Feb 22, 2010

HIT Rocks 2009

Harbourside Institute of Technology (HIT) had a monumental year, achieving great successes and accolades in all aspects of the audio industry. Instructors and Students were hard at work throughout the year, and in the end it paid off.


A quick recap of 2009!

When he’s not working on major film and T.V. projects or instructing HIT students, Ken Cade and his wife perform as a rootsy, folk pop-rock musical duo, called Sillken. At the LA Music Awards they were nominated for best adult contemporary song “Adios Barcelona”, and took home the Producers Choice Award! This past Christmas the duo was part of a compilation CD that continues to raise money for the SPCA, and was featured at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference. In addition to his musical talents Ken is an outstanding Sound Designer, and was nominated for a LEO award for his work on the T.V. mini series “Impact”.

The rock addict and Business/Advanced Recording Techniques instructor, Chris Demarcus, spent three grueling weeks on the road this summer on a North American Tour with his band, Stiff Valentine. When Chris isn’t busy touring or rocking out on stage, he finds the time to produce, engineer, mix and master albums for the likes of Marcy Playground, Entropia and Vancouver Killing Spree – He recently mixed a song for the 3D fantasy action game “Boynetta,” available for X-Box 360 and Playstation 3.

Mike Rogerson, who is the resident ProTools Certified / Recording Engineering Instructor at HIT, recently worked as an Engineer/Producer with The Hermit, I’m Not Frank, Ryan McMahon, Joe Post and Che Dorval. He also contributed his engineering & mixing talents to an up coming album for Alpha Yaya Diallo a multiple Juno Award winner. In addition, he has been recording various themes for this years Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Mike just added a Pro Tools 130 Game Audio certification to his arsenal, and will be the first instructor in Canada to conduct this program. This new and exciting element will be introduced into Harbourside IT’s Audio Engineering and Music Production curriculum in 2010.

Sound Engineering and HIT Logic Instructor, Sam Ryan, is nearing completion of Miss Mercury’s debut album. Sam co-wrote/ co-produced the first single for metal act Krome (604/Universal) – “Turn It Up” is currently #23 on Mediabase rock charts, and was the 2nd most played single on Galaxy Radio for all of 2009. Sam’s co-written/co production on ‘Shake Shake’, a single for Mossamo, was featured in the Movie Of The Week “Custody”. You can also check out his engineering brilliance on DJ Leftys Remix of Canadian Idol, Carly Rae Jepson’s hit single “Tug of War”;.

The Registrar of HIT and award winning producer, Tony Rudner, has been keeping his ears and fingers busy. Aside from overseeing the operations at HIT he, and country singer Bobbi Smith, are in the midst of writing and producing her upcoming album. Tony is currently collaborating with well-known session guitarist Andreas Schuld and HIT instructor and bass player extraordinaire, Kerry Galloway, on a live Latin/Gypsy/Fusion acoustic project.

Many of our former graduates have found recent success working at Bakerstreet, Vogeville, Rocky Mountain and Sharpe Studios.

HIT alumni Dave Mezaros has had a great year touring with The Sam Bradley Band and is now a full time engineer at Baker Street Studios.

Congratulations to all our students in whatever they’re undertaking, audio or otherwise!

The HIT family continues to grow. Keep current with what’s going on with your brothers and sisters by following HIT on Facebook!