The OIART Blog

OIART - Alumni - Dane Liska

Dane Liska ('08) is Label Manager for The Independent Label Services Group and is a great example of how graduates can adapt to a fast changing industry. After graduating OIART’s music production school, Dane quickly became a Junior Engineer at Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto working with artists such as Jordan Knight, K'naan, Rihanna and Drake. He eventually went freelance to try tour managing as well, finding success with Stereos, Blake McGrath and Craig Smart. He also worked shows across Canada, the US and Germany with artists like DVBBS, Flo Rida, LMFAO, Down With Webster, Jully Black, Future the Prince, Hedley and more. Dane ran everything from front of house sound to monitors and was even sub-in DJ on stage "...while being an all around babysitter/taxi!"

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Oiart - Alumni - Simon Larochette

Grad Simon Larochette is a recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist and owner of The Sugar Shack in London ON, working in genres ranging from country all the way to punk and metal. Graduating from our audio and music production course in 2008, Simon landed his first Juno nomination last year for the critically acclaimed debut album of the band Single Mothers, "Negative Qualities," which he recorded entirely at the Sugar Shack.

Simon was nominated for the 2016 "Producer/Engineer of The Year" at London Ontario's Jack Richardson Music Awards, an award which he took home in 2013, and The Sugar Shack won "Best Recording Studio" at the 2014 London Music Awards. 

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Oiart - Alumni - David Ciccarelli

David Ciccarelli ('00, left) co-founded Voices.com in 2004 and is truly one of OIART's great business success stories. Starting with a small recording studio in downtown London, he and wife Stephanie (pictured) were quick to recognize the potential of the internet for creative collaboration. Together they founded Voices.com as a way to virtually connect voice talent with clients outside the boundaries of a studio facility. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez ('05, center) is a touring live mix engineer, currently on the road with Juno winner Alessia Cara opening for Coldplay. They recently played a packed Wembley Stadium in the UK to a crowd of roughly 100,000. Adrian has had an incredibly exciting year touring with Cara, who has also taken him along to record in the Beatles' legendary Studio 2 at Abbey Road in London, England and mix on shows such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (left with Adrian in photo) and Later with Jools Holland.

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Oiart- Alumni - Stacey Dodds

Stacey Dodds ('96, right) is Chief Engineer, Broadcast Sound Services for Technicolor's Audio Post division in Burbank CA. They work on numerous popular TV series such as Family Guy, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, The Cleveland Show and Hawaii Five-O, plus major hits of the past decade including Glee, Desperate Housewives, and Dexter. This year, Stacey won a special Emmy citation for “Contributions to the Emmy Award Winning Achievement of Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special,” for the mini-series Houdini. He is pictured here on right with colleague Ben Wilkins, who is holding the 2015 Oscar for “Best Sound Mixing” for the film "Whiplash," which he mixed at Technicolor along with Craig Mann. 

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Oiart- Alumni - Jason Dufour

Looking forward to the new release Push + Pull by Juno winners July Talk? One of the engineers on the album is Jason Dufour, a 2007 alumni from OIART's music production course. After graduation Jay assisted at two of Canada's top recording facilities, Phase One and then Revolution Recording, assisting on projects by The Barenaked Ladies, The Trews, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Three Days Grace and legendary Canadian supergroup Rush amongst many others. 

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Oiart- Alumni - Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen ('99) is a Juno nominated guitarist and singer-songwriter originally hailing from New Brunswick. A remarkable talent who can easily command any room with his performance, Andersen has become one of the top acoustic performers in Canada. While he was a student at OIART's music production school, he frequently stole the show at open mic nights at Scots Corner in London. He went on to sign with True North Records, headlining at festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America and around the world. He has played on bills with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, April Wine, America, Loverboy, Jonny Lang and Serena Ryder, and has performed several times on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe on CBC.

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Oiart- Alumni - Ian Trace

Ian Trace graduated from OIART's audio and music production school in 2012, and is currently the Electronic Systems Specialist at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. After OIART, he returned to Edmonton AB where he became the Assistant Head of Audio at the Citadel Theatre for two years. Looking to overhaul their audio and video systems, the Alberta government discovered Ian and his diverse skill set on Linkedin and quickly reached out. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Ryan Sanderson

Ryan Sanderson, 2011 graduate of OIART's music and audio production school, has been working for CBC Radio Saskatchewan since the spring of 2013 as a Broadcast Technician / Associate Producer. He explained, "It's somewhat of a varied role. Day in, day out I do live audio for an audience of thousands.... none of which I ever get to see. First and foremost, it's up to me to make sure our show gets on air, and that all content sounds as good as possible when it leaves my Studer OnAir 2000 board. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Jon Bartel

The Stanley Cup will be in the arena to hand to Sidney Crosby in the event of a Pittsburgh Penguins victory tonight, so we thought we’d profile the grad who mixed the Rogers Hockey Night in Canada theme today. Jon Bartel ’05 is a mixer, sound designer, recordist and editor based in Toronto. He started his career at CTV/Bellmedia and has worked on numerous shows airing on Discovery, TSN, Muchmusic, Food Network and Sportsnet. Jon’s work includes mixing and and sound design for all NHL-related material on Rogers Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada, and mixing for Toronto Raptors "Open Gym" for MLSE and Buy It, Fix It, Sell It on Shaw.

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Oiart - Alumni - Wayne Lemmer

Wayne Lemmer graduated from OIART’s audio production school in 2003 and soon afterwards the Ilderton native moved to Hollywood. There, he landed a job with 20th Century Fox, one of the top film studios in the world. Wayne’s Sound Design credits have included Kung Fu Panda, Transformers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Black Swan. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Siegfried Meier

Siegfried Meier (’99) is a JUNO Award winning Record Producer, Recording Engineer, Mixer and Songwriter. He owns and operates Beach Road Studios, a beautiful resort-style recording compound featuring a large tracking room with a separate artist residence and high end mastering room, overlooking the sunsets and beaches of Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.  

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Oiart - Alumni - Derrick Aubie

Derrick Aubie (’02) owns Sonic Image Audio and Visual Productions in Moncton NB. Derrick originally attended OIART’s audio and music production program wanting to pursue a career in the recording industry. After several years working with a national Audio Visual company he realized his passion was in live event production. Feeling he could bring something unique and creative to the marketplace, Derrick decided to take the leap and give running his own business a shot. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Brian Eimer

A Sound Editor and Mixer for pictures, Brian Eimer won his fourth Motion Picture Sound Editors' guild Golden Reel Award in 2016 for “Best Sound Editing: Special Venue” for the IMAX film, “Journey to Space,” narrated by Star Trek; The Next Generation’s Patrick Stewart. A graduate of OIART’s recording production program in 1989, his first job after OIART was assistant recording engineer at one of Toronto's first post production houses, The Master's Workshop. 

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Oiart - Alumni - Anton DeLost

Anton DeLost graduated from OIART’s music production school in 2012. He is a producer, recording engineer, mixer and musician. He now co-owns and operates a professional studio in downtown Toronto ON and has toured Canada and the US playing guitar and singing, and toured the UK and Europe playing drums. In 2007 at age 15 he decided to start a small basement studio for local bands to get decent recordings for an affordable price. Now, his newly renovated studio boasts a beautiful sounding live room and is stocked with top of the line preamps, outboard compression & EQ, instruments and amps. He has also travelled to the US and UK to work on records for a long list of clients including labels like Pure Noise, InVogue, New Damage, Father/Daughter, Mutant League Records and artists including Into It. Over It., Seaway, Liferuiner, and Curses. He excels at fostering unique, creative songwriting and arrangements with his clients while helping them capture their desired sound and overall vibe.

