Interact - Music and IDM
December 18, 2014

Collaborations between musicians and interactive digital media creators make for highly rewarding results, from triple A games like Rock Band to immersive projects like Bjork's interactive album Biophilia. At the January edition of Interact, we'll explore some of the possibilities and make connections between musicians and IDM creators. 

Mike Tanner will speak about his work creating and promoting opportunities for musicians in his role as Music Sector Development Officer with the City of Toronto. 

Alex Jansen of Pop Sandbox will speak about Loud on Planet X, an upcoming rhythm shooter for mobile devices featuring the work of established and emerging indie musicians. 

The brief presentations will be followed by food, drinks and the chance to converse with fellow IDM producers and music professionals. Your ticket includes a drink ticket, hors d'oeuvres, presentations and plenty of networking. As always, it's free for IO members and $15 standard. 
 
Interact: Music and IDM
January 14, 2014
6-8pm
Bar Italia - 582 College Street, Toronto 
Hosted by Interactive Ontario
Sponsored by the City of Toronto
Learn more or register at interactjan2015.eventbrite.ca 
 



Rogers TV Hackathon - save the date
December 15, 2014
Calling all Hackers!

Rogers TV has partnered with Interactive Ontario on a weekend hackathon like no other.

Rogers TV is breaking down walls, rethinking and rebuilding the community TV experience to ensure it's accessible to and powered by next generation platforms. 
What does tomorrow's community television look like?
How will hyper-local content be developed and delivered? 
What apps will power it?
 
Do you have what it takes to come up with the next big thing in community television?
If so, plan to join us for what promises to be a community content innovation incubator!
Where:  Bento Miso | 862 Richmond Street West, Toronto
When:  January 16 - 18, 2015
Stay tuned for details. 


Advocacy update: Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit
December 2, 2014
During the Fall Economic Outlook, Minister of Finance Charles Sousa announced a review of the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC). It was the only media tax credit targeted for review. 

The OIDMTC is widely acknowledged as the most important support mechanism that fuels the success of the IDM sector in Ontario. Growth of the OIDMTC since its inception is consistent with growth in sector, but represents a tiny portion of overall industry impact ($62 million in government expenditures vs. $1 billion in GDP). 

At the November 20th Interactive Ontario AGM, a special resolution was passed affirming that IO member companies:
  1. Call on the Ontario Government to maintain the OIDMTC at its current rates; and
  2. Support targeted enhancements to the effectiveness and efficiency of the OIDMTC, including ensuring it exclusively supports bona fide entertainment and educational IDM products, and that payments are expedited and predictable. 

IO is currently seeking clarification from the Ontario government on the scope of the review. We will keep you posted - please keep your eye on your inbox and on our Facebook page for updates.  

In the meantime, please ensure your company is part of the the Mapping Ontario's Digital Economy project:
  • Visit idm.interactiveontario.com and search the directory to see if your company is included. If it is not, please email us with your company name, website, address, the year your company was founded, the number of employees at the inception of your company and the current number of employees. This will allow us to count you in the database and provide the government with an accurate snapshot of the size of Ontario's IDM industry. 



Interactive Ontario welcomes new board members
December 2, 2014
Interactive Ontario is pleased to welcome ten new members to our Board of Directors. The new directors were confirmed to the Board at our AGM on November 20th. We look forward to having the benefit of their expertise and insight. The new members are:

Many thanks to our outgoing directors for their hard work and to returning directors for their continued support. 


IO member Digital Leisure releases Get Off My Lawn
November 18, 2014
IO member Digital Leisure has just released their new name Get Off My Lawn!. Shoot first and ask questions later in this endless fast paced arcade shooter, and keep those pesky aliens off of Murray's perfectly manicured lawn! 

Get Off My Lawn! is Free-To-Play and is available on PlayStation Vita, Steam, AppStore, Google Play, Windows Store and later this Winter on Wii U. For more details and to watch the trailer, visit lawn.digitalleisure.com


Rollers of the Realm released today
November 18, 2014

Rollers of the Realm, the eagerly-awaited pinball-meets-RPG developed by IO member Phantom Compass and published by Atlus, was released today. Get this innovative game on Steam, PS4 or PS Vita. 


Nominations open for Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
November 18, 2014
Who inspires you? 
Are you passionate about the arts, consider yourself a fan or simply admire an artist or arts organization whose work has left an impression? Then the Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts are your chance to applaud them. This annual program celebrates artists and arts organizations for their artistic achievements and contributions to arts and culture in Ontario.   

