After graduating from OIART in 1999, John started his career as an audio-visual technician in Toronto’s SkyDome Hotel. He went on to freelance at various venues such as the Royal York Hotel, the King Edward Hotel and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In the summer of 2003, John took part in the grand opening of the Distillery District as a front-of-house mixer for many of Toronto’s top jazz, Latin and R&B performers.... Read More
For over 5 years, Kelly has collaborated with producers to help select pieces of music that perfectly meet all of the requirements for various projects. Specializing in music licensing and label negotiations for Much Music and the MMVA's, Marilyn Denis Show, Your Morning, Etalk, Space, Discovery and in-house produced promotional spots, Kelly ensures that the appropriate rights have been obtained so that the music selected can be included in the production.... Read More
This week is almost the end of semester two and finals are coming up, which means projects are nearing completion. All of the students have been working hard on the second Production project and our Audio for Visual ‘Inspiration’ project. Both projects are done in groups and we are all very excited to be able to show our finished projects!
For our Audio for Visual project, we have been doing sound design for a video by the name of ‘Inspiration’. This was our first Audio for Visual project with an industry director - Francois Driessen. Francois visited early on to supply us with a vision of what he wanted for the story, which we were able to build on with our own vision. This was done through a live spotting session which aided in shedding light on what he wanted for sound, the feeling he wanted to achieve, and what was necessary as details for the video.... Read More
Chris Masson is the Head of Media Management & a Junior Engineer at Grayson Matthews Inc, a creative production agency specializing in music and sound across diverse media platforms, from film, television & advertising, to virtual and augmented reality experiences. Upon graduating from OIART, Chris worked at Infinite Skills, a computer software IT training company, as the in house audio & video editor. He then dove into the professional post production audio industry in the Media Department at RMW Music (now Vapour RMW), followed by his current position at Grayson Matthews Inc.... Read More
When Robin Parmar graduated, way back in 1987, digital technology was in its infancy. The state of the art was a 12-bit Sony encoder that recorded to VHS tape! He first applied the skills he learned at OIART in community radio, working on reel-to-reel tape, cart machine, and a number of other intriguing formats. But a fascination with cutting-edge tech was never far away. In fact, Robin helped found Canada's first community-based internet broadcaster (Radio Ethos in Strathroy, Ontario).... Read More
Sohan flew in from Mumbai, India to attend OIART in 2013. After graduating from OIART in 2014, Sohan moved to Toronto to work at a music recording studio (Find A Way). Here, he was an assistant engineer. He helped set up, assist and tear down recording sessions and also carried out live band recordings. Few months on, he moved back to India, where he almost immediately got hired by Ubisoft as a Junior Sound Designer. He has been at Ubisoft for the past two years and has worked on two AAA titles (Just Dance).
Sohan says, "OIART has the most comprehensive audio course. It gave me a solid understanding of the fundamentals and gave a strong foundation to build on. OIART was very helpful and insightful on how to approach the initial years of my audio career. In addition, it has a strong alumni network, which is a great resource."... Read More
Joel North (’10) is the owner/operator at East Coast Radio Creative, as full-service audio production and voice over house specializing in podcast editing, audio cleanup and voice over work for a multitude of different projects. After graduating from OIART, Joel worked in AV, live sound, and then began a 5-year stint in radio broadcasting as a producer and on-air personality.
The appeal of being in control of his own success and the reward for hard work led Joel to self-employment and freelancing.
Regular jobs include editing and restoring audio, creating radio commercials, producing podcasts and audiobooks, and recording voiceover. Joel loves the variety of projects and the flexibility of working from home.... Read More
Gregory Rushton, CTS-D (’05 Grad) oversees the dedicated Audio Visual Design Division at Mulvey & Banani International Inc. (MBII), working on a wide range of projects across all sectors. After working on the contracting/ installation side of the industry, Gregory joined MBII in 2007 to launch the AV Division, successfully leveraging his ‘hands-on” industry experience over to the consulting side. He has built a team of AV specialists that deliver system design solutions that consider the requirements of the Owner and project: equipment and systems are specified in the Owner’s best interest, without bias or preference to any particular supplier, manufacturer or systems integrator, thus providing a comprehensive and custom solution.... Read More
Sinan’s career path was more unconventional than most grads. At the moment, Sinan is an associate radio producer at CBC Windsor. In addition to mixing a live radio show, Sinan calls and connects phone guests, plays audio clips and music, and make judgment calls when necessary. Sinan also delivers on-air traffic reports.
