Get to Know Our Faculty and Academic Teaching Assistant

The faculty at Metalworks Institute has been chosen and qualified for their industry experience and knowledge, accomplishments and passion for teaching. Metalworks students learn from individuals who have achieved success in the music and entertainment fields and for their high level of expertise in the subjects they teach. Each instructor brings real-world understanding into the classroom; a quality that is invaluable in a hands-on learning environment.

Along with our exceptional faculty, Metalworks Institute presents a series of clinics and guest lectures. Our impressive array of adjunct faculty includes leading managers, publishers, entertainment lawyers, agents, record label executives, musicians, recording engineers and producers. These talented individuals add a exceptional and unique educational dimension for our students and provide a niche forum for demonstration and discussion.

Director of Academics

Pier Di Biase

A highly educated and talented musician, Pier Di Biase began studying music at a young age with a variety of music teachers and institutes. Starting with the guitar, Pier expanded …

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Success Coordinator/Senior Instructor

Melissa Johnston

Melissa Johnston is a music business professional with over thirteen years of experience in music publishing, specializing in mechanical licensing and royalty processing. After graduating from Durham College’s Entertainment Administration …

About Melissa

Alex Sekulovski

Alek Sekulovski has been playing, teaching and recording drums for over 25 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Pop & Jazz drums and has studied with Ron Savage (Berklee College of …

About Alex

Alf Annibalini

Alf 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 Arkells, The Tea Party, Our Lady …

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Andy Linden

Andy Linden, a native of Ottawa, moved to Toronto back in 1979 to travel with some high school friends in a band called Telemann. Eventually, that band became known as …

About Andy
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Blair Robb

A fan of both music and technology, Blair Robb is actively involved in exploring the future of the music industry. Driven to continue producing, engineering, and developing great artists, he’s …

About Blair

Cam Wheler

Cam Wheler started his career in the live audio production industry after graduating from a Theatre Arts-Technical Production course in 1993. Throughout his career, Cam has successfully embraced the ever-evolving …

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Chris Crerar

Chris Crerar has over a decade of sound engineering, recording, mixing and mastering experience, and is a senior mastering engineer at Metalworks Studios. Some of his more notable credits include work on the Juno award-winning Prince album, …

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Curtis Freeman

Curtis Freeman studied Music in College and graduated at the top of his class, earning him a scholarship from CARAS (the organization that hosts the Junos).  Since graduation Curtis has …

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Dave Patel

As a professional drummer, Dave has played on over 70 albums/discs, various jingles and some television work. Dave has been teaching privately for over 22 years at some of the …

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Jamie Kidd

Toronto musician Jamie Kidd is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and dj with a career encompassing 15 years through diverse endeavours. Trained as an electric and upright bassist, Jamie graduated with honours …

About Jamie

Josh Laing

Josh Laing has that rare combination of the deep knowledge of a musicologist and the creative ability of a seasoned musician combined with a detailed understanding of the business side …

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Lenny DeRose

Lenny DeRose is a veteran studio engineer and music producer who had the honour and opportunity of beginning his career with two of the world’s greatest producers, Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, KISS, Pink Floyd), and …

About Lenny

Mike Freedman

Mike began developing his skills as a musician while studying and playing a wide array of music through his youth, while attending Claude Watson School for the Arts. He studied …

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Paul Irvine

Since 1995, Paul Irvine has been active as an Entertainment Paralegal at Sanderson Entertainment Law in Toronto. He has substantial expertise reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts relating to all aspects of the …

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Paul Sanderson

Since being called to the Ontario bar in 1983, Paul has been in private practice and has practiced entertainment and arts law exclusively.  He is currently a sole practitioner in …

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Rob Johnston

A veteran of radio and broadcasting, Rob is the Creative Director for Corus Radio Toronto and the Corus Radio Centre of Excellence. He leads an award winning creative team that …

