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  LAKE EFFECT STUDIO EXPANDS!  

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Construction is complete on our new, state-of-the-art mixing & mastering suite. Featuring the best in analog & digital gear, combined with exceptional acoustics, this addition allows us to have multiple projects simultaneously going on. With the addition of over 1200 sq. feet of space, we can be cutting tracks on our main recording floor (with control room A), while doing overdubs in the ‘Howie Room’ (with control room B), and mixing/mastering in our new suite (control room C) – the possibilities are endless… Come on by for a tour and to discuss your next project!

- FEATURE ARTIST OF THE MONTH -

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The winner of our “Nashville North 2014″ contest, James Barker is the real deal – an amazing songwriter, musician and performer – he wins over audiences every time he hits the stage. James finishes work with Taylor Abram in studio this month on his all-original 5 song EP. Having played numerous stages this past year and playing Boots and Hearts & the Havelock Jamboree in August 2015, he’s gained a massive following and will continue to do great things with the release of his EP – out now! VIEW WEBSITE

SOME OF THE COUNTRY ARTISTS WORKING WITH WELLCRAFT…

AMELIA MARCUS… Amelia just completed her debut full-length, 10-song album! Having penned a couple of the songs on it herself, she has the chops and drive to succeed in the business and is determined to do whatever it takes to make it to the top! Check out her website to listen to her album and find out where you can get yourself a copy. She’s coming back in studio this month to begin work on her follow-up album! VIEW WEBSITE

CELINE MARIE… Celine enters the studio this month to continue work on her debut album. This exciting project features some of the finest players in North America, and her powerhouse vocals prove she’s planning to stay in the business for many, many years to come. Did we mention she’s a songwriter too?? Stay tuned! VIEW WEBSITE

KRIS BARCLAY… Brian Good and Jim Hopson join forces to co-produce talented singer/songwriter Kris Barclay. A true musician who can be seen and heard playing bars throughout Southern Ontario every weekend, Kris just finished his debut 3-song project. Look for his exciting project, recorded at Lake Effect Studio, available at all of his shows! VIEW WEBSITE

TWO HEARTS CONTENT… This fantastic duo hailing from Orillia have just completed a 1-song project with Taylor Abram. An original song filled with heartfelt lyrics and a great melody – look for it to be available on iTunes now.

SOME OF THE ROCK ARTISTS WORKING WITH WELLCRAFT…

FINAL SIGHT… This 4-piece progressive rock band have just finished their debut 10-song album. With great guitar riffs, an awesome rhythm section, and a powerhouse vocalist, Final Sight is quickly winning over fans everywhere they go. They are coming back this month to begin work on their follow-up album, due out summer 2015 – look for more from this exciting and promising new band! VIEW WEBSITE

SEVEN SHADES… Catchy riffs, amazing hooks, and talented musicians – Seven Shades has all three. Hailing from Orillia, this 5-peice band is in the studio this month working with Taylor Abram on their debut 6-song project. Winning over countless fans every time they play a show, Seven Shades is sure to win over many more with the release of their EP. Stay tuned!

SEXSMITH… Fusing alternative rock with a throwback to the golden-age of true rock and roll, this brother and sister duo from Toronto have just begun work on their debut 10-song album. Featuring signature guitar riffs and sultry vocals, they have the determination and talent to go very far. If you haven’t heard of them yet, trust me…you will soon! VIEW WEBSITE

NEIL CHAPMAN… Neil Chapman. Need I say more…? The guitar-slaying GOD enters Lake Effect Studio this month to mix his 10-song album with Jim Hopson. Filled with fantastic solos and great grooves, this CD is sure to be a staple in your car’s stereo for many years to come!

CAUGHT OFF GUARD… ‘Skunk’ music…ever heard of it?? Well you’re about to hear a TON of it. Having flown in from Calgary, Alberta to record a 3-song demo with Taylor Abram, these guys just finished work on their debut 10-cut album. Fusing a mix of ska, punk, rap, and rock, these guys will make even the toughest music critics fist-pump and head-bang after only a single listen! VIEW WEBSITE

SOME OF THE OTHER ARTISTS WORKING WITH WELLCRAFT…

TAYLOR ABRAM… Barrie native Taylor Abram has just finished mixing & mastering his debut album. The album highlights Taylor’s exceptional skills as a guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, and help to establish him as a credible and talented singer/songwriter. Out now! VIEW WEBSITE

SONYA BERGIN…  Sonya enters studio this month to begin work on her debut 3-song project. Having just won our “Valley Search for a Star” contest, Sonya has the chops and passion to do very well in the business. Her sultry voice and amazing piano talents make her a complete powerhouse. Look for more on this exciting project soon!

MICHELLE PARK… Michelle returns to the studio to finish work with Jim Hopson & Orin Isaacs on her debut album. Having written or co-written 3 of the tunes herself, this album is destined to do great things. A powerhouse vocalist with age & maturity in her voice well beyond her years, this classically-trained pianist has all the tools in place to take her to the top! Stay tuned for more updates this summer on when (and where) you can get her album!

MARTIN ALEX AUCOIN… Completed his debut album at Wellcraft music. Hardly a rookie, Martin has played on dozens of albums as a keyboard session player. This is a self-produced effort with all original material (9 vocals & 2 instrumentals) with Jim Hopson at the control board. Featuring some of Canada’s best jazz musicians including Alex Dean, Steve McDade, Victor Bateman and Al Cross, it walks the jazz/blues line with honest lyrics and great jazz solos by all involved. Nominated for a Juno! Congrats Martin!