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Beltline Youth Centre recording studio a hit within communityRecent renovations done to the Beltline Youth Centre’s recording studio is a hit among community members and the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary.

Completed in late June, the recording studio has received all new equipment and a newly renovated space for the youth to use.
The new production equipment at the studio
Stacee Amos, program coordinator of the Youth Centre, is pleased the new renovations.

“The youth love that the studio has been renovated and running the way it is,” Amos explains. 

“The studio is a much more productive, functioning space and friendly environment for them.”Equipment donation from Immigrant Canada and renovations to the space done by the Devon Foundation made the new studio a reality.  “We couldn’t have done it without their help,” stated Amos.  The Beltline Youth Centre (221-12th Ave S.W.), offers a safe space for primarily immigrant and aboriginal youth aged 12-24. Besides from the recording studio, the space also provides participants with education, employment, and immigrant and band status support.Functioning on a “culture of respect and fair play”, youth are encouraged to utilize the resources and support network readily available to them.

Amos notes, “A lot of our youth have struggled in life; we are happy to offer them the support they need.” 

Dan Bennett and Stacee Amos of the Beltline Youth Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colourful paintings liven up the space in the recording studio

   Drop-in hours and music day camps have introduced amateur musicians into the world of music production and helped better acquaint them with the equipment.

Local hip hop artist, Dan Bennett, aka Transit, has played an active role in running the programs associated with the studio.

"Beltline is a place where artists ages 12-24 can gather with like-minded people and record high quality songs in a supportive environment from their peers for free,” Bennett explains.

“Our artists are truly grateful for this service, and have told me that it has given them an alternative to negative things such as selling drugs. These kids have always been our modern day poets; they just never had a place to be heard - until now."While the Youth Centre receives about 50% of it’s participants from the Beltline area, the rest commute from the deep S.E. and N.E. of Calgary. It is crucial to offer all youth a safe place to grow, learn, and relax, says Amos. A partnership with the City of Calgary has allowed for the youth to use the pool facilities next door, attracting a wide variety of youth to the centre on weekends. For more information on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, click the link