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Oiart - Alumni Anthony Jestin

Anthony Jestin (06) is a perfect example of the wide variety of careers in audio where OIART graduates find success. While many work in music production, live sound and audio for picture, the world of audio and video system design and installation is lucrative, challenging and extremely enjoyable. 

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Oiart - Alumni Bryan - Van Rooyen

A 2008 graduate from OIART's audio and music production school, Bryan Van Rooyen is the Head of Audio at the PA Shop in London. They have worked as production supplier for many acts such as Keith Urban, Billy Talent, Rise Against, Dean Brody, The Steve Miller Band, Toto, Journey, Boston, Slash, Huey Lewis & The News, Lee Brice and Tim Hicks among countless others. At the PA Shop, Bryan's skills have grown from solely audio to include lighting, video and rigging. He added, "I'm normally the Monitor Tech on these shows," performing the sound mix for the band to hear so they can play their best. Bryan often works alongside fellow graduate Humberto Lourenco ('12) who works the Front of House mix position.

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OIART - Alumni - Steve Scott

Steve Scott graduated from OIART's audio recording technology program in 1993 and is now a Location Sound engineer and studio owner/engineer for post-audio and film. Starting his career at Mix Audio studios as owner/engineer, he began to go out on location around the USA/Canada filming feature films, shorts, documentaries, corporate, web series, sports, and reality TV for PBS and CBC. 

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OIART - Alumni - Mark Taleski

After graduating from OIART's audio and music production program in 2000, Mark Taleski moved to Toronto to work as a live sound engineer and system technician. He worked with many bands across Canada and the U.S.A. including the Concert for Toronto benefit, often remembered as SARStock, featuring AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. In 2004 Mark joined Princess Cruises as a Audio Production Manager and spent the next 5 years traveling the world mixing a wide variety of acts; from cabarets and comedians to large scale production shows.

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OIART - Alumni - Travis Didluck and Jeff Hartling

Travis Didluck ('09) and Jeff Hartling ('09) are sound designers for the London Ontario based video game developer Digital Extremes (DE). Digital Extremes has again been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and was ranked 29/50 on Deloitte's Fast 50 Technology companies for Canada. 

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OIART - Alumni - Jakob Thiesen

Sound Designer, Foley Artist, Composer and Sound Editor Jakob Thiesen graduated from OIART's audio and music production program in '98. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Sound Editing for the show Annedroids, which was also nominated for multiple Canadian Screen Awards this year. You can hear his work as a location recordist on Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and its follow up Assassin's Creed: Unity. Throughout his lengthy career he has worked on numerous television shows, documentaries and video games.

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OIART - Alumni Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson (86) is a lead sound re-recording mixer, handling the dialogue and music on television and film projects. He has been mixing at Technicolor Toronto (formerly PFA Film and Video) for over 22 years. 

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OIART - Alumni Aaron Cieslikowski

After graduating from the audio and music production course at OIART in 2000, Aaron Cieslikowski first moved to Vancouver to work in post-production, then to Los Angeles to work in music studios as a tech and assistant engineer. Aaron then moved to Nashville where he worked for many years assisting, engineering and managing at various studios. Along the way he had the pleasure of working with a ton of talented producers, engineers and artists including Brooks 'n Dunn, Tommy Emmanuel, BeBe Winans, Natalie Cole, Ozomatli and many more. He also played bass in a touring rock band based out Nashville for 8 years. He has been working for music equipment retailer Sweetwater since 2013 and continues to actively work on albums in his spare time.

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OIART - Alumni Matt Kaitila

Matt Kaitila has had a remarkably varied career since graduating from OIART's music and audio production program in 2006. Starting out in television, he worked on the series Regenesis as sound utility and boom op for a season, but then took the opportunity to travel the world for two years as an AV Tech, Front of House Mixer, System Tech and Stage Manager with Norwegian Cruise Lines. There, he met his future wife and they settled together in New York City. 

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OIART - Alumni - Alex Krotz

Alex Krotz ('11) is a Toronto based Audio Engineer who works full time at Noble Street Studios as their Lead Assistant Engineer. This year Alex worked with in incredible 10 Juno Nominees on a total of 15 Nominations.

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OIART - Alumni - Gabriel Hauser

After graduating from OIART in 2011, Gabriel Hauser landed a job at Digital Extremes, one of the longest running video game companies in the business. There he worked on a few seminal titles including Star Trek: The Video Game (PC/PS3/XBOX 360) and Warframe (PC/PS4/XBOX ONE).  

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OIART Alumni - Dennis Nicholson

Dennis Nicholson ('11) is a freelance boom operator and filmmaker based in Toronto. Born and raised in Sydney NS, Dennis attended OIART's audio and music production program in 2011 right out of high school. After graduating the program he choose to pursue location sound and went all in, spending his savings on a small location sound kit and moving to Toronto. 

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OIART - Alumni - Andrew Tyne

Grad Andrew Tyne (’08) is currently an Event Manager with the Halifax Convention Centre. After graduation, Andrew started as an Assistant Production Manager with Princess Cruise Lines. Mixing a full orchestra and cast in a floating 700-seat theatre was a daunting first gig. Andrew told us he owes his amazing career ride to his time spent at OIART. “I remember getting on the ship and very quickly realizing that I was a department of one, in the middle of the ocean. 

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OIART - Alumni - Mike Tompa

Mike Tompa ('10) is a Toronto based recording engineer and mixer. After graduating OIART's audio and music production program, Mike assisted occasionally at Phase One Recording and freelanced for a year, with the goal of saving to move to England. His goal was to land an internship at Outhouse Studios in Reading, which he came to realize had produced most of his favourite records. There was only one problem... nowhere was he able to find where the studio was actually located or how to get in touch with them even after a year of looking. Ever the optimist, Mike eventually flew to England and took roughly two weeks walking around the neighborhood to find the place! He knocked on studio door and asked. 

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OIART - Alumni - Graham Van Pelt

Graham Van Pelt aka Miracle Fortress graduated from OIART's audio and music production course in 2003. Moving to Montreal, he quickly became part of the city's thriving music scene, mixing live sound and eventually opening a performance space and studio. Over time, he has become a critically acclaimed composer, musician, engineer, mixer and producer, taking on the name Miracle Fortress for his projects. His 2007 album Five Roses was short listed for Canada's Polaris Prize, awarded to the best album of the year regardless of sales or genre. He followed it up with "Was I The Wave" on Secret City Records.

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OIART - Alumni - Jordan Palmer

Jordan Palmer (’13) is a Halifax based live audio engineer, working with many live sound companies and theatres including FMAV, Sound Systems Plus, SSi, Neptune theatre and Highland Arts Theatre. Jordan became the Front Of House mix engineer and system tech for the Halifax Jazz Festival in the summer of 2015. 

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OIART - Alumni - Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary ('09) is a Toronto based engineer. After graduating from OIART's audio and music production program, Kevin became the first lead assistant engineer at Noble Street Studios which produces numerous hits year after year. 

