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Best of the Bessies

Posted March 27, 2015

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Last night The Bessies were held in Toronto – celebrating the best of Canadian broadcast advertising.FCB, Leo Burnett and DDB took home the top honours – each with a Best in Show.

Leo Burnett’s “#LikeAGirl” for Always won the top prize in digital film (above), while DDB Canada’s “Pep Talk” for Netflix won in television (below). FCB Toronto’s “Invade” for Ontario Tourism and the upcoming Panam/Parapanam Games won in the craft category (below).

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Creating the Face of a Nation

Posted March 16, 2015


TFO creates first-ever national portrait by combining the faces of thousands of Canadians.

Samuel de Champlain helped shaped the face of Canada, and now Canadians have the chance to do the same for him in this new project created by Lowe Roche.

While Samuel de Champlain was a significant figure in Canadian history — hailed as the ‘first modern cartographer of Canada’ and an expert mariner who crossed the Atlantic 27 times amongst many other amazing feats — an interesting fact about him is that nobody really knows what he looked like. The pointy-moustachioed visage people have become familiar with is, in fact, merely the product of an artist’s imagination. So, to generate buzz around the release of TFO’s “Rêve de Champlain,” a six-part miniseries providing a portrait of the explorer and celebrating 400 years of a Francophone presence in Ontario, the French-language public broadcaster has created “Champlain: Portrait of a Nation,” a microsite where Canadians can lend their faces to create a composite image of one of Canada’s most notable, but mysterious historical figures.

At revedechamplain.com/portrait Canadians can upload their picture, along with the faces of other Canadians, to give a face to Champlain and celebrate the spirit of the man by creating a unified face of our nation in the process. Champlain’s face, like the face of our nation, will change over time as more people add their portraits to the mix, and visitors to the microsite will be able to see the individual portraits of all those who decide to donate their face to Champlain.

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Transcend3 Goes Farm to Fork

Posted March 2, 2015



One Earth Farms has named Transcend3 as their national advertising agency of record and strategic partner for all of their brands under the One Earth Farms umbrella in Canada, including Beretta Farms and Sweetpea Organic Baby Food. One Earth Farms is a leading fully integrated ‘farm to fork’ Canadian company with a diverse portfolio of premium healthy organic, all-natural and grass-fed foods.

“We were very impressed with their creative credentials, deep experience in the food category and their track record for results,” said Cynthia Beretta, Marketing Director, One Earth Farms. “They also stood out for their unique and seamless bilingual creative approach that is developed by one team. Their creative concepts combined with their experience and ability to take our brands to Europe made Transcend3 the right choice.”

Transcend3 will be responsible for positioning each brand, as well as national creative including print, packaging, POS, social media, broadcast and special design initiatives.

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Senior Execs Leave Zulu to Open The Garden

Posted February 17, 2015


Shari Walczak and Shane Ogilvie, former Zulu Alpha Kilo executives have left their posts at the agency to open up The Garden, a new breed of creative company.

Ogilvie, previously ZAK’s Executive Creative Director, and Walczak, formerly its Executive Planning Director, promise that The Garden will take a broader approach in harnessing creativity to offer brands new and innovative solutions to their business-related problems.

The Garden promises a holistic approach to its creative offering, which includes making marketers a part of the entire process and working with all divisions of a company to design and deliver the best possible brand experience. Anything can grow in a garden. All you need are the right conditions, the seed of a good idea and the proper care and attention.

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Thibaut Duverneix Joins Revolver Films

Posted February 11, 2015


Toronto-based Revolver Films is pleased to announce that director Thibaut Duverneix has joined its roster and allows the company to further expand its offerings in the fields of interactive, experiential and installation.

Born and raised in France, but now based in Montreal, Duverneix is a multidisciplinary artist who boasts a diverse body of work in music, photography, computer programming, animation and film. His talent has carried him across a number of different genres with a focus on innovative ways of creating film and experiences.

