Big, Big Love

National Music Centre launches special exhibition dedicated to k.d. lang

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre  850 4th St. SE
  • Price $11 - $18
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Showcasing performance costumes and artifacts from the iconic singer-songwriter, the National Music Centre traces k.d. lang’s evolution as one of Canada’s most-loved artists.

Located in the National Bank Private Banking 1859 Special Exhibitions Gallery on Level 5 of Studio Bell, Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage features visual displays that allow visitors to experience lang’s eclectic repertoire.

“Working on this exhibition with NMC made me look back a bit on my life as a performance artist challenging norms, and how my evolving style became just as important as the performance itself,” says k.d. lang, in a statement. “I hope the public enjoys the exhibition as much as I’ve enjoyed performing in those pieces and playing those instruments over my career. I can’t think of a place more suited than Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre, to preserve those memories and share them with my fans.”

From cow punk to Nashville classics to Broadway standards and cabaret-influenced tunes, the exhibit features over 20 artifacts, including an array of textiles that capture shifts in her sense of style and individuality as a performer. The exhibition also showcases instruments owned and used by lang.

Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage runs July 11, 2017 to June 1, 2018 and is accessible with paid admission to Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE).