Professional Sound - December 2017 - Page 26

40 YEA RS METALWORKS STUDIOS CELEBRATES A MAJOR MILESTONE BY ANDREW KING | PHOTOS BY DAVE DICKSON Metalworks Studios 3611 Mavis Rd. Mississauga, ON L5C 1T7 905-279-4000 26 • PROFESSIONAL SOUND Celebrating the 40 th anniversary of a successful business seems like an apt occasion to rem- inisce about the past; however, Gil Moore is much more interested in the future. Moore is speaking with Professional Sound just ahead of the date that, 40 years ago, found him formally opening the sound company and recording studio that would become Metal- works Studios in the very same commercial plaza in which he’s currently sitting. Over the course of the next four decades, though, its physical location is one of the few things to remain unchanged. In that time, Metalworks Studios has grown to include nine individual workspaces that combine sought-after vintage consoles and equipment with modern systems and workflows like few other large-scale studios in the country. What’s more, the company has also expanded at the seams with a production technologies sales and rentals division, Metal- works Production Group (MPG), and a music performance, business, and technology career college, Metalworks Institute (MWI), now oc- cupying adjacent facilities in the aptly named Metalworks Plaza, making for something of a music technology hub serving the Greater To- ronto Area and beyond. And while 40 years of operations in a very competitive and ever-evolving industry is no small feat – one they share with only an elite group of peers on the continent – Moore isn’t overly interested by dwelling on past accolades or accomplishments; he’s too busy working towards some new ones.