Posted August 22, 2016
This new Toronto agency is investing in creativity. Literally.
send+receive puts 10% of its revenue toward creative projects.
When it comes to being champions of creativity, lots of agencies talk a good game. But freshly minted Toronto shop send+receive, comprised of creative partners JP Gravina, Simon Craig and partner/strategist Andrew Carty, puts talk into action.
The idea for the shop was to offer a modern model designed to meet the needs of today’s client, in an industry that they realized was increasingly about project work.
“It was clear to us that we had to change our output, and to do so we really had to change the way we operate–the way we work, the way we bill, our whole structure, really,” says Carty. “Part of the solution became a full-service, project-based agency with working partners and billing based on output, instead of retainer hours.”
The new structure lead to even bigger thinking about how to support the creative community in an ongoing, mutually beneficial way. They decided to put 10% of the agency’s earnings toward supporting various creative projects; from Kickstarter initiatives, to tech start ups, to short films.
Posted August 10, 2016
Toronto-based music and sound design company BoomBox has signed respected music director, producer and composer mr/tommy zee to its roster for Canadian representation.
Based in Amsterdam, but now available to the Canadian market through BoomBox, mr/tommy zee is the founder of music collective HLGRM and previously worked as a creative director for MassiveMusic. His credits include award-winning work for global brands such as Nike, Audi, Google, BMW, Heineken, as well as the recent national Team Canada spot, “Ice In Our Veins,” posted above.
The deal gives BoomBox’s clients exclusive access to mr/tommy zee’s roster of world class singers, songwriters and composers that he has built up in a decade of delivering remarkable music on two different continents. It marks the first time the former Torontonian is available for commercial work on his home turf in six years.
mr/tommy zee is the latest high-profile signing for BoomBox. Earlier this year, Cannes Lion-winning music producer and voice director Stephanie Pigott joined the roster from Pirate.
Posted August 8, 2016
Following four years of steady growth, Toronto strategy and creative shop Giants & Gentlemen (G&G) has moved out of its cozy office on Queen St. East and settled into more generous digs just a few blocks away. The Gents now occupy a 5,400 sq. ft. space on the top floor of the historic Gendron Building at 411 Richmond St. East.
With more people filling its ranks, G&G wanted to make sure to use its new space to the fullest, so the agency tapped Architects Luc Bouliane, the firm behind the recent Relmar Houses project in posh Forest Hill, to make the most of it. “The Gendron was built in 1895 by Walter Massey,” Mr. Bouliane explained. “It’s a fine example of brick and beam design, so we wanted to retain as much of the original decor as possible and create a modern workspace around it with mid-century modern furniture and industrial accents.”
For G&G, it was important that its new space be informal and make a statement all while also being inviting. It was also important that the G&G brand be reflected throughout, both in the colour scheme (red, white, grey) and the overall environment (classic and contemporary). Architects Luc Bouliane accomplished it all, creating a look for the space that’s akin to a contemporary take on a gentlemen’s club. G&G’s new digs now offers its growing staff a work environment that’s not only bright and welcoming, but also inspires creativity.
Posted August 4, 2016
Squeak E Clean Productions is pleased to announce some exciting new changes to its management team that have made it bigger and bolder than ever before.
Amy Crilly, formerly Senior Producer, has been elevated to Executive Producer. She will be responsible for driving future growth for Squeak E Clean by expanding opportunities for the company and recruiting both creative and production talent. Crilly, a music industry veteran, brings close to a decade of production experience to the role. She’s overseen music on a number of award-winning campaigns, including “Swagger Wagon” for Toyota, “Hum” for Prius and “Gas Powered Everything” for Nissan. Her credits also include work for major brands, such as Apple, Samsung, Lexus, Lincoln, McDonald’s and Target.
Rob Barbato, formerly Associate Creative Director, has been promoted to the role of West Coast Creative Director. He will help Squeak E Clean galvanize the way it works with its clients by positioning the studio as more of a partner in creative collaborations right from the start of a project, while also making more authentic, original music with bands and artists to have on reserve. Barbato is a celebrated award-winning composer, producer and musician. Barbato garnered an Emmy and Silver Lion at Cannes for his work arranging “Beautiful Dreamer” for Canon’s “Inspired” spot via Grey New York, and has a commercial portfolio that also includes original compositions for brands such as Facebook, Honda, Target and Under Armour.
Crilly and Barbato’s appointments are the latest exciting developments in what’s proving to be another banner year for Sqeak E Clean. The studio is coming off a very successful performance at the Cannes Lions where it was awarded three Lions for its original compositor for Adidas called “Your Future Is Not Mine,” which was composed by Squeak E Clean Creative Director and veteran composer Justin Hori. The score won two Golds, one for Best Use of Original Music, and another for Best Music/Brand Partnership in conjunction with Johannes Leonardo. It also won a Bronze for for Music Video – Brand and/or Product Integration (Entertainment for Music). View it below.
Posted August 2, 2016
Vapor RMW is pleased to announce that renowned voice director Karen Goora has joined the audio house. A highly respected voice director in Toronto, and with over 15 years of experience under her belt, the addition of Goora significantly bolsters Vapor RMW’s offerings.
