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RISE UP! A Celebration of Resilience

RISE UP! A Celebration of Resilience

Recorded Live from Studio Bell and the King Eddy


Filmed from both the legendary King Eddy and the architecturally-stunning Studio Bell, this year's virtual gala is hosted by CCMA Award-winning country artist Brett Kissel and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inducted broadcaster Jackie Rae Greening, the event will include performances by Jann Arden, Brett Kissel, Corb Lund, Tanika Charles, Jan Lisiecki, Celeigh Cardinal, Louis-Jean Cormier, and the Marcus Trummer Band. Amber Marshall and Shaun Johnston of CBC’s long-running CBC series Heartland will also make guest appearances.


Give the Gift of Music

If you enjoyed the show, then please donate to show your support.

The 2020 NMC Gala will be available to watch online for free, but our goal is to raise funds to help support our organization.

National Music Centre (NMC) is a non-governmental, non-profit registered charitable organization that relies on earned revenue and donations to keep sharing and developing Canada’s national music story from our home base in Calgary, Alberta. By supporting NMC’s charitable efforts, you are helping to ensure a sustainable future for our organization and programs that bring people together through the power and spirit of music.


Charitable registration number:
136407574RR0001


Featuring a Star-Studded Lineup

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A Way Forward

Since the start of the pandemic, NMC has pivoted to bring its programs online and keep audiences connected through music, launching the virtual NMC Learning at Home series that features lessons on science and sound; and its first ever online exhibit, Speak Up!, honouring 13 powerful Indigenous voices in music. The National Music Centre has also continued to find opportunities for artists to perform, bringing a wide array of musical genres into homes through livestream programs and partnerships, such as Alberta Spotlight, Stingray Classical Live from the King Eddy, and more.

NMC supporters are encouraged to watch the virtual gala above, and to consider pledging a donation here.


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors