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That’s a Wrap!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Images by Jeremy Lim

Wow! That was fun! The 2011 conference was an smash hit! Check-out Jeremy Lim’s Flickr set to get a feel for what took place and who was mixing it up! I’ve posted my opening remarks on

This event would not have happened without the leadership and support of the following people:

  • Eileen Rothe (super duper Co-Producer extraordinaire)
  • Boca del Lupo (Presenting partners who are to cool for school: Jay Dodge, Sherry Yoon, Carey Dodge, Kent Gallie, Craig Laven)
  • The Roundhouse (Marie Lopes, Matt Frankish, and “The Crew” – not a rap group)
  • Stephanie Kirby (the masterful event planner, make-things-happen-girl)
  • Destin Fall Haynes (making the deep-end look like a walk in the park)
  • All our volunteers! Oh man! What would we have done without you!
  • Jeremy Lim (memory maker and fabulous picture taker)
  • Michelle Sexton (Ethical Bean‘s coffee ambassador and bringer of ‘the good stuff’ – no, not that kind)
  • Bruno Gerves (Firefly Wines & Ales for the good, GOOD stuff – yep, that kind)
  • Kyle N. (Savoury Chef Foods – yum yummies – and all that!)
  • Crissy Arseneau (bringin’ the Opus Art Supply action for exhibitor Jose Rivas)
  • Jasper Sloan Yip (Mr. music has got the skills yo!)
  • Maria in the Shower (groovy tunes made that beer go fast)

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

A Quickie (update that is)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Well – it’s finally here! CREATIVEMIX is happening this week! There’s just a few spots left so grab your conference pass before it’s too late. Speaking of the 11th hour… here’s a quick update for you:

Jeff Harrison has hog-tied Ian Grais and shipped him to Mexico in a barrel full of Skittles candy. He’s claimed the Rethink (Agency) spot on the roster and is the lead-off keynote presenter at CREATIVEMIX 2011. His clients have included Solo Mobile, Dose, The Canadian Press, Coast Capital Savings, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Bootlegger, Opus Hotel and Alliance Atlantis. Jeff’s work in print, identity, packaging and branded retail environments has been featured internationally in design periodicals and award shows such as Communication Arts, AR100, London International Awards, Ad and Design Club, Applied Arts, New York Festivals, Print Magazine, How Magazine, I.D., Creativity, Graphis and The One Show. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy award.

By the way – The Grow Project has been added to the CREATIVE EX. This public art project situated on the periphery of the Olympic Village in South East False Creek, Vancouver. Presented by Other Sights – a non-profit society dedicated to challenging perceptions, encouraging discourse and promoting individual perspectives about shared social spaces.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Posted by Corwin Hiebert



Have you “bean” to CREATIVEMIX?

Friday, October 28th, 2011

How’s this for a groovy giveaway! The next eight people who register for CREATIVEMIX get a free 340g bag of freshly roasted organic/fairtrade Ethical Bean coffee. The MIX Lounge is anchored by this amazing Vancouver-based roasting company and not only do they serve up great coffee (by donation) throughout the day but they have those crazy yummy mini-donuts! Ah ya! Ready, set, sign-up!




Press Release

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Artists and Creative Workers Gather for a Professional Development Mash-up

(Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver’s leading creatives agree that industry inbreeding is so very old-school (in a bad way). Success as an artist or creative professional requires a diverse skill set and a broad network. Enter CREATIVEMIX – Vancouver’s only annual ideation conference. Thursday November 3rd Vancouver-based idea makers, movers, and shakers will gather to share their experience and explore the common thread of creativity and collaboration. The heavy-hitting lineup of 8 keynote speakers includes actor and writer Hiro Kanagawa (story editor on the acclaimed CBC dramas Da Vinci’s Inquest, Da Vinci’s City Hall, and Intelligence and currently works for the gritty rez drama Blackstone) who will be presenting a keynote message titled: Terminal City on the Trans-Cyberian: Why and How Vancouver can be a Global Hub for Transmedia Production.

This conference, in its third year, is no longer Vancouver’s best-kept secret. CREATIVEMIX has earned its mark as the breeding ground for creative innovation, education, and interdisciplinary networking. Other conference presenters include TJ Galda, Senior CG Supervisor (Electronic Arts Canada) who’s personal credits include work on feature films like Shark Tale, Kung Fu Panda, and Fantastic Four; as well as, Ian Grais (ReThink Canada) whose art direction is ranked #1 in Canada ten years running.

