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, …

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 …

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 …

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.

Event Recap: Student Event, Holiday Breakout – Dec 4, 2011

Students from MISPENT (Metalworks Institute Show Production and Entertainment), a student group, hosted a charity event called ‘Holiday Breakout’. All proceeds were donated to the Friends of Music Therapy Endowment Fund. The all ages event, at the Rockpile included an evening of band performances and raffles for prizes from sponsors like EMI, The North Shore, Starbucks and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The evening was hosted by Scott Green, and included five bands (in order of performance): Mike Ursini, The Soundsmiths, The Gentlemen Thieves, On Corinthians and Good Rats.

Event Recap: Annual Holiday Staff & Student Pancake Breakfast – Dec 7, 2011

Metalworks Institute held its annual Holiday Pancake Breakfast for the students and staff today. The event is held each winter to celebrate everyone’s hard work and create a social setting for both students and instructors. The event featured delicious freshly-made pancakes made to order and an array of toppings including fruit, whipped cream, syrup and chocolate chips. “The pancake breakfast is the staff’s way of saying thank you to the students and at the same time having an opportunity to connect with them, while sharing some holiday spirit,” commented Gail Brommit, Metalworks Institute Registrar, who organizes the event each year.

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.

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 …