Calgary's NMC being built around the King Eddy, brick by brick

Dec 19 2017, 2:44 am

2,000 bricks from Calgary’s iconic King Edward Hotel will be made a permanent part of the new National Music Centre.

The NMC recently announced its Cornerstones Project, which offers original bricks from the cultural landmark for a $250 donation to aid in fundraising for the centre. Benefactors will be allowed to engrave a message on their bricks which will then be built into a wall made to honour Calgary’s original ‘Home of the Blues,’ that saw music legends like Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Pinetop Perkins, and Otis Rush in its day.

Last week, the King Eddy’s original neon sign was restored and fastened back onto the building it had adorned since its doors first opened in 1905.

The NMC is a $191 million project set to house historical musical artifacts including Elton John’s piano and the Rolling Stones’ mobile studio. The 160,000 square foot facility is being billed to become Canada’s leading musical resource as an epicenter for performances, exhibitions, education, and technology, as well as an anchor to secure the revitalization of the long-blighted East Village.

Visit to purchase a brick.

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