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Convention Goes Virtual

The Alberta Music Cities Convention will be going fully virtual, February 10 and 11, 2022, with global policymakers, music industry professionals, academics, and city leaders from around the world gathering remotely.

The convention will be live streamed from venues in Calgary and Edmonton, with international speakers joining remotely from 15+ countries in six continents.

The event will feature a unique online platform that will allow participants to see who’s attending, directly message other delegates, ask questions via the session chat, and more. All talks will be recorded, allowing ticket holders to get full access no matter what time zone they are in.

Scaling Up Music Cities: Cultivating the Future of Alberta is the theme of the 2022 edition of the annual conference that will feature a carefully curated lineup of international speakers. Hosted alongside West Anthem, National Music Centre and Alberta Music, the event follows the publication of the West Anthem Music Ecosystem Study in October 2020, and will provide a stage to further the conversation around music’s pivotal role in cities, something the host organizations have been advocating for years.

Music Cities Convention programming will cover topics such as music city policies, diversifying economies with music, the economic impact of music in a city, music and technology, music for community-building and for supporting diversity and inclusion, the infrastructural and planning aspects of developing a music city, incentive programs for musicians, the nighttime economy, and more.

The full schedule can be found by visiting

Live and streamed performances from some of Alberta’s most treasured venues, including the King Eddy on Calgary’s Music Mile and the Starlite Room in Edmonton, will also be woven throughout the virtual convention. Artist performances include Sargeant X Comrade, T. Buckley, Amy Nelson, Shaela Miller, K-Riz, Fox Opera, and Samantha Savage Smith, to name a few.

General admission tickets are $150 for the online convention and can be purchased by visiting

Through the generous support of the Edmonton Arts Council, tickets to Edmonton-based musicians and music professionals are being made available at a discounted price. Tickets for eligible attendees are set at $10 for an online ticket (a total of 90% in savings). Music Cities Events is matching their generosity by subsidizing the ticket cost for all other musicians in Alberta outside Edmonton at the same rate.

The Alberta Artist Subsidy Program can be accessed by visiting

Learn more about the virtual edition of the 10th global Music Cities Convention at, and join the virtual conversation with delegates from around the world, February 10 and 11, 2022.

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