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Recap: ideaBOOST Master-Class and Networking Event

On Thursday, ideaBOOST held its Master Class and Networking Event at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street in Toronto, and featured expert insights from leading entrepreneurs in the technology space.

The interview-based Master Class included input from Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of STEM 7 Capital; Doug Cooper, Program Director for the Communitech Hyperdrive Accelerator; and Hussein Fazal, the co-founder of AdParlor (sold to Adknowledge in 2011).

Participants from the current Spring 2013 ideaBOOST Cohort and Affiliate Program were invited to attend for informal networking and the featured Master Class.

Here are some of the tips Sharma, Cooper and Fazal had for emerging startups:

“Really leveraging and accessing the mentor network – that’s important. I think the most valuable part of being in any program is the mentor network,” Sharma said. “It takes a lot of personal initiative to contact, to research the mentors, research their networks and be typically un-Canadian in their strategy of reaching out.”

According to Cooper, accountability is crucial.

“Startups need to make some real objectives that aren’t just vanity metrics like site visits, ad impressions. If you’re just trying to engage people, these metrics mean almost nothing. The key is being disciplined enough to capture a metric that isn’t easy to capture.”

“You have to keep talking to people, emailing — just keep hustling,” Fazal said. “Startups shouldn’t be afraid of being persistent and hearing ‘no’.”

See full photo coverage from the July 24 event here.

Be sure to stay tuned for updates on this exciting group of companies, as well as the ideaBOOST program.

Coming up: 40e festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal

This October 12-23 don’t miss the Festival of New Cinema in Montréal!  James Milward, alumni of the CFC Media Lab, will be doing a conference talk on Transmedia Storytelling.

The Festival of New Cinema is dedicated to the dissemination and development of new trends in cinema and new media. It acts as a springboard raising awareness of original, unpublished works, encouraging the development of auteur cinema and digital creation.

For 40 years this festival has welcomed filmmakers each year in Quebec from abroad into a friendly atmosphere where interactions between the the public and professionals is encouraged. The strength of the Festival of New Cinema lies primarily in its diverse programming and openness to all, centered on excellence and the presentation of original works. The festival has a network of international contacts and infrastructure unmatched in Montreal. A major event of the film landscape in North America Since 1971, the Festival of New Cinema has brilliantly shown its ability to evolve and adapt to the audio-visual practices most advanced in integrating new programming technology creation and diffusion. For 11 days, film, video, performance, multimedia works, interactive installations and other hybrid forms from artistic practices engendered by digital technologies come together in a single event: the Festival du nouveau cinema!

Visit nouveaucinema.ca for individual tickets or passes to the festival!

MEIC – AGM and FREE Membership Details!

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC)

Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 5, 2011

Come and join the MEIC during its inaugural AGM. This will be an opportunity to hear from companies the MEIC has worked with over the last year, learn how you can benefit from becoming involved as a member, and meet others working in the mobile industry.

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is a recently incorporated not-for-profit association that has grown out of an industry/academia consortium, founded by OCAD University in 2007, to form Canada’s only organization focused on design leadership and experience innovation in the mobile industry to accelerate sector growth in mobile content, services and computing.

MEIC now offers the first mobile-focused design incubator in the Greater Toronto Region operating on OCAD University’s campus at 205 Richmond Street West.

The association offers applied research and commercialization support, advisory services, conferences and workshops, and international outreach.

Since the MEIC is a brand-new association, we are offering attendees a Charter Association Membership.

This is a one-time offer to join for FREE, so please be sure to save the date!

This classification of membership will provide you with voting privileges at the AGM as well as discounts to workshops and partner events.

AGENDA
Vision
History – Company Presentation
Future Plans
Research/Policy
Global Outreach
Commercialization/Innovation – Company Presentation
Events
Membership
Formation of Working Groups
Financial Report
Board Election

CNMA 2010 Nominees Announced!

Last night, the Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA’s) announced their 2010 Nominees!

