Faculty Profile: Joe Natale

Metalworks Institute Faculty Member Joe Natale Joe Natale, a graduate of Tamaro Institute of Technology, began his career at Tanis Recording Studios in 1985 as Assistant Audio Engineer. Between 1986 and 2002, Joe worked at Bandworld Sound & Lighting, with duties including production management, audio engineering, system design and fabrication, rigging, installation and design. Joe also instructed all new personnel in rigging, audio and production.

Between 1987 and 1993, Joe worked with Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks as the F.O.H. Sound Engineer. This gig included 10 European tours, highlighted by the Poland Solidarity Festival. Joe also worked with CTV on the annual Hospital for Sick Children Telethon, with duties including stage patching, equipment installation, as well as in-studio and monitor mixing for all performers. In addition, Joe worked on the Easter Seals and Jerry Lewis telethons during this time.

Throughout the 90s, Joe conducted several overseas tours with the Canadian Armed Forces, including trips to Ellesmere Island, Bosnia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

From 1996 to 1998, Joe worked as a MIDI programmer for Julio Iglesias on two world tours. He has also completed tours with Styx, Kenny Rogers and numerous other artists. Joe worked on the show Heaven & Hell (2000-02) on the CTV Comedy Network and served as a consultant for Bandworld (2002-04) for the installation of all staging and high steel safety lines for Fallsview Casino.

Since 2004, Joe has worked as Head of Audio at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. His duties include approval of all equipment on behalf of the venue, training of stagehands and audio operators, system design and overseeing system installs via outside companies. Joe has additionally overseen numerous shows at Fallsview, including the David Foster Gala with artists such as Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Andrea Boccelli, David Foster and Michael Bublé.

Throughout his career, Joe has also worked with renowned artists Wayne Newton, Glass Tiger, Jimmy Rankin, Blue Rodeo, The Band, Garth Hudson and many others.

In 2011, Joe served as the technical director and producer of the International Indian Film Awards held at Celebration Square in Mississauga.

For the last 3 years, Joe has been Chair of the Show Production and Event Management Program at Metalworks where he teaches System Installations, Show Production Systems, Show System Workshops and System Installation Techniques. He is the latest recipient of our  “Instructor of the Year” award and has proven to be a great mentor to the MWI students.

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