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Alumni Update: Cassaundra Ruzsa Paquette, Show Production & Event Management

Cassaundra Ruzsa Paquette, a graduate of the Show Production & Event Management Diploma Program, has established a compelling and multi-faceted career in the Canadian country music scene. She is currently working with not one, not two, but three industry-leading companies, including New Country 100.7 FM – the home of the syndicated radio program The Casey Clarke Show, Creative Okanagan, and the Country Music Association of ...

Ugly Holiday Sweater Karaoke Pub Night

‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and wear Ugly Sweaters! Thanks to all the students and faculty who attended the Ugly Holiday Sweater Karaoke Pub Night. Special thanks to Cooper's Pub for hosting, and our student-volunteers for helping out with the Ugly Sweater Contest, set-up and tear down. Congratulations again to the winners of the Ugliest Sweater Contest, Nat Zablah in first, and Pavlo Soltys ...
Metalworks Institute Music Performance & Technology Students 2018 Show

Music Performance & Technology End-of-Term Concert

Second-year students in the Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program put on a fantastic end-of-term concert. For this project, students collaborated to arrange and perform a series of covers, including an acapella version of Lorde's Royals. This collaborative ensemble project is an opportunity for students to put everything they’ve learned into practice, and it gives faculty, friends, family, and the ...

Guest Lecture & Songwriting Workshop With Evan Bogart & Justin Gray

On November 30th, second-year students in the Music Performance & Technology Diploma Program had the opportunity to attend a special guest lecture presented by acclaimed songwriters Evan ‘Kidd’ Bogart and Justin Gray. As a songwriter, music publisher, record executive and television producer, Evan Bogart has contributed to the success of multiple chart-topping artists. Songs he has written include Beyoncé’s Halo, ...
Francesco Giuliano Alumni Update - Square

Alumni Update: Francesco Giuliano, Music Performance & Technology (Bass Guitar Major)

Francesco Giuliano, a graduate of the Music Performance & Technology (Bass Guitar Major) Diploma Program, is the co-founder of SounDrive Records – Brampton’s first indie record label. Over the past three years, SounDrive Records has been focused on developing local Canadian talent and their growing roster now includes artists Melle Rose and Words Like Wildfire.   In September 2017, SounDrive Records launched their official DRIVEWIRE live music showcases. Produced in partnership ...
Metalworks Institute Alumni Update - Magda Olszewska

Alumni Update: Magda Olszewska, Music Business Diploma

Upon graduating from the Music Business Diploma Program, Magda Olszewska began working as the full-time Label Coordinator for Curve Music’s Country Music Division. The independent Toronto-based record label manages a growing roster of artists including The Dead South, The Weight Band, Garth Hudson, Holly McNarland, Peter Katz, Wide Mouth Mason, Suzie McNeil, and many others.  In her current role, Magda is responsible for multiple facets of the business. She ...
Metalworks Institute Dante Audinate Event

Dante Audinate Toronto Conference and Networking Event

Metalworks Institute is pleased to have hosted Audinate’s most recent industry panel and networking event - the Dante AVNW Toronto, sponsored by Erikson Audio. This exclusive one-day event featured a panel of leading industry professionals who spoke about the various applications of Dante, Audinate’s audio over IP technology. Speakers included acclaimed recording engineer Richard Chycki (Rush, Dream Theatre, Aerosmith), Bernie Farkus representing Audinate; Kurt Howell from Focusrite; Tim ...
Metalworks Institute Alumni Update - Zak Heesen

Alumni Update: Zak Heesen, Show Production & Event Management

Zak Heesen graduated from the Show Production & Event Management Diploma Program in 2011 and has since held a variety of positions in the live event production field. Currently, Zak is working as a Show Coordinator for the industry-leading company Christie Lites. He started out with the company as a shipping clerk and worked his way up to his current position, where ...

Alumni Update: Metalworks Institute Alumni Awards of Merit 2018

Each year the Alumni Awards of Merit are presented to graduates in recognition of outstanding achievements within the last 12 months. This year we were proud to present Alumni Awards of Merit to nine of our exceptional graduates. Riley Bell In recognition of winning Recording Engineer of the year at the 2017 Juno Awards. Riley mixed and mastered Daniel Caesar’s acclaimed ...