The CNMAs are the country’s only nationwide competition that clebrates the accomplishments of Canada’s most successful digital media companies. Now in its 10th year, the Canadian New Media Awards are a part of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s leading forum for the convergence of all forms of digital media, taking place November 29th & 30th, 2010 at the Design Exchange in Toronto. The CNMA gala ceremony will be held December 1, 2010, on the Trading Floor of the Design Exchange. The event is a four-part affair comprised of a pre-awards showcase, cocktail reception, awards ceremony and the much-anticipated after-party.

“We received more entries than any other year from almost every province in Canada, and we’re thrilled to be recognizing such a diverse range of companies and individuals. Every year the bar is raised with innovative creativity, entrepreneurship, and pioneering technology.”

- Jory Groberman, Executive Director of nextMEDIA


2010 CNMA CATEGORIES AND NOMINEES


Canadian new media company.
Start-up or established, it’s all the same category – the winning company will have taken digital media to the next level. Must make a minimum of $2 million in revenue.

• Frima Studio
• I Love Rewards
• Metroleap
• Syncapse Corp.
• Vision Critical

Promising New Company of the Year sponsored by RBC Royal Bank: They have a vision, a two-year game-plan, a team of enthusiastic stars and a regulation-sized pool table. Now all they have to do is rise above the fray and make their mark. Award for the “up and coming” company of 2010.

• Bitstrips Inc.
• Entrinsic
• Polar Mobile
• Trend Hunter

Digital Media Technology of the Year: Awarded to the piece of technology that will most radically change the media landscape. Technology can be software or hardware based. The technology must have been created by Canadian developers working in Canada at the time of its development and launch.

• dimeRocker, OverInteractive Media
• HootSuite, HootSuite Media, Inc
• ShinyAds, Shiny Ads
• Voices.com, Voices.com

Best in Canadian Culture – Interactive: Awarded to an interactive property which helps diverse Canadian communities share their stories and cultural collections—from national and provincial to municipal and local— with new and growing international audiences. Must add visibility to Canada’s cultural experiences through an online exploration of our heritage and culture.

• Days of Remembrance, Canwest
• Le Tapis rose de Catherine, Les Productions Rose Nanan
• Redress Remix, Stitch Media
• Tourism Montreal, Sid Lee

Best Cross-Platform Project: Recognizes excellence in interactive enhancement of a television property on digital platforms. Eligible projects could include games, websites and/or mobile applications associated with a television program.

• Inside Disaster, PTV Productions Inc.
• The Baxter Online Experience, Smokebomb Entertainment Inc.
• The NFB Test Tube with David Suzuki, National Film Board of Canada
• The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games from Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, CTV

Best Online Portal: An online video portal that distributes video content via the Internet or mobile technology. Videos can be any length or genre, and may include music videos, movies, news clips, videos, and full-length TV shows. Portals will be judged according to value of content for the audience, brand distinction, functionality and enhanced features such as social networking tools.

• CTVOlympics.ca and RDSolympiques.ca: Canada’s Digital Olympic Destination, CTV
• Doritos Viralocity, Proximity Canada
• Hot Docs Library, Hot Docs
• Urbania.ca, TOXA

Best Kids Interactive: Honouring excellence in the development of interactive platforms for both entertaining and informing children aged 13 and under. Entries include online video, websites, cross-platform media, and products with a digital environment.

• MY LIFE ME / 3etMoi, CarpeDiem Film & TV inc
• Overruled! You Rule, Smokebomb Entertainment Inc.
• RoboMath / RoboMatique, Project Whitecard Inc.
• The M.I. High Game: The Grand Mistress Mystery, Xenophile Media

Best Online Program, Series or Film: Recognizing excellence in the development of a production that is viewed exclusively by Internet audiences. Entries may include a factual or fictional production of any genre with no transmission on television or theatrical release prior to launch.