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OIART - Alumni - David Drage

David Drage ('00) is the Senior ReRecording Engineer at Supersonics post production in Toronto. David has been a sound mixer, editor and recordist since graduating from OIART's audio and music production program in 2000. He won a Canadian Screen Award for FILM: 

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OIART - Alumni - John Diemer

John Diemer '10, founder and owner of The Farmhouse Creative Labs in Toronto is a Sound Recordist, Editor and Mixer. The Farmhouse services a variety of clients such as UBER, one of the fastest growing companies in the world, as well as Hudson’s Bay and Indigo. 

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OIART - Alumni - Mike Shepherd

As head engineer at Lakewind Sound in Cape Breton NS, Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd '98 is one of the busiest audio engineers on the East Coast. Lakewind was built by two mainstays in the Cape Breton music scene, 2009 ECMA Industry Professional of the Year, producer Fred Lavery and Songwriter/Musician Gordie Sampson. 

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OIART - Alumni - Damian Hall

Since graduating from OIART's audio and music production course in 2002, Damian Hall has been busy working in the Jamaican music industry as a record producer, recording and mixing engineer. Damian started out as the in-house Engineer for superstar Shaggy’s Big Yard Recording Studio in Jamaica. 

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OIART - Alumni - Danielle McBride

Danielle McBride ('96) is the Supervising Sound Editor and Dialogue Editor for the long-running TV Series Degrassi and the new YTV show, Open Heart, which was recently nominated for its first Canadian Screen Award. Perennial favourite Degrassi is nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards this year, and has garnered Emmy nominations in the past. 

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OIART - Alumni - Phil Banks

Phil Banks ('06) has called Calgary AB home since graduating from OIART's audio production program. He now is employed by Arts Commons as a Production Systems Technician. Every year, Arts Commons is home to over 180 groups and organizations. 

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OIART - Alumni - Reilly Forbes

Reilly Forbes ('11) is a freelance audio engineer and the Technical Director of the non-profit media production studio PAVED Arts in Saskatoon SK. His work at PAVED primarily sees him working with filmmakers, photographers, sound artists and musicians as a collaborator and technical troubleshooter. 

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OIART - Alumni - Nick Civiero

Nick Civiero ('11) is an assistant engineer at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. Owned by Canadian Music legend Bryan Adams, the studio has recorded albums by AC/DC, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Hedley, Metallica, Michael Buble, Nickelback, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, R.E.M., Rush, Sarah McLachlan, Simple Plan and Slayer amongst hundreds of others

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OIART - Alumni - Bryan Rennie

Bryan Rennie ('00) is the Audio Lead for the Company of Heroes franchise at Relic Entertainment.

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OIART - Alumni - Mark Corlett

Mark Corlett ('85) is the CEO of Absolute Video Theatre (avt.ca), a company he started in 1991. Specializing in Audio Visual for boardrooms, training centers, video theatres, auditoriums and live web streaming, the company engineers custom solutions for each project and has a number of innovations and inventions to their credit. They have been awarded government grants as a reward for developing new technology in Canada. In business for 29 years, AVT now employs 22 people.

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OIART - Alumni - Andrew MacRae

Andrew MacRae (’02) has had a varied career in audio. It started out with live production and freelancing at various studios around New Brunswick, then finally settling down in Fredericton at Outreach Productions (OP), a full service media facility specializing in video production and audio post. Starting out as an audio mixer, he was quickly thrown behind a camera and started learning all the aspects of video production, where he spends most of his time now. Working mostly on corporate and government projects, there are also opportunities to work on some great creative projects like documentaries for CBC or doing ADR for the Trailer Park Boys.

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OIART - Alumni - Marian Greksa

Marian Greksa ('05) has consistently found a niche for herself in the audio industry since graduation. She has worked as an assistant engineer at The Farm Recording Studios and Hipposonic/Mushroom in Vancouver. She has circled the globe as an audio technician with Princess Cruises. She currently works for several different audio visual, production and lighting companies in Vancouver as a freelance sound, lighting and ground rigging technician.

 

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OIART - Alumni - Shawn French

Shawn French ('06) made a bold career move when he returned to school as a 27 year old, leaving home in New Brunswick to attend OIART's sound production course in London Ontario. Fortunately, the choice paid off. Since graduation, Shawn has worked on "a little bit of everything" related to TV and Film audio post-production: Foley, ADR, Sound Design, and Mixing.

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OIART - Alumni - Ryan Castle

Ryan Castle '98 is an engineer, mixer and editor based in Los Angeles California. After graduating from OIART's music and audio production course, Ryan found great success in the music industry. He has won two Grammy Awards for his work on the “Best Hard Rock Recording” by Wolfmother in 2007 and the 2002 “Best Female Rock Performance” by Sheryl Crow.

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OIART - Alumni - Jon LeBrun

Jon Lebrun (`03) is a composer, sound designer, mixer and location recordist based in Ottawa ON. Jon`s Brown Sound Audio has extensive experience in television, film, documentaries, video games and other forms of multimedia. Jon`s clients include the NHL, CTV, TSN, Discovery Channel, and many more.

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OIART - Alumni - Mike Tompkins

Grad Mike Tompkins ('08) needs no introduction to many. His YouTube videos have passed 230 million views, making him one of the top viral artists of all time. Mike became an unintentional YouTube sensation - and a performer himself - when he started making a cappella cover videos of popular hits to show off his considerable production skills. He still self-produces, engineers and mixes, but has also collaborated with many others. He produced and is featured on the latest T.A.T.U. single, which went #1 in Russia.

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OIART - Alumni - Justin McDonough

Grad Justin McDonough '06 is an Edmonton based entrepreneur, musician, producer, songwriter, engineer and mixer. "Dunna" received the Kurosman Award for highest academic standing in his year. After a stint studying music at Grant McEwan University, while continuing to work as a musician, he founded Edmonton's Resonate Music School & Studio in 2012. In 2014 and 2015, Resonate won the Top Choice award for Edmonton music school as well as achieving many accolades for his production work with local musicians

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OIART - Alumni - Humberto Lourenco

Humberto Lourenco ('12) came to our music and audio production course with extensive touring experience as a drum tech. With his new audio production skills gained at OIART, Humberto quickly found work as a live sound Mix engineer and System Technician at The PA Shop in London. He works with top acts constantly, and has mixed front of house or monitors for Buffy Sainte Marie, Classified, David Wilcox, Jerry Seinfeld, London Orchestra, Steven Page (BNL) and Tim Hicks amongst others. He has also acted as system tech for the Barenaked Ladies, Big Wreck, Billy Talent, Headstones, Keith Urban, Sammy Hagar, Serena Ryder, Rise Against, Rival Sons, Toto, The Trews plus "many other bands and their great engineers."

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OIART - Alumni - Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh '92 is currently going into his 15th year working at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where he has been Head of Audio for many shows, including The Tempest with Christopher Plummer, and mixed Front of House for the critically acclaimed West Side Story and many more. He also works as a sound designer for theatre, is currently on the Board of Associated Designers of Canada, and is an IATSE member in London and Stratford. He has designed sounds for plays at Stratford and around the country, most recently in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre. During the school year, Michael teaches sound for the Fanshawe College Technical Theatre Program since it re-opened a few years ago, and previously worked in a similar capacity at Ryerson University.

