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Graduation Program METALWORKS INSTITUTE CLASS OF 2018

Welcome Parents, Guardians, Friends, & Educators

FOUNDER'S MESSAGE

TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2018,

Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone in your lives! Your graduation not only underscores an achievement in your educational journey; but also makes your ability to remain committed to exalted goals and admirable ambitions, while successfully overcoming a demanding courseload and intense curriculum. This innate drive serves as a true testament to your determination to succeed, and it is this spirit which will carry you through your career and allow you to rise above the inevitable trials that lie ahead as you grow in the industry. Ultimately, sitting in this room tonight at your graduation ceremony highlights your dedication to a dream.

The landscape of the entertainment business is in ongoing change and evolution; it gives us great joy to know Metalworks Institute graduates have been, and will continue to be, integral in shaping the future of this fantastic industry we call our home. It is with immense pride and satisfaction that the Graduating Class of 2018 uses the knowledge, skills, and contacts developed at Metalworks Institute to turn their dreams into a reality and, we expect, make some history along the way.

As you receive your diploma, we welcome you into Metalworks Institute’s family of Alumni. Here, you join an extraordinary network of those who have followed a similar journey to your own and who pave the way for ever-growing opportunities and experiences for the next generation of talent.

This evening, with your family, friends, and classmates seated around you, we celebrate your hard work, passion, perseverance, and achievements. There is no doubt that great things await you.

Cheers to the graduating class of 2018 and to all of the amazing adventures ahead!

With Very Best Wishes,

Gil Moore, Founder

On Behalf of the Staff & Faculty at Metalworks Institute

Your host for the evening is experienced educator and music business professional Ron Rogers.

GRADUATING CLASS OF 2018

💿 Denotes Honours

Muhanad Al Hilaly

Frankie Aversa

Eric Bauer 💿

Baljinder Bhat

Luis Roberto Biosca Algaba

Keegan Boldin

Tom Bowen-Smith 💿

Harley Broughton

Walter Cabral

Yanni Caldas

Katherine Calio

Nick Cassidy

Bayan Abou Chacra 💿

Jacob Collins

Keith Collinson

Sara Cordeiro

Shaneen Cotterell 💿

Cameron Di Marco

Cameron Eady

Paulina Rosales Echevarria

Andrew Falk

Ryan Flores 💿

Nicholas Giansante

Kailey Graham

Eduardo Guerrero

Landon Hayes

Oliver Honsberger

Jackson Howe

Alexander Hussey 💿

Derek Kleperis 💿

Tyson Kramer

Minho Lee 💿

Maddy Little

Randall Lubin 💿

Benjamin Gonzales McQueen

Colton Maddigan

Christopher Martins

Tom-Providence Matukala Nkosi

Travis McBain

Frazer McCrindle

Lauren Michaels

Ryan Moffatt

Wyatt Murphy

Scott Nerland

Sarah Nicholson-Jollimore

Jessica O'Reilly

Paul Pietrobono

Carl Pike

Eric Pillwein

Angela Randisi

Kyle Raven

Dilpreet Saund

Daniel Schonski

Renee Soucy 💿

Stephen Southern

Gianni Spadafora

Austin Stoffelsen

Cassandra Tari

Shaanvir Thiara 💿

Gurjit Thind 💿

Shai Uthayakumaran

Abhishek Venkatachalam 💿

Yiu Wah Kung 💿

Thomas Wildish 💿

Shamar Wilson-Partap

Reece Wolff

Darnell Wright

Eileen Shan Zou 💿

Congratulations to all of our graduates!

VALEDICTORIAN SPEECH

Please welcome the Valedictorian for Metalworks Institute’s Graduating Class of 2018, Ryan Flores.

AWARD PRESENTATIONS

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Achievement awards are presented to graduates who have received the highest academic achievement within a thirty-week, one-year, or two-year program.

MENTORSHIP AWARDS

Mentorship awards are presented to graduates who have academically excelled in their program. Recipients will receive a one-on-one mentoring session with a leading music industry professional who has generously donated their time. These awards are intended to inspire each recipient in their career aspirations through the wisdom of an industry veteran.

MENTOR: ALAN CROSS

Alan Cross is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, he has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters.

Recipient: Gurjit Thind

MENTOR: ALLAN REID

Allan Reid has been a towering presence in the Canadian music industry for over 25 years. Allan is the former VP of A&R and Marketing for A&M Records and the former Senior VP of A&R for Universal Music Canada. He is now president of CARAS, the organization responsible for the JUNO Awards.

Recipient: Thomas Wildish

MENTOR: ANDY CURRAN

Andy Curran is the bassist, lead-vocalist, and founding member of the bands Caramel, Coney Hatch, and Leisureworld. He has over 25 years of global experience in the music industry including over a decade of experience with Anthem Entertainment Group. He is now a consultant in label services with ole Majorly Indie.

