Surplace Media - Members

Surplace members are artists, media creators, coders, entrepreneurs and organizers. We use Surplace to share resources, collaborate on projects, and work on paid contracts.

  • Ted Strauss Project Manager. Video Producer. Founder.

    Ted Strauss is a filmmaker, artist, techie, singer, cook, and person who thinks too much about way too many things. With all the strangeness of life in 2017, Ted believes that communication between people -understanding, empathy, & empowerment- is at the core of every problem.

  • Colleen Kimmett Journalist, Writer, Teacher

    Colleen is a freelance journalist who writes about food, science and the environment. She teaches the workshop ‘Write like a pro’ at Surplace.

  • Marianne Lorthiois
    Marianne Lorthiois Business development

    Marianne is a researcher, copywriter and part-time poet. She works with Surplace on business development and translation.

  • Claire Gerin-Lajoie
    Claire Gerin-Lajoie Learning Experience Designer

    Claire is a learning experience designer who uses illustration, vibrant presentations, and group facilitation to help organisations nurture their creative culture and get their message across.

  • Anna Weksej
    Anna Weksej Graphic designer

    Anna is a graphic designer, illustrator and researcher. She teaches the graphic design workshop at Sur Place.

  • Carmen Plant
    Carmen Plant Video editor

    Carmen is Surplace’s resident post-production editor, with expertise in video editing, motion graphics, special effects, audio mixing.

  • Hannah Materne
    Hannah Materne Graphic design, object design, art direction

    Hannah does graphic design and illustration work in the areas of branding + logo, booklet, packaging, information design, textile design and art direction. Hannah see a future where the human environment is closer to the joy, peace and whimsy of the natural world.

  • Pascal Huỳnh
    Pascal Huỳnh Workshop leader. Animator. Art director.

    Pascal is an animator, podcast producer, workshop leader, youth facilitator, and multi-disciplinary artist extraordinaire.

  • Matthieu Rheaume
    Matthieu Rheaume Social Artist, Organisational Change Facilitator, Tarologue

    Matthieu is an expert in organizational development, service design, game design, empowerment through art practice, youth intervention, social innovation and event planning. He uses these skills to bring meaning into change projects, and to improve entrepreneurial impacts through educational intervention and collaborative facilitation.

  • Paul Shore Video producer, workshop leader.

    Paul has over twenty years experience as a one-man-band videojournalist, exposing social injustices and giving voice to the voiceless. With Surplace, Paul leads workshops on video production and independent journalism.

  • Bronwen Moen Art direction. Facilitation. Embodied practices. Performance. Photography.

    With a foundation of painting and murals Bronwen’s work also extends into photography, design/illustration, large-scale puppets, and sets and props within tv/film and theatre productions.  This multi-disciplinary practice also extends into teaching and facilitation and is woven together with themes of embodiment, agency and connection.


  • Anna Leventhal Workshop leader.

    Anna is an acclaimed writer & commentator, who plays an active part in Montreal’s literary community. At Surplace, Anna leads creative writing workshops.

  • Tariq Jamal
    Tariq Jamal Digital artist, Video editor, and more

    Tariq is a digital artist and tech generalist working with photography, 2D graphic design and illustration, audio production, animation, digital security, 3D modelling, and wordpress.

  • Avishmita Shivkumar
    Avishmita Shivkumar

    Avishmita’s roots in the fashion industry help to build ties between Surplace and other creative networks in Montreal.

  • Nico Adama
    Nico Adama Live visuals, VJ, Illustration, Graphic design, Video editing

    Nico brews visual refreshments in analog and digital: live projected visuals (Jitter), graphic design, illustration, video and motion design.

  • John Jacob Courtnay
    John Jacob Courtnay Sound designer, Musician, Event planner

    John Jacob is a prolific musician, sound designer, video creator, event planner, and all around party bringer.

  • Amanda Murphy
    Amanda Murphy Business Administration & Grants
    Amanda supports Surplace’s development from an informal workers collective into a viable business operating in Quebec.
  • Isaac Bell
    Isaac Bell Illustration, Cartoons, Characters

    Isaac is an artist and illustrator who makes beautiful weird stuff.

  • Damaris Baker
    Damaris Baker Videographer, Producer, Musician

    Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Damaris is a filmmaker, animator, radio producer, musician, and choir leader. Damaris also does healing practices with voices, resonating bowls, and the body.

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