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OIART - Alumni - Roger Leavens

Roger Leavens ('98) founded and owns Boombox Sound in downtown Toronto. Roger has been an entrepreneur, engineer, musician, studio builder, voice director and record producer since his time in the music and sound production course at OIART. At Boombox, where the centerpiece is a hybrid digital/analog SSL Duality console, he and his team create music and sound design for advertisements and television. Recently, they have worked with Coca Cola, Cadbury, CIL, Ford, Muchmusic and Greenpeace to name a few of their broad array of clients.

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OIART Alumni - Chris Teixeira

Chris Teixeira ('11) is a Sound Designer and Music Composer for Big Viking Games in London. Chris grew up listening to a lot of music. "I always loved the music and sound effects in video games. I never could have imagined I could take what I was passionate about and turn that into a career. It's the best job in the world." Big Viking makes free-to-play social & mobile games which are accessible on the web, Facebook, and mobile devices. He has been with the company for over 3 years and worked on games that reach roughly 100 000 players daily. You can hear Chris' work in titles such as YoWorld, Monsters and Dungeons, Tiny Kingdoms, Dark Heroes and Fish World.

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OIART Alumni - Rob Nokes

Sound Recordist Rob Nokes ('90) has performed many roles in a long and varied career. He is currently the Supervising Sound Editor for the popular Fox TV series "Bones," a position he also held on the series "Backstrom," and hit movies such as Disney's "Planes" and "Miracle." Sounds he has captured have been heard in films such as Wolverine, Real Steel, Snow White and the Huntsman and X-Men, as well as in the Oscar Winners Million Dollar Baby, As Good As It Gets and Seabiscuit. As owner of the sound library Sounddogs.com, he travels the world constantly to record new sounds. Rob also owns 3rd Street ADR in Santa Monica CA where stars such as Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Renee Zellweger, Norm McDonald, Eva Longoria, Naomi Watts, Ellen Page, Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Rene Zellweger, Ray Liotta, Angelica Huston and Christian Slater have recorded.

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OIART Alumni - Kristian Montano

Kristian Montano ('11) is a mastering engineer working out of Toronto's Lacquer Channel Mastering. Home of Canada's only vinyl lacquer cutting lathe, Lacquer Channel is a world class facility with credits including artists such as Rush, Broken Social Scene, Peter Gabriel and Matt Mays.

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OIART Alumni - Bruce Richardson

Bruce Richardson ('85) is the founder and CEO of Videolink Inc, who supply Video Streaming technology, Systems Integration, Live Mobile Video Production, IPTV, Studio Design and Technical Consultation to Broadcasters, Education, Government, Sports, Churches, Corporations and Live Event Broadcasts. His clients include the NHL, NBA, CBC, CTV, Rogers, Cogeco, Shaw, LCBO, McDonalds, Ford, Corus, CSA, UofT, York University, Sheridan, Ryerson, the Governments of Canada and Ontario and Deadmau5. Videolink now has locations in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Winnipeg. He also runs Ontario Bee Rescue at his farm just outside of London.

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OIART Alumni - Phil Hotz

Phil Hotz ('13) is a a recording engineer and producer based in Toronto. He was recently hired as an assistant engineer at Revolution Recording. After OIART, Phil began as an runner at Revolution and later assisted for Timothy Abraham at The Hive. In his first stint at Revolution, Phil worked on sessions with groups like Metric, ALVVAYS, Arkells, Hey Rosetta! and The Sheepdogs. Phil also works of  his own studio space where he has engineered projects for artists like Dinamo Azari (Azari&III), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Grand Analog and Gavin Slate.

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OIART Alumni - Matt Duncan

Matt Duncan ('99) has worked at the Rose Theatre in Brampton ON for 8 years, and as a full-time theatre technician there for 3 years. His job includes the daily operations of a performance theatre, mainly with the audio aspects. He also deals with Lighting, Stage Management, Rigging, Carpentry and System Maintenance. At the Rose, Matt has worked with many different styles of performance arts such as Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Orchestras, Musical Theatre and Corporate Events. Because the Theatre is owned and run by the city of Brampton, they also cater to a wide variety of city events such as New Years Day, Canada Day and other city events and festivals.

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OIART Alumni - Nathan Bond

Gad Nathan Bond ('03) has been a live sound mixer for the better part of 10 years, touring the world. He has been working with Juno winner Serena Ryder for the last 7 years, most extensively over the last 4 during her Harmony album cycle as Production manager and Monitor Engineer. He is currently out on tour with the band Dear Rouge, touring Canada, USA, and Europe throughout the Fall and Winter as Tour Manager and Front of House Engineer.

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OIART Alumni Ross Hudgins

Ross Hudgins ('98) is an engineer at Twisted Pair Productions in Regina, Saskatchewan. At this full service media production facility, Ross gets involved in projects from the very beginning; casting voiceover talent, recording and editing voiceovers, music and sound effects, then final mixes for broadcast and online media.  His provides the conduit between the client and the creative tools to build a soundtrack that suits the project

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OIART Alumni - Mike Cashin

After graduating from OIART, Mike Cashin ('00) landed the enviable position of 2nd Engineer at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio, owned by Bryan Adams and one of the top studios in Canada.  While working there he had the opportunity to learn his trade from the engineering and production giants of the industry on sessions with artists in every corner of the industry, from Motley Crue to Michael Buble and Swollen Members to Devin Townsend's Strapping Young Lad.

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OIART Alumni - Joel Waddell

Joel Waddell ('04) is a Halifax based producer, engineer and musician. He has been working with artist Rich Aucoin for the past 10 years both live and in the studio. Joel Co-Produced Aucoin's album "Ephemeral," which was nominated for several 2015 East Coast Music Awards. They most recently collaborated on shows with the Nova Scotia Symphony. Joel runs a setup at home using Pro Tools and Ableton Live, while also creating his own music and drumming in a rock band called Beauts.

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OIART Alumni - Marla Kishimoto

Marla Kishimoto ('09) has been working in Toronto as a sound editor and mixer for Studio 18 with Mark Krupka ('86) and Ben Doner ('09) for the last two years. She's worked on numerous reality and lifestyle television shows, the highlight being The Amazing Race Canada, which she considers both the most fun and the most challenging thing she's ever worked on.

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OIART Alumni - Matty Green

Matty Green ('03) is a Los Angeles based recording engineer and mixer. Matty's engineering work can be heard on Beatle Paul McCartney's "New," "Food" by Kelis, and "X" by Ed Sheeran - for which he was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year. He has become the go-to mix engineer for highly respected writer/producer Dave Sitek, his ever growing list of mixing credits including Lady Gaga's 2015 cover of Chic's "I Want Your Love," TV On The Radio, No Doubt and the upcoming release from Yeasayer.

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OIART Alumni - Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown ('06) is a Tour Manager and Live Mix engineer for numerous bands. Recently he mixed Big Sugar opening for AC/DC in Moncton NB. He has worked as Tour Manager and Front Of House mixer for Kira Isabella, Tyler Shaw and Wide Mouth Mason. He also works freelance for many Live sound companies including Solotech, PRG, Metalworks, PA Plus and Apex, to name a few, and has worked innumerable shows with the stage union IATSE.

