Published Sep 29, 2011The Vancouver production team of John Collins and Dave Carswell (aka JC/DC) have been forced by the city to leave the recording studio where they recorded countless albums for the likes of the New Pornographers, Destroyer, Apollo Ghosts and more. The pair were evicted from the Downtown Eastside building, collectively known as the artspace the Red Gate, after the city deemed the structure unsafe.
The city first gave the Red Gate a 30-day "Order to Vacate" notice back in May due to its "unsafe and hazardous conditions," but the tenants were granted an extension that ran through the summer to bring the building back up to code. Regrettably for the arts community, a decision made September 26 by the Building Inspections Branch issued the landlord an "Order to Cease Occupancy" letter.
"It's disappointing for us," Collins told the Georgia Straight. "We kind of knew we were living on borrowed time from the day we moved in there, but it does seem like a pretty arbitrary time to have to leave."
The studio had been housed in the upper levels of the Red Gate for "six or seven years," recording the New Pornos (in which Collins plays bass), the Evaporators (which both Collins and Carswell play in), Tegan and Sara, and more over the years. Despite the hassle of being displaced, Collins said not to worry, as they've already been eyeing new spots to set up their next studio.