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Leaving his former digs in Toronto and relocating to this more remote part of the province, Thorney says, was an easy deci- sion. Previously, he was the owner of Tattoo Sound + Music in Toronto and, after selling the business, worked in his apartment be- fore moving into a project-specific space at King West and Spadina. At the time, he was in no hurry to get back into the studio business full-on, but he also wasn’t ready to completely give up his creative work, and found himself in need of both gear and a space. Enter Adam Fair, who Thorney initially hired as, Fair says, “his personal broker” to first outfit Thorney’s apartment studio, then the King and Spadina space, and, finally, Villa Sound, where they ultimately became business partners. Thorney was fed up with outfitting studios and dealing with salespeople and gear by then, his partner explains, and hav- ing Fair as a go-between for gear and trades was ideal. Over the next two years, Thorney and Fair recorded and produced several albums together out of the apartment and, later, the production room before relocating to Collingwood. “Tim was like my mentor, but we went from a mentorship to a partner- ship. I’ve learned a ton of things from him and, I think, I’ve sort of kept him interested in the business as well.” Thorney is originally from Winnipeg and started out with “basement bands” and basic recording in the mid-1970s. He also played in the “new” Guess Who, wrote with Burton Cummings, and moved to Toronto in 1979. From there, he began working at Toronto’s famed but now-defunct Manta Sound. He’s also spent time collaborating with Alanis Morissette and other artists in studios in L.A. and Nashville. “I’ve been doing this forever,” Thorney says, “in a bunch of different roles – produc- ing, songwriting, session playing… I like to say I’ll play whatever nobody else is playing – piano, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, ban- jo… Anything with strings on it that doesn’t look like a violin.” Fair, a drummer, started out playing in high school, but was always more interest- ed in recording and the studio side of the business. “I got a four-track recorder when I was 14 years old, bought some cheap mics, and taught myself.” After briefly studying Recording Arts at the Toronto Film School, Fair interned at Toronto’s Phase One Studios, where he first met Thorney. Upon leaving Toronto, they set up a space in Thorney’s Collingwood basement and ran it until three years ago, when Fair found a 150-year-old farmhouse in Sing- hampton better suited to their needs. “So we bought it, moved the studio in here, and this is its new, happy home,” Thorney says. “All my friends were moving east, which generally made me feel confident about moving west,” Thorney continues, explaining the choice of Collingwood and, later, Singhampton as bases. While the Collingwood location – a bungalow with t R7GVFFRS7gB&6VVB( 0v2fRf"FV"W'6W2FRWvW"76P6vF2f"&WGFW"FW6( ė@v6( BFR7V6f26FFB&FV@FR66R( F&WFG2( vRBF7F'@6WvW&RVWBWrB&VFfVǒ66PFF&F( Х66Rfrg&FR6ƖwvB76Rf6VB2WVBG2vR7V'7FЧFǒBF&W&VƖWfW2N( 2f"&WGFW 76Rv6FRW62FVFW FGF"2&WfW26W"7GVF( F0'VFr2W7BV&VƖWf&R( R62( FfRvBFN( 2SV'2BvF&W66RN( 2rF22FR76PvRvW&Rvrf"rB6VG2w&VBBb&6VG2w&VBRF( BfPFFV6FB( Фb6W'6RFR6W&6RbFRW60'W6W7226vVB&F6ǒ&V6V@V'2( ĖF2WrV6ג&RRvpF7VBC367G'V7FvWGFpFR6VBbFR6G^( &RWBbW ֖7&W26R6&CЧW"F6W76( ХFGFF&W62v2vB6ЦFW&&6f7F'( 2( BB6VFVBƖRBF22&RƖR6Rv&VBB6ЧfR( 2BW6R&Vǒ6f'F&RvFf&W6RFRƗfR&( R6VW2B2&WGW&FB66&V6&Fr7GVF2g&Ц2f"&62FRS26W2ƖR6ЧfRBV2( vW&R&VW7FFRv06VBW6626VBff&BFƗfR( Ю( ħW7B'WrFR6Rv2FRf'7@7FWWrW"vR( f"WG2खFWFW&֖rrFWFfBFR7GRЦFF&WBf"FV6FVBFvVBgV7F( vRVFVBWvWGFr'V6b֖2&W26fW'FW'2vB7VЦW'2B54G&FB6V7G2bB( Фf"W2खFR7GVF67WW2&Vvǐ"7gBbFRGv7F&WB7gBআW6RvFFRƗfRf"&Vr&WB7gB( FW&^( 27GVǒF6VFR֖BЦFRbFBv62FW&W7FrBB0&Vǒv6VƖw2( f"FW2( FVW7@fbbFB2FR&Vvǒ37gB6G&&vFFF6Fg&FRƗfR&ЦB6F&F( frF6VখFRƗfR&vRVW7VW2FP76RWfV&WGFW"f"67Vr6G&&Х$dU544TB( "3