Gavin ‘GDot’ Benjamin
To date, G-DOT has shot over 150 music videos and has worked with some of the industry’s most recognizable names, including Joe Budden, Sheek Louch (D-Block), Naughty By Nature, Kardinal Offishall, JD Era, and Saukrates. In 2011, G-DOT was voted Best Music Video Director in Canada by a viewer poll on bigmouthsonline.com with a whopping 82% lead, beating out several other popular Canadian directors. Currently, G-DOT has over 8 million combined total views for music videos he has shot, directed, and edited. With natural talent and a fierce dedication to his craft, G-DOT is steadily gaining acclaim as one of the best in his field.
Cazhhmere recently celebrated directing over 100 music videos in 10 years. “I’m just a girl who never grew out of that ‘imaginary’ stage from childhood” says Cazhhmere, commonly referred to by friends and peers as just “Cazh Blanche”. “I am a lover of storytelling, I am a lover music and I am a lover of film. To me that’s what a music video is. My three favorite things fused together”.
The first and only lady of The NE Creative Group, who got her start in the music video industry after a 2 year stint at MuchMusic in 2001 has had her work described as forward-thinking and visually seductive. Her body of award winning and MMVA nominated work includes videos for Classified, Jeremih, Royce Da 5’9”, JRDN, Howie D (of The Backstreet Boys), Juice J (of Oscar Award winning Three Six Mafia), Justin Nozuka, Kardinal Offishall, DRU and many others. In 2009, she was the only female director nominee for the MMVA’s. She was the winner of the Best Canadian Music Video award at the 2010 and 2011 Reel World Film Festival, and she became the first female director in 7 years to receive a nomination for Best Director for Classified’s highly successful single “Oh Canada” at the 2010 MMVA’s. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games used “Oh Canada” as an official song for the games, resulting in the music video being viewed by millions across the world – it landed a spot on Youtube Canada’s top video clips of 2010.
With a background in music videos, Chris Strikes has directed and/or edited a plethora of music videos, working with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Styles P, Ray J, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, Machel Montano and Jarvis Church. In 2013, Chris received his first MuchMusic Video Award nomination (Canada’s equivalent of the VMAs) in the Pop Video Of The Year category for Kardinal Offishall’s “Turn It Up” video featuring Karl Wolf. The video also landed in the top 5 of Much Music’s Top 30 Countdown.
In having transferred his talents from music videos to films, Chris has directed three short films: ONE NIGHT A STRANGER (2013), LITTLE WHITE LINES (2013) and AGAPE (2014), which have screened in festivals and film showcases around the world, including Cannes Short Corner, Prague Short Film Festival, Toronto Short Film Festival, African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase, and Hollywood Black Film Festival. Chris Strikes continues to create, developing film scripts, creating music videos and branding/promotional videos.
Spearheaded by Dwayne Holness, Corex Creative began as most ideas do: a simple observation. Through growing up in the Jane and Finch community, starting out as a self-taught graphic artist, and eventually training with some formal education Dwayne found that though talent was to be seen in the classroom it was alive and well in the community too. Some of the most original, and aggressively artistic designers were people he met throughout the communities he lived in. Young people with drive to succeed and to create but limited options as to how to make their artistry a viable and thriving career were mostly found on the other side of the classroom door, outside looking in.
One by one as Dwayne encountered artists chalk-full of potential but limited access to the working industry he brought them on board. Working with them on client projects, hobby creations, and tutorial sessions each designer found an outlet for their design expertise and an audience that was tuning in. This growth made Corex Creative not just an opportunity but also a necessity, a much needed way for others to get in and make their mark. Corex Creative is an agency that represents those that took the winding path to a career in design. An agency that promotes collaboration among artists to foster cutting edge digital media production. Corex Creative is an agency committed to happy artists, happy clients, and work that leaves us all creatively satisfied.
Rose-Ann Marie Bailey, is a Jamaican born artist who began using photography as a medium to document alternative images of Black people than those offered by the mainstream media. Toronto-based photographer, Bailey is a graduate of York University where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and Education degrees, as well as a Master’s in Education. Her research centres on the use of arts-based community research as health intervention for low socio-economic communities.
S8 Group of Companies
The creative and production landscape is undergoing constant change. We are S8 and we see this as an opportunity. We are a creative collective of global influencers, producers, directors and artists. We listen. We collaborate. We live and die by talent and drive. And when we work together, we have your back. S8 represents production, post production, music and experiential work. Where great creative is paramount, smart solutions are imperative, and rapid response is essential.We are S8. We turn heads. We drop jaws. Then we have a drink and start all over again.