Toronto-based producer - engineer - mixer with over 20 years experience. My goal is to create an engaging yet relaxed environment in which bands can perform at their best, and create music that is artful and true to their vision. I pride myself on knowing when to push artists to see potential beyond those they have realized before, to help them broaden their sonic palette, and to see their ideas through in the fullest possible way … all while having a bit of fun, as that’s what this should be!
Though he may have landed himself in the role as one of Toronto’s most prolific indie-rock producers, Chris Stringer’s path to this current title has been anything but genre-specific. A multi-instrumentalist who founded his interest in music recording and engineering in high school (and a self-admitted metal-head), Chris attended The Harris Institute for the Arts in Toronto to study sound engineering and production. It was there that he was hit with his first career break in 1994 — an offer for internship at Reaction Studios, one of Canada’s premier recording spaces. As an assistant engineer for acts like Rush, Blue Rodeo, Sum 41 and Joey DiFrancesco, Chris spent ten years honing his skills on every style of music that walked through the door, eventually garnering himself the role of chief engineer before he decided it was time to take his many trades into the freelance market — this time with production on his mind.
Eight years later, the list of artists he has produced and engineered has matured at an impressive rate, and continues to be a growing testament to his unbounded musical flexibility. Along with a newfound respect for cats.
And an impressive list it is. From his beginnings with Toronto’s Bellwoods crew — Ohbijou, The D’urbervilles, Forest City Lovers and, perhaps most notably, Timbre Timbre (who’s 2009 self-titled release on Arts & Crafts was named Eye Magazine’s Album of the Year) — to more recent collaborations with artists like Elliot Brood, The Wooden Sky, Snowblink, New Country Rehab and NQ Arbuckle, on the surface that indie title may still hold some serious weight. But all you have to do is dig a little deeper into his catalogue to realize that Chris Stringer has more than his fair share of folk, jazz, pop, metal, old country and experimental analogue synth recordings under his belt than are possible to list on this here page. But if it sounds like the only place you’re ever going to find him is in the studio, you might want to check onstage first. Whether it’s blistering through licks with his instrumental country band Uncle Dad and the Grandbrothers (yup, they’re for real), sequencing synths with the experimental Faceless Forces of Bigness, or accompanying one of the plethora of artists he’s worked with (Holly McNarland, Megan Bonnell, We’re Marching On or Timber Timbre to name a few), it’s fair to say this guy loves what he does. He also loves his wife and his cat. A lot.
Chris was recently nominated and won in the category of Best Producer in NOW magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2013.
Co-produced a record with Joshua Van Tassel for Megan Bonnell called "Hunt and Chase". It's out now! Check out the track "Coming Home" below