You Can Now Explore the National Music Centre's Collection Online

Historical Canadian pieces from Rush's Neil Peart, deadmau5, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Oscar Peterson and more now up for display
You Can Now Explore the National Music Centre's Collection Online
Canada's National Music Centre has been "turning up the volume of culture," and in celebrating the 150th anniversary of our nation, the Calgary-based NMC has delivered an online digital catalogue of its massive collection of rare instruments and memorabilia.

The catalogue, which can now be viewed here, currently contains 150 pieces culled from the NMC's collection of more than 2,000 historic musical instruments, artifacts, and Canadian music memorabilia.

Pieces currently online come from the likes of Rush's Neil Peart, deadmau5, Stompin' Tom Connors, Oscar Peterson, Nash the Slash, Hank Snow, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Bublé, and Ian and Sylvia Tyson, among others.

The site includes detailed photos for each piece on display, in addition to information on its year of production, country of origin, pertinent cultural, technical and historical information.

"The National Music Centre has long been a quiet leader in artifact accessibility, and by committing to placing this wealth of valuable research and content online, we are fulfilling an element of our national mandate to be widely seen as an national and international resource for musicians, writers, scholars, collectors and museums," director of collections Jesse Moffatt said in a statement. "We have worked on this project since 2014 and we are eager to grow its depth and breadth and share it with the world."

The gallery of items can be viewed online here. The NMC says the public will be able to view more than 300 items by the end of 2017.