BEATROUTE BC E-EDITION

British Columbia

Recent
Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


Oddity Kombucha Keeps it Simple with Style 


By Alan Ranta VANCOUVER – If you have chronic digestive issues or merely like to promote intestinal health, kombucha is…

, ,
Ad

Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • Happy Friday the 13th! We are celebrating the opening nighthellip
  • Hanson played the Vogue Theatre last night on a tourhellip
  • Our friends at mformontreal just announced their entire weekend ofhellip
  • Vancouverbased soulrb institution The Boom Booms go all the wayhellip
  • After a few years of separation Blue Hawaii try ahellip
  • Had a real nice time at Arcade Fire tonite! hellip
  • Just had a great rainy day chat with our friendshellip
  • Beck officially releases his new album Colors tomorrow BeatRoute editorhellip
  • Paying our respects today to the great Canadian legend Gordonhellip
Ad
Ad
Ad

What’s in the box? Find out at Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios

Thursday 19th, January 2017 / 13:46
By Johnny Papan

VANCOUVER — Upon entry, you are greeted by a giant banner of two 1950s women joyfully screaming in a concert audience, setting the tone for artists coming in to fulfill their musical desires. Since opening its doors three years ago, Pandora’s Box Rehearsal Studios has quickly become one of Vancouver’s premiere rehearsal spaces. Built and run by musicians, for musicians.

Spending over a decade as the drummer of Terror of Tiny Town, owner Paul Alexander is no stranger to rehearsals. “One of the inspirations for building this space was being unable to converse with my bandmates because we could hear the band next door,” he explains. Alexander, alongside his wife Colleen, storage locker specialist Dan Flynn, and La Chinga guitarist Ben Yardley implemented “box in box construction” while building this studio from the ground up, always keeping the importance of sound quality at the forefront. “If we had a choice between making it look pretty or making it sound good, we made it sound good.”

The 19-room studio was built entirely on ground level concrete, so artists need not worry about carrying gear up and down stairs. Amps, microphones, and full drum kits are also included within each space. “If you’re renting a room for two hours, you don’t want to spend 20 minutes setting up, and another 20 minutes tearing down,” Alexander explains. “We include a lot of stuff that other places make you rent. Here, you can walk in and play after five minutes.”

What’s pleasing is the broad mix of musicians that come into Pandora’s Box. “A grandmother will be practicing karaoke, while there’s a grindcore band in the next room, and a 35-piece brass band in Studio 19.” Studio 19 is the largest rehearsal space, often utilized for music video shoots and small concerts. “A lot of artists come here every week, some have been with us since we opened. It’s a community here.” The studio has even caught the attention of some big names, including Devin Townsend, The Pack A.D., and Black Mountain, all of whom have rehearsed within these walls.

Prior to Pandora’s Box, Alexander and Colleen ran the Surf Junction campground in Ucluelet, BC for 11 years. Alexander states the transition from running a camp to rehearsal studio was simple. “The job is essentially the same, we rent space and clean toilets. What’s great is that we don’t have to tell people to be quiet anymore.”

Pandora’s Box Studios is located at 1890 Pandora Street.

, , , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE:

BeatRoute.ca is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.

Search

BEATROUTE AB E-EDITION

Ad

Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • Were having a blast at updtfest here in Edmonton! Recaphellip
  • 12 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Onehellip
  • Its Wide Cut time again folks widecutweekend
  • I just enjoyed singing So thats what I always gravitatedhellip
  • Singersongwriters in the round for the second day of widecutweekendhellip
  • 22 BeatRoute is taking over the city tonight!  Ourhellip
  • Kendall Carson melted our faces and you can see herhellip
  • HUDSON brings NY jazz to the Jack Singer at yycartshellip
  • Check out our spooky October cover issue on the streetshellip
Ad
Ad