Paul Matthews Hoffert CM LLD

Curriculum Vitae


Phone:             416.781.4191    

Mobile:            647.889.4191



Born:                Brooklyn, New York, 22 Sep 1943

Residence:      Toronto, Canada

Citizenships:    Canada, U.S.A. (dual)

Languages:      English, French

Academic:       LLD (Doctorate of Law) from University of Toronto



Paul Hoffert archives are at:


York University, Toronto

            - documents, CDs, DVDs, audio tapes, video tapes


Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa  

            - musical instruments, computer and research technology, awards, performance clothing


Academic & Research Positions - Current

Professor, University of Toronto, Faculties of Music, Law, and Information Science 2014-

Advisory Council, McGill University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, 20013-

Academic & Research Positions - Previous

Professor, York University, Fine Arts Faculty, Toronto, 1984-2013

Board Director, McGill University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, 2007-2012

Louis Applebaum Visiting Scholar, University of Toronto, 2012

Co-Chair, MacLuhan100, University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, OCAD, 2011

Guest Lecturer, Ryerson University, 2010-2013

Guest Lecturer, Humber College, Toronto, 2011

Lecturer, Singapore Media Academy, Singapore, 2010

Lecturer, Faculty of Arts Graduate Program, University of Quebec, Chicoutimi, 2009

EngD Examiner, City University of Hong Kong, School of Graduate Studies, 2008

Faculty Fellow, Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, 2005-2007

Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Cambridge, 2005-2007

Research Professor, Sheridan College, 1999-2003

Director, CulTech Research Centre, York University, 1992-2000

Director of R&D, Rights Clearing House, Calgary, 2001-2004

Research Director, OnDisC Alliance, 2000-2003

President, Intercom Ontario (broadband research trial), 1994-1998

Director, DACARIE Audio Research Laboratory, York University, 1990-1992

Vice President Research, DHJ Research, 1986-1992 [VP Technology Transfer 1989-1992]

Researcher, National Research Council of Canada, 1969-1971

Boards & Admin - Current

Chair, Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, 1997-

Chair, Screen Composers Guild of Canada, 1999-

Board Director, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, 1999-

President, Glenn Gould Foundation Inc. (US) 2009-

Board Director, Glenn Gould Foundation (Canada), 2000-

Music Director, Lighthouse Group, 1968-1974, 1993-


Boards & Admin - Previous

Vice President, Sistema Toronto, 2011-2013

Global CEO, Noank Media Inc., 2006-2010

Chair, Ontario Arts Council, 1994-1997

President, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1981-1982 [Dir. 1979-1980, 1983-1987]

Board Director, The SOCAN Foundation, 1993-2009

Board Director, Ontario Foundation for the Arts, 1994-2009

Board Director, Ontario Arts Trust, 1999- 2007

Director Emeritus (North America), World Summit Awards (UNESCO), 2009-2013

Co-Director, McLuhan International Festival of the Future, 2004-2007

Board Director, World Summit Awards (United Nations), 2004-2007

Editorial Board, Virtual Museum of Canada, 2000-2005

Board Director, Canadian Independent Record Producers Association (CIRPA), 1970-1975

CEO, Digital Content Management Services, 2000-2005

President, Guild of Canadian Film and Television Composers (GCFC), 1996-1999

Board Director, Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, 1998-2003

Board Director, SMART Toronto, 1996-2001

Board Director, Performing Rights Society of Canada, 1984-1990

Board Director, Music Promotion Foundation, 1991-1994

Music Director, Morgan Earl Sounds, 1980-1983

Music Director, Blue Mountain School of Music, 1975-1977

President, OHM Associates, 1964-1966

President, Sound Laboratories, 1965-1966


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Distinguished Service, 2013

Order of Canada, Government of Canada, Distinguished Achievement and Service – Arts and Music, 2004