Recipient: Colton Maddigan

MENTOR: BOB SPENCER

Bob Spencer is the President of Metalworks Production Group and Bandworld Staging. He has provided live event and production services to a wide range of clients including Mumford & Sons, Chance The Rapper, Arkells, Billy Talent, Keith Urban, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bon Jovi.

Recipient: Randall Lubin

MENTOR: DAVID BOTTRILL

With three grammy awards and the success of over 15 million albums sold, David Bottrill has produced and mixed career-defining records that have established paradigms and redefined genres. He has worked with artists including Peter Gabriel, Muse, Tool, Rush, King Crimson, and Kid Rock.

Recipient: Ryan Flores

MENTOR: DENISE DONLON

Denise Donlon is a television producer, host, and a member of both the Order of Canada and the Canadian Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. She was the Director of Programming VP/General manager of MuchMusic and CityTV, President of Sony Music Canada, and Executive Director of CBC English Radio.

Recipient: Shaneen Cotterell

MENTOR: GARY SLAIGHT

Gary Slaight is CEO and President of Slaight Communications. Gary continues to be a driving force in Canada’s music industry and is actively involved in artist development through his company Slaight Music, established with a mandate to invest, nurture, and develop Canadian artists.

Recipient: Eric Bauer

MENTOR: JACKIE DEAN

Jackie Dean is the COO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) – the organization responsible for the Juno Awards and Musicounts. For over 15 years she has worked tirelessly to support the mandate of the organization: to Educate, Develop, Celebrate and Honour Canadian music and artists.

Recipient: Eileen Shan Zou

MENTOR: JAKE GOLD

Jake Gold is the Director and CEO of The Management Trust. He has been instrumental in the development of notable artists The Tragically Hip, The Watchmen, Big Wreck, Crash Karma, Adam Cohen, and Sass Jordan. Jake is Vice Chairman for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and a board member for the Music Managers Forum (MMF).

Recipient: Bayan Abou Chacra

MENTOR: JENNIFER ESSIEMBRE

Jennifer Essiembre is a 2009 graduate of Metalworks Institute. She is the former Senior Manager of Songwriter Relations at Spotify and current Director of ole Label Group. ole Label Group consists of three diverse pioneering labels including Anthem Entertainment, Anthem Legacy, and Red Dot. ole is the world's fastest growing rights management company and twelve time winner of the Canadian Country Music Association's 'Music Publishing Company of the Year' Award. ole's extensive roster includes RUSH, Timbaland, Big Wreck, Ian Thornley, The Tea Party, and many others.

Recipient: Cassandra Tari

MENTOR: KARDINAL OFFISHALL

Kardinal Offishall is a legendary Canadian Rapper, Record Producer, and Record Executive. Kardy's 2008 album 'Not For Sale' was certified 3x Platinum in Canada. Since 2013 he has been Creative Executive Director of Universal Music Canada's A&R Team.

Recipient: Kardinal Offishall

MENTOR: NOEL CADASTRE

Noel Cadastre is Drake's exclusive engineer. Noel became part of the OVO team, working alongside 40 after graduating from Metalworks Institute. Noel has also worked with The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, Majid Jordan, Lil Wayne, Partynextdoor, Big Sean, Action Bronson, and more.

Recipient: Alexander Hussey

MENTOR: RALPH JAMES

Ralph James was the President of The Agency Group. He personally helped to cultivate the international success of Nickelback, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Mariana's Trench, and many others. Ralph is currently head of APA Agency, one of the largest diversified talent agencies.

Recipient: Minho Lee

MENTOR: RANDY LENNOX

Randy Lennox is one of Canada's most accomplished music and entertainment industry executives. He is the President of Bell Media and the Former President & CEO of Universal Music Canada, where he oversaw the careers of Justin Bieber, Drake, Diana Krall, Shania Twain and Bryan Adams.

Recipient: Renee Soucy

MENTOR: RICHARD MILLS

Richard Mills is one of Canada's most experienced and popular talent agents. For over 30 years Richard has been an agent at The Feldman Agency, one of North America's premier entertainment talent agencies and management groups.

Recipient: Yiu Wah Kung

MENTOR: STEVE BAIRD

Steve Baird is an acclaimed lighting designer who has toured with numerous artists including Dream Theatre, One Republic, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Norah Jones, and Steely Dan. His unique lighting displays have contributed to creating spectacular lighting experiences around the globe.

