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PS Pops Into The Warehouse Studios

May 16th, 2013

Studio 2 Live Room at The Warehouse Studios

Andrew here, reporting from Vancouver. I had the pleasure of stopping in on the folks at The Warehouse Studios in the Gastown district of the city yesterday and man, what a treat. As if the reputation of the room and its residents wasn’t enough already, the folks I met were very welcoming and all hard at work on some slick-sounding projects.

The door from Powell St. is quite inconspicuous – just a black door with the street address “100” and a buzzer to the left. Once through, though, there’s a sunny open courtyard and private parking lot that immediately gives the vibe of some kind of exclusive compound. Once you hit reception, you’re greeted with a clean architectural look and a massive collection of vintage (and I mean vintage) recording and broadcast mics.

The vibe in the live room of Studio 2 is something truly special. It’s no wonder the place attracts the upper echelon of creatives, from Bryan Adams (who just happens to own the building and everything inside of it) to Michael Buble, Billy Talent, and the list goes on. And on and on.

Operations Manager Bryan Gallant was my tour guide, taking time out of his day to not only share some of the space’s stories and secrets, but also fill me in as to the professional studio landscape in the city, which it seems has stayed relatively resilient despite facing the same hardships as the rest of Canada’s hotspots, namely Toronto and Montreal.

Studio 3’s Control Room

Bryan actually received a call from the other Bryan (“Summer of ’69” Bryan) midway through the tour, which seemed kind of serendipitous as apparently he doesn’t dial in that often.

Anyway, it was also a pleasure to see the flag-draped, skull-clad Studio 3 where the incomparable Mike Fraser works his magic. Mike is on the cover of our April 2013 issue of PS, which profiles his work at Skywalker Sound and The Warehouse tracking and mixing guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani’s latest full-length.

I get the vibe that Mike’s a swell fellow, so I look forward to catching him at work some time even though he Polkaroo’d me this time, but listening to the touch he puts on projects from the likes of AC/DC and Rush to some more current faves like Glassjaw and, more recently, The Stanfields will have to be my silver lining for now.

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