Hi everyone! Before I begin, I just wanted to apologize for not posting on Tuesday. I thought that since I am in summer mode, I would have lots of time to dedicate to my blog, but that really hasn’t been the case. I’ve been working more, and when I’m not working, I’ve been spending a lot more quality time with friends and family and enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately! I’m sure you all understand though.
Anyways, my boyfriend and I finally got the chance to visit the National Music Centre in Studio Bell (or is it the other way around? Idk. This always confused me…). The last time we were planning on going, we didn’t check ahead, and found out it was closed after paying for parking. Bummer. CJ is a DJ (please don’t make jokes and call him CJ The DJ. LOL. He hears it all the time. It’s not funny anymore.) and absolutely LOVES anything and everything to do with music, so he had the time of his life. Even if you aren’t a music aficionado, like myself, I feel like this is the kind of place where everyone can have fun and learn something. I also just really love museums, so I loved being here. I included some pics under the read more if you’re interested in seeing what we got up to. As always, thank you for reading, and I hope to see yall soon!
Just some basics about the NMC, the entire centre is pretty much dedicated to Canadian music and Canadian contributions to music. There are 5 floors and many different exhibits. I got a discount on my admission, since I’m a student which is always cool. You can take guided tours through the centre, or opt for a self-guided walk through the building, which is what CJ and I did. I didn’t take pictures of every single exhibit, just the ones that really stood out to me!
I didn’t get many pictures of the actual building itself, but this is an example of the interesting and aesthetically pleasing architecture that was present throughout the whole centre. Something about straight lines just makes me feel so happy and at peace. Lots of natural light, and high ceilings as well.
One of the first rooms we went into was this one, that showcased a bunch of famous Canadian artists (Drake was definitely someone you saw throughout the entire centre), as well as the costumes/clothes that different artists had worn in a performance. I was a big Avril Lavigne fan growing up, so to see her clothing there was pretty cool to me.
This is a panorama shot of a room filled with different pianos. I can only play Mary Had A Little Lamb, but you already know I played that on every single piano in this room! The floor was made of these ceramic-like tiles and they made a cool sound every time I walked over them in my booties.
One of my favourite things about the NMC was the amount of interactive exhibits. There would be a room full of real instruments that were connected to a screen which told you how to play the instrument based on your expertise level. We had so much fun playing with everything!
More interactive rooms! I love getting hands on while learning about things.
A few examples of some of the instruments that the centre had on display. All very old, but so cool to look at. I found myself comparing them to modern instruments. There were always these screens that told you a little bit about everything, and allowed you to hear what each instrument sounds like. The organs sounded so cool.
This room showcased different Canadian vocalists, and had recording booths that you could go in, record your voice on a song (all by Canadian artists of course) and hear it played back to you. It was so cool, I felt legit, even though my singing voice is terrible!
My personal favourite exhibit was the one where it showed how your brain reacts and processes music. Maybe it’s the Psych major in me, but I find this stuff to be so cool. I also pretty much just learned about these things last semester, so it was kinda like a refresher for me. I kept telling CJ about all these different parts of the brain, and he was just confused LOL.
This was a cool room, where they had a bunch of headphones connected to these pillars playing different kinds of music, and you write on these postcards about how music makes you feel. It was nice reading the different reactions from school children to older adults.
I don’t really know how I would describe this room. It was like.. a wall, but music was playing in the background and lights made the wall look like it was a movie. If you ever come here, you’ll know what I mean when you get to this room.
And that’s it! I loved everything about my NMC experience, and I think this would be a cool place to take visitors, or even just an interesting place for you to visit if you’re bored one day and want something to do. Just make sure that day is not a Monday or Tuesday, because they’re closed those days, learn from our mistake! Afterwards, we just went and got some sushi, but I didn’t take a picture of that because I was just too hungry hehe.