The show consists of four people: host, producer, associate producer, and newsreader. The producer envisions how the show will go every day. Sinan’s job as an associate producer is to sit behind the console and run the show accordingly.
Sinan attended OIART after finishing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Windsor in 2012. After graduating, Sinan applied for various AV jobs at hotels and installation companies. Facing a struggle to secure employment, Sinan decided to go freelance. Freelancing had Sinan working briefly with production companies in Windsor - sometimes mixing monitors and sometimes setting up a stage.... Read More
After graduating from OIART in 2012, Stephen Mullett knew he wanted to be a dialogue and sound editor/designer. To further refine the skills and knowledge he gained at OIART, he freelanced as a dialogue and sound editor back in his home province of Newfoundland. Very soon he relocated to Toronto to pursue his passion for audio post production.
Stephen eventually landed with SuperSonics Post Production as a dialogue and sound editor. Mainly working with animation and voice over records, he is part of the editing team on shows such as Camp Lakebottom, Rusty Rivets, as well as specials like Lego Marvel Avengers Reassembled and live action reality TV like Billy Goes North. Currently he is the Senior Sound Editor with Supersonics Post Production.... Read More
We’re now onto the second semester for the class of 2017, and that means new projects, classes, and experiences for OIART students, which we’re all very excited for!
Beginning this semester we all got the opportunity to begin recording and producing songs with local artists. Each crew submit a demo, most often recorded on a phone of their artist's original song or cover that we would be recording in the studios during lab time. We're now approaching the end of the project and all of the songs are turning out fantastic so far!... Read More
Wayne Warren (’96) is the Post Production Supervisor, Music Editor and Music Supervisor for Netflix/Discovery’s drama series “Frontier” starring Jason Momoa. (Justice League, Aquaman, Game of Thrones).
Born in St. John’s, NL, Wayne graduated the Memorial University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1995. He then moved to London, Ontario to attend OIART.
This prepared him for the role of producer, where he made an impact on Southwestern Ontario’s music scene producing, writing, arranging and programming on many prominent artist’s albums. As a professional keyboardist, he has played with many well-known artists and has toured extensively throughout the casino circuit of the eastern seaboard.... Read More
After graduating OIART (class of 1996), Marc took the focus off of the career hunt, and spent about 6 months working odd jobs, and travelling.
With that out of his system, Marc spent a year interning at various audio/video production companies: Rogers TV, Cherry Beach Sound, and Metalworks to name a few. That year taught Marc that his heart just wasn’t in it when it came to the hands-on side of audio/video production. After going back to Industrial Design at Humber College, and a few more odd jobs, Marc came back to the knowledge base he had acquired as a result of his studies at OIART, in particular the video editing summer course that was offered at the time.... Read More
Dean graduated from OIART in 2015. Prior to graduating, Dean wrote a single with a Toronto based R&B singer that went on to receive millions of plays online and to gather international attention. The success of this single set the tone for Dean’s career in production, songwriting and for becoming a performing artist. Dean joined forces with the R&B singer to become an artist duo called Always Never.
Dean is predominantly focused on producing, mixing, and songwriting for Always Never while also currently working as a producer and songwriter for other artists.
Always Never has charted internationally and has garnered over 14 million streams across all major online platforms and international radio play as of the end of 2016. They have been invited to perform at Canadian Music Week 2017 in Toronto.
This upcoming year is looking exciting for Dean as he works with well-regarded songwriters and focuses on the success of Always Never. The duo has garnered attention from some major industry players and will be releasing their debut album early this year with a tour planned in the United States after the release of the album.... Read More
Brent Blazieko 92', aka tBone, is at his happiest and most creative when recording, mixing and producing at the Sound Lounge. Having graduated from OIART with an Honours Diploma in Audio Engineering, tBone wanders the world listening, learning and applying the many facets of audio engineering to the project at hand which has included 19 years as Senior Producer at Rawlco Radio.
Audio for advertising and voiceover have been the main streams of work since the beginning of Sound Lounge in 1995 (with many radio ads and jingles). Over the last 5 years agency work, location audio, audio post, and mixing for theatre/TV/web ads have opened new doors. Sound design for live theatre has been a new fun adventure too, and so the Sound Lounge evolves as new sonic needs arise.... Read More
Since graduating from OIART in 1988, Glen’s career has taken him globe trotting with music as a professional musician, as an audio engineer/sound mixer, a television host and a camera operator. Having produced hundreds of documentaries, television and corporate videos internationally, Glen’s credits include contracts with Discovery Channel, CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, CBC, National Film Board of Canada and many other large and small corporate clients as a professional camera operator.... Read More
Since graduating from OIART in 2015, Michelle Hwu has been actively working in audio post-production. She began interning at Tattersall Sound & Picture, where she had the opportunity to work and train as a Sound Assistant on various projects such as Larry Weinstein’s The Devil’s Horn and Below Her Mouth, a film which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Michelle currently works at The Farmhouse Creative Labs alongside owner and fellow OIART alumni, John Diemer (’10) as a Sound Editor and Re-recording Mixer.... Read More
Hey everyone! I figured with projects gearing down and the semester wrapping up it was time for another blog post. Here’s what we’ve been up to at OIART.