Nominate an artist or arts organization today - it's easier than you think! Simply submit a nomination form, a testimonial letter, a description of your nominee and a selection of media clippings about them by the December 1, 2014 deadline.  



Seeking GameON: Finance volunteers
October 21, 2014
We are seeking a few great volunteers to assist us at GameON: Finance on November 20 & 21 with things such as mic running, directing delegates, registration and more. This is a fantastic opportunity for students or recent grads looking to break into the game industry. Interested potential volunteers should fill in our application form.  

Introducing IO member This Space Works
October 20, 2014
If you lease an office you're paying for that space even when the boardroom door is locked and it sits unused. But a new Toronto company is trying to change that. Launched by two Canadian women, This Space Works is to meeting rooms what Airbnb is to apartments and Uber is to cars. It is a service that connects people who have extra work spaces - even if it's just for one afternoon

IO ED discusses the business of games on the PROFIT BusinessCast
October 20, 2014
IO Executive Director Christa Dickenson appeared on the PROFIT BusinessCast last week to discuss the business of games and our GameON: Finance conference. Listen to the podcast here

IO article on Ontario IDM career opportunities
October 7, 2014

Interactive Ontario Executive Director Christa Dickenson contributed to a just-released digital feature on Ontario careers. The article focuses on the diversity of careers available to those looking to work in interactive digital media in Ontario. Read the full article here



The Digi Awards is Bringing Back the Purple Carpet Preshow & Wants YOU to Host!
October 7, 2014
The Digi Awards is an annual showcase of remarkable companies, products and creatives in Canada who are making waves in the digital media industry in fields like video, marketing, advertising, mobile and gaming. Their new contest will give one winner a chance to host the Purple Carpet and interview the best-of-the-best in digital content and distribution. Find out how to enter here


GameON: Finance 2014 schedule now available!
September 30, 2014


The schedule and session descriptions for GameON: Finance 2014 are now available! We've extended the deadline for Early Bird tickets to October 7th so you can peruse our fantastic lineup and then take advantage of our best rate.

Sessions include:

Opening Keynote
A Conversation with Mikko Setala, Executive Vice President at Rovio Animation

The Financial Players
Venture capital players from around the world discuss what kinds of deals they see, and what kinds of deals they close.

To Interactivity and Beyond: The Gamification of Documentaries
A Conversation Between Navid Khonsari and Gerry Flahive

Building new markets BRIC by BRIC
A case study on how North American companies are working with companies in Asia - and not losing their shirt over copyright infringement.

Case Study: New Tools, New Directions
How gamers are working with new technologies and how Oculus Rift is changing the direction of gaming. Speakers from Secret Location will break down their Oculus Rift "Sleepy Hollow" project with Fox.

and many others - see the full list here!


Interactive Ontario releases International Digital Media Co-Production: A Guide for Canadian Companies
September 22, 2014


Today Interactive Ontario launched a new report designed to guide Canadian interactive digital media (IDM) producers in taking advantage of the opportunities to create collaborative productions with producers in other jurisdictions. International Digital Media Co-Production: A Guide for Canadian Companies [PDF] was created in association with DEEP Inc and Amythos Media, with funding from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canada Media Fund and Bell Fund.

The report serves as a comprehensive guide for Canadian companies wishing to collaborate with content creators in other markets. It outlines the reasons a Canadian company may choose a co-production - such as addressing financing gaps, being able to take on projects of a larger scope and having access to new audiences - as well as some of the challenges they may face.

Additionally the report provides actionable information on funding sources to explore in Australia, France, Germany, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Read the report in English here [PDF] and French here



Announcing the first wave of GameON: Finance 2014 speakers, with keynotes from Rovio and SuperData Research
September 17, 2014
The GameON: Finance conference will welcome international games industry leaders and Ontario success stories to the stage on November 20 & 21, 2014. Now in its seventh year, GameON: Finance takes place this year at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library. 

The first wave of speakers has just been announced and represents a selection of creators, producers, executives and entrepreneurs who will offer insights into the ever-changing business of video games. 

Keynotes
Mikko Setala - Rovio
Mikko Setala of Angry Birds creator Rovio will offer insights gleaned from an extensive background in gaming entrepreneurship. In addition to his role as President of Rovio's North American subsidiaries, he is also an angel investor and has worked as an executive in major software companies and also as the CEO of a listed company.

Joost van Dreunen - SuperData Research
Joost van Dreunen was one of the first academics to study video games and has over fifteen years of commercial research experience in interactive entertainment and technology industries. Anticipating the shift to digital games early on, he founded SuperData in 2009. 

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