Que­bec’s mu­sic Hall of Fame com­ing to Stu­dio Bell in ’19

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The Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre an­nounced Wed­nes­day a part­ner­ship with ADISQ, Que­bec’s mu­sic in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tion, which will put Que­bec’s mu­sic Hall of Fame in Stu­dio Bell in spring 2019.

ADISQ (l’As­so­ci­a­tion québé­coise de l’in­dus­trie du disque, du spec­ta­cle et de la vidéo) will have a ring of hon­our on the fifth floor of Stu­dio Bell, along­side the Canadian Mu­sic Hall of Fame, Canadian Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame.

“We opened two years ago and part of what we wanted to do im­me­di­ately was build a na­tional mu­sic or­ga­ni­za­tion from Cal­gary that was con­nected to the rest of the coun­try via the rest of the coun­try’s mu­sic and am­plify the rest of the coun­try’s mu­sic,” said pres­i­dent and CEO of Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre An­drew Mosker in an in­ter­view from Mon­treal. “I think this part­ner­ship with ADISQ is sym­bol­i­cally hugely im­por­tant.”

Mosker cred­its the 2016 Junos in Cal­gary for bring­ing NMC, which is housed in Stu­dio Bell, and ADISQ to­gether. Solange Drouin, ADISQ vice-pres­i­dent of pub­lic af­fairs and its ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, said Mosker ap­proached ADISQ to give them a lo­ca­tion to hon­our the artists who win the life­time achieve­ment award at the an­nual Gala L’ADISQ, an award show sim­i­lar to the Junos but hon­our­ing artists from Que­bec.

Pre­vi­ously, ADISQ didn’t have a phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion to hon­our its life­time achieve­ment award win­ners.

“Now we’ll have a home to present this Hall of Fame to peo­ple in Cal­gary, but also all the tourists and the peo­ple that will come and go to the Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre,” said Drouin.

As part of the NMC’s man­date, Mosker wanted to cre­ate more per­ma­nent recog­ni­tion for the artists en­shrined in Canada’s var­i­ous mu­sic hall of fames out­side of awards shows.

“Where do those sto­ries live af­ter? How can el­e­men­tary school kids and the gen­eral pub­lic en­gage with these sto­ries?” he said. “I saw that as a void in Canada. When we built the NMC, part of the na­tional strat­egy I brought to NMC was let’s bring all the hall of fame part­ners to­gether.”

“If you pre­tend to be a na­tional Hall of Fame, you have to have the Que­be­cois part of this project,” Drouin said, adding that it doesn’t pre­clude ADISQ from build­ing a Hall of Fame in Que­bec at some point.

The life­time achieve­ment award has been pre­sented 33 times in the Gala L’ADISQ’s 40-year his­tory; artists hon­oured in­clude Ce­line Dion, Ginette Reno and ’70s pro­gres­sive rock band Har­mo­nium, which will be hon­oured at the 2018 gala in Oc­to­ber and in a tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tion at Stu­dio Bell.

ADISQ hopes that this will help the or­ga­ni­za­tion be more present for fran­co­phones out­side of Que­bec, as well as ex­pos­ing Cana­di­ans to Que­be­cois mu­sic, Drouin said. “I know it’s far from home, but at the same time, there’s no lan­guage for good mu­sic.”

I know it’s far from home, but at the same time, there’s no lan­guage for good mu­sic.

The Na­tional Mu­sic Cen­tre aims to cre­ate more per­ma­nent recog­ni­tion for the artists en­shrined in Canada’s var­i­ous mu­sic halls of fame.

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