Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Over 1000 Facebook Likes!

We've reached over 1000 Facebook likes! Thanks so much to everyone. We couldn't have done it without all of your love and support!

Thumbs up! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Abandoned Airplane Art

We all want to do our part helping save the planet right? Right and I'm sure the creator of the Boneyard Project, Eric Firestone would agree.  The Boneyard Project is an exhibit curated by Eric Firestone, Carlo McCormick and Medvin Sobio that lies in got it...the infamous "Boneyard" of abandoned military aircrafts in the Arizona desert.  The point of the exhibit is to repurpose old aircraft scraps as canvasses for various contemporary artists.

What great way to use found objects! Head on over to their website here  to find out more. 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Fundraiser - Blain Harper

On March 15, 2013 a dear friend and colleague Blain Harper passed away.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:30pm at the Great Hall for a silent auction to share your fondest memories of Blain, and raise a glass to help support his wife and daughter.

In true advertising style, we'll begin with a few cocktails at the cash bar while a DJ spins the night away.  A kick ass band will grace the stage and all the money raised will go directly to Blain's family.   As Blain had a passion for magic there will also be some wandering illusionists present. 

There is a $20 admission fee which is payable at the door.

For more information and event updates please visit the facebook event here.  (Blain's Bash)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Virgin Mobile - "Underground"

Check out this new spot for Virgin Mobile "Underground" that we just wrapped with our friends at Juniper Park!  It showcases a great up and coming band from Hamilton, ON called Young Rival.  
We think you'll agree that licensing their tune "Authentic" works perfectly for the Virgin brand.

Get the best concert access and seats with Virgin Mobile. "It's better to be a member!" 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mike's Hard Lemonade - Shandy

Newest spot that we worked on with the talented folks over at Extreme Toronto. 
Kick back and enjoy the sunshine with a frosty Mike's Hard Lemonade Shandy!

Michelle Wright Showcase - May 22nd, 2013

What a fantastic evening!  Last night we had the pleasure of having Casablanca Media Publishing come to the studio to do a private showcase with legendary country singer Michelle Wright.   Michelle performed songs from her new album with one of her producers Jason Barry.

Her expressive voice and stripped down acoustic set filled the studio with beautiful harmonies and emotive moments of times gone by.  

A big shout out to Red Brick Songs / Casablanca Media Publishing for making the evening a huge success!

Be sure to check out her new single "Strong" from her new release here.

We wish her all the best at CMT and CBC today.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Kraft Canada - Bull's-Eye BBQ Sauce

Summer is in the air and what better way to kick off the BBQ season than with Bull's-eye BBQ sauce!

Above is the latest and greatest spot that we've worked on for Kraft Canada.   I think you'll agree it will make your taste buds tingle!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Showcasing the Talented Rea Kelly

Toronto boasts some of the most talented visual artists Ontario has to offer.  Now that the weather is getting sunny what better way to spend an evening or afternoon than walking around and seeing the wonderful sights of our lovely city.

That said, one of our talented local artists Rea Kelly has a handful of different exhibits that she is a part of this year and I encourage you to go and see what all the fuss is about. 

Rea's upcoming shows inlcude;  Riverdale Art Walk (June 1,2), Art 2555 (June 8), Sidestreet Gallery (August), Cabbagetown show (Sept), Queen West Art Crawl (Sept 21/22).

She's been working on a lot of great new pieces like the one posted above that I'm sure you'll enjoy! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

International Publication Welcomes Clive Desmond!

I caught up with the international Editorial Manager at Source E Creative and was thrilled when her interest was peaked about our newest addition to the TA2 family, Clive Desmond!  

Check out the article published this morning under the "signings" sections here

There's a special photo that accompanies the article that I think you'll find most captivating.

Happy Monday!

Friday, May 10, 2013

What a pair!

Presenting the talented and gorgeous Christine Leslie and Lauren Sloan!

Baaacon Fridays!! Thanks Rashers!

Great session today at the studio and a epically "baconated" lunch from!

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival

Saturday, June 8th kicks off Arts & Crafts 10th year anniversary and to celebrate they've coordinated a stellar lineup of musicians at Fort York and Garrison Common.

Lineup includes A&C featured artists Feist, Bloc Party, Hayden, Timber Timbre, Trust, Ra Ra Riot, Cold Specks, Zeus, Jason Collett, The Darcys, Gold & Youth, and Still Life Still.

