Bellewether (indie pop/alt rock )

What: mixing final tracks for full length CD
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Belleweather

Fast Facts: Long time friends and theatrical co-workers Oksana Porteous and Carol-Anne Day formed Bellewether in 2009. Since the addition of drummer Graham Pendray and bassist Andrew Kobewka, the quartet has written over 30 songs and have been working on their debut CD for the past year. Influences include: Metric, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sarah Maclachlan, Dido, Tegan & Sara, The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

Catch Them: Around Calgary at various clubs

The Obligatory Inaugural Blog Post

Everyone seems to have one, so why break the tradition! In this post we would simply like to point out that we intend to do some serious blogging as time marches on. We will share whatever new and exciting news we have to share, perhaps we’ll share some ideas that we’ve been mulling over, but most of all, we hope to share updates and information about the incredibly talented artists that we work with, keeping you abreast of what’s going on in the studio and what’s coming to you soon music-wise! With this website and social networking, we are really aiming to broaden our horizons as far as getting into the “current age” goes! Yes, we’re on Facebook! Yes, we’re on Twitter! You BET we have YouTube! And just to up the “pro” quotient, we even have LinkedIn! Of course, we still have our myspace page as well, but expect an overhaul of that soon as well.

We realize that there isn’t much about MCC Recording Studio that you might not already know contained in this website, but that too will change. For now,¬†we’re confident that we finally have a strong, well-rooted foundation with this new website and the social networks that we have connected to and you can expect this resource to grow very quickly as we add new information and start to showcase some of the projects that we’re working on as well as the talented artists that we’re working with.

We will sign off there for now …

Always the music makers,

MCC Recording Studio

P.S. We would LOVE it if you would leave a comment on this post. It would make us feel all “rock and roll” to have people like you show us that you care. ūüôā

Chris Bullen (rock guitar instrumental)

What:  full length CD
Engineer:  Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Chris Bullen

Fast Facts: The talent of Calgary guitar virtuoso Chris Bullen, has for the most part, been ‚Äúflying under the radar‚ÄĚ for a great many years now‚Ķ¬† But not anymore‚Ķ !
After a chance encounter to jam with the legendary Steve Vai made possible through a charity auction, the cat is definitely out of the bag now…  Recently signed to Steve Vai’s Favored Nations digital label, Chris is hard at work recording his debut CD due out by the end of 2010.
Working on the disc with Chris is Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea, John McLaughlin) on bass, and drummer Shane Gaalaas (Yngwie Malmsteen, Uli Jon Roth of the scorpions)
Catch Them: Soon…

Amy Thiesson (folk alternative soul)

What:¬† full length¬† CD¬†¬† ‚ÄúGive Up the Fight‚ÄĚ
Engineer: Rick Mizzoni & Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Rick Mizzoni

Fast Facts: Calgarian singer/ songwriter Amy Thiessen continues to take her Soul folk music to people around the country and the world. ‚ÄúTell me‚ÄĚ Thiessen‚Äôs EP is played on CBC, CKUA, and several campus radio stations, charting on CJSW. Her road legs came in 2009 after playing 125 shows, 67 on the road with three tours scanning St John‚Äôs NF to Victoria BC. Career highlights for Thiessen include sharing the stage with the great Ben E King, touring with the ‚ÄúLadies that like to Folk‚ÄĚ and joining Catherine Maclellan, Lynn Miles, and Melanie Doane, in their Calgary Siren‚Äôs of Song Performance.

Catch Them:
Sep-16 Jeffrey’s Cafe, Edmonton    Sep-17 Sep-18 Prana Yoga Studio, Edmonton
Sep-19 Amarilla centre, Red Deer    Sep-20 Minstrels Cafe, Kelowna
Sep-23 Raw Canvas, Vancouver        Sep-24 Trees Coffee House, Vancouver
Sep-25 Guilt and Co, Vancouver        Sep-26 Yoga Spirit, Vancouver
Sep-27 Ocean Island Cafe, Victoria    Sep-29 Herman’s lounge, Victoria
Sep-30 Corner’s lounge, Nanaimo    Oct-02 Black Stilt, Victoria
Oct-03 Moksha, VIctoria Victoria    Oct-07 Blue Dog Cafe, Cochrane

Fireside Riot (synth pop rock)

What:  tunes for up coming CD
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Trevor Hurst

Fast Facts: A smooth base of pop vocals, a dash of melodic synth, a pinch of heavy guitar to add crunch Рadd generously a full cup of swagger and mix until your arms are numb. The end result should yield an adrenaline-pumping product.  Working with Econoline Crush lead vocalist Trevor Hurst as producer, these hooky tunes are sure to give you the urge to dance and party.