Halloween Open Mic 2018

Thank you to all the students who came out to perform, volunteer, MC and support their fellow classmates at Metalworks Institute's Halloween Open Mic Night. As always, we loved seeing the #MetalworksCommunity in action! Special thanks for Habitual Fitness for donating raffle prizes! Check out some photos from the show:

Metalworks Institute Graduation Photos 2018

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2018! It was an honour celebrating all of your hard work, passion, and perseverance. Welcome to Metalworks Institute's Alumni community! Special thanks to our educational partners who generously donated the prize packages for our Academic Achievement Award winners: Paul Sanderson, Jim Norris, Pat Furlan, Colin McDowell, Dan Durbin, Steve Coady, Scott Atkins, Sanderson Entertainment ...

Alumni Update: Mike Di Biasio, Audio Production & Engineering

Mike Di Biasio graduated from the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program in 2012 and has since held a variety of positions at different studios in the Greater Toronto Area. Most recently, Mike secured the position of Head Engineer at Belvia Sound, an Etobicoke-based studio owned by OVO Producer Pro Logic. In his current position, Mike has had the opportunity to work with multiple chart-topping artists including Choclair, Just ...

Guest Lecture with Producer Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Survivor, Aerosmith, Megadeth, Triumph)

Metalworks Students recently had the opportunity to speak with acclaimed music producer Mike Clink. With a credit-list totaling more than 250 albums, Mike has engineered and produced some of the biggest names in rock including, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Megadeth, Whitesnake, Triumph, and many others. During his informative and inspiring 2-hour guest lecture, Mike shared numerous engaging stories about the evolution of his career and provided ...

Alumni Update: Katelyn McNeill, Entertainment Business Management

When we last caught up with graduate Katelyn McNeill, she was working as the Director of Touring and Logistics at The Management Trust, a Toronto-based artist management company led by Jake Gold. She has since brought the skills she developed in that role to three new positions with three industry-leading companies; Assistant Artist Manager at Watson Entertainment, Talent Agent at I Book Shows, and Production Coordinator at Place My Booth. As an Assistant Artist Manager ...

Alumni Update: Greg Pratt, Professional Sound (Audio Specialist)

Since graduating from the Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) Diploma Program, Greg has continued to hone and expand his skills in both live and studio production. He is currently working as an Account Manager at Quest Audio Visual and has just released his first two hip-hop singles ‘What You Want’ and ‘Slippin’ Away’. When we last caught up with Greg for ...

MWI Student Open Mic Night

Thank You to all the performers, volunteers, and everyone who came out to watch the first MWI Open Mic Night of the 2018 academic year! We loved seeing our talented students perform songs in so many different styles and genres. See you at the next campus event!  Check Out Our Campus Programs EVENT PLANNING & MANAGEMENT DIPLOMA 30 Week Program LEARN MORE APPLY NOW ...

Randall Lubin, Stage Lighting & Video

International graduate Randall Lubin completed the Stage Lighting & Video Diploma Program in April 2018 and has since become an in-demand live-events professional. He’s applied his diverse skill-set to a range of jobs including positions as Lead Lighting Technician, Lead Video Technician, Lighting Designer (LD), Stage Hand, and everything in between. Randall has spent the past six months expanding his professional networks in both Saint Lucia ...

Alumni Update: Paul Brace, Professional Sound (Audio Specialist)

We would like to congratulate Paul Brace, a graduate of the Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) Diploma Program, on being nominated for Male Artist of The Year, Alternative Recording of The Year, and Side Musician of the Year at the 2018 Music NL Awards! Since graduating from MWI, Paul has established a multifaceted career as an in-demand performer, award-winning on-air personality, and producer based in St. Johns, NL. We interviewed ...

Alumni Update: Kyle Luettschwager, Audio Production & Engineering

Kyle Luettschwager graduated from the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program in 2014 and has since been building his credit-list, working with both established and up-and-coming local artists. Upon graduation, Kyle began a six-month internship for Canadian Grammy Award-winning producer Gavin Brown, which gave him the opportunity to work as an editor on multiple records including Mother Mother’s Very Good ...

