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In 1974, Paul Gross and Doug Hill formulated a plan to build a world class recording studio in Scarborough, Ontario. They enlisted renowned studio architect George Augspurger to design a large recording room that would attract major artists.

It wasn't long before noted producer Bob Ezrin brought in Kiss and Alice Cooper amongst others. Bob Dylan stopped by, and Keith Richards did as well. Much of the Canadian rock and roll industry came to Phase One to make their records and the studio quickly earned a reputation as THE rock and roll destination in Toronto.

Doug Hill left the business in the 1980's for another successful venture and Paul Gross continued to run Phase One through 2000 at which point he sold the business to Barry Lubotta. Barry had operated Pizazzudio Recording Studio on the west side of town for ten years and wanted the challenge of running a larger studio.

It was no secret that a serious transition was necessary to convert a smoky rockers studio to a more modern facility that would appeal to a wider audience. Artists began to expect more luxurious settings and professional environments. Smoking indoors had been banned at all Toronto businesses and for a studio to survive it would have to cater to other forms of music and clientele while not giving up on rock and roll.

All this was nicely accomplished in late 2000 and the result brought Phase One into the modern age. Studio A, with its large live floor was always the main attraction and left mostly unchanged. It sounds identical today to how it did in 1974 yet it has functional upgrades in terms of wiring, equipment, cosmetics and isolation.

Studio B was remade into an entirely new and modern studio and Studio C was created from the ground up. Studio D was a fortunate last minute decision and today serves a niche as a cozy room for music editing and mixing. All three rooms were designed by well known Canadian studio architects Pilchner-Schoustal International.

One year shy of our 40th birthday, Phase One remains quite possibly the oldest studio in Canada to be operating out of it's original premises. Since our inception we have had just one notion and that is to record great music. We're proud that we have stayed true to our core values. We haven't branched into other areas such as schools, video or live sound - what we do today is just what we did back then. We solidify our reputation daily by maintaining top notch equipment in excellent condition and having a skilled and friendly, down to earth staff that exists to make our clients experiences unforgettable.

If you want to tilt the odds in your favour when recording your music, it's logical to put your trust in Phase One. More than 100 gold and platinum albums are testament to our experience and knowledge in knowing how to record music that sells. If the song is there, if the performance is there, Phase One will also be there to capture it in it's best light.




Since 1974, Phase One has turned out international hits from Toronto. Recently renovated and thoroughly updated, our 7,500 sq. ft. four studio facility has played a significant role in Canada's Recording history with more than 100 gold & platinum albums to our credit.

Staff Photo - 2006

Staff Photo - 2003
Studio B with SSL console
August - 1986
Original owners Paul & Doug chatting with legendary producer Jack Richardson
Paul Gross & Mick Walsh in Studio B - 1982
Howard Ayee & Joe Primeau
August - 1986


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