The week kicked off for crew 5 with a great hands-on introduction to stage lighting for our live sound class. In all honesty, I was a bit hesitant at first about it. As an audio dork, I feared that lighting would be a little out of my element. However, looking back, I can honestly say I am a little bit hooked. I notice there is actually a lot more in common with lighting and audio than I actually suspected. I’m seriously considering buying a few of my own.... Read More
Recording Engineer/Mixer/Music Producer and Videographer John “Wheels” Hurlbut has been a recording engineer and mixer for music, film and TV for almost 30 years since graduating from OIART’s audio production school in 1987. John started his career at Toronto’s legendary Manta Sound and he also did a stint at Oceanway Studios in LA. He is currently an active freelance recording engineer in Toronto. In 2007 John was asked to do music playback on the set of “The Rocker” starring Rainn Wilson and became an IATSE 873 member in 2009. He “moonlights” on film sets a few weeks a year working as an on set Pro Tools Playback operator which sounds easy but is a highly demanding job. His credits include Mike Myers’ The Love Guru, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Crimson Peak, Pixels, Suicide Squad and Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water. John has expanded into video production in the last few years and has several clients including being the Videographer for the professional Ultimate sports team The Toronto Rush.... Read More
Mary Lee (’10) began her career in audio for visual media immediately after graduating from OIART’s audio and music production program. Spending five years at Wanted! Sound and Picture, she ascended to the roles of recording engineer and sound editor before moving to to SuperSonics Post Production a year and a half ago. Her engineering credits there include the Gwen Stefani created Kuu Kuu Harajuku, Rusty Rivets, Camp Lake Bottom and numerous spots for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
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Graham Lessard ('02) is the Senior Recording Engineer at the world famous Banff Centre nestled in Alberta's Rocky Mountains. After graduating OIART’s music production course, Graham worked for the CBC Radio in Edmonton, where he made numerous recordings of folk, jazz, and classical musicians for CBC and The Banff Centre. He then moved to Montreal, where he continued with the CBC and worked as a freelance engineer and producer. Graham then returned to Banff in 2012 to accept their top engineering position. His credits include Kevin Drew, Stars, Young Galaxy, Reuben and the Dark, and 2015 Juno nominated albums by Timber Timbre and The Barr Brothers. He is also a past recipient of a CARAS award for Music Recording. Graham has also returned to OIART to speak to the next generation of audio engineers.... Read More
Engineer and Mixer Brian Gallant graduated from OIART’s audio and music production school in 2010, and since then he has compiled an impressive list of film, TV, Video Game and advertising credits. From commercials for Nike to OLG, Home Depot and Uber, he has also recorded dialogue for TV shows such as Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, How To Train Your Dragon, Canada’s Worst Driver, and the Canadian Screen Award winning Grojband.... Read More
Trevor Anderson, who graduated OIART’s music production school in 2012, is an engineer, producer, beat maker and song writer. He has engineered projects for artists like Will Smith, Deep Purple, The Arkells and Serena Ryder. Employed at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, he has worked under top level producers and engineers like Gavin Brown, Joe Chicarelli, Bob Ezrin, Joe Henry, Eddie Kramer, Ryan Freeland, Gus Van Go, Doc McKinney, Lenny De Rose, George Seara and Denis Tougas. He has earned credits on various Juno Nominated and Gold and Platinum selling records, and has seen his name in mix magazine. He states, "Prior to OIART, I was working out of my own home studio. OIART brought me up to speed technically and taught me proper studio etiquette. I see a lot of grads from other schools that don't have the level of professionalism as OIART graduates. I wouldn't be where I am now without that education."... Read More
Location recordist Pablo Villegas graduated from OIART’s audio production school in 2005, pictured here a couple years back shooting a documentary about an Ayahuasca retreat in Colombia. He said, “It's hard to believe that it's been over 11 years since I finished the course!” Pablo has travelled the world recording sound for film and television, achieving a Canadian Screen Award nomination “as a fluke,” he says modestly. Pablo says, “The more I work, the more I confirm that my favorite types of gigs are those where I'm surrounded by people who understand the importance of teamwork. Making a TV show, a fiction film, a documentary or even a corporate video requires the collaboration of multiple people with a wide variety of skill sets. Understanding this and learning to navigate such environment is crucial to being successful and enjoying going to work every day.”... Read More
Welcome back everyone! Hope all of the OIART students did well on midterms.
