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Join the Metalworks Community bolstered by almost 50 years of success in the music industry and start building your network with Canada’s largest and most comprehensive audio school.
Our alumni have achieved great success in the music industry, from Juno awards, Grammy nominations, to Platinum and Diamond certifications, billions in streams, and more.
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Check out what our students have to say about their experience:
Producer/Mixer, 2018 JUNO Award-Winning Recording Engineer of the Year (Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez)
Metalworks gave me the foundation I needed to start my career. The instructors are great, and they are all veterans of the business which makes all the difference. If you're looking to break into the music business but don’t know where to start, Metalworks is a great place and has served as a launchpad for many respected pros.
Monitor Engineer for Grammy Award-Winning Artist Shaggy
I quite value my time spent at MWI. The education was crucial to my development and the friendships formed carry on to this day! My fellow graduates continue to inspire me daily.
Front of House (FOH) Engineer, (Shawn Mendes, Jessie J)
Metalworks rewards hard work with honesty, curiosity with knowledge, and devotion with reinforcement. Those with a true passion for the music industry have the chance to prosper here.
Director, ole Label Group Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program Graduate
The best part about it all is running into fellow MWI Alumni in the business. When you graduate – you’ll know exactly what I mean. We are the music business illuminati and we stick together!
DARREN 'JETER' MAGIEROWSKI
Audio Engineer, Route 66 Recordings/Jukasa Studios (July Talk, Alexisonfire, Harrison Kennedy, The Trews) Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program Graduate
Metalworks absolutely gave me the most hands on and real-world experience that helped me with exactly what I wanted to do after I graduated. The program was great, and the staff and community have all been amazingly supportive.
Platinum-Certified Audio Engineer (The Weeknd, French Montana, Travis Scott) Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program Graduate
I thought the Audio Production & Engineering program was great. The instructors taught us a lot. I’d recommend the program to anyone interested in audio-related work. It really allows graduates to go into any audio field they want, whether it be studio work, live sound, post-production for TV/movies, etc.
Songwriter & Artist Development Professional Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program Graduate
I graduated 6 years ago and since then, was able to build a business for myself as a songwriter, with the knowledge, help and support of my Metalworks family. I’ve written for and developed artists that have gone on to sign deals in Canada, US and UK. I currently work with publishers and producers based in Toronto and Los Angeles and have several industry outlets to plug my songs to.
The curriculum, technologies and student experience at metalworks are constantly being revised and upgraded to ensure the most competitive level of education in the entertainment industry, the owner, principal and instructors all pushed and challenged me to get back on track when I was struggling and I’ve never felt that kind of support from an educational system in my life. When the students win, Metalworks wins and I’m so grateful to have this community to always call “home”.
In retrospect, this school prepared and equipped me with the tools, experience, information, and relationships I needed to navigate through one of the toughest industries on this planet – the music industry. My tenacity and endurance brought me to success but my experience at Metalworks gave me the confidence and platform to really go for it.
Singer/Songwriter Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program Graduate
This is THE place to go if you want to be accepted for who you are, what you feel, and what you express. These people have been a blessing to me, and I will never forget their kindness.
Award-Winning Producer, Engineer & Songwriter (The Tragically Hip, Three Days Grace, Mother Mother) Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program Graduate
Metalworks taught me the fundamentals I needed to build a successful career in the music industry. For this reason, whenever I need to hire, I go right to Metalworks. MWI grads are simply more skilled and better equipped for the industry.
Owner & Principal of Stagecoach Performing Arts Milton & Burlington Music Performance & Technology (Vocal Major) Diploma Program Graduate
Metalworks completely changed my life. I have never learned so much in a two year span than I did at this school. The staff is wonderful and completely willing to work with you and help you with your future career. Since graduating Metalworks I have attained not 1 but 4 jobs in my field, a fantastic network of professionals, friends and wealth of knowledge. I am able to proudly call myself a professional in the music & entertainment industry and without Metalworks I don’t know if I would have ever been able to acquire the confidence to do so! This is a fantastic school that can help jump start your career into the entertainment industry!
Music Producer & Founder of Ennea Records Audio Production & Engineering Diploma Program
The most helpful aspect [of my Metalworks education] would be the studio classes. My teacher [went] beyond teaching me the hands-on aspects of analog equipment in the studio – he taught me so much about studio protocol, etiquette and morale. The teachers each have their own teaching style and I believe that the community and engagement surrounding the education fosters excellent personal development both in and out of the classroom.
Freelance Video Technician Show Production & Event Management Diploma Program Graduate
My time at the Institute was an experience that I will take with me wherever I go. It was intense and a lot of hard work, but it was also a lot of fun. The hard work got me well prepared for the industry. The people I met and the connections I have made from my time at school is what made the whole experience worth it.
Production Manager, Site Operations Coordinator, Tour Manager (Ever After Music Festival, Boots & Hearts, A Tribe Called Red) Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program Graduate
The overall workload of the course material at Metalworks really prepared me for this life. It comes in waves, and sometimes those waves hit you hard, but the reward when you stand on a viewing deck looking out at 40,000 people cheering and smiling from ear to ear at what you've helped create - that makes it all worth it.
Boom Operator (Star Trek Discovery, Cardinal, Titans) Show Production & Event Management Diploma Program Graduate
Everything I was taught [at Metalworks] has given me a solid foundation to reach for the sky, where ever I choose to go. I work with amazing people, and every day just keeps getting more and more exciting. It is a privilege and luxury compared to other jobs I’ve worked. Metalworks is the place to go if you want to turn your love for music into a real, tangible, and rewarding career.
ABHISHEK VENKATACHALAM AKA ABBY V
Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter, Music Composer, Producer, & Audio Engineer Music Performance & Technology (Vocal Major) Diploma Program Graduate
Best decision you’ll ever make. Beyond all, MWI is a really positive place. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and accomplished, but so friendly. It's more of a collaborative environment than a strict professor-student vibe and that’s what I loved most. If you’re thinking about pursuing music – regardless of whether you want to be a performing or studio vocalist/instrumentalist, or a studio/live engineer, or a music producer, I would STRONGLY recommend Metalworks. You’ll learn everything you need to be successful at your craft.
CASSANDRA RUZSA PAQUETTE
Assistant Artist Manager at Watson Entertainment, Talent Agent at I Book Shows, and Production Coordinator at Place My Booth Entertainment Business Management Diploma Program Graduate
I liked how versatile the classes were. You learn a large spectrum of the music business which helps you understand and interact easier in the real world. Also, the amount they stressed volunteering and getting your foot in the door at conferences and festivals really was the way [that] I made all of my connections. I took full advantage of the week off they gave us to volunteer at Canadian Music Week and that week changed my life. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without that experience.
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