Goora spent over a decade at Toronto-based audio house, Grayson Matthews, as well as a significant stint at Disney. She has collaborated with dozens of celebrities, from Meryl Streep to Miley Cyrus to Simpsons voice veteran Nancy Cartwright, with whom she worked to develop a whole new voice for her role of Darth on the Disney show The Replacements. Her work has also won at numerous advertising award shows, and won Emmy, Genie, Gemini and an Academy Award.
The addition of Goora to the Vapor RMW team follows a period of change for the audio house wherein it acquired RMW Music on July 28. It now offers clients access to studios in both the East and West ends of Toronto. It also has a studio in Vancouver and will soon be opening a studio in Montreal.
Posted July 25, 2016
Toronto-based creative company The Garden Continues to grow, with 3 new hires.
Mike Kovacs joins as Project Cultivator, a unique role that combines client service with project management and production. Kovacs brings with him more than 6 years of account service experience and was most recently at JP/TBWA, where he helped lead the Nissan Infinity and Petro Canada accounts.
Sarah Philips has joined as the company’s newest Strategist. Philips has been freelancing with The Garden since last June. Prior to that she has held roles as a Journalism Professor at Humber College and account service positions at McLaren McCann and Zulu Alpha Kilo, where she helped manage the Colgate-Palmolive, WIND Mobile, Indie88 and Jack Astor’s accounts.
Adriana Mahalean joins as Designer. Previously at Goods and Services, Adriana has applied her beautiful aesthetic to a number of brands, including LCBO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Herman Miller and Sun Life Financial.
Posted July 19, 2016
GREY Canada adds strategic muscle to its award-winning creative offering as Ian Wentworth joins as Vice President Planning and Innovation.
Westworth will lead strategic planning for GREY’s Toronto and Vancouver offices, all of its clients, its research practice, data team and core planning group. Westworth, who joins GREY from JWT, brings more than 18 years of experience to the role having worked at world-class advertising agencies including BBDO, Grip Limited, Leo Burnett and BBH New York.
Westworth joins a strong GREY Canada executive team that was recently renewed by several promotions to prepare the agency for sustained growth and creative excellence. Darlene Remlinger, was appointed President of GREY Toronto, and Joel Arbez and James Ansley are GREY Canada’s newest Co-Executive Creative Directors. The four senior leads join Leah Power, Chief Operating Officer and Paul Curtin, VP Business Development in rounding out the agency’s Toronto-based executive team.
Posted July 5, 2016
Vapor Music is pleased to announce that it is acquiring RMW Music. Moving forward under the name Vapor RMW, the addition of RMW allows Vapor to reinvent itself and expand in the post audio space. With the extra bandwidth, not only will Vapor be well-positioned to propel the significant growth it’s experienced of late, but also to galvanize its client experience.
Having reached a point in its evolution where it needed to increase the amount of workflow it could handle, the acquisition of RMW was a perfect fit for Vapor and will help the studio to achieve its strategic growth goals quickly and efficiently. The addition of RMW’s facilities will allow Vapor to better cater to simultaneous sessions across the board, a need that increasingly began to present itself as the studio continued on its upward growth trajectory. The acquisition also reinforces Vapor’s creative culture, including the gaming and record label side of its business. The extra studio space will help with Vapor’s Fifth Kid Records label in particular, improving its capacity for providing a creative outlet and home for its recording artists.
A reel of notable and award-winning work from Vapor Music and RMW Music is posted above.
Posted June 13, 2016
Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that creative duo CO.LAB have joined its roster for U.S. representation.
CO.LAB is a collaborative bond between Canadian-born Justin Tyler Close and Jeremy Power Regimbal. Close comes from a background of art photography and Regimbal from one of post-production and cinematography. Together as CO.LAB they are directors, photographers, publishers, creative directors, event curators and storytellers, who adopt a multifaceted approach for every project they take on. They pride themselves on bringing all those skills to bear in creating the kinds of hands-on, tangible campaigns that brands want. It’s a diverse skill set they look forward to bringing to the U.S. market with Arts & Sciences.
Watch their reel. Read more.
Posted May 11, 2016
Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce that director Brennan Stasiewicz has joined its roster for U.S. representation.
Stasiewicz is an extremely filmic, visual storyteller and creative collaborator whose work walks the line between the dramatic and the humorous. His commercial work includes directing for clients such as American Airlines, Cadillac, Samsung, Jim Beam, Toyota and Lincoln.
Stasiewicz is also an accomplished filmmaker with a number of stylized short non-fiction and fiction films under his belt. His most recent film, the short documentary A Beholden Purpose, looks into the conceptual process of painter Brad Kunkle, who mixes oil painting with gold and silver leaf to create images of women often in states of transcendence, while exploring the idea of purpose and female symbolism in our contemporary world.
Stasiewicz started his career as a promo writer for MTV where he learned the craft of filmmaking and started directing. From there he moved on to the world of commercials. He’s directed actors including Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Emma Stone and Jason Sudeikis, and musicians including Weezer, Kid Rock, Ne-Yo and Aesop Rock. Stasiewicz is based in New York and Stockholm.