Catch Them: Around Calgary at various clubs and at Mount Royal college at the 3rd Annual ROTAROCK! —- Rock the Change 2010 is the OFFICIAL wind-down party for the 30 Hour Famine, Olympic Plaza April 16th —- Sled Island 2010. All Ages show. Live at The New Black Centre, July 3rd with Crystal Kid, The Pine Tarts and MIESHA & THE SPANKS

Shannon Smith (Kickin’ Country)

What:¬† tunes for up coming CD “Tell Me Something”
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Johnny Gasparic

Fast Facts: Since 2007, Shannon has played at several top-notch venues and events throughout Alberta including the Big Valley Jamboree, Airdrie Pro Rodeo and Flames Central in Calgary. She has opened for country recording artists Johnny Reid, Duane Steele and Julian Austin. Shannon was thrilled to be the 2009 winner of the Country 105/Lammle’s Rising Star Contest held at Ranchman’s in Calgary.

Catch Them:
Oct. 8/9¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wild Bill’s¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Banff
Oct. 16     Tribute to the Grand Ole Opry @ Ogden Legion     Calgary
Oct. 22/23     Elbow River Casino     Calgary
Oct. 26-30     County Line Saloon     Calgary
Nov. 5/6     Country Roads Saloon     Calgary
Nov. 12/13     Yellowhead Casino         Edmonton
Nov. 19/20     Casino Calgary         Calgary
Dec. 10-11     Cash Casino             Calgary
Dec. 14-18     County Line Saloon     Calgary
Dec. 31     Hanna Community Center     Hanna  AB

Angela White (pop)

What:  recording epic song for disaster relief in Haiti and other places, and charities.
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Angela White with Daron Schofield

Fast Facts: Angela has gathered togerta a ton of artists from various background to perform on the song “         “ . some of the artists include… Julian Austin, Jesse James (makeshift innocence)
She has performed on more than 50 film sets in the last 10 years. Angela played the role of  Bernadette, the Waitress in the mafia dark-comedy feature film, Knockaround Guys next to Vin Diesel, Seth Green, Barry Pepper, Dennis Hopper and John Malcovich. Her other film credits include featured roles in Shanghai Noon, The Claim, The Heidi Fleiss Story, The Sheldon Kennedy Story

Catch Them:  Soon…

Jo Hikk (Country)

What:¬† tunes for up coming CD ‚ÄúThe Game‚ÄĚ
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Jo Hikk and Bob Foster

Fast Facts: The Game is the sound of a band at the top of theirs. It will be released through Conveyor/Universal Music Canada, on August 10th, 2010. It‚Äôs the keenly awaited follow-up to Jo Hikk‚Äôs highly acclaimed debut album, Ride. With Ride, Jo Hikk scored hit singles with ‚ÄúSweet City Woman‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúMy Kind Of Radio‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúCloser‚ÄĚ.¬† success of Ride put Jo Hikk on the map and helped the band score nominations for Group or Duo of the Year and Rising Star at the 2009 CCMA Awards.

Catch Them:
Oct.   22, 2010          Lethbridge, AB      Average Joes
Dec. 16-18, 2010         Calgary, AB         Ranchmans
March 3-5, 2011     Fort McMurray AB         Boomtown Casino
April 21-23, 2011         Calgary, AB         Ranchmans

Crystal Kid (pop rock, dance)

What:  tunes for up coming CD
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: Rick Mizzoni

Fast Facts: Bandmates  & brothers Charles and Frank Torrealba have been busy writing new tunes and are quickly getting on the radar of some major labels and major radio programmers. Crystal  Kid have been winning local radio contests and playing shows in Alberta and BC.

Catch Them: this winter/spring on the stage with other distinguished Canadian acts such as Daniel Wesley, The Mission District, Hey Ocean, The Dudes and many others.
Also look for Crystal Kid at Sled Island Music Festival 2010 with prominent artists such as Girl Talk, No Age and The Black Lips.

The Stone Cartel (hard rock)

What:  full CD
Engineer: Johnny Gasparic
Producer: TSC w/Johnny Gasparic

Fast Facts: George Warren – Lead Vocal/Guitar. Carl Hibbs – Vocal/Guitar. Mike Churchill – Vocal/Bass. Ben Samson – Vocal/Drums rock band from Calgary.., (influences ACDC, Zep, Eagles, Metallica)

Catch Them:
19 Feb 2010¬†¬† The Auditorium….¬†¬†¬† Hotel Nanton¬†¬†¬†¬† AB
26 Feb 2010   What About Bob’s    Calgary        AB
19 Mar 2010   The Slice            Lethbridge        AB
7 Apr   2010   The Distillery        Calgary        AB
10 Apr 2010¬† The GruvStone ….Lounge High River.., ..AB……..
20 Apr 2010   The Rose & Crown    Banff,        Alberta