Local studio offers musicians a new home


SoundLab Studios was founded by two college friends, Darryl Cameron and Christine Cameron, who have played music most of their lives.

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A new music recording studio has opened for musicians to perform, create and organize events in Sherwood Park.
SoundLab Studios was founded by two college friends, Darryl Cameron and Christine Cameron, who have played music most of their lives.
Both realized that there was a lack of space for local musicians who might be just starting out, as well as more seasoned players.
“In Sherwood Park there is really a lack of spaces for someone to go and play music other than the basement or garage, which is cold and muddy in the winter,” said Darryl, co-owner of SoundLab. Studios.
“We are trying to create a community of musicians here in Sherwood Park and in Strathcona County. ”
The studio doors opened on April 1 and although the multi-faceted facility has only been around for a quarter of a year, Darryl said there are already plans for expansion.
“Right now, we are working with the county to get proper zoning to have live music, so that we can put on shows here, and we are also working with (Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission) to get a license. alcohol for part of the space, ”he said, adding that they keep the facility open to all ages.
Darryl and his co-owner Christine first met in college and started playing music together from there.
“Christine and I have been amateur musicians our entire lives – she plays bass and I play guitar,” Darryl explained.
“We played quite a bit in college, but we hadn’t played in several years until we got together as part of a county-run garage band project, where you join in. as a musician and they put you together with other musicians to form a band.
After exploring the options available for musicians to play music, Darryl discovered that there was none like the space they ended up creating.
“It’s something that we thought was really needed in this region,” he said.
“In our research, we saw that it existed in Toronto and Vancouver, but there wasn’t really anything on that scale in it.
Their work to open SoundLab Studios started in 2017 – and now that it’s open, they are able to provide a space where people can practice playing instruments, as well as learn more about what it is. is necessary to be successful in the trade through workshops.
“We have (a workshop) coming up for independent artists on how to make a living in the music business, as well as another for instrument building classes,” Darryl added.
They plan to keep the studio’s rates affordable in an effort to make it accessible, Darryl said, noting that they “want to keep it within reach of young people and musicians in general.”
The studio focuses on young people and is part of a movement of various groups in the county to provide safe spaces for this age group.
“We did a fundraiser here for a group in Edmonton called ETown Augmented – this is an acapella group trying to get young people involved, and they are having another (fundraiser) here in September,” said Darryl.
“Part of our target demographic is the youth. We really want to have a clean, safe space where they can come and play music. ”
The studio doors are open for events, photoshoots and birthdays, but above all it’s a place for musicians to rehearse and record.
“We have a bigger event space and a living room where people can just relax and talk, strum a guitar and create songs. ”
SoundLab Studios is located at 195 – 130 Broadway Blvd.

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Bev Facey High School Student Kat Zel (right) and Brenda Dirk perfect their sound in the rehearsal room at SoundLab Studios in Sherwood Park Photo provided
Bev Facey High School Student Kat Zel (right) and Brenda Dirk perfect their sound in the rehearsal room at SoundLab Studios in Sherwood Park Photo provided


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