National Music Centre (NMC) is pleased to announce a double-header live concert and concert film screening event with Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer.

The pair will return to the legendary King Eddy in Calgary on May 12 for a live performance. Then, on May 13 at Studio Bell, fans will get to see the Premiere of the electrifying concert film that was the culmination of the band’s three-night residency in 2019, and a live Q&A will follow.

In 2019, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer recorded a live-off-the-floor album at the Eddy using the adjacent Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (RSM), a marquee component of the National Music Centre (NMC) recording collection. Created over three raucous nights, all the unfolding magic resulted in a spectacular live album and concert film. The live album (released in early 2022) also garnered the band a 2023 JUNO Award nod and 2023 Western Canadian Music Award win for Blues Artist of the Year.

Says Shawn Hall of The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer:

“We’re so excited to bring our award-winning live album to the venue where it all started. If you were part of the live audience in 2019, we hope you’ll join us to relive those magical nights and make some new live music memories.”

Andrew Mosker, NMC’s President and CEO, adds:

“When The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer came to Calgary in 2019, they were given a once-in-a-lifetime recording opportunity. And they did not disappoint – the result was utterly unforgettable. Since then, other artists have followed suit with their own projects recorded in partnership with NMC and the King Eddy. The intention behind NMC’s ‘living collection’ of musical instruments and recording equipment is to provide artists with these rare recording opportunities, so we hope to see many more of these partnerships in the future.”

With Live at the King Eddy, the duo joined legendary company and a short list of Canadian bands to be recorded on the esteemed “Rolling Truck Stones thing,” as Deep Purple affectionately termed it.

Tickets for The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer performance on May 12 are $35 or $55 for admission and a copy of Live at the King Eddy on vinyl. Tickets for the concert film screening and live Q&A with the band on May 13 are $25 for general admission and 15% off for NMC Members. Tickets to both events are available at


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