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Showbiz Update: Canada - Scoring

Highlights from Canada’s scoring studios and resources

Glenn Gould Studio
Toronto
Canadian pubcaster CBC operates this performance and recording studio, which is located at its downtown headquarters, and known as one of the quietest studios in North America. The engineers have worked on various productions, including “Chloe,” “Casino Jack” and many Imax films. CBC’s sister studios in Vancouver, Studio 1 and Studio 40, have also been home to productions like “Haunting in Connecticut” and “Stone of Destiny.”

Planet Studios
Montreal
A popular recording studio, the facility boasts a collection of vintage microphones and a sound that its owners say is superb for string instruments. The three studios all include Neve/SSL consoles, and the Gypsy Room includes vintage instruments and amplifiers.

The Warehouse
Vancouver
Housed in the oldest brick building in Vancouver, the Warehouse has become an essential recording space in the city, with its attractive large space, available technology, extensive list of rental equipment and natural sounds. Owned by Bryan Adams, the Gastown facility can house a sizable orchestra that tops out at 55 pieces, and has a wide selection of microphones. Each studio has a private kitchen and lounge area.

Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax
Nova Scotia’s symphony launched an initiative this year to begin scoring films, inspired by one of their recordings being featured in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer.” While the 37-piece orchestra hasn’t worked on a film to date, it’s begun a mentorship program with the Atlantic Film Festival that matches emerging filmmakers with composers, a plan it hopes will jumpstart projects. Nova Scotia’s tax credits are the richest in Canada, offering 60% of labor outside Halifax and 50% within the city limits.

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