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The Garden Grows by 3

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.

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GREY Canada’s New Leadership Team

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.

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Vapor Music to Acquire RMW Music

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.

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CO.LAB Joins Arts & Sciences

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.
 
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Brennan Stasiewicz joins Arts & Sciences

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.

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Gocke Joins Squeak E Clean

Posted May 2, 2016


Bi-coastal music and sound house Squeak E Clean is pleased to announce that Stephanie Gocke has joined its Los Angeles office as Producer.

Gocke is a well-rounded producer with wide-ranging experience not only in music, but in many other facets of the advertising and creative industry. She joins the music shop from Psyop, where she was a VFX/animation producer. Prior to Psyop, she first launched into advertising at Media Arts Lab where she spent five years as a broadcast producer, working on campaigns such as “iPad Is,” iPhone “Every Day,” and Apple “Intention.”

Gocke began her career at boutique public relations agency Media Tonic Communications, developing media strategy for entertainment and lifestyle brands such as Disney, FOX, and Toyota. Her first taste of the music industry came from time spent at musician management company Three Artist Management, which fielded clients such as Henry Rollins, Grandaddy, and The Crystal Method.

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Omar Morson Lands at The Garden

Posted April 13, 2016

Toronto-based creative company The Garden is pleased to announce that Omar Morson has joined the team as Design Director.

With over 16 years in the industry, and having worked at some of the top design firms and creative agencies in the country, Morson brings a strong, diverse and awarded design pedigree to The Garden. His design work has guided many notable brands, including Mini, Budweiser, Holt Renfrew, The Rotman School of Business, LCBO and Sick Kids.

Morson arrives at The Garden from Zulu Alpha Kilo where he served as Design Director. Prior to that he was Senior Designer at Anomaly and Design Director at Oxygen Design Agency.

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Rain43 Hires 3

Posted April 12, 2016


The Growth Continues at Rain43
Jane Murray, Duncan Porter, and Dave Stubbs Join the Team

Toronto-based advertising agency Rain43 has hired three new Vice President, Executive Creative Directors —Jane Murray, Duncan Porter, and Dave Stubbs. Pictured left to right: Dave Stubbs, Jane Murray, Duncan Porter.

The three join Rain43 following twelve months of record expansion for the Corktown-based shop, including expanding its client roster significantly. The ECD’s were selected with assistance from cofounder and current Chief Creative Officer John Farquhar, following his decision to move on from Rain43 this coming fall.

Murray, Porter, and Stubbs round out 18 months of impressive staffing additions to the agency. Laura Davis-Saville, VP, Strategy, assumed the strategic reigns in January 2015, quickly building a fully integrated strategy department. Shawna Dressler, Director of HR and Operations, and Emanuel Toste, Director of Digital Strategy and Production then joined in July 2015. Kate Spencer, Director of Production, Maria Baggetta, Studio Manager, and Alexis Saffran, Senior Account Director joined this year – just a few in nearly a dozen new hires.

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This Agency Has Free Weed

Posted March 29, 2016




Toronto-based creative agency Blackjet has added something new, interesting and never tried before to its employee benefits package in order to better attract the best talent in today’s competitive marketplace – free pot.

Marijuana, cannabis, weed, ganja, hemp, dope, green, grass Mary Jane, call it what you will, millennials want it and Blackjet’s got it for free. The agency operates in a creative industry, after all. Knowing that laws are changing in the United States, and that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pushing to change the laws here in Canada, Blackjet figured it would get ahead of the curve with its new, revolutionary benefits package. As soon as it’s not a criminal offence in Ontario, the agency will start dispensing cannabis right next to its beer fridge. Blackout says it just gives you a different creative perspective. The agency will also be installing a new snacks dispenser.

Blackjet’s employee benefits package also includes a number of other competitive incentives, including: a casual work atmosphere and dress code, pet-friendly office, summer Friday half days, summer extra-day long weekends, free coffee, free beer a ping pong table, office music sharing, a social space and common area, wall mounted iPads,and amazing office events and excursions (ski/snowboard day, axe throwing, curling, guac-off / chili competitions, Oscar & sports pools).

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The Lively Group Welcomes Liz Mason

Posted March 2, 2016


Lively Group is excited to announce the addition of Liz Mason as managing director of New York-based creative editorial shop BlueRock. In her new role, Mason will be responsible for continuing to elevate the standards for creative excellence and technological innovation for which both she and BlueRock have become known. 

With vast experience across both traditional and new media, Mason brings transformative thinking and a deep understanding of the post production landscape as well as content-driven work to BlueRock. Her strong commitment to editors, along with her belief in the power of innovation, will help the company continue to grow its traditional business while expanding its boundaries to embrace a more diverse range of projects. Recognizing that new technology can be creativity’s best advocate in today’s cross-platform atmosphere, Mason has led teams that have not only mastered the latest advancements, but have also created new industry standards.

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