aug. 15 with four weekends of free admission

The reopening of the world continues — including the world of music.

Under strict guidelines, clubs are now beginning to host live acts, and now the hub for Canadian music in this city, Studio Bell, is getting ready to welcome back visitors.

National Music Centre has announced they’ll be reopening their East Village home on Aug. 15 and every Saturday and Sunday also under strict guidelines to combat COVID-19 — including reduced capacity.

To make its return all the more enticing is that for the first four weekends, until Sept. 6, Studio Bell is offering free admission by reservation only. Then, from Sept. 12 until the end of 2020 admission will be offered at a reduced rate, which must also be booked in advance at (Please note: NMC will be using a timed-ticketing system, so tickets must be booked in advance and arrivals must be on time. Those without pre-booked tickets cannot be admitted, and late arrivals cannot be guaranteed entry.)

“We have been waiting cautiously and optimistically for this day since closing our doors on March 16,” Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC, said in a release.

“As we gradually move into a safe and phased reopening, we want to thank our staff, volunteers and the community for their support and resilience over these past few months. We are eager to safely welcome guests back to celebrate the role that music has played in providing comfort, connection, and healing throughout this pandemic.”

“I am delighted to hear that the National Music Centre will be able to safely reopen to performances so Albertans can enjoy our province’s musical heritage,” Leela Sharon Aheer, Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, said in the release. “It has also been wonderful to work with them and all our partners in hosting the Alberta Spotlight online concert series in support of musicians in our province.”

Studio Bell has also used its COVID closure to update some of the exhibits, including their Canadian Music Hall of Fame space, which now features memorabilia from the latest inductee, Calgary’s beloved Jann Arden.

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(Photo courtesy Bittermann Photography.)