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Creative Talk – David Aiken

Monday, September 20th, 2010

This is the second CREATIVE TALK VIDEO from 2009. There were 11 keynote speakers at CREATIVEMIX last year this was the talk that got it all going. Enjoy and share!-Corwin Hiebert

David Aiken (AKA The Checkerboard Guy) is a comedy juggler who’s passion for being on stage has lead him to come up with creative ways to ensure that being on stage happens on a regular basis. In his CREATIVEMIX 2009 talk David spoke on Finding Convergency When Juggling Creative Ideas.

Be it in the designing and building of his shows to his pursuit of performance opportunities in various markets (everything from street performances to working with Symphony Orchestras) to how he promotes himself to these markets, creative thinking is at the heart of identifying the challenges involved and coming up with innovative solutions. So clearly we had to give this guy a mic; besides, anyone who’s been able to make a living as a juggler for 28 years must be doing something right.

One of the great things about his keynote presentation is that he kicked-off the inaugural conference. His energy and insights were a perfect fit to launch the event and to get everyone engaged with what we wanted to accomplish. You can learn more about The Checkerboard Guy at:

David Aiken at CREATIVEMIX from CREATIVEMIX on Vimeo.

Keynote Speakers Announced on VIA

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The cat is out of the bag! Our web media partner Vancouver Is Awesome has made the first big announcement regarding our amazing keynote speaker lineup. They’re a ticket sales partner too (an affiliate) so when you click-through from their site and register on Eventbrite you’ll automatically be giving them some financial lovin’. We love VIA – don’t you! Be sure to love back and comment, tweet, and help spread the word in all forms.

CREATIVE TALK – David duChemin

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

This is the first of many CREATIVE TALKS. There were 11 keynote speakers at CREATIVEMIX ’09 and we’ll be sharing many of those presentations over the next few months. Enjoy and share!-Corwin Hiebert

David duChemin is a world and humanitarian photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader. David uses his powers for good and not for evil. David is a lover of the creative process; his CREATIVE TALK  at CREATIVEMIX ’09 was about Creativity within Constraint – unpacking why we’re more productive and ultimately more creative when we have deadlines and boundaries on our work.

Though his examples come from a photography workflow he leaves his craft at the door in favor of taking on creativity at large. Regardless of trade or role everyone will be able to take away something learned, inspiration, and you may even envision collaborating with a photographer in a new way.

You can follow David (@pixelatedimage), see his work or read his blog ( or read his ebooks (

David duChemin at CREATIVEMIX from CREATIVEMIX on Vimeo.

Kelly Deck at IDSwest

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Take_It_Outside_005CREATIVEMIX speaker Kelly Deck is presenting this weekend at the Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) – Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show.  Kelly will take the stage at 12:15pm on Sunday. IDSwest is a great event featuring 200 exhibitors showcasing quality products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers and media. Learn more at

Dirty Apron Open House

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

dirtyapronlogoI realize Dirty Apron Cooking School was just mentioned in the July Mashup post but we’ve received word this morning that they’re opening up the school this Saturday (August 8, 2009) for a sneak peek so we’re spreading the word. From 2-5pm be sure to swing by for the open house. It’s at 540 Beatty Street (between Dunsmir & West Pender, one building North of Chambar Restaurant) to check-out the store, the school, and meet the gang behind it all… especially chef David Robertson. Eileen and I will be there; hope you will too.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

July Mashup

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

jamble_product_imageOkay, don’t shoot me. I know it’s been awhile since my last post but I’ll make it up to you as this post is called the July Mashup as it features a number of bits (and bobs) that you’ll find groovy, cool, and creative gosh darnit.

First up – the mashup theme of this post has a not-so-hidden meaning. About 5 weeks ago we joined in the celebration of the launch of CREATIVEMIX’s very own Steve Rechtschaffner‘s latest project Jamble – an entirely new way to create and experience music on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Steve, and his No Robots Interactive team have knocked this little app out of the park!

