Stratford Festival Reviews was created by me, Keith Tomasek.
I also publish the “Performers Podcast“, which is all about the creative process and living a well balanced life. It’s Canada’s longest running podcast on the arts and recently won the “Best Cultural Series” award at the Canadian Podcasting Awards.
I grew up in Montreal where I studied theatre at John Abbott College. Later I completed a Master of Arts in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester.
For over a decade I taught at the University of Western Ontario in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. I served as the founding program coordinator of the Certificate in Digital Communication program.
Along the way, I produced award-winning radio and TV for the CBC and CTV. I also wrote and produced award-winning short films, one of which was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.
Working as Senior Interactive Media Developer with America Online I partnered with major brands, including RBC Royal Bank and Warner Brothers, to create online marketing campaigns, including the interactive marketing for “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.”
As a media strategist, I help artists and organizations integrate social media and emails into their marketing campaigns. I’ve spoken at international conferences and a Facebook campaign I created won an International Association of Business Communicators award.
What I believe
I believe that the arts have an integral role in our communities, having the power to affect social change and build bridges.
The power of storytelling, in any form, is indisputable.
I believe that local businesses create meaningful employment and community engagement.
But the proliferation, and convenience, of shopping online with multinational brands has a negative impact on our communities and local businesses. That’s the reason I run a few select ads on this website. These ads do not cover operating expenses, but they certainly help.
This website, and the podcast, are truly a labour of love.
My family and I live in London, Ontario.
Thanks to everyone who has submitted reviews, blog posts and Facebook comments to this website. With over 1.5 million page views, you continue to make Stratford Festival Reviews a great place to spend some time.
Please use the contact tool below to get in touch.
Digital Tools I Can’t Live Without.
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Calendly – An simple scheduling tool I use to book interviews, appointments and more. It provides relief from back and forth emails.
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Facebook Advertising Secrets – I took this course by Andrea Vahl who literally wrote the book on Facebook Advertising. The course and the community continue to be a great resource.
Libsyn My award winning podcast (Best Cultural Series, 2018 Canadian Podcasting Awards) is hosted on Libsyn. They offer the best service and stability, which comes from their years as the industry leader. Libsyn has been hosting podcasts since before the iPhone existed! I’ve spent time with Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations, and would trust him with my life.
StudioPress 101 – Everything you need to create a WordPress site, including mobile-optimized themes, premium plugins, PLUS hosting, security, and maintenance. Everything’s included for the best value.
Social Warfare Plugins – My favourite social sharing WordPress plugin. I’ve been using it for years and have generated tens of thousands of page views with it.
Chefs Plate – My favorite source to get fresh ingredients delivered my door, perfect for your busy rehearsal schedule or anyone on the go.
StratfordFestivalReviews.com is an independent website, not affiliated with the Stratford Festival.
Occasionally I participate in affiliate programs with some of the companies listed above because I believe in them. I may receive a small commission when products are purchased through some of the links. You can rest assured that I only recommend products I’ve used myself and/or where I have a personal relationship with the developer(s).