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 …

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 …


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, …

Bass Tips With Guenther Kapelle

Every Tuesday, 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, 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 …

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

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.

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.

Open House – This Sunday, December 4th, 2011

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 on career opportunities in the entertainment industry!

Announcing the appointment of Don Quarles as Chair of the Music Performance & Technology Programs

Don has had an extensive career in the music industry that is most recently highlighted by his position of Executive Director at Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC). Don has spent over 20 years as an event producer and has been involved in over 8,000 events. As the Co-Founder of the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS) Don has helped bring songwriting into many schools. Additionally, Don has served on the National Advisory Board of FACTOR and is, currently works as an advisor for the national production of DRUM! and is currently on the Advisory Board of Transmission. Don has had a lifelong passion for and commitment to composing and songwriting.

Event Recap: Vocal Day – Sunday November 20th, 2011

Thank you to all for attending Vocal Day on Sunday. There were many great performances by our Music Performance and Technology Faculty including faculty members, Wendy Irvine, Mark Christiano, Mike Ferfolia, Chris Sutherland, Calvin Beale, Peter Kadar and Anesti Karantakis. There were also vocal clinics with our faculty members as well as a clinic with Roland Clinicians, Adrian Marsi, Selyne Maia and Canadian Beatbox Champion KRNFX.

Limited space for JANUARY 2011…Now accepting applications for SEPTEMBER 2011

Metalworks students benefit by gaining real-world knowledge imparted by the most skilled instructors in the industry. Our state-of-the-art facilities are loaded with only the most advanced technologies.
Contact us today for the opportunity to develop your passion and launch the career of your dreams.