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 ...

Alumni Update: Mike Johnson, Professional Sound (Audio Specialist)

Mike Johnson, a 2017 graduate of the Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) program is working as an Audio/Visual Technician with Ink Entertainment, primarily at Rebel Nightclub and Cabana Pool Bar. To date, he’s worked with numerous high-profile artists, including Mark Oliver, Tiesto, Oliver Heldens, Future, Lil Jon, A-Trak, Kaskade, Hardwell, 2 Chainz, Drake, French Montana, Cardi B, Deadmau5, Action Bronson, Liam ...

Alumni Update: Andrew Beg, Music Performance & Technology (Guitar Major)

Andrew Beg, a 2016 graduate of the Music Performance & Technology (Guitar Major) program, will soon release new music under his artist name Havens. For the past two months, Andrew has been working on three singles with two fellow MWI graduates – producer Ian Madden and drummer Tim Oxford (Arkells). The upcoming tracks follow Havens’ debut EP ‘Daybreak’ which came ...

Alumni Update: Ian Madden, Audio Production & Engineering

Ian Madden, a graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering program, has become an established artist, producer, and music educator. In 2015 he brought his skills and entrepreneurial spirit together and founded his now thriving business, Fretted Studio, which offers a variety of recording services, music lessons (guitar, bass, drums, and vocals), and master classes for individuals interested in learning ...

Guest Lecture: Jennifer Beavis

This past week, students in the Music Business class had a guest lecture and Q&A with accomplished music publicist Jennifer Beavis. Over the course of her 20+ year career, Jennifer has worked with the multi-national publishers BMG; EMI; and independent label, management and publisher, Nettwerk. She was the Director of Copyright for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), Executive ...

Alumni Update: Neilroy Miranda & Josh Correia, Professional Sound (Audio Specialist)

Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) graduates Neilroy Miranda and Josh Correia recently collaborated on the newly released 12 track album 'How Did We Get Here?' by jazz fusion/progressive indie rock band 'Dog Drive Mantis'.  'How Did We Get Here' was recorded at Slaight Music studio in Toronto. Josh and Neilroy made use of analog and digital recording techniques to capture the band's artistic vision. The recording of the album was done entirely without ...

Alumni Update: Samantha Nikolich, Music Performance & Technology (Vocal Major)

Samantha Nikolich is a 2017 honours graduate of the Music Performance & Technology (Vocal Major) program, and the recipient of both the prestigious Founder’s Award and the Randy Lennox Mentorship Award. She has since secured an internship position at The Feldman Agency where she is continuing to develop her skills and experience the ins-and-outs of the music business. In her ...

Guest Lecture From Metalworks Alumni Alexandra Soumalias

Recently, we were pleased to welcome alumni Alexandra Soumalias, AKA Ally Sou, back to the MWI campus for a guest lecture. Alexandra completed both the Audio Production & Engineering and Music Business programs, and has become in-demand for both artist development and for her songwriting talents. Alexandra splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has co-written projects with ...

Guitar Masterclass With Former Megadeth Guitarist Glen Drover

On Tuesday February 13th, acclaimed Canadian heavy metal guitarist Glen Drover visited Metalworks Institute to teach a Guitar Masterclass to students in our Music Performance & Technology (Guitar Major) Program. Drawing on his experiences as the lead guitarist in Megadeth, Eidolon, King Diamond and Testament, Glen spoke about how he got started in music, his extensive experience in the music ...

Guest Lecture From Metalworks Alumnus Jason Reynolds

Recently, students from both our Live Event & Concert Production and Stage Lighting & Video Diploma programs had the opportunity to speak with one of Metalworks Institute’s most successful alumni, Jason Reynolds.   Jason was a part of Metalworks Institute’s very first graduating class in 2005. Since then, he has gone on to build his career as an in-demand sound engineer, touring as a Front of House Engineer with international recording artist Shaggy. Jason is also the ...

Alumni Update: Drake Andrews, Audio Production & Engineering

In the last year, Drake Andrews, an honours graduate of our Audio Production & Engineering Program, has worked with numerous artists at Toronto's The Orange Lounge Recording Studio, including Nelly Furtado, Our Founders, J-Soul, Zeds Dead, Serena Ryder, Shawn Hook and EDM duo DVBBS. He continues to work with DVBBS at their private studio Kanary Studios. During his busy recording ...