Alumni Update: Mark Schroor, Audio Production & Engineering

Mark Schroor, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, has made a name for himself as a multi-talented performer (drums & keys), record producer, manager, artist development professional, and host of the industry-leading 180 Drums Podcast. Shortly after graduating, he spent a few years as the drummer for Manafest– a childhood hero of his. He has had the opportunity ...

Alumni Update: Rainer Millar Blanchaer, Audio Production & Engineering

Congratulations to MWI graduate Rainer Millar Blanchaer on winning a SOCAN Award for his contribution to French Montana’s 5x Platinum track ‘Unforgettable’. Every year, the Canadian Music Industry gathers at this prestigious event to celebrate the songwriting, composing, and music publishing achievements of SOCAN members, and we are always proud to see Metalworks graduates among the winners. For Rainer, this ...

Alumni Update: Katie Morris, Audio Production & Engineering and Entertainment Business Management

We would like to congratulate Katie Morris on her new position as Royalties Coordinator at Sony Music Canada. Katie graduated from both the Audio Production & Engineering and Entertainment Business Management Diploma Programs in 2014/2015 and has been working full-time in the music business ever since. Prior to her new position at Sony, Katie worked at companies including Number 9 Audio Group, Coalition ...

Incurrents Student Concert Raises Funds & Awareness for Make Music Matter

Recently, Music Performance & Technology students in their graduating year worked together to put on one final show of all original tunes. This collaborative project gives students the opportunity to put everything they’ve learned into practice, and it gives faculty, friends, family, and the Metalworks community a chance to see how far each artist has come. This year, students performed under the ...

Alumni Update: Jeff Crake, Audio Production & Engineering

Jeff Crake, a 2008 graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program is an established artist, producer and engineer and holds songwriting credits on multiple platinum and gold selling albums. As an engineer, Jeff has worked on sessions with some of the world's top artists including Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and The Weeknd.  Together, Jeff, AKA ‘Grimm’ and fellow Metalworks Institute graduate Rainer Millar-Blanchaer, form the songwriting & production duo Rainer + Grimm. The ...

Alumni Update: Trevor LeCavalier, Audio Production & Engineering

Trevor LeCavalier, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, currently holds not one but two exciting positions in the Live Music Business. He is the co-founder of PEOPLE+CULTURE, a Toronto-based event-planning and promotion company that specializes in electronic music events, and he works for PRG Toronto doing a variety of production services, including lighting, audio, video, and rigging, for a wide range of event types.   As DJs in Toronto, Trevor, AKA TELE, and his partner Strange City co-founded PEOPLE+CULTURE with the intention of providing up-and-coming DJs and electronic ...

Alumni Update: Matt Mudde, Entertainment Business Management

Matt Mudde graduated from the Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program in 2012 and has since established himself as an in-demand professional wearing multiple hats in the live music industry. Currently, Matt is managing multiple gigs at Burls Creek Event Grounds. He is the Site Operations Coordinator for Boots & Hearts and the Production Manager for both the upcoming Barenaked Ladies show and the I Love 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice and Salt n Pepa. Matt also maintains an ...

Mississauga Waterfront Festival Scholarship Winners 2018

Congratulations to Keith Collinson and Ryan Moffatt, the 2018 recipients of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival Scholarship! These two exemplary students from the Live Event & Concert Production Diploma Program were presented with their $2,000 awards at the festival by Metalworks Founder Gil Moore; Mayor Bonnie Crombie; former Mayor of Mississauga Hazel McCallion; Chairperson of the Mississauga Waterfront Festival Pat Anderson; and Metalworks Institute’s Director of Student Services, Candice Mohacsi.   In addition to the cash prizes, these deserving scholarship recipients were given the opportunity ...

MWI Cypher

On Friday, June 22 Metalworks Institute students organized and hosted the first-ever on-campus MWI Cypher. Students from all of our Diploma Programs came to show off their beats, rap, sing, or just to watch. Thank you to all those who participated and came out to support their fellow classmates! Check Out Our Campus Programs EVENT PLANNING & MANAGEMENT DIPLOMA 30 Week Program ...

