August 2017 – The Shiners at Canterbury Music Company after a weekend of laying down the bed tracks for Games We Play… and the start of the one and a half year journey!
December 2017 at Canterbury Music Company – The Shiners behind the Neve desk after all thirteen tracks were finally mixed and sent off to Abbey Road Studios for mastering!
Games We Play was a one and a half year process of recording, mixing and mastering, from August 2016 to December 2017… and it was long and wonderful musical marathon! We started at Canterbury Music Company, laying down the bed tracks and then over the months recording guest artists like Denis Keldie on accordion, Carmen Wiebe on grand piano and a horde of Shiner friends on hand claps and oohs. The making continued at Sony ATV Music Publishing studios here in Toronto where Jon’s violin parts were recorded. And much was also recorded at Studio Wolfrey, our home studio – lead vocals from Jen, Shiner backgrounds, percussion from Simon and even some violin from Jen’s son, Manny.
The final mixing was done in December 2017 at Canterbury with Jeremy Darby’s most excellent and generous help… It was a knackered but chuffed lot at 2am!!! on December 14th, having completed the mixing in the wee small hours so that the record could be ready to head across the pond and be mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios on December 15th, 2017… and so it was!
December 2017 also included music video recording at Canterbury and Dora Keogh Irish Pub with Evan Trestan for the title track and first single Games We Play… And now it’s all steam ahead to February 10th 2018 and the launch of this labour of love.
So a big Shiner thank you to all who contributed and supported us through this music making and music sharing journey!!