Craig Hunter: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

  Craig Hunter is a Juno-Award winning musician and teacher living in Hamilton, Ontario. Formerly the drummer of the pop band The Philosopher Kings, he is currently a music teacher at Waterdown District High School in Waterdown, Ontario, where he also directs the school’s award-winning jazz band. On the side, he continues to play the drums as a session musician, …

Nathan McLaren: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

Nathan McLaren: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival Nathan McLaren has played snare and drum set for literally as long as he can remember. Nathan studied tap dance at three years old, which led to a serious interest in rhythm and drumming. He started to study rudimental drumming at five years old, and continues to learn, …

Scott Atkins: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

Scott Atkins: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival Originally from Eastern Ontario, Scott Atkins has over twenty-three years of experience in rudimental drumming. With a formal education in Audio Engineering, Scott has spent most of his life playing drums, teaching Marching Drumline programs, arranging music and teaching privately. He is a former member of the Chris …

Dave Patel: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

As a professional drummer, Dave Patel has played on over seventy albums and various jingles, in addition to some television work. Dave has been teaching privately for over twenty-two years at some of the most reputable retail/educational stores in Toronto such as Soul Drums, Drummer’s Choice, Just Drums and Kaos Music Center. He has studied at both York University and …

Alf Annibalini: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

Alf Annibalini is one of Canada’s most accomplished recording engineers. His credits in the music industry read like a who’s who of multi-platinum artists, including The Tea Party, Our Lady Peace, DMX, Danko Jones, Glenn Lewis, Amanda Marshall, Big Sugar, Nelly Furtado, Blue Rodeo, Saukrates, LeAnn Rimes, The Trews, I Mother Earth and Kardinall Offishall to name a few. Alf …

Gavin Harrison: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

Gavin Harrison is an accomplished drummer who started playing at a young age and is now a member of two British progressive bands, Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. As a young child, Harrison listened to many jazz records his father had collected. These records influenced him to start dreaming of becoming a drummer one day. Though Harrison has been an …

Chris Lesso: Featured Clinician at the first annual MWI International Drum Festival

Chris Lesso began drumming when he was just nine years old, and never looked back. After gaining much experience performing and writing music in various bands, he sought out and took lessons from many world-renowned artists such as Dom Famularo, Ed Shaughnessy, and Jim Chapin, before going on to study with highly-respected teacher and drummer Jim Blackley. In addition to …

The first annual MWI INTERNATIONAL DRUM FESTIVAL

We’re pleased to announce: The first annual MWI INTERNATIONAL DRUM FESTIVAL When: September 22, 2012 (10:00AM to 8:00PM) Where: Metalworks Institute 3611 Mavis Rd Mississauga ON. Cost: ABSOLUTELY FREE! An all day event featuring full drum clinics by: Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) Chris Sutherland (Kim Mitchell, Doc Walker, Metalworks Institute Faculty) Dave Patel (Sixteen Different Minds, Kellylee Evans, Ian Crichton, …

A Night To Make Music Matter: Event Recap

On Monday, July 30th, musicians and fans alike came together to support Make Music Matter at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Formerly Song for Africa, Make Music Matter is a registered charity that utilizes the power of music to educate and ultimately eradicate some of the world’s most deplorable issues in developing nations. A Night to Make Music Matter was produced …

Event Recap – Backstage Pass with Dan Hill

On April 23rd, internationally renowned author and singer/songwriter Dan Hill performed and answered questions as part of our MWI Backstage Pass series. The evening was hosted by Wendy Irvine, the Music Performance and Technology program’s Vocal Instructor. In addition to the live studio audience, those at home could stream the event online on the Metalworks website. Dan Hill sat down …

Event Recap – Backstage Pass with Jully Black

Our inaugural Backstage Pass held on January 23rd welcomed Canada’s “Queen of R&B,” Jully Black! The event took place in the South Auditorium from 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST and was available for live online stream. Black was welcomed by a packed audience filled with our students, fans and music enthusiasts. Black was accompanied on stage by producer, YoungPete Alexander and …

2012 Music Performance and Technology Audition Dates Announced!

We are happy to announce our Music Performance and Technology audition dates for 2012! Auditions are available for all five available majors; Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Drums and Percussion and Keyboard. Please note that auditions have been moved from Sunday to Monday evenings. For more information on these dates or requirements please contact 905-279-4000 or email admissions@metalworksinstitute.com

Backstage Pass Featuring JULLY BLACK!

For immediate release (Mississauga) January 10, 2012 – On Monday, January 23rd- 7:30pm, South Auditorium, Metalworks Institute Backstage Pass introduces the amazing Jully Black up close and personal. Watch and listen to Canada’s Queen of R & B perform some of her original songs and talk about performing, songwriting and her experiences in the music business.

This Canadian-born, triple-threat (singer /songwriter /performer) loves to share her talents and has an enthusiasm for music that is unparalleled. Her charming attitude and charismatic personality has helped propel her career and reach milestones that most artists struggle to achieve in a lifetime – opening for Kanye West in Singapore, being hand-picked to perform for the Queen, headlining the opening ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning multiple Juno awards, penning songs for the likes of Missy Elliot, Nas and Destiny’s Child as well as performing alongside artists such as Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Kardinal Offishall and Alicia Keys.

NOW Magazine Praises Metalworks Production Group for The National with Neko Case Concert at ACC

This past December Metalworks Production Group supplied the sound and lighting for The National with Neko Case at the ACC. Metalworks Production Group staff included, Andrew Werlick (System Tech), Shaun Shuell (A2), Mitch Mazerolle (Lighting Lead) and Greg Evans (Dimmer Tech). An L-Acoustics System consisting of 12 V-Dosc and 3 Dv-dosc per side was used for main hang and for side hang per side were 10 Dv-dosc. Along the lip of the stage 4 Dv-dosc front fills were used. Bottom end was L-Acousitcs SB218 subs with 10 per side and all amplification was L-Acoustics LA48’s and Lab Gruppen FP6400. As for lighting, we supplied 20 Martin 700 Profiles, 11 Martin Atomic 3000 Strobes and 23 Martin Stage Bars as well as a lot of haze!

A Warm Welcome to All New Students! Orientation Week Begins Today, Jan 3 2012

Metalworks Institute is very happy to welcome the new January students! This January 2012, we will celebrate our sixteenth intake of students, as well as the inaugural intake of our new Music Performance and Technology program. Our two-year Music Performance and Technology program is available in the following majors: Guitar, Bass, Drums & Percussion, Keyboard and Vocals.

Student Event – Holiday Breakout, Dec 4th 2011. Supports Sick Kids Hospital

An event put on by a student group out of Metalworks Institute called MISPENT Youth, it is an all-ages show and it is set to take place on December 4th, 2011 at the Rockpile Bar and Nightclub at 7 PM. Tickets for the event are a mere $4.00 and all proceeds go to the Friends of Music Therapy Endowment Fund, a charity established by Sick Kids Hospital devoted to helping children in need through music.