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Calgary Film at the National Music Centre

Our first event at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in 2016, went into uncharted territory - but we wanted Calgary film fans to experience the sounds of our Music on Screen films like they never had before, and use our city's brand-new cultural phenomenon to do so. Series programmer Guy Lavallee sums up the result pretty well:

"I still remember the first time we did a screening at the NMC. The film was THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS. Screening a film in an 'alternative' venue such as this was new for the festival, and while I knew the subject matter of the film, and its reverence for a true sense of music history, was the 'right film' for this venue? None of us were prepared for the pure magic that unfolded. The feeling of watching music history, while sitting in a cathedral of music history...well, the feeling was indescribable. This year, particularly with the screening of BACHMAN (some of which was shot right at the National Music Centre!) - I know Calgary Film audiences will get that collective shiver down their spines once again."

Our first event is SHOWCASE ALBERTA: ALBERTA MUSIC SEEN, taking place on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM.  We've always been proud to highlight hometown (or home province) content, and this year we've chosen ten of the most compelling music videos from Alberta directors. Complete with three musical performances - Melted Mirror, Amy Nelson and Sinzere - it's an excellent journey into some of the best creative minds our province has to offer. 

Following SHOWCASE ALBERTA: ALBERTA MUSIC SEEN, join us for the Afterparty at the King Eddy featuring live performances from Raygun Cowboys, Melted Mirror Sinzere, and Amy Nelson! Tickets are $15 at the door (free for ALBERTA MUSIC SEEN passholders). The live performances start at 8:30 PM.

Sinzere - Frontline

(Still from the music video for FRONTLINE, by Calgary artist Sinzere)

On Thursday, Sept 27 at 9:00 PM, we're screening the documentary UP TO SNUFF, highlighting the career of one of television's most influential composers: W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, who created the theme songs to shows like ROSEANNE, THE WONDER YEARS, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, HEARTLAND, and many more. Director Mark Maxey is dropping in, so if you're interested in how music gets from the page to your television, this is the place to be!

On Thursday, Sept 27 at 7:00 PM, we'll be showing the documentary BACHMAN, about the five-decade trajectory of iconic Canadian rocker Randy Bachman. Director John Barnard will be in attendance to answer some questions, so any die-hard classic rock fan won't want to miss it! While advanced tickets for BACHMAN are sold out, you can still try your luck in the RUSH LINE.

After the screening of BACHMAN, head to the King Eddy for an afterparty with Pack of StrangersTickets are $10 at the door (free for BACHMAN passholders). The live performance starts at 8:30 PM.

One of the reasons we love the National Music Centre is that it helps foster a love and appreciation for music from a young age. THE MAGIC PIANOwhich boasts not only an excellent score but also top-notch animation and cinematography, is the colourful tale of a magic flying piano that takes a young boy and girl on a journey across Europe - all set to a dynamic range of music that's sure to ignite the inner pianist in everyone. It screens at both 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM on Friday, September 28.

Join us for the afterparty at the King Eddy, to listen to a grand piano performing an evolving blend of powerful Chopin, lighter classical melodies, and jazzy lounge tunes. Tickets are $10 at the door (free for MAGIC PIANO passholders). The doors open at 7:30PM.

For more information on the rest of the films in the Music on Screen series, click here to see them in our film guide, and to see the trailers for those and the rest of Calgary Film's excellent 2018 lineup. If you need more information on Festival Passes and ticket bundles, you can read more about them and purchase them here.