Anyways, with school back in full swing I figured it was time to make another post on the ol' student blog. Here's what we have been up to in week 8.
The week started off for crew 5 with the start of our first project for our Audio for Visual Media Class. The project let's us produce our own sound for a trailer to a video game trailer called "LIMBO." Now, I've never played this game, but upon doing a quick google search it appears to be a creepy platform game. As a big fan of anything horror related, I'm super excited for this project, and am definitely going to check out this game when the project is all finished.... Read More
Jay Perry (‘91) is the owner of Points East Audio Visual in Prince Edward Island. After graduation from OIART’s audio and music production school, Jay headed west to Victoria, BC where he became the installations manager for Pacific Audio Works, worked in live sound, and for a time was Special FX Technician in the exhibits department for the Royal BC Museum.
In 2006, he moved back home to the east coast and started his own Audio Visual company which has grown to include not only design, consulting, installations and sales, but also a full rental and production division. Jay says, "OIART gave me a solid background for what has become a lifelong career in the AV industry."... Read More
Cambridge, ON based Sean Giacomini graduated from OIART’s audio and music production course in 2007. He is a full time Mobile Technical Producer with Rogers TV, working in one of their red broadcast trucks you often see throughout Ontario. Though he primarily works locally, for larger Rogers broadcasts they travel all over Southern Ontario.... Read More
Tim Spence graduated from OIART’s audio and music production course in 2011. He is now a Technical Producer for Corus Radio in Calgary. He runs the board for afternoon shows on Newstalk 770, but his favourite gigs are working on Calgary Stampeder broadcasts and working with Country 105 on their annual Radiothon for the Alberta's children's hospital, which has raised over 19 million dollars in the past 12 years.... Read More
Ben Spiller ('12) in an audio editor, recordist and sound designer for television, film and video games at Wanted! Sound and Picture in Toronto. His work includes directing the Wanted! Live series of music videos, and he was recently a Dialogue Editor on Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed:... Read More
Rob ‘Muneshine’ Bakker graduated from OIART’s music production course in 2004. Working with rapper D-Sisive, he is a four time Juno nominee. He is also a two time Polaris Prize Long-lister, SOCAN Echo Songwriting Award winner and East Coast Music Award nominee. As a performer/producer, Rob has toured around the world and collaborated with many world-class artists such as: Pete Rock, Sean Price, DJ Spinna, Buckwild (D.I.T.C.), Guilty Simpson, Rob Swift (of the Executioners), Tom Waits, Ron Sexsmith, Portugal, The Man and many more.... Read More
Caitlynn Legris ('12) works at the Arden Theatre in St. Albert AB as a Theatre Technician. After graduating OIART’s audio and music production school, she worked in nearby Edmonton as a freelance live sound tech. Even then, her favourite gigs were at the Arden, where she was able to land her current full time position. Upcoming shows at the Arden include Royal Wood, Monkeyjunk, Fred Eaglesmith, David Myles, Measha Brueggerosman and Delhi 2 Dublin. This season’s events even include a lecture with one of Canada’s most compelling historical figures, Margaret Trudeau, mother of current Prime Minister Justin and wife of former PM Pierre Trudeau.... Read More
Jeff Pelletier, a 2004 graduate of OIART's music production course, is the Chief Engineer at Phase One Recording, one of Toronto's oldest and most respected recording facilities. Phase One said: "Jeff continuously impresses clients and is quickly solidifying his reputation as one of the great up and coming engineers in Toronto."... Read More
Bryan Gallant, a 2000 graduate of OIART’s music production school, 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. Bryan isn't big on credits but admitted, "Bryan Adams, Billy Talent, REM and Shakira represent a few hours, days, and months of my life."... Read More
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!"... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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).... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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:... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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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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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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... Read More
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."... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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... Read More
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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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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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?
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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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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)!... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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."... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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!"... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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."... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.... Read More
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.
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 →... Read More
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)... Read More
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... Read More
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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... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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... Read More
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.... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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!... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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:... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
“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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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 →... Read More
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... Read More