A note from Silverthorn Studio's co-founder and manager, Bryn Scott-Grimes.
The dream that became Silverthorn studio's was planted in me when I was 13, when I had my first chance to record in a pro studio as an electric guitarist. It was Fred Smith Studios in Kitchener, and was run by the father of the lead singer of the band I was in at the time called Fatal Coincidence. The studio was mesmerizing. It spanned half of the basement and was a blend of class, technology, comfort and coolness. I had never seen a workplace so inviting--quiet, equipped, private, calm--it was perfect. Despite my fascination with the studio, I had no idea I would one day have my own gorgeous, professional space at my finger tips. Even when the idea first occurred to me to build a studio, I had not even the faintest clue what it would take to make it all come true.
I had one other good friend from university who I knew did a lot of his own recordings--that man was Taylor Abrahamse. We had recorded some together and had been roommates already on Ossington avenue. I knew I would need a business partner and someone who would know as much or more than I did about recording. When I asked Taylor if he was interested in being roommates again and building a studio he was immediately on board and we set out looking for an appropriate space. Long story short--it took about 6 months just to find the right location. Everything was either too small, too expensive, too loud, or too close to anything else that would interfere with a good recording. It was Taylor's dad who finally found a listing - a space advertised as a 'potential gym or recording studio'. It was a gift from above!
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I thought it would take 6 months to build & become operational. But nobody could imagine the immense task I had wished upon us. Now, over two years later, I've saved up about 3 albums worth of songs, as it made no sense for me to record anything any where else. I was expecting to have my own studio any minute.
I'd like to thank everyone who helped bring this studio to life. I'd like to start with my best friend Taylor, who was the first person I asked to join me on this dream 3 years ago, when I grew sick of recording in closets, ex-washer-rooms, and bedrooms. Taylor was the primary investor, producer, co-decision maker, detail checker, and mastermind behind all of the endless in and outs required to make everything work clearly and brilliantly. It cannot be expressed how much gratitude I have for having been blessed with such an intelligent, attentive, and creative business partner. We all relied on him tremendously to make sure every last detail was taken care of and to keep us on schedule despite the snags.
Last but not least, thank you to all of the young men & women who offered their time and expertise to help pull all the loose ends together when the rest of us were too tired or too busy to do it ourselves.