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The history of recording studios in Vancouver, 1946-2010

Our US neighbours may get most of the attention in the music recording industry, but contrary to popular belief, some of the most iconic artists have all launched their careers right here in Vancouver.
Our US neighbours may get most of the attention in the music recording industry, but contrary to popular belief, some of the most iconic artists have all launched their careers right here in Vancouver. Below is a slideshow and timeline containing many facts you likely didn't know!

Recording Pedigree: History of Vancouver Studios

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Our US neighbours may get all the attention in the music recording industry, but contrary to popular belief, some of the most iconic artists have all launched their careers right here in Vancouver.

  • 1946

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    Al Reusch, a pioneer in the Vancouver recording industry and music scene, opened up one of the first studios in Canada, Aragon Recording Studios, on 615 West Hastings Street.

  • 1947-1954

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    In 1947, Aragon established its own record label, Aragon Records, and in 1954, Reusch acquired sole ownership of the company.

  • 1966

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    Al Reusch went on to build the iconic Mushroom Studios, which was originally set up as an orchestral recording space for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

  • 1966-1971

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    Upon subsequent equipment installation and acoustic re-designs, Mushroom Studios gained some of their first (and most high profile) clients, including Diana Ross, The Supremes, and Led Zeppelin.

  • 1972

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    Little Mountain Sound Studios emerged on the Vancouver recording scene, the result of a partnership between CKNW Radio and Griffiths Gibson Production, with studio designs by Geoff Turner.

  • 1970s-1990s

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    During the period of time from the mid '70s to '90s, Little Mountain Sound Studios maintained its position as Western Canada's most successful recording studio.

  • 1970s-1990s continued

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    The likes of Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, and Motley Crue have all recorded some of their most iconic, and highest grossing albums at Little Mountain Sound Studios.

  • 1971-1999

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    With several equipment upgrades and studio updates in the '70s and '80s, Mushroom Studios would gain recognition for their involvement in the film score of "Top Gun" and Heart's "Dreamboat Annie".

  • 1986-1989

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    Famed Canadian musician, Bryan Adams created The Warehouse Studio in '86, relocating it in '89 to what was considered the oldest brick building in Vancouver (dating back to 1887), located in Gastown.

  • 1987

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    Bruce Levens' Greenhouse Studios emerged onto the music recording scene in 1987, and played a large role in launching the successful careers of artists like k.d. lang and Sarah McLachlan.

  • 1992

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    Following the release of k.d. lang's massively popular album, "Ingenue," Greenhouse Studios became the only recording studio in Western Canada to have won a Grammy award for engineering.

  • 1993

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    With their lease expiring in 1993, Little Mountain Studios moved out of their Vancouver space, and ceased their music recording operations for the next decade in their new Burnaby location.

  • 1995

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    In 1995, the Factory Studios moved into what was the space occupied by Little Mountain Studios, and hosted artists such as Marilyn Manson and Billy Talent during their 16 years of operation.

  • 1999-2006

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    During the period between 1999 and 2006, Mushroom Studios was owned and operated by John Wozniak of Marcy Playground. In 2006, the space was officially taken over by Rob Darch of Hipposonic Studios.

  • 2006-2010

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    The space was renamed to Hippowest, with all of the original Mushroom equipment remaining in place for Hippowest's clients to use until 2010, when it was all moved to Mushroom's new Toronto location.

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