Metalworks Institute’s Graduating Class of 2014

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On Saturday January 31st, Metalworks Institute celebrated the graduating class of 2014 at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

As per tradition, Key Note Speaker Alan Cross, gave a very inspiring and motivational speech to the graduating class and their parents, which included personal anecdotes from his life and career; as well as his exciting thoughts about the future of the industry.

Each year Metalworks recognize the success of those within the graduating class with Mentorship and Outstanding Achievement Awards. Mentorship Awards are presented to graduates who have academically excelled throughout their studies. Recipients receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a leading music industry professional, who has generously donated their time to provide an invaluable opportunity for a deserving graduate. Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented to graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, made positive contributions to student life, or actively participated in school events and volunteer opportunities throughout their studies.

Founder Gil Moore presented this year’s Alumni Special Achievement Awards to two graduates who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry within their chosen fields. David Mohacsi graduated from the Audio Production and Engineering Program in 2008. The award commemorates his contributions to The Tragically Hip’s album, Now For Plan A, which went certified gold in Canada. Taylor Herperger graduated from the Professional Sound and Business – Live Production Major Program in 2012 and is the National Promotions Coordinator at Warner/Chappell Music Canada. The award recognizes Taylor’s contributions to The Black Keys album Fever, which reached a record setting 19 weeks at number one on the Nielsen BDS Canadian Rock Airplay chart.

Mentoring Awards

Steve Baird – Lighting Designer – Currently on Tour with Dream Theatre
Ben McCormick

David Bottrill – Three time GRAMMY-Award Winning Producer (Muse, TOOL, Silverchair)
Joshua Correia
Gavin Brown – 
Multi JUNO-Award Winning and GRAMMY Nominated Producer (Barenaked Ladies, Three Days Grace, The Tragically Hip)
Titus Chu

Alan Cross – Internationally Known Broadcaster, Interviewer, Writer, Consultant, Blogger and Speaker
Jeremy Moffitt

Andy Curran – Director of A&R at SRO/Anthem Entertainment and Musician, Producer, Songwriter
Daniel Turner

Lenny DeRose – Veteran Studio Engineer and Music Producer (Motley Crue, Walk off the Earth, Lights)
Brad Doucette

Denise Donlon – Broadcast and Recording Industry Executive, Former President of Sony Music Canada
Tia Gordon

Jake Gold – President of the Management Trust 
Katelyn McNeill

Ralph James – President of the Agency Group
Dallas Burke

Richard Mills – Agent at The Feldman Agency
Alex Nakashoji

Gil Moore – Metalworks Founder and Drummer in Canadian Rock Group Triumph
Seth Isaac

Allan Reid – Director of MusiCounts and VP of A&R at Universal Music Canada
Flaviu Mocanu

Gary Slaight – President of Slaight Music
Carley St. Onge

Bob Spencer – President of Metalworks Production Group
Hearad Moghtaderi

L. Stu Young – Award Winning Canadian Recording/Mixing Engineer and Producer
Sean Dowell

Outstanding Achievement Awards

ole Music Publishing Award
Serena Ragogna

McDSP Award
Jack Caggianello

Long and McQuade Apex 460 Award
Hearad Moghtaderi

Canadian Music Week Award
Matej Perisa

Sennheiser / Neumann TLM 102 Award
Titus Chu

Sennheiser/Neumann MK4 Award
Flaviu Mocanu

Sennheiser /Neumann TLM 103 Award
Joshua Correia

Sennheiser / Neumann U47 Fet Award
Sean Dowell

Norris Whitney / Music Books Plus Award
Carley St. Onge

Sanderson Entertainment Law Award
Dallas Burke

Tom Cochrane Songwriting Award
Elequen General

Founder’s Award
Xavier Vassell

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2014!
We wish all of you the very best success!

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