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The building that houses one of Canada's oldest studios is 101 years old, and renovations are now essential for continued operation.
74 backers pledged CA$ 40,795 to help bring this project to life.

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DANIEL LANOIS WORKSHOP - March 12th 2015

I DREAM OF WIRES CELEBRATION RECEPTION - April 18th 2015.

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HELP KEEP A MUSICAL HERITAGE ALIVE

For almost forty years, Grant Avenue Studio has been a Canadian institution:  recording great artists like U2, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn, Los Lobos, Raffi, Prairie Oyster, Johnny Cash, Ani DiFranco, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Tea Party, Collective Soul, Chantal Chamberland, Daniel Lanois, Cowboy Junkies, Holly Cole, Pere Ubu and countless others.

We have also worked on projects with great composers like John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Brian Eno, Jon Hassel and Harold Budd.  Grant Avenue Studio was the birthplace of ambient music in the early 1980’s.

Through the years, Grant Avenue has always been able to sustain itself. We have done so, by establishing a reputation for quality and a friendly, homey environment. The 'music-making' part of Grant Avenue Studio has never changed.  With the adaption to modern recording media, we have never lost our connection to the past. 

The studio is still the first choice for composers and artists seeking an oasis from the sterile, digital world of processed music.  Our equipment and our instruments are all in excellent working order, but our lovely Edwardian building is over 100 years old. It needs some essential TLC!

Countless Canadian recording studios have been forced to close their doors over the last few years due to changes in the music industry.With the rising cost of overhead and expenses, making music the “old fashioned way” is more than ever a labour of love.   We also chose to work with artists we love – rising stars from the indie folk rock, ambient and world music scenes and especially the artists of our vast local music scene.  We are also very proud of our track record with Canadian aboriginal musicians.

Our studio rate has remained the same for twenty years now. We do not want to raise our prices!

If we raised our prices, our core group of artists (local composers, singer-songwriters and independent artists) would not be able to afford our studio time. We want to continue to serve the local musicians and artists of this city. While we host friends from around the world, Hamilton is still our talented musical center.

We also have considered the idea of relocation in the past, however, we want to stay on Grant Avenue. So many artists come to Grant Avenue Studio because of the history and heritage contained within it's walls.

Upgrades and renovations are now essential. Without rebuilding the infrastructure of the building, we will not be able to keep our doors open.   Without your help, a Canadian institution will come to an end and with it, a chapter in local and national history.

To help us give our wonderful old home a much needed overhaul, we have enlisted the help of our cherished friends;  Studio co-founder Daniel Lanois, Canadian legend Gordon Lightfoot, and the producers of the Canadian smash hit documentary “I Dream of Wires”.

The amount of work needed on the building exceeds $100,000.00 however, because kickstarter is "all-or-nothing" funding, we have set our goal at $20,000 which would help really get this project started with a new heating / cooling solution. That issue is in our top priorities. 

With your pledges, we can hit our modest target, and we are faithful that will far surpass it! Help us to get a start on our renovation project, and keep the music flowing!   

 For this campaign, we have the wonderful support of two very important people in the history of Grant Avenue Studio.

Both GORDON LIGHTFOOT and DANIEL LANOIS are key figures in our past and our present. They have been integral in offering some wonderful incentives for folks who pledge toward our cause.

Additionally, the fine folks at the GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC (coming up on August 29th, 2015) have provided 4 VIP passes for the first four people who pledge for  the Gordon Lightfoot evening event.

Please take some time to read through our rewards and incentives.

 Feel free to call us at (905) 522-5227 

or email us at grantavenuestudio@mail.com 

to discuss any details or concerns.

you can find more information about Grant Avenue Studio on our website at www.grantavenuestudio.com

Risks and challenges

We have finished receiving quotes from the companies that we will use for the issues with our building. They are all local Hamilton companies. The work is estimated at over $100,000.00 however, we have set our goal at $20,000 which would really get us a good start. We hope to raise enough money to complete all that needs to be done, however, we have a list of priorities that we hope to cover. Renovations / repairs will not be complete before any of the events take place. $20,000 would help us with our heating / cooling solution as well as ensure we can fulfill our rewards.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    JUST FOR FUN!
    Here is your opportunity to own a piece of the electronic signal path that music has passed through for decades.
    We maintain our equipment and repair it ourselves, so components that need to be replaced get done so by us, and kept.
    These components are from our main recording / mixing console. (see pictures bottom left)

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    STUDIO BENEFACTOR
    A pledge of $50 or more towards our restoration fund means your name will be included on our website as a benefactor who helped Grant Avenue Studio....not to mention our eternal gratitude.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About US$ 56

    CHANTAL CHAMBERLAND - RARE AUTOGRAPHED CD. "Having recorded 5 of my 6 jazz releases under the direction and creative guidance of Bob Doidge and Amy King, Grant Avenue studio is my musical home. My first contemporary jazz release, "This is Our Time" was recorded at Grant Ave and it is from there that my career was launched.

    Grant Avenue is not just another recording studio, Grant Avenue represents the creation of decades of music across all genres but more importantly, Grant Avenue studio and the artists that have been fortunate enough to experience the music making process there are a family.

    Although "This is Our Time" is no longer available in CD format, I kept some of the original copies that were manufactured. I can’t imagine a better use of those copies than to use them to help insure that this special place remains in our community." - Chantal.

    You will also get your name on our website as a helpfull benefactor and our eternal gratitude!

