Steve Gadsden - President/Director/Composer
Steve Gadsden had his first guitar lesson at the tender age of 12. The song was Jingle Bells. He walked out, went to his friend’s place, and taught himself Purple Haze instead.
Insanely disciplined. But completely bent. That’s Steve G.
Which explains why Steve knows more about every facet of audio than any other humanoid. Be it TV, radio, shows, films, music, voice direction, sound design, Steve has lived it, mastered it, and won some shiny award at it.
Drew Frohmann - Director/Writer
Character Name: Drew Frohmann
Race: Cave Troll
Special Items: +1 Amulet of Hilarity +4 Quarterstaff of Sarcasm
Special Abilities: Resistance to Undead, Turning Scripts from LOL to ROFLMAO
Signature Move: Misdirected Rage
Tyson Kuteyi - Director/Composer
Tyson works with cool people. Sometimes he’s producing an official remix for Lady Gaga, a track for Nelly Furtado, or working on a mix with Kardinal Offishall. But luckily for us, Tyson’s ability to work 24 hours a day means he still makes time to work with cool people on award-winning ads here at TA2. So if you’re cool people, make sure to work with Tyson.
Simon Jain - Director/Composer
Little is known about his origins or the story of his upbringing. We do know that one of his parents was likely a synthesizer. The other, a colour theory professor who owned a record store. To categorize his brain would take more time than you have, so we will put it like this… there are galaxies inside there… and every project that he works on explores another one.
Experience in marketing, then advertising, then broadcast… where he worked for MUCH the last half decade, have earned him a reputation of excellence dipped in the fantastic.
When he’s not conjuring tales of revelry, he can be found curating sounds in the global electronic music scene, a highly recognized and appreciated artist in his own right. Sit with him for 5 minutes… and you’ll know why we dig him so.
Frank Rast - Director
Looking for a unique perspective on your next project? Look no further than Frank Rast. Between growing up in Johannesburg, his adventures through Europe, and his exploits in filmmaking, producing and editing, Frank brings an exciting new flavour to the TA2 potjiekos. (It’s a South African dish which Frank promises he’ll make us very soon.) Weiterhin möchten wir erwähnen, dass er fließend/verhandlungssicher Deutsch spricht.
Steve Convery - Director
You know that saying “I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know?” That kind of describes Steve as it relates to audio. Except he hasn’t forgotten anything.
He started young, and rose fast. A couple of his first jobs? Track Director on Bike Story, the single most memorable commercial in Canadian history. And Audio Producer on a little show called SCTV.
After running a couple of successful audio houses, Steve joined the TA2 family to focus on making new media sound better than you think it can.
Steve also has a beautiful family. And wonderful hair.
Clive Desmond - Director
Clive Desmond is a popular director with decades of experience. His style, though modern, often tips its hat to the best of the mid-century. He has won a Lion, a few Clios, and a Merit at the 2007 Portuguese Point of Purchase and Poster Festival. Clive was a co-founder at Louder Music, after which he was the scintillating part of Silent Joe. He has directed 275,006 celebrity voice-overs, none of whom did he befriend or sleep with. Mr. Desmond’s hobbies include drapery and window shades. Now he’s here at TA2 with some of his oldest and closest peeps, where we hope he’ll direct for another 1265 years.
Dana Gadsden - Executive Producer
Dana is the hub of all things TA2. She keeps the company and everyone in it running smoothly and efficiently. She is the source of all knowledge on things who, what, where, how, why and how much. Her hobbies include…well, being the hub of all things TA2.
Christine Leslie - Executive Producer/Director of Licensing
Christine has made a career of making the impossible possible.
Try producing multiple jobs, negotiating with ACTRA, and licensing a Beatles tune. All before EOD Thursday.
Christine has produced and licensed music from AC/DC to Elvis to ZZ Top for commercials, TV shows, and films. All with that smile the whole industry knows and loves.
Arianna Benincasa - Media & Culture Liaison
Arianna aka Little Miss Tiny is a true Gemini with a dual personality. One side a prim bun-head ballerina who nerds out on Renaissance paintings; the other a fearless rocker chick who plays drums and has partied with Aerosmith. Both sides keep very busy here at TA2. She’s our party planner, marketer, archiver, art curator, business developer and over-all awesome representative. She is mainly comprised of orange juice and Nutella.
Dave Clarke - Chief Engineer
Ever wonder what the love child of John Lennon and Jesus would be like?
Wonder no more. Meet Dave. He’s got the glasses. The hairiness. The musicality. And the serenity. When he’s not performing miracles in studio, Dave writes and plays bass in the indie folk group Little City. And Dave is already amassing disciples. Just check out this testimonial:
“[Dave] is flaming horseshit awesome.” – Lucy Todish, Sr. Manager, Advertising, Burger King Restaurants Of Canada.
Adam Png - Engineer
Adam doesn’t like to boast much in the way of experience, but secretly he is the master of all trades. He’s lived on a couch in Amsterdam. May have committed a slight B&E in Barcelona. Built his own computer out of organic, fair-trade parts. Worked in finance for a short time before realizing it sucked. Masquerades as a cat whisperer.
Brianna Todd - Assistant Engineer
Brianna went to Ryerson where she fell Crazy In Love with audio. From there we chose her over all the other Single Ladies to intern with us for a short spell, and her Flawless work ethic showed us that she was in fact Ready For This Jelly, so we hired her full time. One of the things that makes Bri Irreplaceable is the way she ensures every session not only runs right, but To The Left To The Left. So the next time you see her, say Halo.
Slater Groves - Assistant Engineer
Slater is a popular jock who excels in most sports (particularly football and amateur wrestling), but does not excel in the classroom. An Army brat, he is an outsider. Although Slater does not fluently understand Spanish, he occasionally speaks broken Spanish to the kitchen staff of the Malibu Sands Beach club. Slater and Zack often compete for many girls (including Kelly), which puts a strain on their friendship (one instance culminated in a brawl between the two early in Senior Year.) In the end though, their friendship is more important to them than any girl that would possibly come between them.
Lu Slone - Assistant Engineer
When you’re raised in a musical Haligonian Buddhist household, the extraordinary seems downright normal. Like starting a band with your buddy Ellen Page as a teenager. Or freestyle rapping your way to a meet-and-greet with Emily Haines from Metric. Even jumping off a 75 foot waterfall, travelling to 12 countries, and chatting with Woody Harrelson about vegan brownies must seem everyday. So we’re very happy Lu is bringing their extraordinaryness to every project Lu works on here at TA2.
Renée Chouinard - TA2 East Client Services
At TA2 even our Client Services people are insanely talented. Meet Renée. Not only is she great at her day job. She’s also an accomplished actress, singer, she can make clothes, and she’s removed concrete retaining walls with her very own jackhammer. Anyone else you know cool enough to own a jackhammer? Didn’t think so.
Lise Maher - TA2 West Client Services
Like everyone at TA2, Lise is waaaay more than just her job description. By day, she’s Lovely TA2 West Client Services Lise. But by night, she’s Lyric Soprano With The Toronto Operetta Theatre Lise. Or sometimes, she’s Co-Artistic Director Of Little Black Dress Theatre Lise.
And she does all this wearing incredibly functional and stylish toe shoes. Which makes us wonder if she’s also Deadly Ninja Assassin Lise.
Tracey Thorney - Finance Manager
Tracey may very well be the sweetest, most trustworthy person in the world. Which is a pretty good trait for the person who’s in charge of the money. Want to know how nice she is? She does Crossfit but only told us when we asked for something to put in her bio!
Zoe - Studio Therapist
Woof. Woof Woof. “Woof Woof!” Woof.