New Media Pixel Award, Visionary, 2001

Film and Television Composer, SOCAN, 1998

Film and Television Composer, SOCAN, 1997

Diamond Record - 1 million recordings sold in Canada, Oh What A Feeling, 1996

Arts Medal, Ontario Arts Council, 1997

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Canadian), inducted in 1995

Film and Television Music, SOCAN, 1993

Citation of Excellence, Canadian Performing Rights Society, 1990

San Francisco Film Festival, Best Music in a TV Network Entertainment, 1983

Anik, Best Musical Direction in a Television Special, 1983

Anik, Best Original Music in a Television Special, 1983

Film Composer of the Year, Performing Rights Organization of Canada, 1978

Juno, Hoffert Violin Concerto, 1978

Clio (Belgium), Hoffert Violin Concerto, 1978

Canadian Film (Genie), Music Score for ‘Outrageous’ feature film, 1978

Gold Record, Best Of Lighthouse, 1975

Juno, Best Group, Lighthouse, 1973

Gold Record, Sunny Days, Lighthouse, 1973

Juno, Best Vocal/Instrumental Group, Lighthouse, 1972

Platinum Record, Live At Carnegie Hall, Lighthouse, 1972 (first by a Canadian artist)

Juno (RPM), Outstanding Performance, Lighthouse, 1971

Gold Record, Thoughts Of Movin’ On, Lighthouse, 1971

Gold Record, One Fine Morning, Lighthouse, 1970


Publications – Books

Music for New Media: Composing for Videogames, Websites, Presentations, and other Interactive Media,

Berklee Press Boston ISBN-13: 978-0-87639-064-1, ISBN-10: 0-87639-064-5, 216 pp., 2007

The New Client: How Customers Shape Business in the Information Age,

 Penguin/Viking Canada ISBN: 0-670-04352-4, 214 pp., 2002

All Together Now: Connected Communities Will Revolutionize the Way You Live, Work, and Play,

 Stoddart Publishing ISBN: 0-7737-3228-4, 210 pp., 2000

The Bagel Effect: A Compass to Navigate the Wired World,

 McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press ISBN: 0-07-552923-8, 291 pp., 1998

Internet Technologies Primer,

 CulTech Publishing, 97 PP [co-author Dr. Peter Roosen-Runge], 1997

Inventory of Internet Technologies and Services,

 Industry Canada Publication, 87 pp. [co-author Dr. Peter Roosen-Runge], 1996

Understanding Music in Media,

 Hoffert Publishing, 130 pp., 1987

Hoffert Guide to Synchronizing Music

 Hoffert Publishing, 85 pp., 1982


Publications – Book Chapters

Collective Licensing to ISPS,

 International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, Edited by Steven Masur, 2010

Renaissance II: Canadian Creativity and Innovation in the New Millennium,

 National Research Council Press, ISBN 0-660-18397-8, 2001

Citizenship in a Wired World,

 Rowan and Littlefield, edited by Stephen Coleman & Anthony Jones, 30 pp. chapter: “A Connected Community”,


The Intercom Ontario Research Reports,

 IO Publishing, P. Hoffert co-editor, author of 185 pp. of 300 pp., 2000

Handbook for New Media Producers,

 Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund ISBN:0-9685319-1-1, edited by Andra Sheffer,

 chapter: “New Media Today and Tomorrow”, 1998

Writing It,

 Prentice-Hall Publishing, edited by Maria Topalovitch, chapter: “Writing for Interactive Media”, 1996

Publications – Music Recordings

Producer, My African Heart, Bruce Cassidy, 2013

Conductor; Leo Spellman – Rhapsody 1939-1945, 2011

Artist, Producer, How High The Bird, Gelcer-Hoffert Trio, Breaking Records, 2011

Artist, Best of Lighthouse CD, Lighthouse, Universal Music, 2010

Producer, Bhagavan, Jim Gelcer, 2010

Artist, Composer, 40 Years of Sunny Days. Lighthouse CD & DV, Universal Music, 2009

Artist, Take Two, Amaro Hoffert Jazz Duo, 2009

Producer, Dorian Rocks, Ted Dykstra & Steve Mayoff, 2002

Artist, Aura Borealis, Aura, Rully Records, 1998

Conductor, Songs of Love, Louis Danto & Prague Opera Orchestra

Composer; artist; producer, Oh What a Feeling, Lighthouse & others, MCA Records, 1996

Composer; producer; artist, Song Of The Ages, Lighthouse CD, 1996

Composer; producer; artist, Live at Carnegie Hall, Lighthouse, new digital production, Denon, 1992

