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We're pleased and honored to be nominated for NS Music Awards again this year. Fred Lavery in 3 categories : Producer of the Year, Industry Professional of the Year, and Studio of the Year, (Lakewind Sound Studios).
Congratulations to our main man Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd nominated for Studio Engineer of the Year as well. Thanks and
best of luck to all the amazing music folks we've had the privlege of working with over the last year and congratulations to all our industry friends and colleagues. Hope to see you all in Yarmouth.
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Our "cool cat" buddy Brian Talbot is at Lakewind this week working on new music from "Slowcoaster" with Sheppy ..... more great funky danicin' tunes from Slowco !! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lakewind is an award winning recording studio
located in Point Aconi Cape Breton

With a vision to create a recording space to inspire artists to produce their best music, owners Fred Lavery and Gordie Sampson established Lakewind Sound Studios with a true purpose. Along with award winning engineer Michael Shepherd they continue to strive for the perfect balance of art and technology. Acoustically designed rooms that look, feel and sound great, combined with technical excellence, musicality, practical experience, and the personal commitment that has become a trademark, Lakewind Sound maintains it’s place as a home for “the mood, the muse, and the music”.

Lakewind’s creation set the stage for a studio/team combination that continues to win the respect of artists and industry professionals alike. This multiple ECMA and Music NS Studio of the Year award winner is praised across Canada, Europe and the United States as a rare combination of modern, technical artistry and inspired atmosphere. Design firm Pilchner Schoustal International Inc. was employed to customize a masterful studio expansion in 2004 adding a state-of-the-art, orchestra-sized recording room that is inspiring in both sight and sound. The Sony DMX-R100 Digital Audio console gives artists ample recording and mixing options and compliments the Steve Durr, (Nashville TN), designed control room with an efficient and professional feel.  Lakewind services include tracking, digital editing, mixing and mastering, and pre- and post-production for film and television. Co-owner musicians/producers Gordie Sampson and Fred Lavery join award-winning engineer Mike (Sheppy) Shepherd to create the confident, high-calibre sound of a Lakewind studio experience. Lakewind is nearby the world-famous Cabot Trail, along the Bras d’Or Lakes in Point Aconi, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. To date Lakewind has won 8 ECMA’s for “Studio of the Year”, 5 Music Industry of NS Awards for the same, as well as numerous individual music and industry awards for Lakewind personnel Sampson, Lavery and Shepherd.

What we do.

Studio Services



Take advantage of the Yamaha C7 grand piano and the amazing “big room” (designed by Pilchner-Schoustal) for your next project. Tracking with Pro Tools along with a collection of great preamps and instruments, we have all you need to make your next recording.


With over 15 years of experience and award-winning projects – consider mixing your next project with us.  Check out the mix samples or contact us for more information.


Mastering is an important final step for your project.  We have you covered.  We provide this service for any budget to make sure your project gets the best treatment after the recording/mixing stage.


Fred Lavery and Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd are both experienced producers that have worked with many artists from a wide variety of music genres. We are happy to offer advise, plan, budget and produce your recording based on your resources and needs.
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Gear List

ProTools 9 & 10 with plugin packages by Avid, Waves, Antares and more.  Contact us with any questions regarding any required gear for your session.

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A featured list of artists we’ve recently worked with.

Johnny Reid

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: ONE

Dave Sampson – No Pressure No Diamonds

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac

Client List

Natalie MacMaster/ Johnny Reid / Port Cities / The Rankins / Coig / Slowcoaster / Dave Sampson / Aaron C. Lewis / Rachel and Amy Beck / Allie Bennett / Lawrence Martell / Leona Burkey / The Strickland / Johnathan MacInnis / Carolyn Holyoke / Joanne MacIntyre / Deron Donovan /  Diane McKinnon & Bryden MacDonald / Andrew Doyle / Alter Ego / Kristen Shaw / Gillian Head / Wendy MacIsaac / Greg Verner /

About Us

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Fred Lavery

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Mike Shepherd


Contact Us

Address: 814 Point Aconi Rd., Point Aconi, NS B1Y1Z7, Canada

Phone: 902 736 2351

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We’d be happy to speak to you about your upcoming or current project.  Send us a message.