Astral Out of Home Announces 2015 Finalists of CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES Competition

— May 4, 2015

? 10 finalists per market selected in Toronto, Montréal, and Western Canada –
? CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES will announce one winning creative team in each market in late May –

Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, announced today the 30 finalists of its sixth annual CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES – a competition for creatives, by creatives. Since its launch in mid-March, agencies have been submitting original out-of-home advertising pieces in Toronto, Montréal, and Western Canada. In all, the 2015 Carte Blanche competition received 239 submissions, while nearly doubling its participation in Western Canada this year. The Top 10 most clever pieces in each market were selected to comprise the short-list announced today. Top 10 finalists by market: TORONTO
  • Andrew McKenzie and Bernice Lo (Cundari)
  • Andy Ng and Jonathan Smith (Blue Hive)
  • Alex Lacroix and Tyler Copoc (Zulu Alpha Kilo)
  • Brian Sheppard, Rachel Kennedy, and Shauna Roe (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • Darrel Knight and Marilyn Davis (Blue Hive)
  • Dave Fontaine and Justin Turco (TAXI)
  • Gabrielle Makarewicz and Peter Kosciolek (Sid Lee)
  • Jason Kerr and Marko Pandza (TAXI 2)
  • Jordan Dunlop and Ryan Chiasson (Sid Lee)
  • Jordan Hammer and Spencer Dingle (Ig2)
  • Laurel Cole and Paul de la Merced (Grip Limited)
  • Alex Béland and Alexis Caron-Côté (BleuBlancRouge)
  • Alex Bernier, Eric Chavagnac, Francis Gervais et David Lambert (Sid Lee)
  • Antoine Bécotte, Simon Casper and Alexandre Émond-Turcotte (Cossette)
  • Ambre Chekly, Antoine Bécotte, Annika Ramchandani and Richard Rochette-Villeneuve (Cossette)
  • Étienne Mérineau and Pascal Tremblay (DentsuBos)
  • Jack Latulippe (Les Évadés)
  • Jacynthe Hens and Joël Letarte (FCB Montréal)
  • Kristina Landry and Miriam Rondeau (DentsuBos)
  • Luc Dupéré and Étienne Goulet (Tank) Jacynthe Hens et Joël Letarte (FCB Montréal)
  • Philippe Comeau and Frédéric Tremblay (lg2)
  • Arrabelle Stavroff and Chris Moore (Rethink)
  • Barbato Martiniello and Emma Quiroz (Sid Lee)
  • Brad Connell and Chris Lihou (WAX)
  • Brandon Levesque and Brock Harrison (Starburst)
  • Cameron Spires and Grace Cho (Cossette)
  • Craig LePan, Jim Gott, and Nathan Atnikov (FLIPP)
  • Cherry Hung and Jessica Liew (Norse Digital Inc)
  • Eric Seymour and Jordon Lawson (WAX)
  • Erich Gerl and Ryan Semeniuk (TAXI)
  • George Lin and Matt Mitchell (Cossette)
  • Jordan Finlayson and Teresa Leung (Trigger)
Finalists will now move on to the second and final phase of the competition – selection by a jury of creative experts representing all participating agencies. These creative gurus will determine the winner in each market. The three winning pieces will each receive an Astral Out of Home campaign valued at $50,000 and a trip to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Winners will be announced in late May. “We are thrilled to see the excitement surrounding the sixth annual CARTE BLANCHE FOR CREATIVES,” said Lucy Collin Vice-President, Marketing and Innovation, Bell Media Sales. “We received more submissions this year than ever before and the calibre of entries was simply incredible. The industry really put their energy, creativity and enthusiasm behind these submissions and we can’t wait to have those creatives proudly displayed on Astral Out of Home products all over the country.” The Carte Blanche competition is based on agencies creating and submitting a new, out-of-home ad for a client at There is no creative brief and entrants are given “carte blanche” to develop a concept. Ads are then open for voting from the creative community who will determine the Top 10 finalists in each market. A jury comprised of participating agencies are then brought together to determine the winning submissions from May 4 – 7. Carte Blanche was conceived and developed by Astral Out of Home in 2010 to support and reward creativity within advertising agencies in Montréal and Toronto. Highly anticipated by the creative community every year, the competition has since grown to include Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. To catch up on the latest Carte Blanche news, visit the competition website or follow Carte Blanche on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Astral Out of Home

Astral Out of Home, a division of Bell Media, is one of Canada’s leading out-of-home advertising companies with over 10,500 advertising faces strategically located in the Québec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia markets. Driving innovation on one of the country’s most dynamic media platforms, Astral Out of Home is committed to staying at the forefront of the latest technological trends, offering advertisers the opportunity to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect with consumers. For more details, visit