New Studio Bell exhibit showcases even more country music hall of famers

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A new space opening at Studio Bell on Nov. 22 will highlight even more of Canada’s country music stars.

As the official permanent home of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the National Music Centre is the custodian of more than 2,000 artifacts (textiles, instruments, and photos) within the hall collection. The updated exhibition will continue to expand in content as new artists and industry builders are inducted, giving visitors and fans more reasons to return year after year.

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The exhibition will move to a new space on the fourth floor and will feature artifacts from 2023 inductees Jason McCoy and Brian Edwards and more than 50 artifacts representing past inductees.

“This updated display of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame will give country fans a chance to explore the collection in all its glory, including many items that have never been shared before,” said Jesse Moffatt, NMC’s senior director of collections and exhibitions. “I think fans are going to be impressed by the sheer amount of country music history reflected in the space, and hopefully they leave with a sense of pride for Canada’s country music legacy.

Jason McCoy
Jason McCoy is the 2023 artist inductee in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. An expanded exhibit at Studio Bell will showcase some of his belongings. Courtesy, National Music Centre jpg

Visitors can explore new artifacts and storytelling from the 2023 Hall of Fame inductees – multiple CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year Jason McCoy(also frontman of the best-selling band The Road Hammers) and veteran talent agent Brian Edwards. Treasures from McCoy include a “western tux” jacket purchased in Nashville in the early ’90s before making it big and worn again for his Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame induction 20 years later in 2023. From Edwards, visitors will see backstage passes, representing shows with some of his – and country music’s – biggest stars, including Tommy Hunter and Stompin’ Tom Connors.

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Brian Edwards is the 2023 builder inductee in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. An expanded exhibit at Studio Bell will showcase some of his backstage passes from working with the likes of Tommy Hunter and Stompin’ Tom Connors. jpg

Over 50 artifacts representing past inductees will also be highlighted, including items from Ian Tyson (signed lyric sheet for “Four Strong Winds”), Sylvia Tyson (autoharp that appears on the cover of Ian and Sylvia’s first album), Anne Murray (custom acoustic guitar), Terri Clark (lyric sheet for “Gypsy Boots”), Paul Brandt (handmade shirt styled after one of his idols, American country music superstar Garth Brooks), and Hank Snow(bedazzled stage outfit designed by Harvey Krantz, who also outfitted Elvis, Liberace, and James Brown). There is also a DIY poster board from 2022 CCMHF inductee George Fox that he made to promote and sell cassette tapes at his shows in the ’80s, it’s crafted from an old kitchen cabinet door and butcher board.

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Originally posted 2023-11-22 15:00:14.