• Canadians in Haiti: Stories of Loss and Remembrance, CBCNews.ca
• En audition avec Simon, Radio-Canada
• GDP – Measuring the human side of the Canadian economic crisis, National Film Board of Canada
• RemYx, Vivavision

Best Mobile Application sponsored by Adenyo: Open to any application that delivers services to a mobile phone. This application demonstrates excellent functionality, innovation, audience reach and frequency, as well as excellence in the use of the capabilities of the mobile medium.

• 2010 Guide – Official Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Mobile Spectator Guide, Xomo Digital Inc.
• MyFoodFacts, Visdatec Inc.
• NFB Films Application, National Film Board of Canada
• Thumpies, Big Blue Bubble

Best Web-Based Game: Innovative games playable in a web browser created by Canadian developers for any market or audience. Entries may include games with either single or multiplayer experiences.

• Experience the Haiti Earthquake, PTV Productions Inc.
• Home Sweet Home Online, Big Blue Bubble
• One Ocean Interactive, Tactica Interactive
• Woozworld, Woozworld Inc.

Best Use of Social Media: Demonstrates excellent use of social media for business, arts, or community organizations. Must exhibit innovation in creating and connecting communities.

• Doritos Viralocity, Proximity Canada, Frantic Branded Content
• NOS Energy Drink Challenge
• Republic of Doyle, Republic Season 2, Inc.
• Thoora.com, Thoora.com

Best Online Advertising: Excellence in the creation, delivery and execution of online advertising campaigns. Including but not limited to video, gaming, mobile, websites, banners, pop-ups, microsites, email, digital out of home, and rich media. Entries will be judged according to level of user engagement, awareness, and use of medium.

• Gillette ProGlide, Proximity Canada
• K-Y Intimacy Experiment, Noise Digital
• Tic Tac Small Fun, Noise Digital
• Tourism Montreal – Montreal buzz, Sid Lee

Best Branded Entertainment: Demonstration of content that uniquely positions a brand, product or service within the context of a multi-platform entertainment experience. Must include online video content and one other component (merchandise, mobile, games).

• Cliff Your Ride, The Vacuum Design Inc.
• Pedigree Adoption Drive, Proximity Canada
• The Weak Shop, DDB Canada
• Urbania.ca, TOXA Community

Campaign of the Year: Excellence in the use of the digital medium for communicating with, advocating for and marketing to communities about social causes affecting the world. Methods of outreach can include all forms of digital media, including websites, mobile, and social technologies.

• It’s Time To Shout, Gravity Ltd
• Love Letters to the Future, Xenophile Media
• Pocheville.ca – Motel Biqoudi, Inpix
• The NFB Test Tube with David Suzuki, National Film Board of Canada

Special Achievement Categories

Executive of the Year:

• Alon Marcovici, CTV
• Michael McGuigan, Breakthrough New Media
• Ryan Holmes, HootSuite Media, Inc
• Yann Paquet, Reader’s Digest

Online Artist of the Year:

• Arcade Fire
• Deadmau5
• Down With Webster
• Hail the Villain

Producer of the Year:

• Pablo Vio, Jam3
• Philippe Lamarre, TOXA
• Thomas Wallner, Xenophile Media
• Victoria Ha, Stitch Media

Digital Media Woman of the Year:

• Guinevere Orvis, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
• Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Vancouver Film School
• Nadia G (aka Nadia Giosia), www.BitchinLifestyle.TV
• Ramona Pringle, PeakMedia

Collective Developer of the Year:

• Benoit Beausejour, Turbulent Media
• Boris Chan, Xtreme Labs
• Kris McLaughlin, The Vacuum Design Inc.
• Matt Fisher, marblemedia

Interactive Designer of the Year:

• Jason Kerr, Taxi
• Myron Campbell, Switch United
• Tyler Kealey, The Vacuum Design Inc.

For more info and to register…

I’m crossing my fingers for CFC Media Lab Alumnae, Victoria Ha (Stitch Media) for Producer of the Year!

CFC Media Lab Presents CLOSE ENCOUNTERS @ InterAccess Gallery

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS:

On Thursday, September 29, 2010, CFC Media Lab launched the prototypes created by Residents from the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 sessions of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program.

