One of Canada’s most iconic recording studios was destroyed by fire early this morning. Firefighters have said Le Studio‘s condition is beyond saving.
Richard Baxter, a drummer originally from Ottawa, initiated a campaign to raise enough money to reopen Le Studio as a recording arts school & museum. Richard was passionate about this dream. His recent post on his Facebook page shows how he had planned to spend this weekend working on the restoration.
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded ‘Give Peace A Chance’ at their bed-in in Montreal, Andre Perry was their recording engineer. He went on to build Le Studio in a stunning, natural setting, and it was considered one of the most advanced recording studios in the world. In fact, it’s mixing board was one of only 2 SSL 4000’s in the world, the sister board could be found at Abbey Road Studios in England.
This video shows the condition of the studio on day 1 of restoration, only a month ago.
A website sells Le Studio merchandise with proceeds contributing to the effort.
A GoFundMe page had raised over $7000 of its $800000 goal.
If you’d like more information on Le Studio, this blog by Kees Kapteyn is a fascinating read. He went on a pilgrimage to see Le Studio for himself before the fire, and the historical references to some of rock music’s biggest stars is riveting.
We have lost a crown jewel in Canada’s rock n roll history. It’s sad to think that Le Studio was finally receiving the long overdue attention and care that could have ushered in a whole new generation of appreciation and awe for such an incredible contribution to the music we still love today.
UPDATE: The studio end of the complex may be saved from the wrecking ball. The fire started at the other end of the building. Stay tuned.