Alumni Update: JUNO Nominations 2018

The 2018 JUNO Award nominations have been announced, and we are pleased to congratulate our nominated graduates and those who have worked on nominated projects. Riley Bell Riley Bell, a graduate of the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) program, has been nominated for ‘Recording Engineer of the Year’ for his work with Daniel Caesar on “Get You ft. Kali Uchis” ...

Alumni Update – Anthony Pansino, Professional Sound (Audio Specialist)

Anthony Pansino, a graduate of the Professional Sound (Audio Specialist) Program, and his band Drop Top Alibi have released their self-titled Debut EP, produced by Gilby Clarke (former guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, Kings of Chaos, and Rock Star Supernova). Anthony joined Drop Top Alibi as their drummer shortly after graduating from Metalworks. The band had just finished recording some material ...

Alumni Update: Jason Reynolds, Audio Production & Engineering

Jason Reynolds, a 2005 graduate of the Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program has been touring with international recording artist Shaggy. He has also worked as the Front of House engineer for award-winning Bollywood actress Shweta Subram and reggae, dancehall and gospel singer Papa San. Jason is the President and Head Audio Engineer at Anjel Music Productions and recently did monitors ...

Winter Open Mic Night

Campus student events like our Open Mic Nights are an essential part of Metalworks students' college experience. It was great to see students from all programs come out to the Winter Open Mic Night. Thanks to all the performers, the sound and lighting crew, our MC, and our audience! Please enjoy some photos from the show: Check Out Our Campus Programs ...

Alumni Update: Aaron Klingbeil, Audio Production & Engineering

Aaron Klingbeil, a graduate of our Audio Production & Engineering Program, is building success with his own electronic music company, Spacefood Audio Visual, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Spacefood Audio Visual provides Recording, Mastering, and Music Production services as well as mentorship for students interested in learning how to produce electronic music using Ableton Live. We spoke with Aaron about his ...

Alumni Update: Sagelee Dinnall Archer, Music Performance & Technology (Guitar Major)

Sagelee Dinnall Archer, a 2017 graduate of the Music Performance & Technology (Guitar Major) Program, has secured a position as an Online Licensing Administrator for CMRRA (Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency LTD.). Sage's role as Online Licensing Administrator will have her researching and licensing the digital reproduction of CSI-represented works. CSI licenses the reproduction rights in the joint repertoire of ...

Alumni Update: Darren Magierowski, Audio Production & Engineering

Darren Magierowski, a graduate of our Audio Production & Engineering Program, recently engineered and mixed The Trews’ cover of Rush’s Cinderella Man. The track appears on Rush’s newly released 8-disc box-set in celebration of the 40th anniversary of their fifth studio album, A Farewell To Kings.   We caught up with Darren to learn more about his work with The Trews and other projects he’s been working on since his last update.   Can you tell us a ...

Alumni Update: Riley Bell, Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major)

Riley Bell, a graduate of our Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) Program, recently worked as both a producer and engineer on the Grammy-nominated album Freudian. Freudian, the debut album of artist Daniel Caesar, has received two Grammy nominations; one for Best R&B Album, and another for Best R&B Performance (For the track ‘Get You’). We spoke with Riley ...
Metalworks Institute - Guitar Tutorial - Arpeggio Chord Scales

Guitar Tutorial – How To Play Arpeggio Chord Scales

In this video-tutorial, Music Performance & Technology Program instructor Rob Tardik demonstrates how to play arpeggio chord scales. Check out our News Page for more tips and tricks! Learn More About: MUSIC PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY Designed for Musicians, our five Music Performance & Technology Programs are built on a unique concept: To offer the complete range of industry knowledge required ...

Alumni Update: Tal Vaisman, Audio Production & Engineering

This past weekend Tal Vaisman and fellow Ascot Royals band members opened for The Tea Party at the Horseshoe Tavern, in celebration of the venue’s 70th birthday. Tal graduated from the Audio Production & Engineering Program in 2011 and this show is just the latest development in an already extensive list of musical accomplishments. Tal met two of the other ...