December 2009

2009 Wrap-Up

by Westside on December 21, 2009

A quick summary of what Westside accomplished in 2009:

We worked with top ad agencies: Agency 59, BBDO, Bensimon Byrne, Clean Sheet Communications, Cossette, Cundari, DDB , Dentsu, Draft FCB, Due North, Extreme Group, Grey Canada, Grip, Huxley Quayle, Identica, John St., Juniper Park, JWT, Leo Burnett, Lowe Roche, MacLaren McCann, Medicus, Ogilvy, Optic Nerve, Publicis, Rare Method, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sid Lee, Smith Roberts, Taxi, TBWA, The Hive, Y&R, Youthography, Zig and Zulu Alpha Kilo.

We shot for big clients: 3M, Alexander Keith’s, Bell, BMW, Brock University, Budweiser, CIBC, Cogeco, Coors Light, Enbridge, Energizer, FedEx, Frito-Lay, George Brown, GMC, Harry Rosen, Home Depot, Infiniti, Kellogg’s, Kia, Kraft, Labatt, LCBO, Lexus, Mastercard, McDonalds, Mercedes-Benz, MGD, Molson, Nike, Nissan, Nova Scotia Tourism, PEI Tourism, Pepsi, Petro Canada, P&G, RBC, Reebok, Rogers, SC Johnson, Scotiabank, Smart Car, Subaru, TD Canada Trust, Tim Hortons, Virgin Mobile, Visa, Walmart

We worked in: Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, South Carolina, Chile, Italy and Jamaica.

Two photographers joined the studio: Tyler Gray & Vicky Lam.

We hired a new photo agent: Keiko Twist.

Chris Gordaneer and his team travelled over 60,000 miles and worked on 3 continents.

Matt Barnes participated in Contact, directed Vaude-a-Villians, joined Radke Films and shot for Supercreative.

Frank Hoedl’s photography was well-received at the ADCC awards.

A number of Westside photographers are shooting motion and developing reels.

We redesigned our website and started to blog.

Our blog has received 13,500 visits since May.

We sponsored Portfolio Night and the Applied Arts Winners’ Exhibit.

We held demos for the Red Camera, Red Rock Micro and the 5D Mark II.

We improved our recycling program and started using biodegradable foamcore.

We shot for (or donated prints to): Alzheimer’s Association, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Children of the Sun, Crimestoppers, Drawn To Develop, Earth Day Canada, Habitat For Humanity, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, Sick Kids, United Way and WWF Earth Hour.

We bought winter clothing and Christmas presents for a family-in-need.

Thanks for visiting Westside’s blog! Posting will resume in 2010. Enjoy the break!

© Jamie Rosenthal


    Shanghoon – Rogers

    by Westside on December 18, 2009

    Shanghoon shot a series of images for Rogers On Demand. He worked with Brian MacDonald at Publicis.

    © Shanghoon


      Shanghoon – FedEx

      by Westside on December 18, 2009

      Shanghoon shot an advertisement for FedEx earlier this year. He collaborated with Kay Izzard at BBDO.

      © Shanghoon


        Vicky Lam – Subaru Outback

        by Westside on December 16, 2009

        Vicky Lam worked with Paul Riss at DDB on a new ad for the Subaru Outback. It appears in today’s Toronto Star.

        The job was awarded, shot and delivered within 24-hours. Vicky skipped Westside’s Christmas party to make it happen.

        © Vicky Lam


          Ian Campbell – Molson 67 – In The City

          by Westside on December 15, 2009

          Ian Campbell’s photography for Molson 67 can be seen on billboards across Toronto and online:

          Molson 67 Billboard – Snapshot © Jamie Rosenthal

          Molson 67 Online Ad


            Chris Gordaneer – Polaris

            by Westside on December 14, 2009

            Chris Gordaneer worked on a new series of ads for Polaris with Ned Connolly (Creative Director) and Rob Lewis (Art Director) at Integer. The campaign was shot earlier this year in Northern California.

            © Chris Gordaneer


              Chris Gordaneer – Tanzania

              by Westside on December 9, 2009

              Chris Gordaneer travelled to Africa in 2006 to explore and document life in Tanzania.

              Upon his return, Chris and his team organized a gallery show to benefit the World Wildlife Fund.

              © Chris Gordaneer


                Ian Campbell – Molson 67

                by Westside on December 9, 2009

                Ian Campbell worked with Scott Park at Zig on a new ad campaign for Molson 67.

                © Ian Campbell


                  Vicky Lam – Poor But Sexy

                  by Westside on December 7, 2009

                  Vicky Lam has been invited to participate in Poor But Sexy – Volume II.

                  Poor But Sexy is a publication created by Ingrid Jones and Thomas Bollmann at Seed9. The magazine showcases and promotes new work by select artists.

                  Poor But Sexy – Volume II will be released in April 2010.

                  © Vicky Lam

                  For more info:
                  Interview with Seed9 on HMAb


                    Matt Barnes – Virgin Mobile – In The City

                    by Westside on December 3, 2009

                    Matt Barnes’ photography for Virgin Mobile can be seen on posters across Toronto:

                    © Jamie Rosenthal