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OIART Alumni - Tim Wallace

Tim Wallace ('07) AKA Timbuktu is a Toronto based performer, beat maker, engineer and mixer. Tim has gained national and international recognition as a veteran of the Canadian Hip Hop scene, and his accomplishments are impressive. Tim's aptly-named home studio, FUN, is a hub of activity where he engineers and mixes for notable Canadian recording artists including D-Sisive, Ghettosocks, Wordburglar, More or Les and many more.

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OIART Alumni - John Horwath

John Horwath (’08) is a Technical Sales Representative for Product Solutions Group, designing and executing high end audio and video installations. Recently he finished design and initial support for a fully automated 16,000 sq ft private residence that features: a 9.2 surround sound home theatre with a 170” custom built screen, surround sound in all 5 bedrooms, a dance hall and indoor pool that incorporates 12 in ceiling speakers, 2 subwoofers, a drop down movie screen and 2 60” tv’s – in case swimming isn’t entertaining enough. Prior to Product Solutions Group he worked at both Fairview HiFi and London Audio as an installation technician and programmer.

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OIART Alumni - Kelvin Tang

Kelvin Tang ('14) is a freelance audio engineer in Toronto who has worked with Stagevision, the IATSE stage union and Rogers TV, for whom he currently mixes games at Ricoh Coliseum (pictured) for the Leafs' affiliate AHL Toronto Marlies as well as other sporting events. Some of his most memorable gigs since graduation include the Conn Smythe charity dinner, the NHL media summit, Nuit Blanche, and the Pan Am games where he got to meet Steve Nash and saw the Canadian ladies win basketball gold.
 

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OIART Alumni - Douglas Beck

Douglas Beck ('06) is a Junior Mastering Engineer with Disc Makers in Pennsauken, NJ. Doug got started with Disc Makers immediately after graduating from OIART in the glass mastering department, where he was responsible for making glass masters and stamper molds for CD replication. In 2009, Doug was promoted to an engineering position in Disc Makers in-house mastering facility, The SoundLAB. He has been working in audio mastering ever since.

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OIART Alumni - Bryan Moreau

Bryan Moreau ('05) is currently a switcher/director for CBC Radio-Canada ACADIE (TV), running an automated broadcast studio. Starting his career at Radio-Canada/CBC as an Audio Mixer for broadcast news, Bryan also spent time working as a cameraman/jib operator. Some of his most memorable gigs so far have included travelling to SOCHI to work the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. the show Makusham on APTN and Le Revue Acadienne (sketch comedy) on Radio-Canada.

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OIART Alumni - Josh Cuthbert

Joshua Cuthbert ('13) has been working with Celebrity Cruise Lines for the last 2 years. Over that time he has done two 6 month contracts as an apprentice sound tech, and has just completed his first 6 month contract as a full sound tech in his own theatre. In that time Joshua has visited 30 unique countries on ships alone and is about to add around 10 more including Antarctica which will cover every continent in the world. Josh also worked as a freelance music composer for S2 Games.

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OIART Alumni - Brennan Mercer

Congratulations to sound editor Brennan Mercer Directors' Guild of Canada sound awards this past Saturday: BEST SOUND EDITING – TELEVISION MOVIE/MINI (grad '11) who, along with the team at Tattersall Sound and Picture, picked up two -SERIES The Book of Negroes, Episode 1 BEST SOUND EDITING – TELEVISION SERIES Vikings, The Choice He is pictured center here with OIART's Audio for Pictures Course Director Mark Vogelsang and Director of Operations Ken Trevenna

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OIART Alumni - Ana Popa

Ana Teodora Popa ('10) runs the sound and video department and manages a crew of three at the Teatrul National "Vasile Alecsandri" in Iasi, Romania. 

Of her career, Ana says, "I believe this job suits me perfectly: every day is different. I have freedom of choice. I get to use high-end gear and above all, I enjoy the strong personalities I meet along the way (directors, designers, choreographers, etc) who make this career a continuous learning experience. Passionate people is what I admire the most."

"Besides work ethic, gaining trust is also important, so when meeting with a director for the first time I keep in mind what (OIART Sound Design Instructor) Mark Vogelsang said: "You are taking someone's dream into your hands and you are supporting it with sound." 

 

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OIART Alumni - Art Mullin

Grad Art Mullin ('01) is a Producer, Sound Designer and Mixer at RMW Music in Toronto, We asked Art a few simple questions about his career in Audio since OIART. He sent us some great stuff so this is a little more in depth than usual!

OI meets ART if you will.

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OIART Alumni - Adam Tsui

Adam Tsui ('08, right), pictured here with OIART Industry Liaison Robert Breen, was recently hired as a sound designer at Goodgame Studios in Germany. Before leaving Canada this week, Adam came to the school to talk about the world of Video Game Sound Design. 

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OIART Alumni - Eric Chorostecki

Eric Chorostecki ('07) is a live sound mixer at The Mod Club Theater in Toronto ON. He has previously worked at the Drake Underground and many venues in Toronto and beyond. That's not actually his hair;)

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OIART Alumni - Calvin Hartwick

Calvin Hartwick ('13) is a recording engineer/producer at Dream House Studios in Toronto. Opening in 2010, the studio has been an integral part of the Canadian music scene, working with acclaimed emerging local talent as well as internationally established acts. So far, Calvin has worked with artists such as k-os, Kiesza, July Talk, The Dying Arts, METZ, and many more.

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OIART Student Blog - Final Entry

As our school year is coming to an end and final projects have all been completed — both for Music Production and Audio for Pictures — we thought it would be insightful to ask some fellow classmates about their project experience. The following are the questions we asked:

What was the most important thing you learned from your project?

What was your favourite part/experience of your project?

Here's what they had to say…

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OIART Alumni - Chris Colvin

Chris Colvin ('03) is the owner and head engineer at Studio A Audio Recording & Production, located in Kitchener, Ontario. The studio works with independent musicians, on projects for film and TV (Haven, Babar, The Stratford Festival, The Sacred Land Film Project), on corporate projects (Toyota, Home Hardware, Petro Canada), and has found a niche in analog audio transfers and restoration.

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OIART Alumni - Damian Kearns

Last week, Freelance Post Audio Specialist Damian Kearns ('94) visited to speak with the students about entering the freelance post production market; how to get the job, what to do when you're in the job, how to market yourself in the modern world of social media and developing yourself as a brand.

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OIART Alumni - Kevin O'Leary

Almost daily this time of year, OIART is visited by guests who have found success in the industry. Recently grad Kevin O'Leary ('09) came by to talk about his rise through the ranks of the Toronto studio scene, recently becoming a freelance engineer after several years as the top assistant at Noble Street Studios.

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OIART Alumni - Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis ('85) recently visited the school to speak to our students on the art of Video Game Audio. She currently holds the position of Creative Director at Maple Syrup Sound in Vancouver, B.C. She previously worked as Director of Sound for Relic Games - on games such as Warhammer and Company of Heroes - and Audio Lead at EA Games where she miked up exotic sports cars for the Need for Speed series amongst many other projects.

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OIART Alumni - Mark Krupka

Mark Krupka ('86) is one of the top location audio engineers in the business, routinely tackling the most challenging recording environments that exist. His specialty is the fast and unpredictable world of reality television. A veteran of the CBS hit show Survivor, Mark has just returned from the latest installment in Cambodia. He keeps up with the pace of the Amazing Race Canada, follows the kitchen chaos on Top Chef Canada, and has captured the skates of Battle of the Blades in past seasons.

