Cre­ative com­po­si­tions

The BOSS can tune up your home and your guitar

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

YOU’VE gotta have a whole lot of love for a guy who is a mu­si­cian, a pro­ducer and a ren­o­va­tor. “I’ve been play­ing mu­sic since the age of six,” said Marc La­Bossiere, a well known Cana­dian mu­si­cian who used to spend 50-plus weeks a year on the road with his band, La­Bossiere. The high-strung boy from Nor­wood was born into a mu­si­cal fam­ily where ev­ery mem­ber was ex­pected to play an in­stru­ment of some kind. He chose guitar and was writ­ing and singing three -chord songs by the time he en­tered first grade. Ed­u­ca­tion was also val­ued by his fam­ily. When La­Bossiere grad­u­ated high school, he en­rolled in en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Man­i­toba. “I didn’t com­plete my de­gree be­cause I re­al­ized I didn’t want to be pinned to a chair for the rest of my life,” said the charis­matic La­Bossiere, blessed with tal­ent in­clud­ing the abil­ity to de­sign a struc­ture on pa­per and then build it with his own hands. He used these tac­tile skills when he pur­chased an his­toric older home in 2004 near St. Pierre-Jolys, about 30 min­utes south of Win­nipeg on High­way 59. He sold his house in St. James be­cause he needed more room to build an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to his cre­ative spirit. “I put a lot of ten­der lov­ing care into the house,” said La­Bossiere, “I used 22 bright colours to paint the in­te­rior walls and built a re­cy­cled brick half-wall be­tween the kitch­enette and liv­ing room.” The brick was re­trieved from the home’s for­mer walk­way and then cleaned at a lo­cal car wash by La­Bossiere and lo­cal kids he hired to speed up the job. His ren­o­va­tion opus was the con­struc­tion of Stu­dio 59, a record­ing stu­dio on top of the house’s ex­ist­ing three-car garage. He be­gan by tear­ing off the roof, cre­at­ing space for a 1,000 square-foot pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity com­plete with state-of-the-art sound equip­ment and fes­tooned with colour­ful gui­tars and Mar­shall amps. He con­ducted the en­tire reno from ini­tial de­sign to com­pleted build mostly on his own. The work in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of heat ducts, wiring, plumb­ing, rough fram­ing as well as fi­nal in­te­rior and ex­te­rior fin­ish­ing. One of his favourite client renos is a base­ment in Sage Creek. “It was like be­ing pre­sented with an open pal­ette,” said La­Bossiere. “The own­ers gave me the green light to turn their un­fin­ished con­crete base­ment into a liv­ing area of my own de­sign.” The pro­ject in­cludes leaded glass Art Deco doors that com­ple­ment the un­clut­tered less-is-more style of the com­pleted base­ment. Another “studs to fin­ish” reno of which La­Bossiere is par­tic­u­larly pleased is a base­ment in a St. Vi­tal that he trans­formed into sep­a­rate rooms in­clud­ing a fam­ily area with a large screen TV. He is also a tal­ented de­signer and ren­o­va­tor of unique bath­rooms, un­usual decks and dis­tinc­tive per­go­las. One of his favourite per­go­las is a five post fan-like de­sign that spreads its wood spokes over the top of a large deck like shel­ter­ing wings. His decks are usu­ally multi-tiered and multi-sided, re­flect­ing his de­sire to cre­ate un­usual projects that are util­i­tar­ian and vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing. In­deed, a deck he built that sur­rounds an above-ground swimming pool on his prop­erty in St. Pierre-Jolys in­cor­po­rates many such in­trigu­ing de­tails. La­Bossiere is about to com­mence work on a large Trex deck that will be built onto the back of a $4 mil­lion home on Vic­to­ria Cres­cent. “I guess I’m one of those peo­ple who be­lieve in the en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit,” opined the mu­si­cian, mu­sic pro­ducer and ren­o­va­tor, who turned to ren­o­vat­ing to sup­port his mu­sic and song­writ­ing habits. Now that he has built his sound stu­dio, he is pro­duc­ing tracks and videos for him­self and other artists. His latest video re­lease is avail­able on YouTube and is called One Foot Out The Door. It was shot in a base­ment that La­Bossiere ren­o­vated for a client. Whether you are look­ing for a pro­ducer or a ren­o­va­tor, you can call or text BOSS En­ter­prise at 204-391-2677 or email mar­cla­ or You’re gonna love his stu­dio and reno rates, both of which are com­pet­i­tive and prom­ise first-rate re­sults that will re­ver­ber­ate in your mind and in your neigh­bour­hood for years to come.

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