Each year the Alumni Awards of Merit are presented to graduates to recognize outstanding achievements within the last 12 months. This year we were proud to present Alumni Awards of Merit to twenty of our exceptional graduates.
In recognition of his work at OVO, engineering and composing for world renowned artists DVSN, Drake, and others, as well as his multiple credits on Drake’s multi-platinum certified album Scorpion, Drake’s Gold-Certified EP The Best In The World Pack, and the star-studded 2019 Top Boy Soundtrack.
In recognition of his work in the sound department for multiple award-winning television series including Star Trek Discovery, Cardinal, and Titans. Star Trek Discovery was nominated for four 2019 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Sound Design and Titans won the 2019 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a TV Drama.
In recognition of his credits on the 2019 Grammy Award Winning duet Best Part by H.E.R and Daniel Caesar and for mixing Jessie Reyez’s Juno Award-winning R&B Soul Recording of the Year Being Human in Public.
In recognition of his success as the guitarist for Valley. Valley’s debut EP This Room is White, amassed over 10 million streams and their track Swim became an indie pop hit, garnering multiple radio and TV placements including the American TV series Shooter.
In recognition of continued success as Drake’s recording engineer and his multiple credits on Drake’s global record-breaking album Scorpion, Drake’s latest Gold-Certified EP The Best In The World Pack, and the 2019 Top Boy Soundtrack.
In recognition of engineering contributions to platinum and gold certified artists including Arkells, City and Colour, Metric, Placebo, Cancer Bats, Lights, Barenaked Ladies, and many others.
In recognition of recording The Glorious Sons’ 2019 Billboard #1 hit Panic Attack. Kevin has worked with numerous chart-topping artists including The Road Heavy, Portugal The Man, DVSN, Placebo, Protest the Hero, and Alexisonfire, and with acclaimed producers Josh Gudwin, Chris Lord-Alge, Nineteen85, David Bottrill, and others.
In recognition of her work as Monitor Engineer for Rival Sons, an accomplished hard rock band who performed the Black Sabbath tribute at the 2019 Grammy Awards’ Salute to Music Legends. Katrina mixes for numerous acclaimed bands, including Big Wreck, Walk Off The Earth, In This Moment, July Talk, and The Tea Party.
NAVRAJ GORAYA AKA ‘NAV’/ΠΔV
In recognition of the success of his two hit albums RECKLESS and Bad Habits as well as his work on four other 2019 JUNO and Grammy Award nominated albums – Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD, Immigrant by Belly, 88Glam’s eponymous album, and Love Me Now? by Tory Lanez. RECKLESS won the 2019 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year and debuted at #8 on Billboard’s Top 200, then Bad Habits debuted at #1 on the US Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.
In recognition of engineering contributions to multiple platinum and gold certified albums, including the 2019 JUNO, Grammy, and Billboard Music Award nominated album ASTROWORLD by Travis Scott; the 2019 JUNO-nominated and SOCAN Award-winning album My Dear Melancholy by The Weeknd; NAV’s acclaimed 2019 albums RECKLESS and Bad Habits; Nicki Minaj’s RIAA Platinum Certified album Queen; and Kendrick Lamar’s US World Albums Billboard #1 Black Panther: The Album.
In recognition of engineering contributions to the 2019 JUNO Award-winning Rock Album of the Year Rally Cry by Arkells. Justin’s credit list includes many highly successful rock albums including Sittin’ Heavy by Monster Truck, Wild Cat by Danko Jones, and Rush’s 2112 40th Anniversary Edition.
In recognition of his engineering credits on Civilianaires by The Trews and Outsider by Three Days Grace, which were both nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards.
In recognition of his continued success with SOTA Studios and OVO Sound and for his contributions to Drake’s global hit record Scorpion. Greg has assistant mixing credits on the album, which includes three of the most successful hip-hop tracks of all time – In My Feelings, Nice For What, and the 2019 Grammy Award Winning Rap Song of the Year God’s Plan.
In recognition of his engineering contributions to True Rockers by Monster Truck, which was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards. He has previously co-written, engineered, or produced award winning albums and #1 radio hits for artists including Mother Mother, One Bad Son, Barenaked Ladies, Three Days Grace, League of Wolves, and many others.
In recognition of digital editing contributions to True Rockers by Monster Truck, which was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards. Shaddy has also worked on sessions for many other acclaimed artists including Three Days Grace, Barenaked Ladies, One Bad Son, The Road Hammers, and six-time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Carvin Winans
In recognition of her continued success in the entertainment industry. Michelle Owen is the Tour Manager for the JUNO Award-winning band The Glorious Sons, who have been playing shows around the world, opening for the The Rolling Stones twice on the No Filter tour – first in Marseilles, France and then in Ontario at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.
In recognition of his continued success as Arkells’ drummer. Arkells received a 2019 Canadian Independent Music Association Road Gold certification for exceeding 100,000 tickets sales domestically and their latest album Rally Cry won the 2019 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year.
In recognition of his continued success as an in-demand event Production Manager for some of the largest and most successful festivals and tours in Canada. Matt is now the Manager of Operations for Republic Live, the company that manages Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. He has coordinated numerous major festivals events including the Rolling Stones’ last Canadian show, Boots & Hearts, the I Love 90s Tour, Ever After, and more.
In recognition of continued success working with PRC Music Production and Lightroom Studios in Hong Kong, and for performing in Karen Mok’s 2019 Guinness World Record breaking highest altitude mass-attended music concert. The concert was held in Lhasa, Tibet at 3,646.308 meters above sea level.
In recognition of continued success as Front of House Engineer for multi-platinum certified 8x JUNO-Award winning artist Shawn Mendes. Tom has been Shawn’s FOH engineer since 2015, accompanying him on multiple world tours.