Cantos’ National Music Centre project draws the world’s leading architects

On Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 5:00 to 9:00pm at the Grand Theatre in Calgary, view five of the world’s leading architects compete to design a major project in Calgary – Cantos’ new national music centre at the King Eddy site in the East Village.


After an extensive worldwide search, Cantos Music Foundation has narrowed the field to five exceptional architectural teams to compete for the opportunity to design a new national music centre: featuring world-renowned music collections and public programs at the site of the King Edward Hotel.

The chosen firms are:
* Allied Works Architecture/BKDI from Portland and Calgary
* Jean Nouvel Workshop from Paris
* Diller Scofidio + Renfro from New York with Kasian from Calgary
* Saucier + Perrotte from Montreal with Graham Edmunds from Calgary
* Studio Pali Fekete Architects from Los Angeles

“We were thrilled with the response our request for expressions of interest received worldwide,” says Andrew Mosker, executive director of Cantos Music Foundation. “The calibre of talent was outstanding and it was a difficult task to narrow it down to five.” Sixty-six firms from all over North America and Europe expressed interest in the project.

Each of the five teams will be given $50,000 USD upon completion of a conceptual design for the project, which is seen as a key catalyst in the redevelopment of the East Village. Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) President and CEO Chris Ollenberger says that the national music centre project represents the community’s future.

“We are passionate about the rejuvenation the East Village, and we share Cantos’ passion for this project and its potential for all of Calgary,” says Ollenberger. CMLC is the current owner of the King Eddy and is leading the development of Calgary’s East Village into a mixed-use, vibrant, inner-city community.

The final five will develop design concepts to be presented to the public as well as a selection committee comprised of:

* 2-3 architects
* 1 local visual artist with national exposure
* 2 museum Presidents/CEOs (1 national, 1 international)
* Cantos Executive Director
* 1 Cantos board member

* a recognized Canadian citizen
* a Canadian musician of international stature

The competition winner, who will be announced in the summer of 2009, will be awarded the project which is planned to open in 2012. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit to offer their ideas and input.

Cantos Music Foundation is a registered charitable organization whose vision it is to be a national catalyst for discovery, innovation and renewal through music. Cantos serves nearly 30,000 people per year – a number that’s expected to more than triple in the new facility.


Admission to the event is by donation at the door, or secure a spot now by making a donation at Call 403.543.5115 to give by phone. Refreshments will be available for purchase.