Neil Young, Anne Murray, kd lang – Canada has its share of talented musicians. But it’s a less familiar name, Andrew Mosker, who is helping preserve the history those cultural icons have created. Mosker is the president and CEO of the newly-formed National Music Centre, which was officially launched in February 2012 out of the Cantos Music Foundation in Calgary (of which he was CEO). February 2013 brought one of Mosker’s proudest moments, when the NMC broke ground on a new, $135-million facility that’s slated to open in 2015. It’s being built adjacent to the 105-year-old King Edward Hotel, the site of Calgary’s legendary blues club. The new building, which will also be called the National Music Centre, will be Calgary’s first national cultural institution and Canada’s only museum dedicated to music. It will house the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and will feature multiple performance spaces. It will also have space for exhibits exploring Canada’s performing icons and the various and varied musical cultures across the country, along with recording studios and interactive programming. Once completed, the centre will house 2,000 artifacts, many of which Mosker has been collecting over his years since joining Cantos, including a mobile studio used by the Rolling Stones. More importantly, it will be a national destination for Canadian artists, citizens of Calgary and tourists from across the country and around the world.
Andrew Mosker: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Andrew Moskar is helping to preserve Alberta's musical heritage.