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, …

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 …

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 …

“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, 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 …

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

Exclusive Offer for our Graduates: receive 50% off the Pro Tools 201 certificate course taking place on Saturday, April 14th and Sunday, April 15th, 2012! If you are interested in this promotion and would like to register, please contact Course Details: Saturday, April 14th – 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday, April 15th – 10:00am to 6:00pm Course will be taught …

Metalworks Institute 2012 Graduation!

Metalworks Institute celebrated the 2012 Graduation Ceremony this past Saturday, January 28th at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. The ceremony, hosted by Metalworks Institute Music Performance and Technology Program Chair, Don Quarles, went off without a hitch. Key Note Speaker, Alan Cross, gave a provocative and inspiring speech, which included anecdotes from his life and career; as well as his exciting contentions about the future of the industry.

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.

Announcing the appointment of Jodi Shaw as Manager of Scholarships and Alumni Services

Metalworks Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Jodi Shaw as Manager of Scholarships and Alumni Services. Jodi graduated from our Audio Production and Engineering Program and has since worked within the company at Metalworks Production Group as a Production Assistant. At Metalworks Institute, Jodi will be developing the current Career Centre platform to better suit today’s technology changes.

New Scholarship by Sarnia Bayfest in Conjuction with Metalworks, Congrats to Connor Burgess

On November 30th, Metalworks Institute of Sound and Music Production announced that Connor Burgess is the recipient of the 2011 Metalworks/Sarnia Bayfest Scholarship. Connor is the first student to receive the Metalworks/Sarnia Bayfest Scholarship, which entitles its recipient to full tuition for the one year Show Production and Event Management Program at Metalworks Institute. Eligibility for the scholarship includes having an OSSD or equivalent, residing in Southwestern Ontario, a short essay and having sincere dedication and aspirations to excel in the live event industry. Scholarship beneficiary, Connor Burgess commented, “When I found out that I was the recipient of the scholarship I was very excited and surprised. This is a dream come true and I cannot wait to start!”

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.

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!

Students Attend The 22nd Annual SOCAN Awards Show

On Monday, November 21st , 30 Metalworks Institute graduates and students put on their finest attire and attended the 2011 SOCAN Award Show on guest list. Among those in the audience of the show included Randy Bachman, The Trews and Hedley. “It was great to see so much Canadian talent. Thanks again Metalworks for giving us the opportunity to attend the SOCAN Awards.”

Students Attend The 2011 SOCAN Awards

Tonight, 30 Metalworks Institute students and graduates will be attending the 22nd Annual SOCAN Awards gala at Roy Thomson Hall on guestlist. Our Metalworks Institute students/graduates were given a tremendous opportunity to watch history and be present in the audience of the 2011 SOCAN Awards. We wish those all nominated great success and wish all of our students and graduates all the best for an enjoyable experience and evening perfect for networking!

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 …