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Carte Blanche for Creatives contest: And the Vancouver winners are?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Carte Blanche for Creatives contest: And the Vancouver winners are?

08:00 EDT Wednesday, June 05, 2013

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TORONTO, June 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral Out-of-Home, a leader in the Canadian out-of-home advertising industry and subsidiary of Astral Media Inc. (TSX: ACM.A ACM.B), is proud to reveal the winners of the Carte Blanche for Creatives contest in the Vancouver market: Alex Roberts and Cameron Spires from Station X for their "Days like these" concept for Mercedes-Benz Canada.

The winning piece was announced last night at a cocktail reception held at The Imperial, located in Vancouver's urban core. Members of the jury and the creative community from the Vancouver area had a chance to view firsthand the creativity of the different pieces submitted.

For the first time in Carte Blanche's history, a jury, composed of a creative team members from each participating agency, got to vote to select the winning piece. The shortlisted pieces had been previously voted for by members of the creative community on carteblancheforcreatives.ca.

The winning team of creatives will travel to France to attend the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. As well, the client featured in the winning piece will benefit from a campaign across the Astral Out-of-Home network in the Metro Vancouver area. Additionally, and in order to immortalize their win, the two creatives received seven rectangular pieces of metal to create their own original trophy!

"Once again this year, the Carte Blanche contest brilliantly showcased local talent by giving free rein to creatives wanting to push the limits of creativity in out-of-home advertising", said Nathalie Doré, Vice President, Marketing and Media Creativity, Astral Out-of-Home. "We congratulate the winners and thank all of the participants who created incredible works of art."

"As a first for the Vancouver market, the level of enthusiasm shown by the agencies and creatives towards the contest was greater than expected", stated Lesley Conway, Executive Vice President, Sales English Canada, Astral Out-of-Home. "With the continuous growth in the participation rate in all markets, we are convinced of the relevance and need of this initiative and remain committed to reaching more and more participants from coast-to-coast."

Launched in March, the Carte Blanche for Creatives contest set the record of the highest number of pieces ever submitted in each of the Toronto and Montreal markets. The jury named respectively Luc Du Sault and Vincent Bernard from lg2 for their "Honda électrique" concept, and David Glen and Dhaval Bhatt from john st. for their "Kobo Glo" concept, winners of the Montreal and Toronto markets.

Take a look at the winning and shortlisted pieces on the contest website at carteblancheforcreatives.ca, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Founded in 1961, Astral is one of Canada's leading 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 find out more about Astral,go to astral.com. 

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Image with caption: "Days like these - Mercedes-Benz Canada 1. (CNW Group/Astral Media Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130605_C5019_PHOTO_EN_27490.jpg

Image with caption: "Days like these -Mercedes-Benz Canada 2. (CNW Group/Astral Media Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130605_C5019_PHOTO_EN_27491.jpg

Image with caption: "Days like these - Mercedes-Benz Canada 3. (CNW Group/Astral Media Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130605_C5019_PHOTO_EN_27492.jpg

SOURCE: Astral Media Inc.

For further information:

Business Media:
Olivier Racette
Advisor, Corporate Communications
Astral Media Inc.
514 939-5000

Media and Trade Publications:
Nathalie Doré
Vice President, Marketing and Media Creativity
Astral Out-of-Home
514 529-3204
ndore@astral.com

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