3rd May 2009

POGO 2009 Takes Place This Week

POGOVancouver – The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada – BC Chapter presents the POGO 2009 Conference. Taking place this May 8th and 9th, the POGO Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for design students, graduates and design newcomers to learn, connect, guide and inspire each others creative thinking. Developed with this experience in mind, the conference includes studio tours, creative workshops and portfolio critique. It’s also a great opportunity to learn and network – at a very reasonable price. A two day full conference pass is only $55.00 for GDC members, and $95.00 for non-members. Tickets are also available for individual days and events.

May 8 Schedule:

The GDC/BC Pogo Studio Tours provides the opportunity to check out three of Vancouver’s hottest creative environments and one of North America’s most awarded printers, Metropolitan Fine Printers.

Sign up, get a guided tour and check out how each of these firms think about not only their work, but about their space. The studios selected for this tour are Subplot, Rethink Communications and Burnkit.
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30th April 2009

GDC Canada Preview Guide Available for Download

GDC CanadaVancouver – With two days of sessions, an expo, networking events, Future Play and the Game Career Seminar, GDC Canada is a must attend preview_guideevent for developers looking to learn, network and be inspired by their peers.

Download the GDC Canada preview guide and start planning your GDC experience now.

Events at GDC Canada

Passport to Prizes
Tuesday, May 12th, Starts at 10:30am & Drawing at 6:15pm
GDC Canada Expo
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30th April 2009

Find IT Jobs at the MSEmploy Canada Career Fair

MSemployToronto – Although the economy has slowed and the unemployment rate has risen locally and nationally, employers are still hiring in the information technology sector. MSEmploy Canada — Canada’s only Microsoft-focused job and training portal – is sponsoring a Career Fair in Mississauga on May 6 to connect job candidates with expanding IT companies.

When: May 6, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Microsoft Canada Head Office at 1950 Meadowvale Blvd.  Mississauga, ON

The focus of MSEmploy Canada and the career fair are positions associated with Microsoft technologies, such as .Net, SharePoint, Hyper-V, and Dynamics. Some of the types of jobs being sought are .Net Developer, System Engineer, Technical Support, Project Manager, and Network Administrator.
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24th April 2009

GDC Canada Conference Schedule Announced

GDC CanadaVancouver – Keynotes from Canadian videogame development luminaries Don Mattrick, Ray Muzyka, and Greg Zeschuk will kick off two days of best practices for building better games with better teams. With sessions designed to improve collaboration among designers, programmers, visual artists and writers, GDC Canada is a must attend event for the entire team.

The conference schedule has now been finalized, and with a wide variety of topics, there is something for everyone, from games as a brand to outsourcing and from audio to writing. The full schedule with more information can be viewed on the GDC Canada website.

Featured Sessions:

8 Things Game Developers Can Learn from BMW
Speaker: Otto Ottosson (Threewave Software Inc.)

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23rd April 2009

Bandzoogle Artists Reach $1 Million in Commission-Free Indie Web Sales

BandzoogleMontrealBandzoogle.com, the leading website builder tool for musicians, has announced its member artists have exceeded $1 million in music and merchandise sales direct from their websites–a milestone made sweeter for members by the fact that Bandzoogle doesn’t charge fees or commissions on those sales.

“The fact that Bandzoogle lets artists keep 100 percent of their sales sets us apart from the vast majority of e-commerce solutions for musicians,” says Chris Vinson, president of Bandzoogle. “And our team is proud to have helped our members reach this million-dollar milestone,” he says. “It demonstrates how our tools are helping musicians succeed on the web.”
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22nd April 2009

Kids’ Animation Programme and Crossover Keynote Speaker Announced for Banff World Television Festival

Banff World Television FestivalBanff – The Banff World Television Festival (BANFF) announces the new Kids & Animation series featuring top television program creators, broadcasters and executives in children’s and animation industries. The 30th edition of BANFF takes place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff Kids & AnimationBanff, Canada, June 7–10, 2009.