Other keynote sessions include talks from Bruce Haden (architect), Graeme Berglund (co-founder of The Cheaper Show), Dave Delnea (photographer), Dr. Ben Kadel (social physiologist), and Mara Gottler (costume design). “Too many creative people are isolated in their work, either in their craft or industry” says CREATIVEMIX co-producer Corwin Hiebert “It’s our ability and willingness to be creative within the context community that will elevate our work to a place where it can get noticed and make a difference”.

The big buzz around the conference is the CREATIVEX: a free showcase featuring displays of ideas, projects and collaborations from a diverse array of disciplines. Open to the general public, the exhibit will feature works from various artists including the next generation of creative leaders from Capilano University’s IDEA program, Langara College, and VanArts. Fine artist Jose Rivas will be in-action as he produces in real-time an interactive painting installation (in partnership with Opus Art Supplies).

Anchored by a pop-up Ethical Bean Coffee shop and a performance stage, the MIXLounge is at the centre of it all; live music performances are by indie-folk rocker Jasper Sloan Yip and the eclectic sounds of Maria in the Shower. This networking venue is a great place to connect with likeminded creatives.

CREATIVEMIX is a one-day Ideation Conference held on Thursday, November 3rd 9am to 6 pm in Yaletown’s Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. The cost to register is $99 and includes lunch and refreshments, passes to attend the keynote sessions, workshops, as well as the “Think & Drink” post-event networking event. CREATIVEX, the creative exhibition is free and open to the general public from 9:00-4:00 pm. The conference is co-presented by Corwin Hiebert and Eileen Rothe (Red Wagon Management) and Boca del Lupo. For more information, visit

Media Want to Attend? Got Questions?
Co-Producer: Corwin Hiebert
Cell: 604-803-2019
Office: 604.569.6544

Download PDF: CREATIVEMIX 2011 Press Release


Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

You’re going to love this! The last session ends at 4:15pm on Thursday, Nov.3 but that is not the end of things, it simply signals the begining one of the best after-parties ever! Okay, okay, I know it’s stupidly early for an after party but you’ll just have to deal with it. At least it will be dark outside.

The MIX Lounge stage will feature a cut-down version of Maria in the Shower – a folk cabaret band that brings groovy accordian, trumpet, guitar, and upright bass sounds together into an eclectic vibe that will make for an unbelieveable experience. I’ve seen them perform and they oooze culture and atmosphere. The Think & Drink reception is always a highlight for Eileen and I; not because the event is almost done :) or because at the end of a long day we want to drink beer (well….), it’s just freakin’ awesome to connect with everyone. The mingling and networking that takes place throughout the day is great but the Think & Drink is when ideas and collaborations really seem to really flow.

I hope to see you there! Well, you have to buy a conference pass to get in. So do that first, THEN I’ll see you there.

Posted by Corwin Hiebert


Just Call Him Bruce

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Bruce Haden has been added to the keynote roster!

Bruce’s architectural and urban design work has been recognized globally (because he’s a big deal), particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design of the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos (because it’s awesome). He has extensive experience in institutional, social services, residential, retail and First Nations projects (we’re okay with a little bragging) with work ranging widely from wastewater treatment plants (yuk) to cafes (yum).

FYI – Next week we’ll start talkin’ up our exhibitors so stay tuned! And if you dig the fact that we’re promoting the conference without the use of posters or printing of any kind… please help us spread the word by emailing your friends and co-workers (or “like” and “tweet” us) – thanks!

- Corwin Hiebert

Concert by Jasper Sloan Yip

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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CREATIVEMIX is proud to announce Jasper Sloan Yip as a special musical guest at this year’s conference. He takes the MIX Lounge stage at 12:30pm – it’s a free concert BTW!

Dig his music? Then cast your vote before 5pm tomorrow! Visit The Peak Performance Project voting site!

Straight Shooters

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

I don’t know how to put this… but… they’re kind of a big deal.