On Saturday, October 2, 2010, these prototypes were exhibited for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 at InterAccess Gallery.

CFC Media Lab Presents: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

A night of "Exploratory Play"...

"Exploratory Play"... IN 3D!

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 Exhibit: Zone C #19

Neighbourhoodie, Created By: Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, David McCallum

Unit N-O14, Created By: Camille Betts, Justin Ferrato

DruMeBa, Created By: Dee Balkissoon, Cathy Chen, Orla Garriques, Conor Holler

Voicings, Created By: Dawn Buie, Liz Gallo, David Goorevitch

I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies, Created By: Sharon Switzer, Featured Alumni Artist

A good-lookin' crowd being addressed by our fearless leaders...

Slawko Klymkiw, CFC Executive Director

Ana Serrano, CFC Media Lab Director

Jacqueline Nuwame, CFC Media Lab Senior Training Programs Manager

And what party is a party without decadent food!

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who made the night such a success!

For more photos…

Click here for more photos from the CFC Media Lab VIP Launch at InterAccess Gallery: picasaweb.google.com/113229431714491281154/CFCMediaLabPresentsCLOSEENCOUNTERS#

or check out our Flickr page here: www.flickr.com/photos/cfcmedialab

GREAT THANKS to our fabulous photographer, Trevor Haldenby: www.longexposure.ca

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2010: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and made last night’s VIP Launch such a success!

Make sure InterAccess Gallery (9 Ossington Ave.) is a stop on your route for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010!

Here is a preview of what’s there to explore!

I Should Be Dreaming of ButterfliesBy: Sharon Switzer
Voicings -
By: Dawn Buie, Liz Gallo, David Goorevitch
DruMeBa
By: Dee Balkissoon, Cathy Chen, Orla Garriques, Conor Holler
Neighbourhoodie -
By: Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, David McCallum
Unit N-O14 -
By: Camille Betts, Justin Ferrato

CFC Media Lab at 01 San Jose: A Great Success!

The 2010 01SJ Biennial (ZER01, San Jose) was a great success thanks to CFC Media Lab Alumni David McCallum, Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, Sharon Switzer, Angella Mackey, and Pearl Chen as well as CFC Media Lab Operations Manager, Leonardo Dell’Anno.

This festival is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations and citizens we have the tools to (re)build the world, conceptually and actually, virtually and physically, poorly and better, aesthetically and pragmatically, in both large and small ways.

Under the theme “Build Your Own World,” the CFC Media Lab led a series of workshops where participants made their Hoodie “zombie-tag” ready for a widespread, participatory game:

The making of…

01SJ Hoodie Play Workshop
01SJ Hoodie Play Workshop01SJ Hoodie Play Workshop

Project Hoodie Play is based on a wearable game by Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie and David McCallum created during their residency at CFC Media Lab’s TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program. (Special shout out goes to Kate Hartman, CFC Media Lab guest faculty for helping us design the workshop!)

Check out Project Hoodie Play in ACTION:

Also at 01SJ, CFC Media Lab and Art for Commuters founder, Sharon Switzer presented the “Best Of” works from the Art For Commuters library that speak to the theme of conscious creation.

Take a peek at the “Best Of” works here:

Also at 01SJ was Luke Jerram’s “Play Me I’m Yours” an installation in which 19 street pianos appeared on the streets of San Jose, CA (www.01sjpiano.com). Located in public parks, streets and squares, the pianos were for any member of the public to play and enjoy. This project was about enlivening the urban space and the community in places you would least expect it.

Check out the music video below featuring Canadian Jazz Artist, Ori Dagan (Produced by CFC Media Lab and Leonardo Dell’Anno):

CONGRATS TO ALL!

I can hardly wait to see Project Hoodie Play in action on Toronto’s streets this Saturday during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010.