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OIART Alumni - Arthur Bastos

Arthur Bastos ('11) is a Composer/Engineer at BoomBox Sound. A jack of all trades, Arthur takes part in the full audio production of projects from start to finish - from Location Sound to Sound Design, Foley, Music Composition, Audio Restoration and Mixing.

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OIART Alumni - Paula Dineen

Paula Dineen ('06) is the Audio Technical Supervisor at Accessible Media Inc, a not-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. Paula is another fine example of one of the variety of careers where OIART grads find success. 

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OIART Student Blog - Michelle

Finding the right person to perform voices for our animated projects is a fun task that I discovered helps us meet very interesting people and make lifelong connections. My search started with the goal of finding someone who had the right vocal tone and the ability to give a performance that would bring the characters on screen to life. I had no idea it would lead me to meeting one of the most interesting characters of my OIART journey.

I started by auditioning several talents and eventually came across a voice actor by the name of Jack Cherry who had a voice that immediately caught my attention; it was deep and full of personality. Without much hesitation, I asked Jack to come to OIART and record for the part of my project’s main character, Jack (the same first names was simply a fun coincidence)! 

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OIART Student Blog - Basil - recording a jazz band

 

The first big task of semester three: recording a jazz band. The concept was simple, but its execution required thoughtful planning, strong teamwork, and attention to detail. Specifically, our job was to run a professional studio session and capture the band’s sound waves to the best of our ability, all under the watchful (and wise…) eyes of our Recording Technology instructor, Mark McDonald. Crews of 3-4 students were each assigned a different band to work with, many coming down from Toronto’s Humber College.

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OIART Student Blog - Michelle

For those of us who chose to pursue an Audio for Pictures project for our final third semester project, our challenge is to reimagine the sound for an animation that was previously created from the ground up including Foley, sound effects, ambience and music. Every sound has to be accounted for, from the objects our main characters are interacting with, to the movements of the environment. 

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OIART Alumni - Jeff Pelletier

Jeff Pelletier ('04) is the Chief Engineer at Phase One Recording, one of Toronto's oldest and most respected recording facilities, where he has worked for 10 years. On their site, Phase One says: "Jeff continuously impresses clients and is quickly solidifying his reputation as one of the great up and coming engineers in Toronto."

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OIART Alumni - Craig Kadoke

Craig Kadoke ('91) is an audio tech at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, home of the Canadian Opera Company. Opened in 2006, the hall features impeccable acoustics and has been acclaimed as one of the world's best theatre spaces. In addition to his work with the COC, Craig has worked for many years in Toronto as a technician and audio mixer in musical theatre on major shows such as Rock of Ages, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia and dozens more.

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OIART Alumni - Keeron Tom

Keeron Tom ('01, left) is the Head Audio Engineer for Stingray Music. We visited Keeron at Canadian Music Week where he was recording interviews and Live Sessions at the Stingray PausePlay Lounge. Here, he is preparing to record Francesco Yates. He has also recently recorded interviews and live performances with artists such as Lights, Hey! Rosetta and the Arkells. In the past, Keeron worked as a sound designer with Cirque Du Soleil.

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OIART Alumni - Luke Schindler

Luke Schindler ('13) is an assistant engineer at Revolution Recording in Toronto, one of the top facilities of its kind in North America. In the short time since he graduated OIART, Luke has worked his way from Intern and Runner to one of the studio's most trusted assistants. Luke has assisted on sessions with artists including Monster Truck, Flash Lightnin', the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jann Arden, The Tea Party, Whitehorse, and Matthew Barber.

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OIART Alumni - Dane Liska

Dane Liska ('08) is Label Manager for The Independent Label Services Group and is a great example of how graduates can adapt to a fast changing industry. After OIART Dane quickly became a Junior Engineer at Cherry Beach Sound in Toronto working with artists such as Jordan Knight, K'naan, Rihanna and Drake. He eventually went freelance to try tour managing as well, finding success with Stereos, Blake McGrath and Craig Smart. He also worked shows across Canada, the US and Germany with artists like DVBBS, Flo Rida, LMFAO, Down With Webster, Jully Black, Future the Prince, Hedley and more. Dane ran everything from front of house sound to monitors and was even sub-in DJ on stage "...while being an all around babysitter/taxi!"

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OIART Alumni - Bryan Gallant

Bryan Gallant ('00) is the Operations Manager of The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver. Owned by superstar Bryan Adams, the facility is one of the premier recording facilities in the world, featuring one of the three Neve consoles specially built by Rupert Neve for George Martin's AIR studios. 

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OIART Alumni - Jesse Ash

Jesse Ash ('02) is a freelance Sound Designer and Composer working primarily in Theatre and Installations across Canada and internationally. With close to 75 designs under his belt since moving headlong into the role in 2006, he spent 7 seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada and has been teaching Sound Design at the National Theatre School of Canada since 2009.

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OIART Alumni - Matt MacNeil

If you've been following the NHL playoffs so far, or if you watched the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night, which most likely sent, projected #1 pick Connor McDavid to the Edmonton Oilers, grad Matt MacNeil ('11) was on the job as an A2 at the new multi-million dollar Rogers Sportsnet NHL studio where it all happened.

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OIART Alumni - Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez ('05, centre) is a touring live mix engineer, currently in rehearsals with Walk Off The Earth for their upcoming tour. Adrian has toured with and mixed a wide range of artists including Everlast, Alex Cuba, Kat Dahlia, Serena Ryder and Nick Merico, "a huge star from Nickelodeon in the USA."

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OIART Alumni - Simon Larochette

Simon Larochette ('08) is a recording engineer, multi-instrumentalist and owner of The Sugar Shack in London ON, working in genres ranging from country all the way to punk and metal. Simon landed his first Juno nomination this year for the critically acclaimed debut album of the band Single Mothers, "Negative Qualities," which he recorded entirely at the Sugar Shack.

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OIART Alumni - David Ciccarelli

David Ciccarelli ('00, wearing Google Glass) co-founded Voices.com in 2004 and is truly one of OIART's great business success stories. Starting with a small recording studio in downtown London, he and wife Stephanie were quick to recognize the potential of the internet for creative collaboration. Together they founded Voices.com as a way to virtually connect voice talent with clients outside the boundaries of a studio facility. They have since become the leading online marketplace for voice over talent worldwide, a crown jewel of London's tech sector, and one of North America's fastest growing Internet brands and digital media companies. 

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OIART Alumni - Stacey Dodds

Stacey Dodds ('96, right) is Chief Engineer, Broadcast Sound Services for Technicolor's Audio Post division in Burbank CA. They work on numerous popular TV series such as Family Guy, Castle, The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, The Cleveland Show and Hawaii Five-O, plus major hits of the past decade including Glee, Desperate Housewives, and Dexter. In 2015, Technicolor won the Oscar for Best Sound Mixing for the film "Whiplash" with Ben Wilkins (on left in the photo) and Craig Mann.

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OIART Alumni - Jason Dufour

Jason Dufour ('07) is a Toronto based engineer and mixer. After graduation, Jay assisted at Phase One and later Revolution Recording, two of Canada's top recording facilities, assisting on projects by The Barenaked Ladies, The Trews, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Three Days Grace and legendary Canadian supergroup Rush amongst many others. Working his way up to Engineer, Jay's credits include "Forcefield" by Tokyo Police Club, "Siberia Acoustic" by Lights, "The Ocean at the End" by The Tea Party and Juno winner "Volition" by Protest the Hero.

