Alumni Update: Michael Herkimer, Audio Production & Engineering

Shortly after graduating from Metalworks Institute’s Audio Production & Engineering Program in 2009, Michael began a part-time stagehand position at the Kool Haus/ Guvernment Complex in Toronto. Although he had always thought he would end up working in a recording studio, he quickly developed a passion for lighting design.

A few months into his placement at the Kool Haus, Michael began working as a Lighting Director for the complex’s many venues. He eventually left the position and took on a role with Metalworks Production Group (MPG) where he worked for several years, while continuing to expand his own clientele. During his time at MPG, Michael was surrounded by a veteran production staff that helped him build his skills to a world-class level.

Elevating his skillset has afforded Michael the opportunity to work at the Digital Dreams Music Festival, Veld Music Festival, Wayhome Music and Arts Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Ted Talks 2015 in Whistler BC, Fox Sports’ coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX.

He is now gearing up to embark on a world tour with Rise Against, in support of their upcoming 2017 album release.

Michael has completed lighting design work for a wide range of artists including; Billy Talent, Walk off the Earth, Protest the Hero, Big Wreck, Hollerado, The Mounties, July Talk, Death From Above 1979, Daft Punk Tribute, Electric Youth, Scott Helman, The Elwins, USS and more.


The Audio Production & Engineering program incorporates the progressive recording and production skill-sets required to succeed in today’s high-tech audio recording environments. From music creation to music production, this program has been designed to provide you with comprehensive understanding of the ever- evolving world of recording including both large format recording and ‘in the box’ technologies.  The vast experience of Metalworks Studios has infused this curriculum with a wealth of in-depth knowledge, derived from real-world success, resulting in a program designed to optimize your future career opportunities.