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20 FOR '16 IN THE YEAR OF MUSIC: DAN OWEN

"The reputation of OCL, and the fact that it can meet any number of different needs, is something that more and more artists in town and across the country are figuring out, usually by word of mouth or through discovering it themselves as part of another project they were a part of."

Mike Bell | Calgary Herald

OCL STUDIOS HOPING TO BUILD A NAME FOR ITSELF BY OFFERING MUSICIANS A UNIQUE RECORDING EXPERIENCE

"While Owen still lives in a separate part of the house, the rest of it is set up with everything including living quarters, full kitchen, office space, swimming pool, hot tub, and, of course, the recording area itself, which was designed by Vancouverite and Sarah McLachlan engineer Chris Potter and built with an ear for detail, featuring control room, studios, recording booths and editing suite, along with guitars, microphones and other gear."

Mike Bell | Calgary Herald

JUSTINE VANDERGRIFT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH FOURTH ALBUM, STAY

“My first three albums were pretty experimental, just having fun,” says Vandergrift, who will be playing Mikey’s on 12th Avenue on Nov. 26 as part of a new series of Blue Jay Sessions. “I’m self-managed, so I don’t have a label or anyone trying to get me to do anything a certain way. But I worked really closely with the crew at OCL Studios. We were going for Americana, older-style country but more on the easy-listening side of things.”

Eric Volmers | Calgary Herald

CALGARY ROOTS ARTIST JJ SHIPLETT'S SONGWRITING JOURNEY GETS A LITTLE MORE REAL WITH LATEST EP FINGERS CROSSED

"He then took it to local joy factory OCL Studios, where he spent two weeks with producer-engineer Josh Rob Gwilliam, the artist performing much of the music, co-producing it, making it what he wanted, needed, to make at this time in his life and career."

Mike Bell | The YYSCENE

ALL THAT JAZZ: AIMEE-JO BENOIT AND TRIO VELOCITY EXPLORE GENRE'S FLEXIBILITY WITH DEBUT ALBUM, BORJONER

"This is not always an easy task, particularly given the outfit’s penchant for loose arrangements and improvisation. But Benoit says the songs were all captured over a day and a half at OCL last year, with the musicians isolated in their own booths for sonic purposes but still able to see each other and interact. Some of the covers benefited from a history of improvisation between the four musicians."

Eric Volmers | The Guardian

FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE RECORDING STUDIO: A PERSONAL MUSICAL TRAVELOGUE

"OCL Studios sits just outside of Calgary in nearby Langdon, on a bed of pristine property. It is regarded as one of the top recording studios in Western Canada not only for its state-of-the-art equipment but also because it is a ‘fully-equipped’ home. Its amenities allow the artist to live at the residence to work on their art. While I’d been to the studio many times and even had the opportunity to do some recording there, I knew that this time would be different."

Marvin Matthews | Rock Cellar Magazine

CALGARY'S CHRON GOBLIN TAKE CONTROL WITH FOURTH ALBUM, HERE BEFORE

The album was recorded in the summer of 2018 and found the band decamping to the OCL, which is the only residential recording studio in Western Canada.

“We stayed out there for nine days,” Purdy says. “You eat meals together, swim in the pool together and really remove yourself from everyday life and focused on making the best album that we could.”

Eric Volmers | Calgary Herald

ONE TOURING MUSICIAN'S LOVE LETTER TO CALGARY

"Calgary has treated us wonderfully as we've made this record. Everything was recorded just east of town at OCL Studios. Dan, Josh and the crew there made us feel incredibly welcome."

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Huffington Post

LAUREN MANN RETURNS HOME WITH NO FOLK, LESS FOLK AND MORE FOLK WITH NEW ALBUM DEARESTLY

"Helping with that was the fact that the album was recorded at local OCL Studios and produced by Redekopp and Gwilliam. Mann says the place and the environment are conducive to collaboration and creativity. “The first thing that jumped out to me when we visited the first time is the community that it fosters,” she says. “It is a hub and there’s always someone doing something cool there, either recording or just building stuff for someone’s production, people writing together. So it just kind of fosters the community. And I think this album was totally a product of that.”"

Mike Bell | Calgary Herald

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