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CAST OF CREATORS Podcast Offers New Perspectives on Innovation and the Future of Content

Initial guests include Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, performance artist DevoDLive, multimedia host & producer Brigitte Truong, and more.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hvr, developer of the first social-forward web browser, today announced the launch of the Cast of Creators podcast, hosted by its CEO Nelson B. Thall and award-winning blogger Casie Stewart. The video and audio podcast features perspectives on innovation and the future of content with notable guests including Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, performance artist, DevoDLive, and multimedia host & producer, Brigitte Truong, and is available for download wherever you consume podcasts. You can subscribe to the podcast at Hvr is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“Casie and I have spent our careers in media and publishing,” says Thall. “Now we’re empowering creators and brands to increase revenue and engagement on their websites with our new browser Hvr. We’re taking Hvr’s mission to the next level with Cast Of Creators.”

“We’ve set the stage for industry-leading guests to share their stories, creative pursuits, and wisdom they’ve learned along the way,” says Stewart. “Our new studio makes our Cast feel right at home while we discuss platforms & partnerships, content ownership, and what’s next for creators.”

Guests appearing on Cast of Creators include:

Jules Mercanti is a freelance artist based out of Toronto, ON. Her work is observational/autobiographical and uses a very strict color palette. Her website offers an array of prints/art for sale.

Andrew Lovesey is Canadian Geographic‘s Director, Digital & Video, a Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a former travel blogger.

Raine Maida is a Canadian humanitarian, technologist, and the frontman for multi-platinum alt-rock legends, Our Lady Peace. Maida is also the founder of Drrops App, a web3 platform connecting artists with their community.

Devante Burey, professionally known as DevoDLive, is an entertainment host, social media influencer, performance artist and OfficialRaptorsGuy.

Vicky Milner is the Co-Founder of ShopSquad, live commerce production and consulting and the Co-Founder and President of CAFA, the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards.

Lisa Kisber is the Co-Founder of ShopSquad. Lisa is a resident on-air expert for Global’s national Morning Show and the producer and host of the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards red-carpet show.

Brigitte Truong is the founder of B.Tru Media, a multimedia producer, host of Sister Cities on USA Today, and a digital content creator.

Lauren O'Neil is a writer, reporter, TV personality and internet elder. Lauren is the Senior News Editor at blogTO.

George Sully is a multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur, and activist. Sully is well known for his collaborations that include but not limited to DHL, eBay, Disney, and Bell Media and is best known for being the original maker of the Star-Trek Discovery Starfleet Boot. Sully is also a Bata Shoe Museum inductee, creator of Black designers of Canada, co-founder of House of Hayla and creator of break-out brand Sully & Son Company.

Cory Lee is a Canadian singer-songwriter and actress. She is most noted for her role on Instant Star and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Brandon Olsen is the Founder & Chef of Restaurant Le Melon for all your in-home dining needs. He is also the Founder of La Banane Restaurant - a contemporary French cuisine restaurant in Toronto, Brando’s Fried Chicken - a fried chicken joint, man ray bar à vin- an Italian bar, and the CXBO Chocolate Shop.

Shane Stevens is an award-winning journalist turned marketing/retail/PR authority. Shane is a senior leader and trusted advisor at Holt Renfrew, LOUIS XIII cognac and Saks Fifth Avenue. Shayne is one of Canada’s most recognizable tastemakers.

TiKA is an R&B artist, 2022 Canadian Academy Award Winner, Film Composer, Founder at StereoVisual and Consultant at Umba Daima Studio & Network.

About Hvr

Hvr was founded by a passionate team of entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers with backgrounds in media, technology, and publishing who are dedicated to giving users, web publishers, and advertisers a more useful, social, and profitable web experience. Its founders have a 75-year family history in publishing as co-owners of the Toronto Star, the largest daily print newspaper in Canada. The company is based in Toronto and is privately held. Websites can also become Hvr Sitepartners to increase engagement and discovery of their web content while receiving commissions and recurring revenue.


Anita Verma


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