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Most awarded faculty and alumni
In Billboard’s ‘Top 11 Schools’
Five 0% Student Loan Default Rates
In Mix’s ‘Audio Education’s Finest’

A school like no other, where minds and music matter and future leaders gather.
Programs start in March, July, and November.

Alumni Neville Quinlan and Cheryl Link at Peermusic won the 2021 and 2018 SOCAN ‘Publisher of the Year Award’, Alumni Janet Baker, David Quilico and Mishelle Pack at Sony Music Publishing won the same award in 2017.


Martin Pilchner is the Associate Director of the Audio Production Program. He has been nominated eleven times for the TEC Award for ‘Studio Designer of the Year’ and has taught ‘Studio Design’, ‘Acoustics’ and ‘Computer Science’ at Harris Institute since 1989.

Yuri Gorbachow, Director of Audio Post, has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and has won eleven Canadian Screen, Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), Gemini and DGC Awards for ‘Best Sound Editing’ and ‘Audio Design’. He has taught ‘Audio Post Production’ and ‘Music Supervision’ at Harris Institute since 1991.

Doug McClement, Chair of the Audio Production Program, recorded RUSH at the ACC, Shania Twain at the Grey Cup Game, Neil Young in Omemee, Gord Downie at Roy Thomson Hall and was on the Audio Production Quality team at the Olympics in Korea.

John Harris received the 2018 Cashbox Legacy Award and thanked Cashbox Magazine’s Sandy Graham and mom and dad, who are up there, for everything.


Alumni Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning founded Broken Social Scene and Charles Spearin & Ohad Benchetrit are members. Drew co-founded Arts & Crafts and produced and played on Gord Downie’s JUNO winning ‘Secret Path’ with Spearin and Benchetrit.

Alumni Henry ‘CIRKUT’ Walter has co-written three #1 Billboard hit records. He won the ‘Jack Richardson Producer of the Year’ JUNO Award and was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. He has written for and produced the artists above, and many others.

Alumni Sage Kim is a Mastering Engineer at Lacquer Channel Mastering and is on the Producing & Engineering Advisory Committee of Women in Music Canada.

Alumni Ann-Marie Smith oversees Confidential Records, the independent music company operated by students in the Arts Management Program. Smith teachers ‘Contracts & Negotiations’, ‘Business Management’ and ‘Leader Lab’ at Harris Institute. She was previously Creative Director at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Canada. 

Alumni Paul Simtikidis (Pavlo) has released eleven albums and produced two highly acclaimed PBS specials. He tours extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe and has promoted his own sold out shows at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.

Alumni Jamie Porter manages Stephan Moccio who co-wrote the Oscar nominated ‘Earned It’ with The Weeknd, the #1 hits ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Miley Cyrus, Grammy winning ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, Vancouver Olympic theme song ‘I Believe’ and Celine Dion’s ‘A New Day’, that was #1 in 17 countries and won ASCAP /BMI /SOCAN Awards.

Alumni Mike Denney’s MDM Recordings won ‘Record Company of the Year’ at the 2015 and 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards and Denney was named ‘Record Company Person of the Year’ in 2014, 2015 and 2017 by the Canadian Country Music Association.