|Octopus Media Ink is a Toronto-based firm specializing in
a variety of freelance services, from editorial to consultancy, research to rescue.
ABOUT NICK KREWEN... Faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful
than a locomotive, Nick Krewen is a writer who can leap tall buildings at a single bound
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He is an extremely engaging and informative writer who was
awarded a Western Ontario Newspaper Award in 1993 for excellence in entertainment
coverage. First published at the age of 14, his reputation throughout Canada as an expert
on the contemporary music scene impressed The Hamilton Spectator enough to hire him as
their full-time pop music critic in 1986.
While at The Spectator he instigated an aggressive campaign
to satisfy readership appetites for more national and international coverage, securing
exclusive and revealing interviews with such stars as Santana, TLC, Rush, Corey Hart,
David Bowie, Shania Twain, Vince Gill and Pat Metheny. He often wrote as many as five
stories a day, including concert reviews, and published an estimated 1700 stories during
his eight-year tenure with the paper, excluding an extended freelance association with The
One highlight was an exclusive North American interview
with Vanilla Ice at the height of the rapper's popularity. Krewen asked "Ice,"
a.k.a. Robby VanWinkle, whether he preferred fame or money. VanWinkle's "I'd take the
money every time" quote was picked up and circulated around the world by Associated
Krewen also secured the first North American interview with
novelty act Right Said Fred, who were just "Too Sexy" for the feature. Respected
producer Malcolm Burn trusted Krewen's opinion to change his solo album's title from Na Na
to Redemption, and Peter Gabriel has prominently posted a 1991 concert review
excerpt on his Real World website.
Past and present clients include The Toronto Star, Country
Weekly, The National Film Board, Billboard, The Ottawa Citizen, The Kitchener-Waterloo
Record, Country Music, The Voice, The Record, Realm, Canadian Musician, Southam News, KNIX
Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Addicted To Noise, TV Guide, Maclean's, TV Times, and
Krewen has aspirations to write books, TV episodes, films,
and who knows what else in the near future.
Nick Krewen lives with his wife and two cats in a Toronto
house with an eyecatching view of a nearby nuclear power plant. So if you see him and he
happens to be radiating a warm glow, don't assume it to be his disposition.