Harbourtone owner/operator, Alex Buchanan, lives and works in his hometown of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Growing up, Alex took an interest in the arts and specifically playing music, writing music, and jamming with the many talented local musicians in the area. He is a self-taught pianist and also plays a variety of other instruments including accordion, guitar and bass. He performs on a regular basis as a soloist and also plays with a variety of groups including celtic/traditional band “Killick”, blues-duo “The Ragged Island Roosters”, and occasionally with folk-duo “Naming The Twins”. To-date he has released two solo albums of original music and has been featured as a studio musician on over 40 albums.
In 2006 he began working as a sound technician at the Osprey Arts Centre theatre in Shelburne for concerts including Jill Barber, JP Cormier, The Hupman Brothers, David Myles, Ian Sherwood, and The Nova Scotia Mass Choir. He also apprenticed at Feswick Productions Recording Studio, where he acted as assistant engineer for a variety of studio clients.
Alex graduated from the Recording Arts Program at the Nova Scotia Community Collage Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth, NS in 2010. He spent his work-term portion of the program at Codapop Studios in Halifax. This gave him the skills and experience he needed to accomplish his dream of running his own recording studio in hometown Shelburne.
In 2010, HarbourTone Productions opened and began booking recording clients. Since opening it’s doors HarbourTone has satisfied many clients from bands to soloists to storytellers. Artists choose to work with Alex because of his attention to detail, technical skills, calm and cheerful personality and creativity.
Alex was hired as Artistic Director of the Osprey Arts Centre in 2012. His job includes booking each performance season at the theatre, promoting and organizing events and occasionally producing performances for the stage. He has booked many acts for the theatre including Barenaked Ladies co-founder Steven Page. He balances this job with the studio and enjoys working with performers both on the stage and in the studio.
Also in 2012, renovations began to create a larger, acoustically designed and soundproofed studio facility for HarbourTone at 25 King Street. After much planning and construction, the new HarbourTone opened in the winter of 2013 with a full booking of clients.
Since starting HarbourTone, Alex has produced over 50 albums and is always looking for new projects!