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.


Adrian Goldberg

Adrian Goldberg is one of Canada’s most accomplished television lighting designers. With over 350 project credits, his extensive experience includes all aspects of lighting design, consulting, and project management, including …

About Adrian

Alex Grigg

Alex Grigg is a veteran music industry professional with over 25 years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors of the music and live events business. He started out …

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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 …

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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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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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Alicia Damley

With 25+ years professional expertise, Ms Damley’s career includes defining Board strategy, oversight and renewal; leading and implementing risk and assurance best practices; and generating superior investment returns over business …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Carol McCartney

Vibrant and dynamic jazz vocalist Carol McCartney was born and raised in North Toronto – in fact, in the Fall of 2013, the City of Toronto named a street after …

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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 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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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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David “Click” Cox

David “Click” Cox started his career as a member of the MMVA-winning and JUNO-nominated group, The Maximum Definitive, and created reputation for his promotional and marketing efforts working closely with …

About David
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Davor Jordanovski

Davor has become extremely successful in various positions as a composer, arranger, music producer and a recording artist. He studied Music Composition, Orchestration and music theory at the University of …

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Drew Rabbets

Drew has been working in the Canadian entertainment industry for the last 30 years. Drew graduated from Niagara College’s Theatre program and has since worked in several Toronto theatre companies, …

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Elliott Sairan

Elliott has been involved in music since the age of five. Years of studying and performance have contributed to his deep appreciation for creating music and collaborating with other artists. …

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Fernando D’Elia Jr.

Fernando D’Elia Jr. is an experienced marketing professional, consultant, and educator with a wealth of experience in information technology (Applications, Web Solutions, SEO/SEP development, SaaS platforms, Social Media), financial services …

About Fernando

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
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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

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is a highly accomplished live sound professional. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Jason became passionate about Sound and Production while attending Pentecostal Tabernacle church. Now a seasoned professional, Jason …

About Jason

Joe Natale

Joe Natale began his career at Tanis Recording Studios in 1985 as the assistant audio engineer. Between 1986 and 2002, Joe worked at Band World Sound and Lighting, with duties …

About Joe

Joelle Pokrajac

Joelle has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) from Wilfrid Laurier, and holds CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designations. In …

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Jordan Kane

Jordan is a highly skilled and trained classical and jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and drummer. As a music educator, Jordan believes that it is his responsibility to provide well-prepared quality …

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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

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 …

About Leon

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

Meg McNabb

Meg McNabb has been a part of Canada’s vibrant music & arts scene since 2006, getting her start in promotions & publicity in the film industry with distributors Alliance Films, …

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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 …

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Mike Conto

Mike Conto is a Jazz and Popular music performer. Mike has shared the stage with Rik Emmett (Triumph), Roch Voisine, Jeff Healey and the The Commitments. Other artists he has …

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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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Academic Teaching Assistant

Nathan Jackson

Nathan is a 2019 Honours Graduate from Metalworks Institute’s Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program. Nathan was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario where music was always his focus as …

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Academic Teaching Assistant

Oliver Honsberger

Oliver Honsberger is an emerging musician and audio engineer with a tendency for writing songs that don’t fit into traditional genres. Since graduating from Metalworks Institute in 2018, Oliver has …

About Oliver

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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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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Peter “Stoy” Stoynich

Peter ‘Stoy’ Stoynich is one of Canada’s most respected and talented live sound engineers. He has over 30 years of professional experience and a Bachelor of Music from the University …

About Peter

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 …

About Pier

Randy Rowe

Randy Rowe has over 20 years experience in the computer/graphic design and media fields, including a three-year graphics design program at George Brown College. Starting as a graphic designer at …

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Rich Stone

Rich Stone, an Honors Graduate from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology, is an Audio Visual Systems Technician and Council Chambers Technical Coordinator for the City of Mississauga. His …

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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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Ross Hayes Citrullo

Ross Hayes Citrullo is a Producer, Mixer, Engineer and Emmy® nominated Re-Recording Mixer based out of Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University with a BA specializing in audio production. …

About Ross

Sharona Clarke

Sharona is a classically-trained pop pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, teacher, and producer. She began studying piano at a very early age and went on to earn a Bachelor of Music …

About Sharona

Sierra Cumming

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Sierra started studying music at an early age. After completing high levels of RCM in both piano and voice, she switched gears and earned a Bachelor …

About Sierra

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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Vito Rezza

Vito “Veets” Rezza is one of Canada’s most passionate, highly accomplished, world-class drummers. Self-taught with early guidance from drummer/composer Claude Ranger, Vito quickly became a prominent and respected member in the music scene. …

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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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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

Yanni Caldas

Yanni Caldas is a professional audio engineer and composer focused on creating exciting audio content for film, music, television, and video games. Since graduating from Metalworks Institute, Yanni has taken on …

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