Alumni Update: Taylor Herperger, Professional Sound & Business (Live Production Major) Diploma

Taylor Herperger, a graduate of the Professional Sound & Business (Live Production Major) Diploma Program, recently started a new and exciting position in radio, as the Promotions Manager at 105.3 Rock in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Prior to taking on this new role, Taylor decided to move on from her job as Promotions Coordinator at Warner Music Canada to further pursue her passion for writing by focusing on her music and travel blog Taylor On A Trip. During her travels, Taylor continued to work as a freelance writer, marketer, ...

Alumni Update: Sean Andrews, Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major)

Sean Andrews has just returned from a two-month cross-Canada tour with Johnny Reid and Glass Tiger as Glass Tiger's Social Media Director and Tour Manager. Sean graduated from the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) Diploma Program in 2011 and has been working with Alan Frew ever since, as his full-time assistant, engineer, co-writer, and more. Sean's talents as a creator and multi-instrumentalist have led him to build a diverse portfolio that includes co-writing credits with artists, Lindi Ortega, Tim Hicks, and Diemonds; scoring multiple films including Outpost Media's 'Dead ...

Alumni Update: Michelle Owen, Entertainment Business Management

Michelle Owen, a graduate of the Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program, is currently on the road with The Glorious Sons as their Tour Manager. The band has already played shows around the world over the past 8 months and next week they’re headed to France to open for The Rolling Stones in Marseille on Tuesday, June 26th. Since graduating, Michelle has had numerous other jobs in the Music Business, including multiple positions at ...

Alumni Update: Robert (Rob) Wilson, Audio Production & Engineering  

Rob Wilson, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, has been building his career as an in-demand Audio Engineer, Music Producer, and Artist Manager. Rob is the Head Audio Engineer at 7valley Recording Studio, an Audio Engineer with the mobile recording studio The Audio Truck, and he runs his own artist management company called Cats Cove Media. Shortly after graduating in 2015, Rob began working with acclaimed Canadian music producer and owner of ...

Alumni Update: Mark Cloutier, Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major)

Mark Cloutier (AKA Clutch), a graduate of the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) Diploma Program, has been building a lengthy credit list as a beat-maker and music producer under the name Clutch Music. While he was still a student at Metalworks, Mark produced a beat for the now multi-platinum selling artist Lil Flip and more recently, he produced ...

Guest Lecture With Alumnus Terence Lam

Recently, alumnus Terence Lam (AKA TEE) visited Metalworks Institute to give an insightful guest lecture to students in the Employment Strategies class. Since graduating from the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program in 2010, Terence has become an in-demand music producer, songwriter, audio engineer, and DJ. Having begun his career working for Juno award-winning producer Gavin Brown, TEE then joined ...

Metalworks Institute Open Mic Night

On Thursday, May 31st,  students and staff from all 16 of our Diploma Programs came out to the Spring Open Mic Night to perform, volunteer, and support their friends and classmates in the North Auditorium. A special thank-you to all our volunteers and performers for a great night of music! Check Out Our Campus Programs EVENT PLANNING & MANAGEMENT DIPLOMA 30 ...

Music Business Field Trip To Warner Music Canada

Recently, students from the Music Business Diploma Program at Metalworks Institute visited Warner Music Canada. After a 30-minute welcoming and Q&A with President Steve Kane and Vice-President Steve Coady, the students were given a tour of the Warner offices. The class were introduced to, and able to chat with, various representatives of the different departments at Warner, including commercial revenue, A&R, marketing, publicity, social media and artist development.  ...

Alumni Update: Damian Jacuk, Audio Production & Engineering

Damian Jacuk, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program, is currently on a world-tour as DJ D-Unity. Damian’s initial focus with D-Unity was production, and that progressed naturally into signing to labels, DJing and touring. He then started his label Unity Records about 4 years ago, “with the thought of delivering only the best in Techno music but with a more tech house/tribal presence.” Throughout the years, Damian has ...

Guest Lecture: Riley Bell, 2018 JUNO Award Winning Recording Engineer of the Year

Recently, Metalworks Institute alumnus and 2018 Juno Award Winning Recording Engineer Of The Year Riley Bell visited Metalworks Institute to speak to current students about his experiences since graduating from the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) Diploma Program. Two weeks after graduating, Riley began interning at Revolution Recording. He was then hired to join the team as a ...