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Rob Tardik

Canadian-born, Toronto-native Rob Tardik is multi-award winning guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues all across North America including the prestigious Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Rochester …

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Tim Gittens

Tim is an experienced drummer, singer, writer, and educator. He’s lent his drumming talents to performers of nearly every genre, playing and/or recording with artist including FMJ, The Night Porters, Shakura S’Aida, …

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Dave Antonacci

Dave Antonacci is an accomplished music composer, producer, director, and supervisor. He has written and produced music for over 300 commercials for television, film, radio, and multimedia. Dave’s composer credits …

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Wendy Irvine

The passion that Wendy holds for music is undeniable, and she has devoted her entire life to making it her career as well as an outlet to express herself. She …

About Wendy

Matt Blakely

Matt Blakely is an accomplished audio production professional with over 20 years’ experience. Throughout his career, Matt has toured professionally as a Front Of House (FOH), Monitor, and System Engineer, …

About Matt

Wayne Cochrane

Wayne is a freelance Music Producer, Recording Engineer, and Mixer with 13 years experience making albums for artists and bands as well as recording and mixing music for feature film/documentary, …

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Patrick Friel

Patrick Friel is an accomplished Audio Engineer, Music Producer, and DJ. Since graduating from Metalworks Institute’s Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program more than a decade ago, Patrick has continued …

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James Brown

James Brown (Guitarist, Composer, Educator) is one of Canada’s most talented and versatile musicians. He has appeared and recorded with many leading artists and ensembles and has recorded three critically …

About James

Leon Matrosov

Leon Matrosov is a Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) consultant, trainer and program developer with Workplace Safety & Wellness Solutions and SafeToWork, a Health and Safety Manager for Parkland Civil …

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Alexandra Soumalias

Alexandra Soumalias aka Ally Sou is a songwriter/producer with ten years experience working professionally in the music industry and over 20 years experience in the Arts. Classically trained in piano …

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Nathan Jackson

Nathan Jackson is a Toronto based Engineer/Mixer/Producer who offers in studio tech services, engineering, mixing, editing and production for both music and post-production needs. He has had the honour to …

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Julian Troiano

Julian was born and raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario, and has followed his passion for music from a very early age. Inspired by his uncle, Canadian Music Hall-of-Famer Domenic Troiano, …

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Demetrius Nath

Demetrius Nath

Owner of antiskeptic entertainment, Demetrius Nath has led countless marketing & promotions campaigns for music (Alexisonfire, Arkells, Bush, Cancer Bats, City and Colour, Dolly Parton, Feist, Melanie C, Paul Brandt, The Sheepdogs, Tokyo …

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Jason London

Jason London

Jason London (Toronto, Ontario), a true “renaissance man” having kept busy over the past 30 years making notable contributions in Education, Finance, Event Management, Hospitality, Entertainment and Sport.  Today Jason …

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Darron Chin-Quee

Mr. Chin-Quee is a Professional Engineer and has over 30 years of engineering consulting experience in the fields of noise and vibration and has provided design guidance for both building …

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Lucas Di Mascio

Lucas is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and music producer based out of Ontario, Canada. After graduating MWI Lucas began work as a session musician and recording engineer for various bands and …

About Lucas

Mike Di Biasio

Mike has been an audio professional for 12 years. He graduated from Metalworks Institute with a diploma in audio production and engineering. Shortly after graduation, he was hired as an …

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Seina Vreugde

Siena has been singing and playing music for as long as she can remember. Beginning with piano lessons at the age of 3, Siena went on to receive her Grade …

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Geoff Hlibka

Geoff Hlibka is a Toronto based composer, producer and guitarist versatile in a multitude of styles. Geoff started music at the age of eight, first with a short stint on …

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Kwame Boison

Born in the United States and raised in Toronto, Canada – Kwame ‘Summer Knocks’ Boison has been influenced by many different cultures and genres. His DJ journey began in 2010 …

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