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OIART Alumni - David Lopez Lopez

David Lopez Lopez ('01, left) is a Colombian Sound Engineer songwriter and producer based in Miami FL known as Lopez Lopez. After graduating OIART, David began his internship at "DigiNote," a Miami Beach recording studio where he worked for a year until he met Rudy Perez, one of the top music producers in the world. David became part of his team and started crafting his own skills as a producer/songwriter while working on multiple Latin Grammy nominated projects.
 

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OIART Alumni – 2013 Juno Winners

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Juno winners and nominees! We proudly posted about the nominees that involve OIART Alumni, and you can read that here. The awards were given over the weekend of April 20-21, and we’re happy to announce the following winners that involved OIART alumni: ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR Rush – … Continue reading →

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OIART Alumni – 2013 Juno Nominations

The 2013 Juno nominations were released this week and we spotted a number of nominations for projects that OIART Alumni had a hand in making. Below is a list of those nominations, with reference to our Alumni involvement. Congratulations to all nominees! ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR Billy Talent – Dead Silence, assistant Kevin O’Leary(’09) 

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OIART Student Post – Sinan – Foley Recording

Doing Foley for a animated commercial can be a very creative process –  even when recording things like footsteps. (What is Foley?) In the ad we worked on, people in posters come alive and walk around. I had the idea of recording steps in piles of crumpled paper, to make it sound like it is

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UPDATE: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CLASS OF 2011-12, GRADUATE UPDATES.

*Updated December 19, 2012 – see end of list for newest additions!

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 12 (’12-’13)

In LIMBO…. This was definitely one of our more accomplished weeks so far. Week 12 meant the conclusion of our 5 week Sound Design Project of a trailer for the video game ‘LIMBO’. The one minute and seven second trailer had us cutting our teeth matching sound effects, creating ambiance, working with music tracks, and 

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 11 (’12-’13)

On location in London… The most interesting thing that happened this week was our foray into location audio; the “ninjas of the audio world”. For those not in the know, location audio is the recording of audio for television or film on set or, on location. And like any good ninja, location audio engineers or … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 10 (’12-’13)

Week 10 seemed to be the start of the countdown to our semester one finals. Even Lab content became subtlety intense. Compression, equalization, Limbo, and a Dice game were all elements of labs. But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun! Or maybe I am reading way too much into the Lab content sheet.   … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gerald – Week 9 (’12-’13)

Good evening, morning, or whatever time it is where you are. My name is a Gerald, and I will be writing this weekly blog to inform, and possibly amaze, those interested in learning about OIART’s labs and student life. Labs are essentially deeply involved learning sessions which teach additional material, application, and test one’s understanding … Continue reading

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Industry Spotlight on Mike Tompkins

We recently interviewed OIART graduate and YouTube artist Mike Tompkins. Mike talks to us about his YouTube success, working with Timbaland, moving to LA, working on original material, his experience at OIART & post-grad, and he gives some advice to people who are hoping to pursue a career in audio.

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An Update from Gabriel – Former Student Blogger

Gabriel is a graduate of the 2011-12 class…you may remember reading his Student Blogs from last year – detailing his experience at OIART. After graduation in July, Gabriel was hired as a Junior Sound Designer at Digital Extremes – a video game production company that is currently working on the official Star Trek game.  Gabriel … Continue reading →

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Andrew Charron (’11)

Graduate Andrew Charron (’11) is working as an Audio Technician for Carnival Cruise Lines. Starting on the Carnival Glory as a Back Lounge Tech, Andrew ran sound for live band karaoke and comedy shows. After that, he was transferred to the Carnival Sensation to take over as the Main Lounge Audio Technician. There, Andrew is … Continue reading →

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Sean Campbell in Studio 2

Check out this video recorded on the Studio 2 floor by OIART Grad and current OIART Audio Intern, Sean pH Campbell! Sean was awarded an OIART Music Production award for another track that you can hear here: Student Gallery – Sean Campbell

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

More photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Here’s a picture of Collin’s vocal talent (Jon LeGris) signing through a tasty Neumann TLM149 for Collin’s third semester final project. We also recently had the opportunity to do some field recording around London.  Here we are in a forest recording ambiance, and the sound of … Continue reading →

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Grad Update – Dan Dubois (’09) – Lacquer Channel Mastering

Dan Dubois (’09) at the Lacquer Channel in Toronto where he works as a Junior Mastering Engineer. Dan is in good company at Lacquer Channel, which is also home to mastering legends George Graves, Noah Mintz, and Phil Demetro. Dan also produces electronic music under the name Schematic. Continued success Dan!

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Grad Update – Matt Green (’03)

Catch a glimpse of OIART Grad Matt Green (’03) in this “In the Studio” Webisode from No Doubt. You can spot him at the console at 2:00min and again right at the end. New No Doubt album coming out this fall! Earlier this year, we spotted this posting on PerezHilton.com – showing Matt with Gwen Stefani … Continue reading →

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Mike Cashin ’00 – Crew Studios, Vancouver

Mike Cashin (’00) is the Head Engineer and Studio Manager at the recently opened Crew Studios in Vancouver. Mike graduated with honors and landed the position of second engineer at Vancouverʼs Warehouse Studio, where he worked for nearly a decade. Mike has worked with artists in every corner of the business, from Mötley Crüe to … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Semester 3

Here are a few recent photos of what we`ve been doing at OIART: Members of Group B (L-R: Shawn, Sam, Derek & Ben) recording a cover for Production class. Our illustrious Prod leader, Dean (right), listens along as Humberto plays the drums.  There’s Justin in the back adding to the positive vibes. Here are my … Continue reading →

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Revolution Recording Studio Featured In Mix Magazine

Congratulations to our friends at Revolution Recording in Toronto for their June 2012 feature in Mix Magazine’s “Studio Design Class of 2012: The Year’s Finest Facilities” edition. Revolution Recording’s Studio A was featured on the cover of the magazine, referenced as the leader of the Class of 2012. “Studio A of Revolution Recording Studios in … Continue reading →

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John Diemer ’10 – Audio for TV/Film

OIART Graduate John Diemer (’10) has been keeping himself very busy out on the west coast. After graduating, and then spending a year on staff at OIART as an Audio Intern, John moved to Vancouver and began work on various tv/film projects there (and across the country). We asked John to fill us in on … Continue reading →

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Danielle McBride ’96 – Supervising Sound Editor for The L.A. Complex, Degrassi

Danielle McBride started her career in Audio Post Production  after graduating from OIART in 1996 –  and she has remained busy ever since. She is now the Supervising Sound Editor for the new hit series The L.A. Complex, as well as long standing favourite Degrassi (Danielle just celebrated her 10th year with Degrassi!). Considering all … Continue reading →

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Grad Update – The Tragically Hip at Noble Street Studios

OIART Grads (from far left) Alastair Sims (’10), Alex Krotz (’11), and Kevin O’Leary (’09) photographed at the end of their most recent session at Noble Street Studios in Toronto – with venerable Canadian institution The Tragically Hip, producer Gavin Brown and engineer Lenny DeRose. Check out this video of Day 1 in the studio:

