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Rob Lackie – Owner / Studio Manager

River 16 first came to be when singer-songwriter Rob Lackie decided to build a personal studio in a shack overlooking the 16 mile creek. The name comes from a historical painting of the 16 mile creek. The heading under the painting read “River 16”, which became the name of Rob’s band.

Rob has been in music all of his life and has toured across Canada, but always made his way home to Oakville. Rob realized that Oakville has so many young and professional musicians and felt that he should build a professional facility to help cultivate the existing and new musical talent.


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Steve Kirstein – House Engineer / Producer

Steve Kirstein graduated from Metalworks Institute’s Audio Production and Engineering Program in 2009.

Upon completion of the program, Steve traveled back to his motherland to work as an engineer on various records and live events at Peace of Eden Recording Studio in Knysna, South Africa. He returned to Canada the following year (2010) and began working out of River 16 Recording Studio in Oakville. Steve has been working as the studio’s chief engineer ever since.

In 2011, Steve engineered a live-in-studio TV show called In A Song Studio 2011 featuring 60 songs by local musicians including Andrew Cole, The Vanishers, Tony Anthony and Melissa Bel. Later that year, Steve worked on Tom Cochrane and Andrew Cole’s “Voices At 4am” EP as Assistant Engineer. Alex Lifeson, Kenny Aronoff, Chris Chaney and Rusty Anderson were among the musicians on the roster. In 2012, Steve found himself in LA to work alongside GRAMMY Award-Winning producer Steve Churchyard on Andrew Cole’s anti-bullying campaign project titled “Do You Think I’m A Joke?”

Some of Steve’s other album credits include: Days of Convenience by James Clark Jones, Fire Breathers by Sarah Burton and Diesel & Peas by Ginger St. James. He is currently working on the debut EP with Damien Rattler & the Electric Soul Circus, a blues-rock-funk outfit hailing from Vaughan.