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Press release from CNW Group

Carte Blanche for Creatives reveals contest finalists

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Carte Blanche for Creatives reveals contest finalists11:15 EDT Thursday, May 10, 2012MONTREAL, May 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Carte Blanche for Creatives, the creative contest "by creatives for creatives", announced its 2012 finalists. The finalists' ads are posted online at Blanche for Creatives is a contest which gives creativesthe opportunity to design an ad without a brief or restrictions, so they can take their creative powers to the limit.  The creative's themselves then select the finalists and the winner. In this edition, due to ties, 19 ads have been chosen for the English finalists, while 10 ads have been selected for the French finalist."Once again this year, the creative community surprised us with the quality of their work. Through their concepts, with only a few words and an image, the creatives have been able to express the very essence of advertising" said Astral Out-of-Home Marketing and Media Creativity Vice-President, Nathalie Doré.The unveiling of the finalists will be followed by a second round of vote in order to determine the contest's two Grand Prize winners. The Grand Prizes of the English contest will be announced May 30th at an event to be held at the Ontario Art Gallery in Toronto, while the winners of the French contest will be unveiled at the C2MTL event to be held in Montreal on May 24.The winning creative team will receive a trip for two to the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, while the winning ads will be featured in an outdoor campaign on the Astral Outdoor network.Carte Blanche for Creatives was developed and is run by Astral Out-of-Home. Astral Out-of-Home is one of Canada's leading out-of-home advertising companies with more than 9,500 strategically-placed advertising faces in key markets in Québec, Ontario, and British Columbia. As a forward-looking company, Astral Out-of-Home has embarked on a series of green-and-clean initiatives to reduce its ecological footprint and actively participate in sustainable development. To find out more about Astral Out-of-Home, please visit in 1961, Astral isone of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several media properties—pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media properties—among the most popular in the country. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich, and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers alike. To learn more about Astral, go to further information: Source:   Astral Out-of-HomeInformation: Hugues Mousseau Director, Corporate Communications and Synergies Astral Media inc. 514-939-5000