Hoax Couture was founded in 1985 by lawyer Chris Tyrell and architect Jim Searle . Without formal fashion training, the Hoax duo began by selling T-shirts on the streets of Toronto. Within a year their first fashion collection was available exclusively through Holt Renfrew. Two years later, an internationally acclaimed menswear collection followed and really put Hoax on the fashion map. From there they soared to wholesaling men’s and womenswear to boutiques in Toronto, across Canada and around the world.
Since closing their Yorkville boutique in 2005, the designers have been creating couture fashions for clients from their Toronto showroom, as well as designing costumes for many different dance works, including several collaborations with Citadel and Compagnie.
A Toronto-based lighting designer and frequent collaborator with C+C, Simon’s previous works for the company include #lovesexbrahms (Dora Award), Looking for Elvis (Dora nomination), and From the House of Mirth (Dora nomination).
He has created more than two hundred original designs with other companies including Factory Theatre, Fall for Dance North, Kaeja d’Dance, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Sudbury Theatre Centre, théâtre français de Toronto, Theatre New Brunswick, and Toronto Dance Theatre. He has received seven Dora nominations for outstanding lighting design, winning the award three times, and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Composer, sound designer, musician and instrument maker John Gzowski has played banjo for opera in Banff, studied Carnatic classical music in India and played oud and guitar in jazz and folk festivals across Canada and Europe. His theatre work has won him 5 Dora’s, and another 7 nominations. Worked for companies like Shaw Festival, Luminato, the Mirvishes, MTC, Canstage, Soulpepper, Dancemakers, Red Sky, Tarragon, Factory Theatre and YPT in almost 200 productions.
Gzowski has played on numerous CD’s, with recent releases with Patricia O’Callghan, Tasa, & Autorickshaw as well as a Juno nomination with Maza Meze. He has run Canada’s first microtonal group, touring Canada playing works of Harry Partch, composed and performed with several new music groups & worked as co-artistic director of Music Gallery.
Jeremy Mimnagh works as a photographer, filmmaker, and projection & sound designer for performance. This interest in performance-based works has involved collaborations in contemporary dance, music and theatre. With still photography and film he has documented the creation of some of these works, leaving evidence of their ephemeral evolution. His still collections have been exhibited across Canada and internationally.
He has collaborated on sound and/or projection design with Peter Chin, Ginette Laurin, Peter Mettler, Sylvie Desrosiers, Jenn Goodwin, DA Hoskins, Guillaume Bernardi, Kate Hilliard, Laurence Lemieux, Daniel Brooks and Jennifer Tarver. Film credits include the short film: girl in mourning & a settling haze (co-created with Heidi Strauss), From Gentle Ashes and a film for Bravo! entitled Floating Construct (co-created with Peter Chin), and a series of films created around elsewhere in collaboration with Strauss and Laura Taler/Grimm Pictures.