Calgary’s Big Year in Music
Sled Island Music Festival. Photo: Tourism Calgary
We don’t like to brag, but Canadian artists have been dominating the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. Timing couldn’t be better for the grand opening of a national facility that amplifies the love, sharing and understanding of music. The National Music Centre will enhance Calgary’s impressive music scene that features a host of musical festivals and events year round.
The Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre provides visitors a place to explore Canada’s rich music culture. Music lovers will discover creative and engaging displays, educational programming, live performances, innovative exhibitions and the country’s most comprehensive collection of musical instruments.
Running from Inglewood through East Village along 9th Avenue SE, Music Mile is one of the finest stretches of live music venues in the nation. Visitors can choose from no less than 20 live shows each weekend.
More than 250 bands take part in Sled Island, an annual summer festival featuring independent music, comedy film and art in more than 35 venues.
The Calgary Folk Festival features over 70 artists from more than 16 countries performing on nine stages at Princess Island Park. There is a family area, international foods, a craft market, a record tent and a shaded beer garden.