Remember When Rush’s Favourite Studio Was Up for Sale for $18K? Yeah, About That…

Last week, Rush fans were all freaked out about the prospect of Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec–once the band’s favourite studio–being sold at auction for a measly $18,000.

Yes, eighteen thousand dollars. For the place where Rush recorded albums like Moving Pictures.

The place was a mess, having fallen into a terrible state of disrepair. The owner–who has had the place up for sale since 2008–was also behind in his property taxes.

After letting it slide for a long time, the town filed notice that it was going to auction off the property to recoup those unpaid taxes, which had grown to $18,000–hence the starting sale price in the auction. Anything beyond that would have been gravy for the town.

So what happened? Who bought it? And what’s going to become of the place?

(A) Nothing.

(B) No one.

(C) We still don’t know.

The current owner of Le Studio prevented the auction from happening by stepping up and paying off the back taxes. That means we’re right back to where we started back in May: a dilapidated studio, stripped of all its gear that’s in the process of being reclaimed by nature.

Le Studio
The once state-of-the-art Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. Someone should at least mow the lawn.

Yes, there is still a crowdfunding campaign to purchase and refurbish the place that was launched by a local musician/producer, but it  hasn’t exactly caught fire. That means for the moment, the place will continue to be a home for squirrels and the odd raccoon. Don’t expect either species to release anything soon.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “Remember When Rush’s Favourite Studio Was Up for Sale for $18K? Yeah, About That…

  • June 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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    It just goes to show that there is nothing that can avoid the ravages of time. In this studio’s prime, I’m sure everyone involved was certain that place was in it for the long haul… But only 20 years later, it’s put up for sale, and look at it now.
    It lets you know how fragile everything both in our lives, and all around truly is, and that nothing lasts forever.
    Enjoy what you have every second you can hang on, because you never know when it could be a distant memory.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 7:20 pm
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    i want to buy it and renovate it completely back into a world class facility and i will live on the site also.

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