Everyone in Vancouver knows that Thursday is when the Georgia Straight comes out. It’s a staple in coffee shops and offices, it’s the go-to rag for left-leaning rants, arts reviews, who’s hot, and the goods on music, events, and other local on-goings. The cover of the latest issue features chef David Robertson (Dirty Apron Cooking School) and it suddenly struck me… in the last few months three CREATIVEMIX alumnists (keynote speakers from either our 2009 or 2010 conferences) have be on the cover of The Straight! Steven Cox (Cause+Affect) and Dan Mangan (New Album – Oh Fortune) make up the rest of this cover boy trio.

I think that’s pretty damn cool.

I don’t really have a point here. I simply wanted to mention that our keynote speakers, both past and present, are top-dogs in Vancouver and we’re very proud, and honoured to have such a great roster of local talent who are willing to share their insights on creativity and collaboration. Each year our speaking team delivers the goods and I’m really excited about this upcoming conference! I hope you are too!

Hey – I wonder which of our 2011 speakers will end-up on an upcoming cover of The Straight?

Posted by Corwin Hiebert

Call for Volunteers

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Image by Jeremy Lim.

Interested in volunteering at this year’s CREATIVEMIX? If you’d like to join our event team simply complete the online volunteer sign-up form:

There is a LOT going on at this event and we need a crew of volunteers that are ready to be busy but also have a great time. We believe that volunteering should be fun! As a “thank-you” we will provide you with a complimentary conference pass so that you can enjoy the event too! And don’t worry, we’ll provide you with yummy food and refreshments.

Our volunteer roles are broken out into 4-hour shifts, most of which are from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; we’re happy to do what we can to work with your schedule. Volunteer positions will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.

Thanks again for considering being involved in!

- Eileen Rothe – Producer

Keynote Speakers Announced

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

CREATIVEMIX is proud to present its 2011 speaker roster. This year’s invited speakers are an amazing blend of successful and talented creative professionals who can deliver the goods. They’re an accomplished bunch and we’re confident that you’ll be inspired and challenged by these Vancouver-based artists, leaders, and entrepreneurs:

  • Hiro Kanagawa (TV/Film/Theatre)
    His IMDB page is longer than… well, it’s really long! X-Files! Smallville! And don’t even get us started on his stage work.
  • TJ Galda (Digital Arts)
    His work at Electronic Arts doesn’t even begin to convey his skills and passions; he’s got his fingers in a whole bunch of pies.
  • Ian Grais (Marketing and Advertising)
    Ranked the number one art director and the number one co-creative director in the country for the past decade. Geesh.
  • Graeme Berglund (Art and Design)
    Talented, renowned, and the dude that we all know and love from The Cheaper Show. He’s infected with collaboration-itus.
  • Mara Gottler (Costume Design and Fashion)
    The consummate pro. Designed “The Tempest” with Robert Lepage. Has her own clothing line. Coolio!
  • Dave Delnea (Commercial Photography)
    One creative SOB! An advertising photographer and creative collaboration advocate who lands the coolest gigs.
  • Ben Kadel (Social Psychology)
    Our secret weapon. He helps creatives do important work (AKA find their sweet spot) and avoid being misunderstood or a martyr.
  • Animal (Muppet and Musician)
    Just kidding, we’ll announce the eighth presenter shortly.

These keynote speakers will share their thoughts on creativity and collaboration. They’ll provide tangible insights into how you can grow your creative potential. This is not a show-n-tell event, they’ve been charged with the mandate of helping you in your effort to be creative and productive within the context of community.

This one-day conference is a professional development event that focuses exclusively on creativity, collaboration, and community. It’s industry agnostic and it’s the most exciting conference in Vancouver for emerging and established professionals, artists, and small businesses that embrace the task of doing creative work.

Conference Update

We’ll be announcing a few more things over the next few weeks (eighth keynote presentation, live music line-up, featured exhibitors, and more). Online registration is available and due to the fact that we’re expecting a sell-out you’ll want to purchase your tickets sooner than later (seriously).

Get with the Program

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The venue for this year’s conference is…. drum roll please… the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre! Bet you didn’t see that coming! :) CREATIVEMIX and the Roundhouse are a perfect fit and we’re thrilled to have the continued support of the Roundhouse and The City of Vancouver.

Our partnership with the Roundhouse is featured on Page 19 of their current program guide – if you didn’t get one in the mail you can check it out online.

