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Former Mushroom Studios closing down today

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The little red light at the former Mushroom Studios will turn off for the last time today.

The iconic space at 1234 West Sixth Avenue in Vancouver is going out with a marathon of recording sessions.

Hipposonic Studios, as it’s now known, is moving out and the new owner won’t be using the site as a recording space.

There are no known plans yet to tear the building down or replace it with condominiums.

Studio boss Rob Darch says a lot of history has been made between those four walls.

“From Terry Jacks and Loverboy… Led Zeppelin have been rumoured to come through here all the way up to recently Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Prairie Dance Club…they’ve all been in here,” he explains.

Other famous clients include Heart, who recorded their classic Dreamboat Annie album there in 1976, as well as 54-40, BTO, Bif Naked, Carly Rae Jepsen, Loverboy, Sarah McLachlan, Queensrÿche, Ringo Starr, Skinny Puppy, Jane Siberry, Spirit of the West, and Tegan and Sara, among others.

“It’s going to be sad that it won’t be a place in Vancouver to record in anymore,” Darch expresses.

He blames changing technology and a tight market for the move.

“Everybody is competing for the same, small amount of income that there is and so as a consequence, the [studio] rates have come way down and it’s just tough to make a go,” he says.

Hipposonic is moving to a new site on Clark Drive and will go from two studios to one.

“This is a move to save jobs… to keep us in business.  As much as we would love to have stayed on here, the footprint of the site is not really conducive to the operations of today’s music environment,” Darch explains.

He says bookings in the larger room have gone down to 25 per cent in the past year. But the facility isn’t going out with a whimper.

Chief Engineer Rob Michael says they’re offering 17 artists free studio time today as a thank you. “We’re giving each artist and each band a 45-minute slot to come in and record two songs and be part of Mushroom history,” he says.

Michael put the call for submissions out last week and was overwhelmed by the response.

“A bunch of the people we have coming in are people that have never recorded here before but submitted really good demos,” Michael admits.

The site originally opened in 1965.