Tickets are going fast so head on over to for ticket information and other details. 

To celebrate we're giving away a copy of The Darcys 7-inch vinyl "House Built Around Your Voice Edmonton to Purgatory".  Like this post and you'll be entered into a draw to win!  One lucky winner will be selected and announced by end of day June 7th. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A New Twist on Employee Profiles - Rotoscope Design

Last year we gave the front end of our website a groovy new facelift and we were thrilled to get an honourarium for 17th Annual Webby Awards for Best Home/Welcome Page & Best Visual Design - Aesthetic against 11,000 entries internationally!

One of the components of the site we really wanted to revamp was our employee bio section.  We really wanted this section to stand out against the grain and showcase the amazing team we have here at the studio.  So, we brought Sam Chou of Style5 Animation on board to take it to a whole new level.

Sam created a unique and personalized animated gif for each employee profile and we couldn't be happier with the results!

If you haven't viewed these kick ass rotoscopes head on over to our site to check them out. 

You will most definitely dig!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Late Afternoon BBQ Foley on the Patio

Making the BBQ as authentic as possible.  This is how we do. No big deal.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sound & Visuals Collide - Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Photo credit:  Markus Tretter 

Lost in the Memory Palace is an installation at the AGO by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller that runs April 6th - August 18, 2013.  The installation depicts the ambiguous landscape in which we explore the relationship between what we see and what we hear. 

The above photo showcases one of the multiple imaginary situations of the installation 'The 40 Part Motet" where time becomes less active and changes.  Thus, allowing various narratives to blend and engage the viewer through a unique environment.  "The 40 Part Motet" consists of 40 speakers mounted on stands, placed in an oval pattern with amplifiers & playback computer.    The duration of the experience is fourteen minutes long, loops for  eleven minutes and has three minutes of intermission.

I encourage you to go and check out this creative exhibit while it lasts! 
To see more from the British Columbia duo and their upcoming installations click on the link below. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

One of the Best Things Ever - Comic by Maré Odomo

It's always so great when worlds collide because of a musical memory!  Have you ever had a time like this? If so, let us know your story and what concert you were at.

VH1 Save the Music: The Art of the Jam - How to Teach Young Children to Improvise

This is a great read on teaching children how to improvise. Take a moment and let us know what you think of the approach.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mercedes - Benz: E-Class

Check out this great new spot we just finished with the lovely folks at BBDO.  
Barnaby, John and Sarah we had a great time working on this with you!

Introducing our newest director...Clive Desmond!

Clive Desmond is a popular director with over 1265 years of experience.  His style, though modern, often tips its hat to the best of the mid-century.  He is the recipient of millions of awards including the Gold Lion, Gold Clios as well as at least 300,000 plaques and statues from London Radio Awards, One Show, Hollywood TV Festival, Romanian Ad Festival, Vermont Festival for Local Radio, Biloxi Live Television Advertising Awards, Hungarian Creativity Awards, TVB, Portuguese Point of Purchase and Poster Festival in addition to many others.  He lived and worked in Gotham City for 5 years under the patronage of McCaffrey McCall, Y & R, No Soap Radio and toiled for clients Mercedes Benz USA, Air Canada, ABC Television and many others.  He produced two audio books for Harper Collins - Thin Ice by The New yorker Magazine curmudgeon illustrator Bruce McCall and The Pinkerton Papers by David Luchuk.  His production employment record includes the amazing and thought provoking Louder Music and Sound Design, the often eccentric Silent Joe, and the legendary house of analogue, Morgan Earl Sounds.  His catalogue of clients include TBWA, Cossette, Leo Burnett, Y & R, Naked Creative, Reason and Partners, DDB, BBDO Sterling Cooper and many more.  He has directed 275,000 celebrity voice-overs none of whom did he befriend or try to sleep with.  Additionally, Mr. Desmond is a composer of light pop music, playing electric bass, piano, guitar and mountain dulcimer.  His voice and likeness are represented by Paul Smith of ETM and he can be heard on hundreds of thousands of commercials!  his hobbies include drapery and window shades.  His stance of the hour is "If you don't think it's beautiful or useful, it shouldn't be in your home or mine."  And finally his new pose at Tattoo Sound + Music are some of his oldest and closest personal friends and peers, without whom he would have never had made it this far or have experienced such plenitude.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Clive to the TA2 family!