Roundhouse Fall 2011 Program Guide



Monday, September 12th, 2011

Image by Jeremy Lim.

We’re preparing for the third annual CREATIVEMIX and I can say that, without a doubt, November 3rd will be the best conference yet!

I really can’t believe we’re in our third year – that’s a big deal as far as I’m concerned. It speaks to the passion we have in this beautiful city for idea-making and idea-sharing. It’s an amazing thing to see artists and creative workers pursue professional development outside of their craft and industry. The idea that creativity and collaboration bring us together, and that we can learn from each other, is a very special thing.

With the Call for Submissions going public today it very much feels like the official kick-off but this Fall’s event has been in the works for months and our team is starting to get really excited!

First off, for those that are eager to hear about our speaker line-up… our eight keynote presenters will be announced later this month. Why the wait you ask? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: we only invite one speaker per industry and it’s a very collaborative process; oh, and we’re very picky – and we don’t rush it. We’re close to finalizing our roster so sit tight. If you’ve attended before you know that I’m not blowing smoke – we deliver, or should I say, our speakers deliver. Moving on.

Secondly, I want to highlight a very important change to CREATIVEMIX – it’s one that you probably won’t notice but it’s made a huge difference to those of us involved. The team behind the conference is the same but with one very special difference – the event is now proudly produced through the innovative and dynamic theatre company Boca del Lupo. Eileen Rothe and I are still the producers but we now work even more closely with Jay Dodge, Sherry J. Yoon, Carey Dodge, and Kenji Maeda. We’re honoured to have such a deep connection to such an amazing group of talented, passionate, and hardworking people.

Thirdly, we’re taking another big step in the effort to make this a very eco-friendly event. As you may already know – we don’t use name badges or have schwag bags, printed tickets, or have a program guide or use single-serving/plastic anything. We serve local, organic food (and beverages) and we don’t make event apparel or put our logo on stuff. And for this year’s conference – we’re not even making posters. No printing. None at all. Our promotional campaign will be 100% digital. We’ve got some groovy stuff in the works which you’ll see in a couple weeks or so. So, if you dig this – then be a pal, and share CREATIVEMIX with your social networks and you’ll be helping to say “NO” to event-crap.

Be creative!

- Corwin Hiebert

Save the Date

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Image by Jeremy Lim.

Hello. You’ve reached THE CREATIVEMIX HOTLINE, to learn about this year’s conference please press #1.

Oh man! We’re so freakin’ excited! November 3, 2011 is the day that creativity and collaboration collide in Vancouver in the name of helping creative people gain the inspiration and insights they need to thrive as artists and services providers. This is a cross-industry, non-profit-meets-business-sector mash-up that is unparalleled in Vancouver. It’s a professional development day and a creative showcase like no other.

Back for its third year, CREATIVEMIX will be held at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Yaletown and it’s going to be bigger-n-better than ever! The team behind the conference is the same but with one very special difference – the event is now proudly produced through the innovative and dynamic theatre company Boca del Lupo.

There’s a TON of info to come, including the Open Call for Submissions to have your creative project or business featured in the CREATIVE EXHIBITION and the speaker roster of course! Be sure to follow the updates on the blog, on Twitter, or Facebook.

And because it’s fun… I did want to mention something that made us smile: Anoop Aulakh (Co-Founder of, Advisor at SIFE Simon Fraser, and a cool social entrepreneur guy) had this to say about his time at CREATIVEMIX:

“CREATIVEMIX provides a new way of looking at what a conference can be. From the speakers to the delegates, CREATIVEMIX brings together people from different spaces who are clearly passionate about what they do. Looking forward to seeing what next year brings!”


Posted by Corwin Hiebert

More Post-Event Buzz

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

VanArts blogs about their experience in the CREATIVEEX:

Blog post from the peeps behind “The Tree of [Un]common Knowledge”:

Post Event Buzz

Monday, November 8th, 2010

The 2010 conference was a huge success! Want to see what all the buzz was about? Take a look:


CREATIVEMIX 2010 – Event Day from CREATIVEMIX on Vimeo.

Flickr Set (by Jeremy Lim):

VanArts CREATIVEEX Display – Stop Motion Clip:

Stop-Motion Jam @ Creative Mix 2010 from VanArts on Vimeo.