So you think you’re the fastest Zombie in Toronto? PROVE IT! Make InterAccess Gallery (9 Ossington Ave.) a stop on your Nuit Blanche route and sign-up for a game of Zombie tag at 9pm, 12am, or 3am.

Come out and bring me coffee PLAY!

Culture Days is Fast Approaching!

Calling All Digital Creators!

Culture Days is a massive arts and culture party taking place in every province and territory across Canada this September 24 – 26, 2010 (in Alberta, September 17 – 19). The party takes shape in the form of thousands of free interactive activities for the public to enjoy and appreciate the inner world of artists and creators. Everyone connected to the creative process (including you!) is encouraged to join the movement by registering an activity at www.culturedays.ca

Activities can be as simple opening the doors to your studio and sharing your creative process as a designer, architect, artist or writer. Host a demo in person or online via UStream. The only requirements are that registered activities must be free, open to the public and interactive. The interactive component can be sophisticated or quite simple. For example, if you have an exhibit going on, you can add a simple interaction by offering a chance to meet the artists or to talk to the curators about the show, or finding a way to encourage dialogue among the public themselves.

If you can’t organize an activity this year, we hope you will help spread the word about cool Culture Days activities in your area. Every activity has its own page on the website with social media buttons to make it easy for you to share it with friends. Or make your own Top 10 list on Facebook. Show your support for culture!

For more information on Culture Days, please contact helenyung@culturedays.ca or visit www.culturedays.ca where you can search by postal code or keywords or browse by category or using the Google Maps Mashup.

Be a part of making culture free for all!

Full Coverage of CMTO10 on YouTube

cmto10

Check out the full coverage of Cross Media Toronto 2010 (CMTO10) now up on YouTube as a 13-part series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_hiHUhFtCY

CFC Media Lab and MaRS co-presented with Jumpwire Media to launch Cross Media Toronto on July 21st, 2010 at the MaRS Centre. Cross Media Toronto (www.crossmediato.com) featured heavyweight media industry executives who discussed perspectives on how transmedia content will be produced, distributed and consumed in a cross media environment, with a specific look at ways to incorporate cross media into business models.

With special appearances by CFC Media Lab Faculty and Alumni!

Segment #2. James Milward introduces his current project, “HERD” a Mobile, Geo-Locative based application: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBtAuxKxqdE

Segment #5. Demo by Adrian Carter, Director/Producer/Creative Director of Shark Teeth Films (www.sharkteethfilms.com): www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVtLl0af5A

Segment #6. Introduction by Ana Serrano, Director of the CFC Media Lab, to Colleen DeCourcy, Former Chief Digital Officer and Richard Bernstein, SVP Managing Director of Arc Worldwide : www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Z01LMjSqI

Segment #11. Case Study by Siobhan O’Flynn, Transmedia Consultant and CFC Media Lab faculty member: www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8iVz1mJKSo

I recommend taking a few minutes out of your Monday to go YouTubing down the web-stream!
Bombs away!

Save the Date, Toronto – Gentrification: The Game! Coming July 25

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Whether you’re a strategic collector of railroads or would rather invest in hotels on Mediterranean and Baltic, here is your official invitation and reminder to come out and play award-winning Gentrification: The Game! developed by Atmosphere Industries (www.atmosphereindustries.com) comprised of CFC Media Lab Alumnus and Guest Faculty Member, Kate Raynes-Goldie, with Luke Walker, David Fono and Alex Raynes-Goldie.

Gentrification: The Game! is a game*! But not your usual kind of game.
It’s a game that happens on the street, with sidewalk chalk, parades, and even a mobile web app if you feel like it. It’s called a Big Game by festivals like Come Out and Play in NYC, who awarded us Best in Fest and Best Use of Technology this summer, out of 40 other games from organizations like Disney Imagineering and NYU. Ditto for the Hide & Seek Festival in London, who are flying team across the pond this month for an ultra-exclusive edition of Gentrification: The Game: The British Expansion Pack.

