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 …

Student Darrin Drugan Featured in the Belleville Intelligencer

Current student Darrin Drugan has already made a name for himself in his town of Belleville, Ontario. While enrolled in the one year Entertainment Business Management program, he gained the skills and knowledge to open and operate Sandbox Studios in downtown Belleville six months ago. Despite his busy schedule, he still finds time to run his own publishing company, AF …

Bass Tips With Guenther Kapelle

Every Tuesday, YouTube.com/MetalworksTV will be rolling out a new Bass Tips video, featuring professional bassist and Music Performance & Technology instructor Guenther Kapelle. Past “Bass Tips” with Guenther Kapelle have included a demonstration of how to utilize an open string bounce while playing the blues shuffle on bass guitar, a demonstration of the chromatic exercise, and how to position your …

Piano Tips With Davor Jordanovski

Every Friday, YouTube.com/MetalworksTV will feature a new episode of “Piano Tips,” featuring professional pianist and Music Performance & Technology instructor Davor Jordanovski. So far, Davor’s piano tips have included a quick and easy demonstration of the minor pentatonic scale (see below): Davor Jordanovski has had an extensive career as a pianist. While still a student in Macedonia, Davor was already …

“Get to Know a Metalworks Rep”: Admissions Counsellor Joel Martin!

This month’s edition of “Get to Know a Metalworks Rep!” features Admissions Counsellor Joel Martin. Joel has been an Admissions Counsellor at our Institute for seven months, and is actually a graduate of the Entertainment Business Management program. Prior to being an Admissions Counsellor, Joel was the Promotions & Events Coordinator, which allowed for him to network and work with industry …

Announcing the Appointment of Kristen Campbell as Admissions Counsellor!

We’re happy to announce the appointment of Kristen Campbell as Admissions Counsellor. She previously was the International Product Manager/Executive Assistant for Steve Propas at Propas Management Corporation/Propas International Rights Management (PMC/PIRM). “My main responsibilities were similar to that of a label manager at a record label company,” Kristen says of the position. “I still work with the various labels and …

Student Taylor Barrow Comes First Place in Roland Canada Synth Contest!

Taylor Barrow, a Professional Sound student, placed first this month in the 5th Annual Roland Canada Synth Contest with his original composition, “Wasted Love.” The first-place prize included $7,000 worth of Roland Canada gear (including a Jupiter-80 Keyboard), as well as a trip to Montreal and an all-access pass to the MuTek Electronic Music Festival. Although Taylor still has more …

Backstage Pass Featuring Michie Mee!

On Monday, June 25th from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST, MWI Backstage Pass introduces Canada’s hip-hop icon, Michie Mee up close and personal in the south auditorium. Watch and listen to her perform some of her songs and talk about performing, songwriting and her experiences in the music business. Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining …

Backstage Pass Featuring JRDN!

On Monday, June 11th from 7:30pm-8:30pm EST, MWI Backstage Pass introduces JRDN up close and personal in the south auditorium. Watch and listen to him perform some of his songs and talk about performing, songwriting and his experiences in the music business. Emerging Canadian R&B/hip-hop star JRDN is making up for a late start in his music career in a big …

Vocal Tips With Wendy Irvine (Music Performance & Technology)

Every Monday, YouTube.com/MetalworksTV features Vocal Tips With Wendy Irvine. So far, topics have included Practice Tips for how to protect and strengthen your singing voice, and a demonstration of how to breathe properly when singing and training your voice. Wendy Irvine is a professional vocalist and part of our Music Performance & Technology faculty. Stay tuned every Monday for a new …

Open House – May 13th, 2012 – Register Now!

We are pleased to invite you to our Open House. Spend the afternoon with us, tour our facilities and meet the staff. Presentation begins promptly at 1:15pm, followed by a tour and question & answer periods. You won’t want to miss the presentation as it is filled with lots of information about our programs, student resources as well as insight …

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 …

EXTENDED – Attention Grads: Taken Pro Tools 101 & 110? Take 201 for 50% OFF!