Mighty Ugly CREATIVEEX Display – Time lapse:

Sharon Barnes Blog Post:

Leah Gregg Blog Post:

Setup Day

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It’s almost time! The conference is tomorrow and The Roundhouse is currently being converted into CREATIVEMIX! Here’s a quick pic of our entrance wall. Groovy eh?

Follow the chatter using the following hashtag: #creativemix

See you soon!

Think & Drink Action

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Oh man! Am I so freakin’ excited! The guys at Storm Brewing are totally dialed in to our Think & Drink! We’ll have two of the best craft brews on tap and ice cold which means if you love the idea of drinking fresh, amazing, local beer at the end of a hard day conference-ing then you’re gonna have the time of your life! Good thing CREATIVEMIX is right next to the Canada Line.

Don’t worry – they’ll be wine too.

Remember – every dollar and every dime from the Think & Drink (5:00pm-6:30pm) go to support Arts Umbrella. Here’s a bit more about the beer we’ll have on tap:

While hugely popular in Scotland, this style of beer escapes most North Americans. Designed and brewed by the Scottish punk rocker David “Malty” Macanulty, this creamy, nutty, malty, dark ale is true to its origins. David drives James crazy over this beer, insisting on rigid fermentation temperatures, traditional mild hops for bittering, and even some weird caramelizing ritual as the kettle is being filled. The beer continues to undergo subtle evolutionary changes because the stubborn Scottish bastard will never be satisfied. 5% ABV

A true North German Style Pilsner. Light in body and packed full of Czech Saaz hops. The distinctive Pilsner aroma and dry, refreshing taste make a great accompaniment to a hot Vanouver day. 5% ABV

Turn to Page 14

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Just a quick shout out to our amazing partners The Roundhouse – CREATIVEMIX is on page 14 of the Fall/Winter program guide. We think that’s totally awesome! The Roundhouse is a beautiful venue and is a perfect fit for our conference; we’re just so darn glad for their involvement. So, if you’ve got your hands on one of those mags then be sure to turn to page 14, made a big nodding motion with your head and say “Mmmmmm… interesting!” really loud.

Chocolate PLUS Rock & Roll

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Pic The Poster
The next time you see the conference poster think: CHOCOLATE! Take a picture of yourself (or a friend) in front of the CREATIVEMIX poster then upload it to the Facebook Page or tweet it out with BOTH hashtags #creativemix and #minkchocolates. Your picture enters you into a draw for a yummy gift from Mink Chocolates! This contest closes October 15th at 11:59pm. Our favourite flavour is Navel Gazing – what’s yours?

If you’re new to the site or are looking for a quick snapshot of what November 4th is all about:

Creativity Rocks
CREATIVEMIX is about the process of making, and making a living from, ideas. This conference is for everyone who depends on their creative output – whether it’s a small or big part of your work. So often “creatives” gather to hone their technical craft; however, skills are simply not enough. By leaving your skills at the door and focusing on expanding your creativity, you’ll gain inspiration and a new mindset around this invaluable medium. This conference will give you the best of both worlds: a jolt of creative energy and new tools to bring your ideas into reality.

Collaboration Rules
CREATIVEMIX is about creating within the context of community. Creative people often work in isolation but to be successful we need to share and connect with likeminded people. The program will consist of two engaging workshops and 8 inspiring keynote presentations by Vancouver-based creative leaders who will unpack the goods on how to foster and manage creativity, fan new ideas into fruition, and promote the cross-pollination of creative concepts. And it doesn’t stop there: The exhibition space is packed with displays of creativity and the MIX Lounge is an awesome place to, well… mix. Learning and interacting with these creative leaders means that you’re experiencing, and contributing to, the creative mix of Vancouver.

Poster Revealed

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

In about two weeks we’ll be spreading the word with this groovy poster! We’re really excited about the look and feel of this year’s design as it’s playful, eye-popping, and gives passer-byers a great snapshot of what to expect. If you want a poster of your own simply reach out and ask otherwise, keep an eye out for them and be sure to point at it and say in your outside voice “WOW! CREATIVEMIX! Neat. I’m going to go to that cool looking conference!” Thanks to the team at Hangar 18 Creative Group for their inspiration and effort in making this stunning visual tool.