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Archive January, 2009

Most Contagious

Posted January 30, 2009

Most Contagious

Another speaker at this week’s Advertising Week Conference Day (see post below) was Contagious Magazine’s Emily Hare (pic here). If you are not familiar with Contagious – where have you been? Contagious is a quarterly intelligence briefing in magazine, DVD and online format. It identifies the ideas, trends and innovations behind the world’s most revolutionary marketing strategies (I pulled that from their site). It’s a stunning mag. The layout and design of the magazine is as amazing as the work it features. If you’d like to get caught-up on what Contagious is all about, you can download a PDF of what they considered to be the most contagious work of 2008 here.

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor speaks at Canada’s first Adweek

Posted January 29, 2009

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor speaks at Canada's first Adweek

As part of Canada’s first advertising week, I attended Conference Day on Tuesday and I’ve been dying to blog about my favourite speaker of the day, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Dr. Bolte Taylor is a trained and published neuroanatomist. She speaks about brain functions, right and left, and about her own personal experience from a rare form of stroke she suffered on December 10, 1996, which later lead to major brain surgery to remove a golf ball size blood clot that was placing pressure on the language centers in the left hemisphere of her brain. Dr. Bolte Taylor is passionate, energetic, insightful and inspiring. She has also presented at TED and if you have some time, 18 minutes & 44 seconds to be exact, I urge to watch and listen to her astonishing story as she presented it at TED. We were blessed at Conference Day to be able to have an extended session with her, almost an hour, and I can honestly say she changed my life.

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Wes Anderson & Brad Pitt busted in Japan

Posted January 28, 2009

Wes Anderson & Brad Pitt busted in Japan

Shots mag has just posted two hilariously goofy spots for Softbank airing in Japan, directed by Wes Anderson and starring Brad Pitt (nice to see him without that rake-thin husband-stealing baby machine beside him – did I just say that?). Enjoy them here and here.

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Virgin America suing AdRants

Posted January 28, 2009

Virgin America suing AdRants

On my new glossy site (currently in development), I’m going to be filing posts under categories. This item makes me think that I should have a “so not cool” category. AdFreak reports that Virgin America is suing AdRants over their posting of a parody ad made from a picture of the US Airways crash in the Hudson River (similar to the pic to the left). Read the full story here. This concerns me as a blogger. There are some really great spec ads out there – this Adidas spot is spec and it won an award at the AICP. Does this mean that all websites that have ever featured spec ads can be sued by the brands too? I’m interested in seeing what happens.

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Psyop’s new Coke spot for the Super Bowl

Posted January 28, 2009

Psyop's new Coke spot for the Super Bowl

Psyop’s latest for Coca-Cola out of W+K Portland has just gone up on Creativity and will be airing during this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Watch the very cute spot, titled Heist, here. Full credits are posted here. Update: nice big glorious HD video file is now posted here.

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Durex “Get it on” Outtakes

Posted January 27, 2009

Durex

Here are some hilarious outtakes from the new Durex “Get it on” ad created by Superfad. See the original spot here.

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Canada’s first AdWeek

Posted January 26, 2009

Canada's first AdWeek

This morning I was honored to be invited to the breakfast launch of Canada’s first ever Advertising Week. Creative directors and media gathered at the recently redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario (redesigned by Frank Gehry) to discuss the state of advertising in Canada and to give recognition to those involved in making this week happen. The event (some pics here) included a presentation by Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto, and a panel discussion with Taxi Chairman Paul Lavoie, Frank Palmer, Chairman & CEO DDB Canada (via phone) and Sunni Boot, CEO ZenithOptimedia. More information on Canada’s Adweek and its events is here.

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Tomorrow is Conference Day

Posted January 26, 2009

Tomorrow is Conference Day

Tomorrow is Conference Day, part of Canada’s first Advertising Week. The day features a great line up of speakers including Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who suffered a rare stroke and temporarily lost partial function in the left side of her brain forcing the creative right side to blossom, Chuck Porter, architect Clive Wilkinson, Disney Media Labs’ Duane Varan and Emily Hare from London-based Contagious magazine ( I love Contagious). I’m attending and tickets are still available. If you are interested in attending, you can register here.

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Boards’ Directors to Watch Screening

Posted January 26, 2009

Boards' Directors to Watch Screening

Tomorrow night Boards’ and Rooster are putting on a screening of Boards’ Directors to Watch reel at Rooster’s new Spadina Ave. digs (I’m looking forward to checking both out). Click here for more information and to RVSP (there will be free booze to warm your cold Canadian bones).

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Cadbury Eyebrow Dance

Posted January 23, 2009

Cadbury Eyebrow Dance

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. This amazing new ad for Cadbury’s Dairy Milk features two children performing ‘eyebrow dance moves’ to an electro-funk soundtrack by Freestyle’s Don’t Stop the Rock. The balloon is a nice touch. Agency is Fallon, London. Found on Facebook – Ed White from boards posted it. Thanks Ed, it made my week.

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