Jeremy Reid and Erik Virtanen

By Rebecca West

Creative Mornings Montreal wouldn’t be possible without our vast team of dedicated volunteers. Each month we focus not only on producing a great event, but on capturing that experience so that we can share it with a wider audience online. Erik Virtanen and Jeremy Reid of Calibre Audio have been helping out with the post-production of our videos for the last six months or so. We wanted to get to know them a little better and find out why they got involved with Creative Mornings - see their answers below!

Between the two of you, you have diverse backgrounds in music, writing and sound design, how did you come to co-found Calibre Audio together last year?

It was pretty organic despite coming from different backgrounds. We met while working on a bunch of TV series, commercials, and documentaries together, where I (Erik) was Project Manager and Jeremy was the Re-recording Mixer or Supervising Sound Editor. It was a great team dynamic - along the way we worked with some extremely talented sound designers and music composers. Soon it felt like we had access to a deep talent pool and the right expertise for people to entrust us with their audio post-production.

What is Calibre Audio specialized in?

We take care of everything to do with sound after filming (or after visuals are produced, if animation or interactive media). We edit actors’ dialogue and the location sound, and then pad that with additional sounds to make it feel full and alive, or give it the creative spin the producer/director wants. To do that, we use sound design and Foley (recreating sounds in a studio, like the classic smashing a watermelon for a murder scene). We also bring in actors to record in any narration if needed. We hire composers to score the project or sometimes the producer/director already has music and we edit that in. Finally, we do a final sound mix and make sure it’s ready for broadcast television, web, or the theatre.


Calibre Audio worked on the show “Bite This with Nadia G” - airing now on the US Cooking Channel

You have both moved to Montreal within the last decade from Toronto and Vancouver respectively, what do you find unique about Montreal’s creative community?

We were both drawn to Montreal’s creative spirit. It’s an artistic test-lab of sorts, with visual artists, musicians, writers, designers, and technical innovators getting together and creating amazing things for the rest of the world to appropriate. And there’s a down-to-earth attitude about it all, which is extremely unique and special.  

When did you get involved with Creative Mornings and what inspired you to join our team?

I met Steve Bissonnette at a Social Media Breakfast Montreal event. He suggested that I come check out a Creative Mornings talk. The worldwide concept and the energy at the events was really something. We saw that they were filming the talks and offered to help out in any way we could. Creative communities have always been essential to our careers, so we wanted to get involved and help foster that.


Calibre Audio also worked on the documentary “Shuckers” premiering this November at the food film festival Devour!

Are there any other projects, either professionally or personally that you’re working on at the moment that you’re excited about?

Outside Calibre Audio, Jeremy masters music and produces electronic tracks as Wrong Jeremy. He recently released a 12” on UK’s Freelance and a single with a remix EP on My Favorite Robot Records which is currently in the Beatport Deep House Top 10 charts.

As for me (Erik), I’m also a screenwriter and currently have a feature film and two TV shows optioned, so I’m working on various drafts of those. And my wife and I are recording an indie-acoustic album with producer Joseph Donovan (Sam Roberts, The Dears).

For more about Calibre Audio, check out their website, Twitter and look out Erik and Jeremy at our upcoming events!

A quick look back at our #‎COLOR event last month. Wonderful timelapse by the talented Mr. Tayaout-Nicolas!

Un rapide coup d’œil à notre événement #‎COULEUR du mois dernier grâce au merveilleux timelapse réalisé par le photographe M. Tayaout-Nicolas.

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Last week the CMNSH team took to the streets of NY(!!) for the first CreativeMornings Summit! For the first time, HQ invited all chapter hosts & their team members to join together in Brooklyn for a two-day Summit. From Bogotá to Singapore, we gathered from 30 countries to exchange stories,…

La vidéo de la conférence de Jason Della Rocca est maintenant disponible en ligne. Visionnez-la maintenant!

The latest CreativeMornings/Montréal talk by Jason Della Rocca is now available online. Check it out!

By Rebecca West

Creative Mornings Montreal wouldn’t be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers. A large part of our tasks focus not only on producing a great event, but on capturing that experience so that we can share it with a wider audience online. Taran Matharu is one of our talented photographers who contributes to the rich and varied visual content that we create every month.

You seem to split your time between movie animation and photography – how does one creative practice influence the other?

I’ve being doing animation since 1999, professionally since 2002. Certainly throughout the years, animation has been a predominant force in my life.  Photography was always there, but more as a casual hobby. In my animation career,  my awareness to composition became more apparent over time, and as a consequence I started implementing more of that thought process in my photography.  With that basis, character animation and photography work hand in hand, for example I’m more aware of body silhouettes and framing in both animation (such as animating a shot in a movie) and photography. My career transition from game to movie animation in 2010 also definitely sped up my mastery of composition and framing, since I am constantly considering cinematography and body language.  


Taran Matharu image from our “Minimal” talk with Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël.

What inspired your move from London seven years ago, and what keeps you here?

I’m originally from a little town near London, called Slough (yes also where the popular Ricky Gervais show “The Office” is based). I moved to the South of England, Bournemouth, for a degree in animation for 3 years. After this, I moved all the way up north near Leeds for my first animation job at a games studio called Team17, famous for creating the “Worms” franchise.  I was there for 4-5 years until an agency saw my work from abroad and mentioned an opportunity to work in Montreal for another games studio. I was at a point in my life where I could take this kind of risk, and decided to go for it.  Almost instantly I fell in love with the city, the people and the culture here, and ended up taking residency in Canada… and the rest is history. I realised that Montreal is a huge hub for creative talent, so not only was I able to improve my animation credentials, but my photography also exploded.  The networking aspects of  social media and sharing my work have been huge - learning from others is always influential.  There are many animation studios in Montreal, so opportunities here are easy to come by. I’ve been doing a lot of photography work progressively year by year, again through exposure of social media or word-of-mouth. So I’ve also been fortunate in this aspect.  Montreal is a land of opportunities for the creative junky!

When did you get involved with Creative Mornings and what inspired you to join?

I first heard of Creative Mornings through my good friend Pierre Antoine, whom I met randomly on a shared road trip to Toronto 5-6 years ago. Our friendship grew and I then had the opportunity to meet Francis Gosselin. Over time, my photography work improved and I was given the chance to be part of this great organization.  I guess they liked my work :)

Taran Matharu image from our “Sex” themed Creative Mornings event with Emily Southwood.

Are there any other projects, either professionally or personally that you’re working on at the moment that you’re excited about?

I’m currently working on the feature film Le Petit Prince, directed by Mark Osborne.  It’s an English adaptation, while staying very true to the essence of the original books - a new story, with elements of the old. Its shaping up nicely.  As for photography, I’ve been doing a lot of portrait work, as well as several weddings. With all this stuff going on, I don’t have much time to do personal projects, but in a sense my professional work is personal also.

For more about Taran Matharu, check out his personal site, photography website or Flickr, and look out for his coverage of our upcoming events!

Le thème global de #CreativeMornings du mois de septembre est la #COULEUR. On se voit le 26 septembre prochain!

The global #CreativeMornings theme for the month of September is #COLOR or #COLOUR as we say in Canada. See you on September 26th!

Thank you squarespace / merci squarespace !!

Image by/par: Erin Jang (@erinjang)