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About US$ 74

    THE WALL OF GRATITUDE
    Your name will be included on the Honour Roll of an appreciation plaque on permanent display in the front entrance of Grant Avenue Studio. This will be side by side with gold and platinum albums for landmark albums by U2, Daniel Lanois, Gordon Lightfoot, Crash Test Dummies, Holly Cole and more.

    In addition to such illustrious company, you will receive our eternal gratitude, and your name will be included on our website as a benefactor in helping Grant Avenue Studio.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About US$ 149

    I Dream of Wires – Celebration Reception at Grant Avenue Studio (perfect for the analog synth fan)

    A pledge of $200 or more earns you our "studio benefactor" / "wall of gratitude" reward, as well as our eternal gratitude, AND a golden ticket to a fabulous party celebrating the international success of I DREAM OF WIRES, the modular synthesizer documentary filmed in part at Grant Avenue Studio.

    In addition to hanging out with the documentary producer Robert Fantinatto and Co-producer / Soundtrack composer Solvent, you will receive a personalized signed copy of the DVD release.

    If this was not enough to thrill any analog synth fan, one of the massive modular synthesizers featured in the film will be set up for you to play with! No synthesizer enthusiast will miss this celebration of a great Canadian success story. Date TBA.

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    Pledge CA$ 225 or more About US$ 167

    A day learning how to prepare for a recording session / running a smooth recording session from award winning producer / recording engineer, AMY KING at Grant Avenue Studio.

    This one-day workshop is perfect for a person thinking of getting involved in recording, interning at a studio, or going to a recording school.
    The morning will focus on preparing for a typical session, and the afternoon will feature setting up, recording, and running a smooth session with the help of local band, "The Acoustics". This will not be a 'gear lecture' but rather will teach some of the 'common-sense' aspects of studio recording.

    ONE ATTENDEE PER PLEDGE

    MARCH 20th, 2015

    10:00am - 12:30 pm (Morning topics)
    12:30 - lunch
    1:30 - 5:00pm (afternoon recording / topics)

    A Grant Avenue Studio goody bag, enrollment on the appreciation plaque/website and our eternal gratitude is included!

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    Rare Autographed Collectible (Gordon Lightfoot)

    In addition to having your name included on our website / wall of gratitude, you will receive a copy of the LIMITED EDITION: 2-album LP vinyl version of the 2012 CD release “All Live” (which was recorded by Bob Doidge and Amy King at Massey Hall ) AUTOGRAPHED BY GORDON LIGHTFOOT

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    Rare Autographed Collectible (Daniel Lanois)

    In addition to the inclusion of your name on our website / wall of gratitude; as an admirer of Dan’s beautiful solo albums, you will receive a signed copy of the Acadie: Goldtop Edition Extra tracks Edition Audio CD. AUTOGRAPHED BY DANIEL LANOIS

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    Acoustic Recording Masterclass Workshop with award winning producer / recording engineer BOB DOIDGE at Grant Avenue Studio.

    This is the pledge that puts you over the top as a benefactor! For your $500 commitment, you get to spend a day with producer Bob Doidge learning the essentials of recording acoustic music. Expect a one day intensive course in engineering and production with a man who is a legend in Canadian folk music. (Gordon Lightfoot, Prairie Oyster, Crash Test Dummies, Bruce Cockburn, Cowboy Junkies, Shirley Eikhard).

    This pledge is specially created for basement recording producers who want to learn the secrets of getting the best out of your equipment – with the microphones and outboard gear that started it all!

    The class will feature professional musicians specializing in harp guitar, acoustic guitar, celtic harp, and piano.

    Lunch, refreshments and good vibes will be provided, together with a Grant Avenue goody bag and a signed copy of Bob’s solo CD “Orion’s Ghost”. Enrollment on the Wall of Gratitude/website, our eternal thanks is ensured.

    ONE ATTENDEE PER PLEDGE

    MARCH 27th 10:00am start time

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About US$ 744

    A pledge of $1,000 or more earns you a recording / production masterclass workshop at Grant Avenue Studio with Grammy Award winning producer DANIEL LANOIS.
    This is a unique opportunity to learn "hands-on" from one of the world’s greatest engineers and record producers – in the studio where he created many of his greatest records.
    Experience the magic of the same vintage mics and compressors which helped create the ambient recordings that Lanois is famous for.
    The value of this pledge is beyond description; strongly recommended for anyone hoping to take their productions to the next level.

    Lunch, photo ops, a Grant Avenue goody bag, enrollment on the appreciation plaque / website and our eternal gratitude are complimentary!

    ONE ATTENDEE PER PLEDGE

    Date TBA (will be between March 5-15th, 2015)

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    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About US$ 1,487

    A Recording Studio Performance / Meet & Greet with GORDON LIGHTFOOT at Grant Avenue Studio.

    A pledge of $2000 or more puts you into the rarest of company. You will be specially invited to a rare musical experience at Grant Avenue Studio with legendary musical icon GORDON LIGHTFOOT.

    This very private and intimate session is strictly limited to 12 attendees.
    Equivalent to approx one set length at his live shows plus meet and greet time.

    APRIL 9th, 2015 8:00pm.

    ONE ATTENDEE PER PLEDGE

    Please join us for an evening with one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, in the intimate surroundings of the studio that he has called home for many years.

    Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverage service will be provided.

    A Grant Avenue Studio goody bag, enrollment on the appreciation plaque/website and our eternal gratitude is included.

    The first four people to pledge for this event will also receive a VIP pass for the upcoming Greenbelt Harvest Picnic (August 29, 2015 - featuring Gordon Lightfoot, Kathleen Edwards, Martha Wainwright and many more)

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