Black Bear Records is an independent recording studio and record label that has been operating in Calgary since 1982. Owner Peter D'Amico, engineer and producer, manages and acts as booking agent for a select group of artists. Peter first started working as a recording engineer with CBC in 1964. He left the studio to pursue a career as a full-time musician, touring Canada with his band for 18 years before settling in Calgary, Alberta and building his own studio.

Questions? For more information on the artists represented, contact studio owner Peter D'Amico at 403 230 0331 or email

Black Bear Records offers recording, producing, engineering and mastering services. Consultation by appointment only.

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Peter D'Amico


Peter D'Amico

Peter D'Amico is an accomplished recording sound engineer and producer, musician, singer/songwriter and artist manager.

Peter D’Amico began his career in Toronto as a jazz bass player. he played in local Toronto bands such as The Jack London Society, The Rabbit Died (hey, it was the 60s) and Everyday People. While playing in the local music scene, he did session work as a bass player in recording studios and periodic work as a studio musician for the CBC.

Technically, working for CBC is the only 'straight' job he has ever held, if you don't count a 2-hour stint in a shoe store when he was 16.

Peter was signed by manager Rhoda Taylor, who helped to establish him as leader of the rock band Tribe, performing lead vocals and lead guitar.

Tribe did seven cross-country tours and opened shows for many very prominent bands. Peter absorbed the moves of Steve Miller, and Cactus and Free, but got back into studio work when Tribe landed the gig to be the warm-up band for Quincy Jones’ first Canadian date, at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition.

Peter ran a successful studio in Truro, Nova Scotia, with legendary Peter Traynor, the dude whose name is on all those guitar amps. That kept Peter the guitar player in Eastern Canada and he performed throughout the Maritimes for five years until the touring bug bit again.

In 1981, Peter and his then partner/wife, Rhoda Taylor, decided to move themselves and Boxer Productions Arts Management, Black Bear Records and For My Lady Music to Calgary. Rhoda handled the management side of these businesses, working with artists such as Big Miller, Foothills Brass, Jacques Chauvin and dozens of others, while Peter produced, recorded and engineered their new releases at Boxer Studios.

'Live at Phoenicia', a jazz album by Big Miller, was nominated for a Juno award. Peter also produced 'Polished' by Foothills Brass and even recorded some Shakespeare with world-touring dance/theatre group Sun Ergos. In 1997 he wrote and produced the theme song for the World Police/Fire Games held in Calgary. And since those early days, the Boxer Studios roster of productions has been nothing less than eclectic: world music, children’s music, punk, speed metal, country, film music, theatrical continuity, audiovisual productions, commercials – the studio has done them all at one time or another and the beat goes on today.

Most of Boxer’s music acts enjoyed considerable commercial and artistic success both at home and abroad. Among the most notable was Red Thunder Native Dance Theatre, who performed to large audiences at such top venues as Lincoln Center in NYC and Kennedy Center in DC as well as touring extensively in Canada, the US, Europe, Scotland and New Zealand.

In 2004, Peter started working with aboriginal performer Dallas Arcand, winner of the 2006 and 2007 World Championship Hoop Dance competition in Phoenix, Arizona. At the 2007 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, Peter and Dallas, aka Kray Z Kree, won the Best Producer/Engineer award for 'REZalationzzz'. In 2008, Dallas’s CD 'Picking Sweetgrass' won for Best Flute CD and Best Instrumental CD, again at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards. The album was also named Best Flute CD at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto. Both projects were produced and engineered by Peter, who also co-wrote most of the songs with Dallas.

In June 2011, I released my own CD, 'Nicotine & Cold Coffee. I hope you will check it out!.




New Releases


Nicotine & Cold Coffee Dallas Arcand - Picking Sweetgrass
Dallas Arcand - Kray-Z-Kree Bonnie Lawrence - Shades of Blue & Green
Curt Young - Double or Nothing  

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First Nations Artists
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