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CBC News feature story on the legendary Le Studio

Tue, Jun 9, 2015@6:10PM | comments

UPDATE - 6/12@6:31PM: Kevin from the Le Studio channel breaks down the facts behind all of the recent press that Le Studio has received over the last week (including the CBC article highlighted below) in this very informative video. The bottom line is that the studio is not for sale, and never was (especially not for $18,000 as claimed). Watch the video for the full explanation.

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CBC News featured a story today on the iconic Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec where Rush recorded several albums including Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures. The article and associated video news story highlight the studio's history and how it ended up in its current abandoned and dilapidated state. They also speak with well-known Montreal street musician Richard Baxter, who recently launched an ambitious Kickstarter campaign to revive the studio and turn it into a non-profit studio and museum:

... "I always dreamed of getting that place," he said. " I always say, 'If I won the (Lotto) 6/49, that's the place I'm going to buy." ... "For me, it's not a money thing. I won't make money with this, [maybe] a little bit, but I don't want to charge the bands a lot. I want to help them," he said. "I've been drumming for 35 years and it would be the biggest achievement I can think of." ...

But Andre Perry, the legendary recording engineer and producer who built the studio over 40 years ago is skeptical:

... He says several groups and individuals have tried to purchase and resurrect the studio in the past, none successfully. He also doubts it will make it as far as the auction. It has come close before and the owners have paid off the debt before losing the property. Besides, Perry says, the essence of the studio - of that time and that place in musical history - has passed and the tipping point on the building's viability may have passed as well. When he initially sold it, he was hopeful that eventually it could be tied to a university with a music program that could have preserved it and used it for educational purposes. But now, given its current state, Perry said it may be time to bury the past, tear down Le Studio and finally let it rest in peace. "You can't save that. It's a dream. It's gone. You cannot put it back together," he said. "It's very sad that it did not have the continuity, but the point is, when it's over, you've got to walk away." ...

Last year Neil Peart paid a visit to Le Studio and described the experience in a blog post on his website. There's also this fan-made, 2-part documentary on Le Studio that premiered on YouTube last year. You can read the entire CBC News article here and watch the associated video news story below.