SAULT STE. MARY –
The Algoma Conservatory of Music is celebrating the opening of its new 170-seat venue known as “The Loft” this week, a one-stop-shop for artists looking to perform and record. Their own music.
“The seats were designed to be as comfortable as possible, almost like a nightclub,” said Guy Traficante, director of the Algoma Conservatory of Music. “Just so that you almost feel like you are in a place where you would like to smoke a cigar, when in fact you are in a room that has been perfectly designed for optimum sound.”
Seats can be removed or added, as needed. Traficante said the venue should allow him to increase the total number of shows he can present in a year.
“We get almost daily calls from people who want to record here, of course it’s not just a performance hall,” he added.
The loft houses its own recording studio, connected to the room and to the machine shop next door.
Cameras will soon be installed for both, making it a one-stop-shop for those looking to play and record their own shows.
“I realized that maybe this is a new role for a high-end recording studio, it’s to turn it into a social media content service,” said Greig Nori. , Managing Director of Loft and Studio. “So any performance in the machine shop or here can all be filmed and recorded and I think we’re the only one in Canada, the only one-stop shop that’s set up to do that.”
The first live show to be held on site will take place on November 5 and 6.