The scoop is this: Jamble makes it super easy to whip-up wicked music mashups making you sound like a pro-DJ. Seriously – it’s really fun! At the launch party Eileen and I test drove Jamble and had an absolute riot! I stunk, Eileen’s got the skills though. If it wasn’t for the big 200-watt speakers I think I could have gotten the hang of it but I was way to self conscious. I was having the hardest time “spinning” The Pussycat Dolls and David Bowie without getting side tracked by Vanilla Ice (you know the song I’m talkin’ about) and my Gr.8 homeboy M.C. Hammer. Anywho – get the app – it’s crazy fun.

Next in line, in case you missed it, David duChemin’s new book Within the Frame is selling like crazy! His second book: Vision Mongers is set to come out this Fall. David’s wildly popular Pixelated Image Blog is a great addition to your RSS feed if you haven’t done so already.

If you’re a foodie, or an “eatie” then you’ll want to check-out The Dirty Apron Cooking School. The school opens August 12, 2009 and will be a premier culinary facility accessable to the average person. Here’s a little taste of what to expect:

The Dirty Apron Cooking School is Vancouver’s most exciting culinary playground.

It’s a place for amateur cooks, the curious and professionals alike to learn, explore, and unleash their inner chef.

It’s a joint venture between Karri and Nico Schuermans and former Chambar Sous-Chef David Robertson.

Two styles of classes are offered: hands-on and demonstration.

The demonstration classes are guided over two hours offering students a chance to watch, follow along, and then taste the results with the chef.

Both classes will be followed by a group dinner in the cooking school’s private dining room.

Some creative peeps of ours get a serious shout-out. Eoin Finn, Insiya Rasiwala, Karen Robertson, Judy Chambers, Saul Brown, Joan deVerteuil, and Jodi Carter gave rockin’ leadership and creative energy to the 7th annual Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest. Eileen and I proudly produce Canada’s largest outdoor yoga event with these amazing people all in the name of raising awareness and support for the Western Canadian Pediatric AIDS Society. Oh… and big blessings to our charity main-man Luke Balson (Exec. Director).

Our friends (and fellow creative mixers) Stephen and Jane Cox are cookin’ up Volume #7 of Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver. The skinny is that they’re aiming for late August or early September. So keep an eye on the site for the details.

Be sure to swing by the Jennifer Kostuik Gallery July 27 — August 9 to see Concepts to Draw Upon (drawings by Laura Bell, Aron Hill, Marianne Lovink, Jennifer Stead, and Reece Terris). This amazing gallery is in Yaletown (on Homer Street, between Helmecken and Nelson). The exhibition offers a fresh look at birds, microscopic organisms and large scale forests. Of special interest is a collection of Terris’s architectural renderings of scaled apartments from the decade of the 1960s to the year 2000. It’s a great space and continually has great exhibits. A must see.

Posted by: Corwin Hiebert

WTF Redefined

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

wtfcoverCREATIVEMIX speaker, and Vancouver’s very own, David duChemin has released his first book and let’s just say that WTF is an appropriate response to its success. Yeah – the shortname ranks high on the provocative list but that’s not what’s getting everyone’s attention. Within the Frame: A Journey of Photographic Vision is a powerful book that has a lot to say about the how-to of photography which is only the beginning. David has delivered an epic book that goes deep into the why. He inspires the pro (and the not-s0-pro) to find and express their vision photographically, specifically where people, places, and culture are concerned. PeachPit released the book just a couple weeks ago and the response has tripped the WTF radar when it comes to sales. Though still in the infancy stage of landing on shelves online sales at are through the roof.

The popularity of David’s blog PixelatedImage and his fast-growing Twitter community has propelled staggering feedback and book sales.  Follow him for just a few days and you’ll see that he’s clearly an exceptional writer, skilled communicator, lover of the craft, and coach for all kinds of “creatives”.

WTF is striking a chord in amateur and professional photographers alike and is connecting with people in a way that is setting itself up as a must-read for anyone who has ever looked through the lens of a camera. So, the skinny is: it’s a damn good book and David’s casual, impassioned voice comes through whether he’s talking about shutter speed or having tea in Cairo. You’ll want to buy a couple books, one to keep and one to give as a gift. Seriously.