Recipient: Tom Bowen-Smith

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our educational partners, who generously donated the prize packages for tonight’s Academic Achievement Award winners. Special thanks to Paul Sanderson, Jim Norris, Pat Furlan, Colin McDowell, Dan Durbin, Steve Coady, Scott Atkins, Sanderson Entertainment Law, Long & McQuade, Coast Music, Sonar Drums, Vic Firth, Remo, Zildijian Cymbals, Sennheiser Canada, Music Books Plus, NWC, Warner Music Canada and Live Nation for their continued support.

ALUMNI AWARDS OF MERIT

Alumni Awards of Merit are presented to graduates to recognize outstanding achievements within the last 12 months.
Outstanding Academic Achievement in a 30-week program. This year's recipient, from the post-graduate Music Mixing & Mastering Program is Derek Kleperis.
Outstanding Academic Achievement in a 1-year program. This year we have a tie, so there are two recipients. The year's recipients, from the Audio Production & Engineering Program, are Eric Bauer and Yiu Wah Kung.
Outstanding Academic Achievement in a 2-year program. The year's recipient, from the Professional Sound & Business (Studio Production Major) Program is Ryan Flores.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: DEVONTEE WOE

In recognition of the success of his new album Head Gone, which features Kardinal Offishall, Eyez, and Pro Era’s CJ Fly. Devontee also produced, wrote, and did vocals for Bridgit Mendler’s 2017 indie-hit ‘Temperamental Love’ and he scored the theme song for “Ayesha’s Homemade” which airs on the Food Network.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: JEFF CRAKE

In recognition of engineering contributions to artists including Drake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and The Weeknd. Together, Jeff, AKA ‘Grimm’ and fellow Metalworks Institute graduate Rainer Millar Blanchaer, form the songwriting & production duo Rainer + Grimm. Rainer + Grimm have done official remixes for high-profile artists including Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, and Years & Years, as well as production work for artists Allan Rayman, William Darc, and others.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: JENNIFER ESSIEMBRE

In recognition of achieving the position of Director at ole Label group – the world’s fastest growing rights management company with offices in Toronto, Nashville, New York, London, and Los Angeles. Prior to taking on the role of Director, Jennifer held three other positions at ole, including Office Manager, Creative Manager, and Senior Manager of Creative Operations for ole’s Pop/Urban division.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: JOHN FIELDING

In recognition of achieving the position of Business Development Manager at Sony Music Canada, developing and executing forward-thinking marketing plans and general project management for distributed, domestic and international repertoire. As an Artist Marketing Manager at Sony, John has worked with artists including Blink 182, Pink Floyd, John Legend, ASAP Rocky, and Britney Spears.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: KATIE MORRIS

In recognition of achieving the position of Royalties Coordinator at Sony Music Canada. Prior to accepting her new position at Sony, Katie worked in rights management at companies including Number 9 Audio Group, Coalition Music, Blackbox Music, and CMRRA.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: NAVRAJ GORAYA - AKA NAV

In recognition of his 2017 Juno Nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the success of his debut album Reckless. The album reached #8 on Billboard's Top 200 and #5 on Billboard's Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums. Reckless was produced by NAV himself along with Wheezy, Ben Billions, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome, and Foreign Teck and others, and features guest appearances from artists Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Gunna.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: NOEL CADASTRE

In recognition of continued success as Drake’s personal recording engineer and his multiple credits on Drake’s latest album Scorpion. Scorpion was certified platinum in the US on the day of its release. That same day Scorpion broke Spotify's one-day global record for album streams with 132.45 million streams, more than 50 million plays greater than the previous record.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: RAINER MILLAR BLANCHAER

In recognition of his recent SOCAN Award for his contributions to French Montana’s global hit ‘Unforgettable’. The track is certified 8x Platinum in Canada and 6x Platinum in the US. Rainer and fellow Metalworks graduate Jeff Crake have their own label, Bleeding Hearts Club, which they use to release their own music as well as other projects they are involved with.

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT: RILEY BELL

In recognition of winning Recording Engineer of the year at the 2017 Juno Awards. Riley mixed and mastered Daniel Caesar’s acclaimed debut-album ‘Freudian’ which was nominated for two 2018 Grammy Awards and won the 2018 Juno award for R&B Soul Recording of the Year. Riley has also worked with top Canadian and international acts including The Weeknd, the Rolling Stones, Nelly Furtado, The Tragically Hip, Arkells, Passion Pit, One Republic, and Jessie Reyes.

Congratulations to our 2018 Alumni Award of Merit recipients! We are proud to have you in our community.

METALWORKS INSTITUTE FOUNDER'S AWARD

Presented by Metalworks Founder Gil Moore, the Founder's Award is presented to the graduate who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, made positive contributions to student life and actively participated in events and volunteer opportunities throughout their studies.

Congratulations to Metalworks Institute's Graduating class of 2018! Thank you to everyone for attending. Please join us for Red Carpet photos and refreshments in the LIVE Restaurant.

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