At the St. Anthony and Area Boys and Girls Club, a new studio space is allowing youth to get creative with recording technology.
And it means the club will soon be dropping its first ever Christmas album.
The club received funding last year to renovate closet space into a studio room, with recording equipment and instruments.
A nearby dance hall was also created.
Renovations are now complete and most of the equipment, including a computer, recording software, bass guitar, and keyboard, has arrived.
Three Grade 10 students, Cameron Simms, Cole Thompson and Luke Reardon, who also form the band fourfivefour, will be leading the club's music program.
The band says they’ve completed the backing tracks using the software, and they’re just waiting for the new audio interface to record the vocals with younger kids at the club.
For the most part, the guys won’t be playing on the Christmas album but they will be contributing their own recording of “Jingle Bell Rock”.
To have this level of recording equipment means a lot to the young band.
Cameron is well acquainted with recording software. He says he’s been using software to make his own songs for years.
Using the new equipment, he’s already mixed together tracks for their song, “Driver’s License”. Cole plays guitars, he plays bass, and Luke is on keyboard.
He’ll finish the track once the rest of the equipment arrives.
The band told The Northern Pen they hope to debut the song live at the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department Telethon on Nov 6.