Alumni Update: Gianmarco Fiacconi, Entertainment Business Management

Gianmarco Fiacconi, a graduate of the Entertainment Business Management Program is the drummer and a vocalist for The Dreamboats, who just won Mississauga’s 2018 MARTY Award for ‘Best Emerging Musical Group’. Gianmarco spoke with us about the significance of the award, “It was a huge honour because we are all born and raised in Mississauga. We're very proud of our ...

MARTY Award Winners 2018

Congratulations to Entertainment Business Management (now Music Business) graduate Gianmarco Fiacconi and The Dreamboats, current Music Performance & Technology – Vocal Major student Abhishek Venkatachalam, and Music Performance & Technology instructor Rob Tardik for winning 2018 MARTY Awards, as well as Music Business student Lauren Michaels, who was presented with the Laurie Pallett/Metalworks Institute Scholarship at the event! Abhishek Venkatachalam is ...

Alumni Update: Dylan MacIntyre, Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major)

Dylan MacIntyre, a graduate of the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) program is the Live Event Supervisor for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. He primarily works with the Toronto Marlies and has also worked with numerous high-profile artists including The Tragically Hip, Roger Waters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bruno Mars, and Guns N’ Roses. As part of his current ...

Alumni Update: Andrew Fumerton, Electronic Music Production (Digital Music Production)

Andrew Fumerton is a graduate of the Electronic Music Production program and is the in-house audio engineer at CRAFT Toronto - a production studio and division of McCann Canada, Canada’s largest global advertising agency. At CRAFT, Andrew specializes in broadcast production and has recorded and/or mix-engineered projects for numerous high-profile clients including Chevrolet, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, GMC, Nestle, Nespresso, and Buick. ...

Guest Lecture: Michael Perlmutter, Instinct Entertainment

Recently, Metalworks students attended an informative guest lecture with Michael Perlmutter, founder of the Canadian chapter of the Guild of Music Supervisors, and head Music Supervisor and founder at Instinct Entertainment - a Toronto based company that places songs in television, films, online media, and more. Some of Instinct’s recent credits include The Handmaid’s Tale, Vikings, and Beauty and the ...

Alumni Update: Nick Londono, Audio Production & Engineering

Nick Londono, AKA ‘Nick Name’, is a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering program and has since worked as a music producer, performer, sound designer, composer, mixer, and editor. Most recently, Nick was hired to be the Audio Producer & Voice Director at Toronto Sound, a premier audio production company co-founded in 2012 by MWI graduate Aaron Gaistman. Nick’s ...

Alumni Update: Reid Hendry, Audio Production & Engineering

Reid Hendry, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Program is working as a composer, sound designer, mixer and editor. His credits involve work for feature films, television, branded videos, commercials, and mobile augmented reality. Reid's most recent client list includes Marvel, Telus, Netflix and Artaban Productions. After creating sound effects for a Marvel video comic TV mini-series, Reid ...

Enhanced Campus Facilities

This year we've enhanced the Performance Stage in our North Auditorium with new lighting fixtures and LED video walls. These additions give our students the opportunity to gain practical experience with the latest in live entertainment technologies, some of which have come to us through our newest Educational Partners, Christie Lites and SFM. (Special thanks to Huntley Christie and Alfred Larter at Christie Lites and Randy Segeren and ...

Alumni Update: Joel Demoor, Electronic Music Production

Joel Demoor, a graduate of the Electronic Music Production program, has been maintaining a packed performance schedule and building a following as a DJ and independent producer. In the past year alone he has supported artists including Loud Luxury, NGHTMRE, Dr.Fresch, and Oliver Heldens at the London Music Hall and Rum Runners. He’s performed at Ever After for the past ...

Guest Lecture: Julia Train, Musicians Rights Organization of Canada (MROC)

On International Women’s Day, students in the Music Business class had a guest lecture and Q&A with copyright and royalties expert Julia Train, the current Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach for the Musicians Rights Organization of Canada (MROC). MROC is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes royalties for performers. These royalties are payable under copyright legislation and reflect ...