At Metalworks Institute, we believe that building and maintaining positive relationships with current industry professionals is integral to providing students with the best possible education. Perhaps the best evidence for this comes in the form of our Mentorship Awards which are awarded to graduates who have excelled in their programs. Winners receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a leading music industry professional. Winners from the class of 2017 include:
David Campbell from the Professional Sound – Audio Specialist program won the Steve Baird mentorship. Steve Baird is an acclaimed Lighting Designer who has toured with numerous artists including Dream Theatre and Norah Jones.
Alexandre Larose from the Audio Production & Engineering program won the Andy Curran mentorship. Andy Curran is an acclaimed Musician, Producer, Songwriter and the Director of A&R at SRO/Anthem Entertainment.
Cas Van der Grift from the Professional Sound – Studio Production Major program won the Jake Gold mentorship. Jake Gold is a Canadian musician, manager, and owner of The Management Trust, and Canadian Idol judge. In addition to Idol participants, he’s managed popular Canadian artists like The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen, The Cliks and Sass Jordan.
Patrick Curran from the Live Event & Concert Production program won the Richard Mills mentorship. Richard Mills is an agent at The Feldman Agency -one of North America’s premiere entertainment talent agencies and management groups.
James Cain from the Professional Sound – Studio Production Major program won the Gary Slaight mentorship. He is the President of Slaight Music and staunch supporter of Canadian talent. Gary Slaight was pivotal in creating the National Songwriting Contest and the Canadian Music Awards.
Seungwoo Han from the Audio Production & Engineering program won the David Bottrill mentorship. David Bottrill is Canadian, three time Grammy-Award Winning Producer (Muse, TOOL, Silverchair).
Farid Etemadi from the Audio Production & Engineering program won the Lenny DeRose mentorship. DeRose is a veteran studio engineer and Music Producer (Motley Crue, Walk off the Earth, Lights). He’s been nominated for several Juno Awards for his work, and has produced every recording released by The Philosopher Kings. In 1995, he received the Recording Engineer of the Year award for his work with the band.
Michael Yarrow from the Music Business program won the Ralph James Mentorship. Ralph James is President of The Agency Group.
Chanho Lee from the Electronic Music Production program was awarded a mentorship with Kardinal Offishal. Kardinal Offishall is a Canadian rapper, record producer, and record executive.
Eric Sist from the Professional Sound – Audio Specialist program won the Bob Spencer mentorship. Bob Spencer is the President of Metalworks Production Group.
Justin Williams from the Electronic Music Production program won the Noel Cadastre mentorship. Noel Cadastre is Drake’s exclusive engineer. He became a part of the OVO Team, working alongside Noah 40 Shebib over 5 years ago. A graduate of our Audio Production and Engineering Program in 2006, Noel has earned engineering credits on Drake’s albums Thank Me Later (2010), Take Care (2011), Nothing Was the Same (2013), and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015).
Nicole Pitre from the Music Performance & Technology – Vocal Major program won the Denise Donlon mentorship. Denise Anne Donlon is a Canadian business executive, television producer, host, and member of the Order of Canada.
Dang Nguyen from the Professional Sound – Studio Production Major program won the Randy Lennox mentorship. Randy Lennox is a Canadian media executive and the president of Bell Media.
Kyle Lam from the Professional Sound – Studio Production Major program won the Allan Reid mentorship. Allen Reid is the Director of MusiCounts and VP of A&R at Universal Music Canada.
Brandon Glazer from the Audio Production & Engineering program won the Alan Cross mentorship. Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he’s best known nationally and internationally as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music, The Secret History of Rock, and ExploreMusic.
Jonathan Couzelis from the Music Performance & Technology – Guitar Major program won the Rik Emmett mentorship. Rik Emmett is a vocalist, guitarist, and founding member of the Canadian rock band Triumph.
Bradley Martinez from the Music Performance & Technology – Vocal Major program won the Alex Lifeson mentorship. Alex Lifeson is the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
Vassilios Tzerpos from the Audio Production & Engineering program won the Noah “40” Shebib mentorship. Noah Shebib is a Canadian record producer and one of the three co-founders of the OVO Sound label, along with Drake and Oliver El-Khatib.
Congratulations to all of our winners from the graduating class of 2016 and a big thank you to all our mentors for contributing their time!