Producer, Brahms’ Clarinet Concerto, Anton Kuerti-piano, James Campbell-clarinet, Marquis Records, 1992

Producer; Jane Trojan, Jane Trojan, Denon Records, 1991

Composer; producer; artist, Sunny Days Again, Lighthouse CD, Denon Records, 1989

Producer; musical director, Eddie & the Cruisers II, Original Soundtrack, SONY Records, 1989

Conductor, Goya, Placido Domingo, SONY Records, 1989

Composer; producer, I Lost My Pet Lizard, Lizard People, Teddy Records, Juno nomination, 1979

Composer; conductor, Concerto for Contemporary Violin, Hoffert & Staryk, Marquis Records, 1977

Conductor, Histoire Du Soldat, Stravinsky, Marquis Records, 1977

Composer; producer, Outrageous, Original Cast Recording, Polygram Records, 1977

Composer; producer, It Ain’t Easy, Disco Single, Polygram Records, 1977

Composer; producer, Step Out, Disco Single, Polygram Records, 1977

Composer; producer; artist, Best Of Lighthouse, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1974

Producer, SnakeEye, SnakeEye, Capitol - EMI Records, 1974

Producer, Bondi Junction, Flying Circus, Capitol - EMI Records, 1974

Producer, Can You Feel It, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1973

Producer, Goodbye Superdad, Bill King, Capitol - EMI Records, 1973

Producer, Flying Circus, Flying Circus, Capitol - EMI Records, 1973

Composer; producer; artist, Sunny Days, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1972

Producer, Sea Of Dreams, Bob McBride, Capitol - EMI Records, 1973

Producer, Butterfly Days, Bob McBride, Capitol - EMI Records, 1972

Composer; producer; artist, Live At Carnegie Hall, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1971

Composer; producer; artist, One Fine Light, Lighthouse, RCA Records, 1970

Composer; producer; artist, Thoughts Of Movin’ On, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1970

Composer; producer; artist, One Fine Morning, Lighthouse, GRT Records, 1969

Composer; producer; artist, Peacing It All Together, Lighthouse, RCA Records, 1969

Producer, Satori, Flower Traveling Band, Warner Records, 1969

Composer; producer; artist, Suite Feeling, Lighthouse RCA Records, 1968

Composer; producer; artist, Lighthouse, Lighthouse RCA Records, 1968

Producer, Processes, Tony Kosinec, Columbia Records 1968

Composer; artist, The Song Is You, Paul Hoffert, 1960

Composer, artist, Jazz Routes of Paul Hoffert, Paul Hoffert, 1st album release, 1959

Artist, I Wanna Love You, Boptones, 1956. 1st single release


Publications - Videos & DVDs

Brundibar at Koerner Hall, DVD, Children’s Opera, librettist & conductor, 2010

Live at Q Music, Lighthouse music concert DVD, producer, performer, 2009

And Now… the Soundtrack Business, DVD, executive producer, writer, 2005

And Now… the Music Score, DVD, executive producer, writer, 2003

OnDisC - Online Distributed Content, video, executive producer, writer, 12 min., 2002

Networked Jazz, Rock, and Dance, video, executive producer, writer, 14 min.1999

Interactive Television Demonstrations, video, executive producer, writer, 11 min., 1998

VITAL – Varied and Integrated Teaching and Learning, CDi, executive producer, writer, 20 min., 1997

Cyber Soiree: Networked Party, video, executive producer, writer, 20 min.,1997

CD-ROMS Online, video, executive producer, writer, 4 min., 1996

Intercom Ontario Wired Suburb: Video News Release, video, executive producer, writer, 14 min., 1996

Interactive ’96 Conference, video, executive producer, writer, 16 min., 1996

Interactive ’95 Conference, video, executive producer, writer, 18 min., 1995

Intercom Ontario Online Help, online context-sensitive help videos, 20 minutes, 1995

Intercom Ontario Trial, video, executive producer, writer, 24 min., 1995

Ivy League of Copyright Collectives, video, executive producer, writer, 6 min., 1995

CulTech Research Centre, video, executive producer, writer, 20 min., 1992


Publications - Film & Television Music Soundtracks

Music score, OCD: The War Inside, National Film Board, dir. Mark Pancer & David Hoffert, feature documentary, 2001