In 2012, Duverneix was named one of the New York Art Directors Club’s Young Guns, amongst the best creatives under 30 in the world. His current commercial film portfolio includes work for Couche-Tard, Astral Media, the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal.

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Jeff Dack lands at Lowe Roche

Posted January 26, 2015

Lowe Roche is pleased to announce that Jeff Dack has joined its Toronto office as Chief Strategy Officer.

Dack will lead the strategic planning practice at Lowe Roche, his role as chief strategy officer is a brand new position at the agency. Dack is bringing with him a pedigree chalk full of experience having experience working in a variety of roles throughout his career both agency and client side.

Prior to Lowe Roche, Dack served as a marketing executive with Jamieson Laboratories, Canada’s largest VMS (Vitamin, Mineral, Supplement) brand, where he oversaw the marketing and communications group. Before his tenure at Jamieson, Dack was the director of strategic planning at TAXI, where he was responsible for leading all strategic planning duties. With a team of strategists, he also successfully brought the strategic planning discipline and processes into the agency’s offshoot, TAXI 2. Dack’s move to Lowe Roche reunites him with agency CEO Monica Ruffo, for whom he worked with ten years ago at Cossette.

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I Like Jam

Posted January 13, 2015

SNDWRX, a Toronto-based audio production studio, has opened their new studios in Kensington Market and is having a big studio warming party this Thursday night. It should be a great time and they’ve created the videos above and below to promote their new digs and the bash..

Helmed by Didier Tovel, SNDWRX features an exclusive network of internationally acclaimed artists, sound designers, composers, voice directors, engineers, producers and music supervisors. For clients, they come together to form specialized teams in order to craft authentic sounds, giving them a wide variety of talent and the ability to take on multiple projects across multiple disciplines, while simultaneously focusing on their core strength, audio.

View the party invite here or on the Facebook event page.

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Sadie Cam

Posted November 17, 2014


In case you missed getting a tour of Smith’s new offices last week, here’s the best of the Sadie Cam – a French Bulldog named Sadie “armed” with a GoPro that gives office tours.

Get the full scoop on Smith here.

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Meet Smith

Posted November 11, 2014


Toronto-based Crush, Notch, AXYZ and Lollipop have come together, combining their creative skill and craftsmanship to forge a new identity.

Meet Smith, a shop that proves that four core competencies are better than one, comprising AXYZ’s VFX and animation wizardry, Notch’s colour grading artistry, Crush’s wide-ranging creative exploration and Lollipop’s diverse digital capabilities.

Smith has a huge range of talent ranging from some of the top people in the industry to a wide variety of up and coming artists and producers. Smith’s a production/post/digital shop that’s better, faster, stronger and more relevant to today’s industry. View their montage reel above.

Want to get a look inside Smith? Well, tune into the SadieCam (a French Bulldog armed with a GoPro) tomorrow from 12pm-2pm (Eastern). Sadie will be giving virtual visitors a look at Smith and its talented team of Smithites.

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State Goods Prints & Party

Posted October 20, 2014

A few weeks ago I posted about design ad branding company Sovereign State’s launch party for their sister company’s print series – State Goods.

The Scoop – on Friday, September 26, Sovereign State celebrated Toronto’s cultural and commercial growth with the launch of a print series at Toronto’s iconic Gladstone Hotel. The State Goods print series features artwork from Sovereign State designers, artists and collaborators. Each print features iconic Toronto imagery that any resident would recognize as being uniquely endemic to the city. The night also harnessed the momentum behind Toronto’s burgeoning commercial development by bringing together a unique blend of resident brands — some well-established, some new, all Sovereign State clients for whom the boutique design agency has done design work — representing some of the best facets of Toronto culture.

Above is part of Joel Gregorio’s (Sovereign State Creative Director) print. Below is a video of the night. See more of the prints here. If you’d like to get your hands on one, you can order here.

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