But never fear! The party’s coming back to Toronto as part of Kensington Pedestrian Sunday (as promised: stabletalk.cfccreates.com/2010/05/28/gentrification-the-game-created-by-cfc-media-lab-alumnus/)

The Deets!

THE WHEN: July 25, 2010 at 1 PM
THE WHERE: Kensington Market, Toronto: Corner of Augusta Ave & Denison Sq (by Amadeus Cafe)
ADMISSION: FREE (but registration is advised because there will be a limited number of walk-ups)

Find out more and register to play at www.atmosphereindustries.com/gentrification

*Gentrification in a nutshell: 30 people, divided into teams of developers and locals, fight to collect real-life properties, build chain coffee shops, form BIAs, and bend the neighbourhood to their will. They’ll craft slick advertising campaigns, deliver impassioned speeches, and probably run around a bit. It’s part Monopoly, part public space hacking, and part something else entirely.

Coming up: 40e festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal

This October 12-23 don’t miss the Festival of New Cinema in Montréal!  James Milward, alumni of the CFC Media Lab, will be doing a conference talk on Transmedia Storytelling. The Festival of New Cinema is dedicated to the dissemination and development of new trends in cinema and new media. It acts as a springboard raising […]

MEIC – AGM and FREE Membership Details!

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 5, 2011 Come and join the MEIC during its inaugural AGM. This will be an opportunity to hear from companies the MEIC has worked with over the last year, learn how you can benefit from becoming involved as a member, and meet others working […]

CNMA 2010 Nominees Announced!

Last night, the Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA’s) announced their 2010 Nominees! The CNMAs are the country’s only nationwide competition that clebrates the accomplishments of Canada’s most successful digital media companies. Now in its 10th year, the Canadian New Media Awards are a part of nextMEDIA Toronto, Canada’s leading forum for the convergence of all […]

CFC Media Lab Presents CLOSE ENCOUNTERS @ InterAccess Gallery

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: On Thursday, September 29, 2010, CFC Media Lab launched the prototypes created by Residents from the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 sessions of the TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program. On Saturday, October 2, 2010, these prototypes were exhibited for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 at InterAccess Gallery. A great big THANK YOU to […]

CFC Media Lab Exhibition 2010: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and made last night’s VIP Launch such a success! Make sure InterAccess Gallery (9 Ossington Ave.) is a stop on your route for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010! Here is a preview of what’s there to explore! I Should Be Dreaming of Butterflies – By: Sharon Switzer Voicings – […]

CFC Media Lab at 01 San Jose: A Great Success!

The 2010 01SJ Biennial (ZER01, San Jose) was a great success thanks to CFC Media Lab Alumni David McCallum, Rose Bianchini, Kathleen Climie, Sharon Switzer, Angella Mackey, and Pearl Chen as well as CFC Media Lab Operations Manager, Leonardo Dell’Anno. This festival is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations […]

Culture Days is Fast Approaching!

Calling All Digital Creators! Culture Days is a massive arts and culture party taking place in every province and territory across Canada this September 24 – 26, 2010 (in Alberta, September 17 – 19). The party takes shape in the form of thousands of free interactive activities for the public to enjoy and appreciate the […]

Full Coverage of CMTO10 on YouTube

Check out the full coverage of Cross Media Toronto 2010 (CMTO10) now up on YouTube as a 13-part series: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_hiHUhFtCY CFC Media Lab and MaRS co-presented with Jumpwire Media to launch Cross Media Toronto on July 21st, 2010 at the MaRS Centre. Cross Media Toronto (www.crossmediato.com) featured heavyweight media industry executives who discussed perspectives on […]

Save the Date, Toronto – Gentrification: The Game! Coming July 25

Whether you’re a strategic collector of railroads or would rather invest in hotels on Mediterranean and Baltic, here is your official invitation and reminder to come out and play award-winning Gentrification: The Game! developed by Atmosphere Industries (www.atmosphereindustries.com) comprised of CFC Media Lab Alumnus and Guest Faculty Member, Kate Raynes-Goldie, with Luke Walker, David Fono and […]

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