Hoax Couture was founded in 1985 by lawyer Chris Tyrell and architect Jim Searle . Without formal fashion training, the Hoax duo began by selling T-shirts on the streets of Toronto. Within a year their first fashion collection was available exclusively through Holt Renfrew. Two years later, an internationally acclaimed menswear collection followed and really put Hoax on the fashion map. From there they soared to wholesaling men’s and womenswear to boutiques in Toronto, across Canada and around the world.
Since closing their Yorkville boutique in 2005, the designers have been creating couture fashions for clients from their Toronto showroom, as well as designing costumes for many different dance works, including several collaborations with Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie.
Daniel Taylor is a Canadian countertenor and early music specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies in English, philosophy, and music at the Faculty of Music of McGill University (Montreal) and his graduate work in religion and music at the Université de Montréal. Daniel Taylor continued overseas with leaders of the baroque movement including the countertenor Michael Chance.
Taylor has performed with: Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco, Rome, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera North and Munich, Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Les Arts Florissants, Academy of Ancient Music), and he regularly joins forces with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Fretwork and the King’s Consort.
John Oswald is a Canadian composer, saxophonist, media artist and dancer. His best known project is Plunderphonics, the practice of making new music out of previously existing recordings.
Oswald coined the term “plunderphonics” to describe his craft in a paper called “Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative” which he presented at the Wired Society Electro-Acoustic Conference in Toronto in 1985. Inspired by William S. Burroughs’ cut-up technique, Oswald had been devising plunderphonic-style compositions since the late ’60s.
Gordon Monahan’s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance.
A Toronto-based lighting designer and frequent collaborator with CLC, Simon’s previous works for the company include #lovesexbrahms (Dora Award), Looking for Elvis (Dora nomination), and From the House of Mirth.
He has created more than one hundred original designs with other companies including Factory Theatre, Fall for Dance North, Kaeja d’Dance, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Sudbury Theatre Centre, théâtre français de Toronto, Theatre New Brunswick, and Toronto Dance Theatre. He has received five Dora nominations for outstanding lighting design, winning the award twice, and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Composer, sound designer, musician and instrument maker John Gzowski has played banjo for opera in Banff, studied Carnatic classical music in India and played oud and guitar in jazz and folk festivals across Canada and Europe. His theatre work has won him 5 Dora’s, and another 7 nominations. Worked for companies like Shaw Festival, Luminato, the Mirvishes, MTC, Canstage, Soulpepper, Dancemakers, Red Sky, Tarragon, Factory Theatre and YPT in almost 200 productions.
Gzowski has played on numerous CD’s, with recent releases with Patricia O’Callghan, Tasa, and Autorickshaw as well as a Juno nomination with Maza Meze. He has run Canada’s first microtonal group, touring Canada playing the works of Harry Partch, composed and performed with several new music groups and worked as co-artistic director of the Music Gallery.
Jeremy Mimnagh works as a photographer, filmmaker, and projection & sound designer for performance. This interest in performance-based works has involved collaborations in contemporary dance, music and theatre. With still photography and film he has documented the creation of some of these works, leaving evidence of their ephemeral evolution. His still collections have been exhibited across Canada and internationally.
He has collaborated on sound and/or projection design with Peter Chin, Ginette Laurin, Peter Mettler, Sylvie Desrosiers, Jenn Goodwin, DA Hoskins, Guillaume Bernardi, Kate Hilliard, Laurence Lemieux, Daniel Brooks and Jennifer Tarver. Film credits include the short film: girl in mourning & a settling haze (co-created with Heidi Strauss), From Gentle Ashes and a film for Bravo! entitled Floating Construct (co-created with Peter Chin), and a series of films created around elsewhere in collaboration with Strauss and Laura Taler/Grimm Pictures..
Toronto composer James Rolfe (b. Ottawa, 1961) has been commissioned and performed by ensembles, orchestras, choirs, theatres, and opera companies in Canada, the USA, Europe, and New Zealand. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, the K. M. Hunter Music Award, the Louis Applebaum Composers Award, the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, SOCAN’s Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music Award, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the Outstanding Choral Work Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Communities.
Current projects include a dance theatre work with choreographer James Kudelka and writer Alex Poch-Goldin for Coleman Lemieux Compagnie, and a collaboration with chronobiologist Erin Fortier and media artist Jason Baerg for Continuum Contemporary Music and Subtle Technologies.
Born in British Columbia, Peters studied piano from age 5, and was an orchestral double-bassist before turning to composition full-time in 2001. Peters’ works include pieces for solo instruments, voice, string quartet, orchestra, and other varied instrumental ensembles.
His works have been performances in Canada, the United States and Great Britain; his film scores have been heard in international festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Internationale Filmfestespiele Berlin. Working mainly in tonal settings, Peters strives for direct and emotionally resonant musical communication, and enjoys collaborations with artists from other mediums.
Alex Poch-Goldin is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced internationally. He has performed residencies and developed projects for The Canadian Stage Co., Tarragon Theatre, Factory, Passe Muraille, Buddies, Cahoots and 4th Line Theatre. His plays include: Yahrzeit (Toronto Jewish Playwriting Award/German national tour); The Right Road To Pontypool, The Life of Jude, The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, Jim and Shorty and Internazionale. H
is plays Cringeworthy and This Hotel were both nominated for Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play. Alex’s opera The Shadow, (composed by Omar Daniel) had critical acclaim by Tapestry New Opera. He has developed projects for CBC Radio, Bravo! Television and was a nominee for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize for playwriting. He is the co-artistic director of Planet 88 Productions. Alex is also an acclaimed actor and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. Alex enjoys singing musicals with his daughter Chloe Babette when he isn’t making the best Montreal Smoked Meat in Toronto.