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

Hi Everyone! I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while, things have gotten pretty busy here at OIART – lots of fun and learning! I am going to start focusing more on the photos I take during labs, and I’ll do my best to share as much as possible with you! Matt playing … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 23 & 24

Here is a recap of Week 23 & 24! Dean and Zack are practicing their re-amping skills.  That involves taking previously recorded material (from a guitar or any other instrument, really) and re-recording that signal through an amp.  As our Recording Technology instructor, Mark, asks: where does your mind take you?  Want to put a … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 21

Week 21!   What the heck is that a picture of, you ask?  That’s tupperware – OIART styles.  Our live sound instructor, Christoph, showed us that you can make a mic splitter out of a bit of spare tupperware.  Fantastic.  He also expressed his fondness for Tupperware Parties because of the fact that (i) there’s … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 20

Some of the highlights from Week 20!   Here is Scott, one of the interns, during “special time” with the Night Owls.  In this session, he did a great job of advancing our knowledge on console automation.  Have no idea what I’m talking about?  Come to the school and learn it up, then!  Check out … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 19

Well, we are back from our (well deserved) Holiday Break.  It was good while it lasted, but I’m sure that all of us are raring to go and get back into the wonderful world of audio at OIART! This semester is going to be a doozy!  We started several multi-week long projects in many different … Continue reading →

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Custom Fit Hearing Protection for OIART Students

Hearing protection awareness is something that we take seriously here at OIART….and to show exactly how serious we are about it, we asked OIART Grad Keith Gordon to come in and fit each of our students with a set of custom in-ear earplugs. Over the course of two days Keith met with all  students and … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 10

Week 10! Here we are trying our hand at group mixing using Studio 3’s Westar console (and Pro Tools).  It can get a bit hectic with four pairs of hands twiddling knobs, but it’s also fun.  Or you could just take turns.  It’s great practice, however, to react to someone else’s EQ move.  It’s like … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 9

Wow.  Week 9 already.  It seems like just yesterday that we were introduced to ribbon mic basics and basilar membrane.  How far we’ve come!  Among other things, this week we set up for a “talking head” (i.e. podium) gig, did some patch bay soldering, recorded a song and listened to classic tracks from rock, to … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – “Mark Loves You”

“Mark Loves You” Wake up dear readers, it’s time for class at OIART.  As late breakfasts are hastily finished and seats are taken, it’s clear the students are in rare form.  Pencils, paper, laptops, and jovial attitudes are at the ready as our instructor clears his throat to begin the lesson.  What might that lesson … Continue reading →

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Alastair Sims ’10, Kevin O’Leary ’09 – Rush’s Time Machine

OIART graduates Alastair Sims (’10) and Kevin O’Leary (’09) had the pleasure of working with Richard Chycki on the audio for the new live performance DVD from Rush. ‘TIME MACHINE 2011: Live In Cleveland’ is an evening with Rush performing their classic hits and features the legendary ‘Moving Pictures’ album, performed live in its entirety. … Continue reading →

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Tim Wallace ’07 – Timbuktu

Check out Grad Tim Wallace (06/07) – Timbuktu – on Muchmusic in his new video!

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 8

After Week 7’s exams, Week 8 saw us starting some of our projects for APIX (Audio for Pictures) and SDES (Sound Design)!  We also got some hands on time with analog recording, MIDI cable soldering, Mid-Side mic technique  and other fun stuff.  So, without delay lets do a recap of this week’s labs.   You … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 6

We just made it through our first batch of midterms at OIART!  Congratulations to all.  They were mucho intense, but very rewarding.  It’s amazing to realize just how much we have learned in the past 7 weeks.  Crazy.  We all keep saying, “Imagine how much we’ll know by the (fast approaching) Holidays!”  Can’t wait.  I … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – Looking Back On Day One

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Day one.  Orientation.  We’re all hunkered down in our random seats peering out at all our fellow classmates.   Some students have already met due to their housing arrangements, but for the majority this is our first time meeting anyone else from the program.  There are students young and old, … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Brian – An American Audio Nerd in London

An American Audio Nerd in London Canada.  The great white north; the bi-lingual beauty; the gem of North America.   Home to the CN Tower, Wayne Gretzky, and the better looking half of Niagara Falls.  Canada is also the home of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology.  OIART is renowned for its extensive, hands-on curriculum, … Continue reading →

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OIART Grad – Mike Tompkins

You’re probably already familiar with Mike Tompkins and his Voice/Mouth covers of everyone’s favourite pop songs. Mike recently announced that he is working on an album of original songs:     While we wait for more news on his upcoming album, check out his latest video for his version of All Night Long by Demi … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 5

Week five at OIART was, as we have all now come to expect, a blast.  It looks like everyone (including me) has recovered from the cold that swept through our ranks.  Honestly though, too much goes on to really notice petty stuff like that… Here are some highlights from week 5! See below the image … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel – Week 4

Believing (rather naively) that things couldn’t get any better, week 4 at OIART brought us face to face with an amazing batch of gorgeous condenser mics and the opportunity to mic up amplifiers.  Some groups even had the pleasure of firing up the organ in Studio 2 through a Leslie cab.  Hats off to Will … Continue reading →

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Where are they now? Class of 2010-11, graduate updates.

OIART grads waste no time starting their careers! Check out what some of our grads are up to, only months after graduation… Devon Bellavance – The Warehouse Studios, Vancouver BC Graeme McGinty – CityTV, Syndicate Sound, Toronto ON Alex Krotz – Noble Street Studios, Toronto ON Rob McDowell – Liberty Studios, Toronto ON Andrew Charron … Continue reading →

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OIART Student Blog – Gabriel

My name is Gabriel (aka Barn Owl) and I’ll be filling you in on what labs are like outside of class lectures.  This is where you take all the stuff you learn from the instructors and apply it in a hands on, incredibly fun way.  Hopefully, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect … Continue reading →

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2011 Gemini Nominations for OIART Alumni!

Great to see 2011 Gemini nominations for several OIART Alumni! Congratulations!!! ’89 Brian Eimer  – Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program – Beyond Survival with Les Stroud – The Hewa and the Hidden Secret Ceremony (Rogers) ’95 grad Danielle McBride – Best Sound in a Dramatic Program – Degrassi Takes Manhattan (MuchMusic – Bell Media) ’07 Niall … Continue reading →

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Jay Dufour ’07 – Assistant Engineer at Revolution Recording

A pic from the National Post of grad Jay Dufour ’07 assisting to the left of Joe Dunphy, at Toronto’s newest large format music recording facility – Revolution Recording. The studio features a large frame vintage 80 series Neve console, 2 (!) Fairchild limiters and too many classic EQ, compressors and mics to mention. The mix … Continue reading →

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Toronto’s “Wanted Sound & Picture” Adds 3 OIART Grads to Crew

Great to see grads Shawn French (05/06), Brian Gallant (09/10) and Mary Lee (09/10) profiled on the new Wanted Sound and Picture website. Wanted is a full service post production facility in downtown offering creative services for full commercial production, original Music and audio/video Post-Production. http://www.wantedsp.com

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’00 Celina Rudolf – Cirque du Soleil Audio Crew

OIART Grad Celina Rudolf is part of the audio crew on tour with Cirque Du Soleil's "Quidam"

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