Topher Stott :: Co-Founder + Music Director/Creative Director
Topher is of two minds. One mind focused on creativity and music, the other on the business of innovation. Equally at home on the bandstand and in the boardroom, he believes strongly in creative strategy from the start, and taking chances whenever and wherever they are available.
As a musician, Topher has performed live with a variety of artists including Jeff Healey, Phillip Sayce, Classic Albums Live, Sara Kamin, Rik Emmett, Blair Packham, Bruce Gordon, Derek Kai, Dj Carlos, Cherone Moore, Morgan David, Lyle Crilly, Karen Durrant, Janet Whiteway, Stop Die, Andrea Florian, George Grossman, Bob Reid, and Jake Chisholm. In the studio, Topher has recorded numerous cds with independent artists and has played on jingles/productions for companies such as Microsoft, Bausch and lomb, Catelli Pasta, Uniden Communications, NexxTech Phones, Wolverine Work Boots, to name a few. He is currently working on a cd of original children's music with his wife, Laurel James. As a leader, Topher runs "The Saints Of Cinema", a deep ambient groove project, and the power trio "Kings Of The Midway", featuring Michael Zweig and Jeff Jones.
Topher holds a Honours BFA-Music from York University (Toronto), where he focused on improvisation with Casey Sokol + David Mott, Jazz and Carnatic music with Trichy Sankaran. Recently, Topher was asked back to York University in Toronto, teaching Contemporary Improvisation.
As a creative director, Topher is armed with a unique set of skills. With experiences ranging from sound design at a video game house to creative direction at the agency level, he believes in growing creative through holistic investigations and inclusive design processes that is derived from solid strategy. Over the last fifteen years, he has enjoyed diverse creative experiences working on Telus Mobility, Pepsi, Interac, Famous Players/Cineplex, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Yogen Fruz, Montana Cookhouse, National Lampoon, Lucasarts, TD Securities, State of Israel, Erica Ehm Communications, Moshenmedia, M.I.A. Creative, Oneplug, Kisko Freezies, Canadian Cancer Society, Plansmart, and Ho-Lee-Chow.