“We developed the Kids & Animation series out of our continuing effort to create innovative festival programming together with more opportunities for building new business relationships,” commented Peter Vamos, BANFF Executive Director. “We are proud to launch this new series led by some of the best in the industry of animation and children’s television programming.” The Kids & Animation series is designed to address new programming formats along with the current trends and issues facing the youth focused and animated television industries. Sessions will run concurrently with the regularly scheduled sessions on Tuesday, June 9 and will include networking opportunities, broadcaster briefings and spotlights on key players in the industry.
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22nd April 2009

CTV National Fellowship Programme Call For Entries

CTV National Fellowship ProgrammeBanff – A Call For Entries has been issued for the CTV National Fellowship Programme, with an application deadline of 5pm EST, Thursday April 30th, 2009. CTV National Fellowships are intended to encourage professional development in the television industry by enabling emerging creative talent including producers, writers and directors – i.e., program makers – to attend the Banff World Television Festival. Fellowships are not intended for established professionals, nor are they intended for entry-level candidates. Applicants must have a minimum of one significant production credit.

CTV National Fellowships cover the following: full festival registration, including admission to all seminars, workshops, and on-demand screenings; all official social events; and air transportation (transportation allowance based on lowest airfare available). Accommodation and all other costs of attending the festival are the responsibility of the fellowship recipient. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd April 2009

Telefilm Canada TV 360 Programme At Banff World Television Festival

Telefilm TV 360Banff – The Banff World Television Festival (BANFF) and nextMEDIA Banff present the first Telefilm Canada TV 360 Program, established to provide cross-platform development opportunities for Canadian producers, writers & directors. TV 360 will be held during nextMEDIA Banff and the 30th edition of BANFF, which take place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Canada, in June 2009.

“TV 360 is a valuable addition to the existing training programs and fellowships at BANFF,” commented Peter Vamos, BANFF Executive Director. “We’re excited to collaborate with Telefilm Canada to create this new and original program that will foster cross-industry partnership between new media and the future of the television industry.”
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30th March 2009

Hot Tomali’s Action-Packed Marketing Campaign Recruits Super Job Candidates

Hot TomaliVancouver – If you’re walking around Vancouver and notice some real-life packaged action figures, blame Hot Tomali Communications, an integrated marketing agency located in Vancouver, B.C. The action-packed professionals are part of a new campaign titled “Job Candidate 2.0”, which promotes the launch of Resume Hut who has expanded to Vancouver after operating for 23 years in Victoria. The expansion is part of a larger strategy in which Resume Hut aims to expand across North America over the next five years.

The unique idea for the campaign came as a result of a combination of factors. “When we were approached with the idea of executing a campaign for Resume Hut, we needed to come up with something that was engaging, memorable, and cost-effective,” says Clayton Mitchell, Hot Tomali’s Strategic Planner. “Working with Resume Hut, we started with a complete rebranding including a new logo and the positioning line ‘Position Yourself’. The key insight we extracted during our creative process was that Resume Hut helps you position yourself more effectively for the jobs you want—in a sense, repackaging you.”

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20th March 2009

Seminar Topics Announced for Future Play 2009

Future PlaySault Ste. Marie – The Future Play 2009 conference on gaming and design is pleased to announce that seminar topics for this year’s conference have just been finalized.

Says Rick Mahoney of Cinetik, the Conference Co-Chair of Future Play: “I think we have been able to capture a very interesting spectrum of topics with the seminars we have selected. I feel that there is a good balance between technical ‘how-to’ seminars and presentations that will be more philosophical in nature.”

The full list of seminar topics is as follows:

Making Deep Games: presented by Doris Rusch

Game Audio Education – Adding Audio to your Games Courses and Games to your Audio Courses: presented by Karen Collins, Bill Kapralos, Leonard Paul and David Kerr

Designing Effective Exercise Video Games: presented by Nicholas Graham, Tadeusz Stach and Regan Mandryk

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