EXTENDED – Exclusive Offer for our Graduates: receive 50% off the Pro Tools 201 certificate course taking place on Wednesday April 25th, Thursday April 26th and Friday April 27th 2012! If you are interested in this promotion and would like to register, please contact jodi@metalworksinstitute.com. Course Details: Wednesday, April 25th – 10:00am to 6:00pm Thursday, April 26th – 10:00am to …

Staff Profile: Brittany Offredi

We’re happy to welcome Brittany Offredi as the new Marketing and Promotions Coordinator. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto at Mississauga for Communication, Culture & Information Technology and Professional Writing & Communication. Since graduation, she has completed a number of internships to gain experience, including a summer internship at Entertainment One in Promotions & Publicity. She is very …

Faculty Profile: Doug Caldwell

Like many others before him in the music industry, Doug Caldwell began his career in the radio industry; spending eight years in Nova Scotia developing his talents as Music Director and Announcer for Q104FM Rock Radio, Annapolis Valley Radio and CKDU. As an announcer during various morning, mid-day, afternoon and evening shifts, Doug developed his style as a personality-driven on-air …

Radio Star’s New Songwriters’ Workshops

 On October 2nd and 3rd, we hosted Radio Star’s New Songwriting Workshop in the south auditorium.  Over three hundred and sixty songwriters registered for this free all day event. Attendees were treated to songwriting tips, stories, info sessions, performances, as well a demo listening session. The evening started with a songwriting clinic hosted by platinum artist and acclaimed songwriter Dan …

Students Work Southside Shuffle

Mississauga’s annual blues and jazz festival, Southside Shuffle, once again took over Port Credit’s Memorial Park, September 9th through 11th. The beloved festival even colonized nearby Lakeshore Road for Street Shuffle, which saw the street, patios and doorsteps transformed into performance spaces. The main stage’s packed schedule included appearances by the Blind Boys of Alabama, Mavis Staples, as well as …

Students Take Trip to AES Convention in New York!

Over 40 of our students will be spending October 20th to October 23rd in New York to attend the AES Convention.  For over 60 years, the AES has been the largest gathering of audio professionals and enthusiasts on the planet, attracting delegates from over 100 countries worldwide. Workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the exhibition floor provide attendees with a wealth …

Faculty Profile: Joe Natale

Joe Natale, a graduate of Tamaro Institute of Technology, began his career at Tanis Recording Studios in 1985 as Assistant Audio Engineer. Between 1986 and 2002, Joe worked at Bandworld Sound & Lighting, with duties including production management, audio engineering, system design and fabrication, rigging, installation and design. Joe also instructed all new personnel in rigging, audio and production. Between …

Students/Grads Volunteer at Honey Jam

Our students Janel Edwards and Danny Johnston alongside grad Chelsea Bradley lent their skills to this year’s Honey Jam held at The Mod Club Theatre in Toronto. They had the important task of stage managing and band changeover; ensuring that the show ran smoothly and on time. They also assisted setting up and organizing the venue, the dressing rooms, the …

New Programs Announced: Music Performance and 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 to take the art of performance to a professional level. With flexibility and space for personal style, students learn to perfect their business and music performance skills as they master the technologies and computer applications …

Guitar and Bass Day Featuring Glen Drover (Megadeth) September 25th, 2011

Our Institute presents Guitar & Bass Day on Sunday, September 25th 2011 from 11am-5pm. This FREE all day event will be hosted by Music Performance & Technology Program Director Mark Homer and will feature performances, educational guitar & bass clinics, giveaways and tours of the world-renowned Metalworks Studios. The event is sponsored by Roland Canada who will be giving away …

Summerfest 3

This free all day event featured a BBQ, a silent auction, raffles, tours of Metalworks Studios, as well as musical performances. Gracing the two stages were Android Meme, Ashley Sloggett, Colin White, Down by Riverside, Dusty Boytchuk, Joel Martin, Morning Thieves, Selyne Maia, Still Avenue and Sunday Sounds Good. Several of the performers were MWI grads including Joel Martin, Steve …