McWood Studios



The McWood Story

McCowan Thomas opened McWood’s doors in 1977, initially operating out of a small shop in a former coffin factory on Niagara St. in downtown Toronto. After 41 years on Niagara St, encroaching development in the inner city necessitated a move and we recently relocated to a larger space in Etobicoke. This provided an opportunity to upgrade our systems and equipment in a space that we tailored to our needs. We were also able to augment our metal fabrication and scenic art departments. Coincident with the move, Greg Hefford assumed control of the firm in January 2019. He has been a key employee since 1991 and along with lead hand Mike Cuttini, looks forward to continuing to grow the business.

scope of work

Scenery for live theatre was our early focus, but the mandate expanded over the years to include custom furniture and cabinetmaking, television production work, trade show booths and displays as well as millwork for museums and art institutions. We work directly with architects and designers to produce a variety of custom work in copper, bronze, aluminum and steel. Our team can produce creative proposals including 3D renderings and shop drawings. We crate, ship and install, both domestically and in the U.S.

Client / Project List

Art and Culture

Aga Khan Museum
Art Gallery of Ontario
Canada 150
City of Toronto/Nuit Blanche
Gardiner Ceramic Museum
IDEX Interior Design Toronto
Nuit Blanche
Ontario Science Centre
OLG/Toronto Pride Float
Royal Ontario Museum
The National Gallery of Canada
TIFF Visa Booth

Local activations and Events

True North Tech Conference


Fifa Women’s Under 20 Banner
Grey Cup
Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Major League Baseball Fan Festival
National Basketball AssociationPanAM Games
Rogers Cup


Beaver Canoe
Canadian Tire
Estee Lauder
Hermes Canada
Holt Renfrew
Joe Fresh
Moose knuckles
Stone Island

Theatre/Live Events

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Canadian Screenwriters' Awards
Crow's Theatre
Mirvish Productions
SOCAN Awards
Studio 180 Theatre
Théâtre Français de Toronto 

Television Production

Canada’s Walk of Fame
Canadian Idol
CTV/Canada AM
Comedy Central/Roast Battle
Insight Productions/Battle of the Blades
Kelly and Ryan Live Show/ Niagara Falls
National Aboriginal Foundation/Indspire Awards
Shaw TV
TV Ontario
TSN/Off the Record


BaAM Productions
Biim Advertising
Eclipse Productions
Fiori Floral Design
Indigo Books
Loblaws Inc/Joe Fresh
Nicholas Pinney Design
Optimist Inc
Royal Conservatory of Music
Telus Communications
Thompson Hotel
Thor Global
Time Inc Live Events