Canada has never been short of musical talent. Some of the best known artists in the world, spanning several musical genres, are Canadian. There is of course Celine Dion, the rapper Drake, and faux punk rocker Avril Lavigne. Who can forget Justin Bieber, who started his snafu-laden career as a local Canadian YouTuber?
Hundreds of aspiring musicians wanting to be the next great Canadian musical import flock to cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. These historic cities, among many cultural attractions, are home to the best recording studios in Canada. No matter what your musical genre is, there is definitely a recording studio specialising in that genre in one of these cities. Also, studios range from hi-tech Nashville-style ones to basements decorated with old guitars.
Canadian recording studios are hubs for local talent. Musicians young and old come to play songs, record, learn and also to hang out with likeminded peers. Music execs and talent recruiters also like to hang out at studios on the lookout for the next Celine or Avril.
Recording studios in Canada’s biggest cities are numerous, therefore it can be difficult to find out the best ones. To help budding musicians out in this regard, here’s a helpful list of the top recording studios in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto:
Metalworks Studio, Toronto
Not only is Metalworks the best studio in Toronto, it is recognised as the best in Canada. The studio has an astonishing 16 “Best Studio of the Year” accolades presented by the renowned CMW Canadian Music Industry Awards. Metalworks is over 30 years old and is a music powerhouse in the country. Drake recorded his “Nothing Was the Same” track here. The studio proudly boasts having Nelly Furtado, Katy Perry, and Feist as recording artists here. Considering its reputation, the prices will not be cheap here. However, serious Canadian artists who can afford Metalworks should definitely pay a visit or two.
Candle Recording, Toronto
Candle Recording is a new and relatively small recording studio located on Sterling Road. It’s the exact opposite of large and famous studios like Metalworks. This studio is mostly visited by local indie artists. Several of the best locally known indie artists like Dusted, Owen Pallett, Maylee, Todd and Austra come here to record. Candle Recording has gained a reputation as a warm and welcoming space, as opposed to the office-type atmosphere in big-name studios.
Planet Studios, Montreal : http://www.planetstudios.ca/
Planet Studios is a stylish recording studio located at the business center of Montreal. It’s hip and offers premium-grade facilities for musicians of all genres. Artists can also mix and master tracks at the studio. Planet Studios is in fact one of the best Neve/SSL studios in the country. The facility claims that it has the largest microphone selection in Canada as well. The atmosphere inside is very cosy, with facilities such as a lounging area and a kitchen.
Great Things Studio, Montreal
Great Things is a very modern and hip recording studio in Montreal offering world-class services. It offers contemporary facilities for vocal recording and mixing music. The studio offers graphic design, video editing, and media production services as well that new artists would benefit from.
Armoury Studios, Vancouver
Armoury is one of the best known recording studios in Vancouver. Bands like Kiss, The Cranberries, Atomic Fireballs, and Chicago have recorded here. Artists can enjoy a very homey atmosphere while recording. The studio has a stone fireplace, a patio for barbequing, and a great view of the North Shore mountain range.
Prices for the above studios will vary. However, members are likely to get discounts. Any one of the above recording studios would be great to record and arrange your next album.