Music theme and identities (with D. Hoffert), CP24 station identity and news, 1998

Music theme and library (with D. Hoffert), CityPulse News, 1997-1998

Music score (with D. Hoffert), Freaky Stories, television cartoon series, 1997

Music identity (with D. Hoffert), Bravo!, television channel, 1996

Music scores (with D. Hoffert), Strangers, television series, 1994

Music score (with D. Hoffert), Elvis Airborne, dir. Bronwen Hughs, prod. Edward Futerman, Catherine McCartney, Morgan Earl; cast: Elvis Stojko; Gemini, 1994

Music scores (with D. Hoffert), Hidden Room, television series, 1993

Music scores, Catwalk, television series, 1992-1993

Music theme and identities, Canada AM, daily network television program, 1992-1998

Music theme and Identities, Family Channel, 1991

Music supervisor, Jesse Glen Jordon, MOW, 1991

Music score, Mister Nice Guy, dir. Henry Wolfond, prod. Constantino Magnatta; cast: Michael MacDonald, Joe Silver, Jan Smithers, Harvey Atkin, Howard Jerome, feature film,1990

Music score, Eddie & the Cruisers II, dir. Jean-Claude Lord, feature film, 1989

Music supervisor, Defense Play, feature film, 1988

Music supervisor, Monkeyshines, dir. George Romero, prod. Charles Evans; cast: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Melanie Parker, Kate McNeil, Joyce Van Patten; feature film, 1988

Music scores, Hoover Versus the Kennedys: the 2nd Civil War, music composer, dir. Michael O’Herlihy; cast: Richard Anderson, Nicholas Campbell, Jennifer Dale; mini series, 1987

Music score, Pygmalion, dir. Allan Cooke, cast: Peter O’Toole, television film, 1987

Music score, Fanny Hill, dir. Gerry O'Hara, prod. Harry Alan Towers & Harry Benn; cast: Lisa Raines, Shelley Winters, Oliver Reed, feature film, 1986

Music director, Heavenly Bodies, dir. Lawrence Dane, prod. Andras Hamori, Robert Lantos, Stephen Roth; cast: Cynthia Dale, Richard Rebiere, Walter George Alton, Laura Henry, Stuart Stone, 1985

Music composer of theme & scores, The Hitchhiker, television series, 1985-1993, prod. Louis Chesler and Riff Markowitz

Music supervisor, One Night Only, dir. Timothy Bond; prod. Robert Lantos & Stephen J. Roth; cast: Lenore Zann, Helene Udy, Taborah Johnson, 1985

Music score, Magic Planet, dir. & prod. David Acomba, television feature, 1985

Music score, Golden Promise, dir. Mario Azupardi; prod. Moses Znaimer, mini series,1984

Music score, Neighbours, dir. Mario Azupardi; prod. Moses Znaimer, mini series,1984

Music score, Streetwise, dir. Mario Azupardi; prod. Moses Znaimer, mini series,1984

Music score (w. John Tucker), Bedroom Eyes, dir. William Fruet, prod. Robert Lantos, Stephen J. Roth; cast: Dayle Haddon, Barbara Law, Jane Catling, 1984

Music score, A Matter of Cunning, prod. Robert Lantos, Stephen J. Roth, 1983

Music score, Blood and Fire:100 years of the Salvation Army, documentary, 1983

Music score, The Last Sailors, television series, 1983

Music composer, Vengeance is Mine, music composer; dir John Trent, prod. David Perlmutter; cast: Ernest Borgnine , Tim Henry ,Cec Linder, Hollis McLaren, Michael J. Pollard, feature film, 1984

Music score, Paradise, dir. Stewart Gillard, prod. Robert Lantos & Stephen J. Roth; cast: Willie Aames, Phoebe Cates, Richard Curnock; feature film, 1982

Music score, Tales of the Haunted, cast Jack Palance, television series, 1981

Music score, Firebird, dir. David Robertson, prod. Merritt White; cast: Alex Diakun, Doug McClure, Mary Beth Rubens, feature film, 1981

Music score, The Newcomers, prod. Pat Ferns and Richard Nielson, television series, 1978

Music score, Crossover [Mr. Patman], dir. John Guillermin, prod. Bill Marshall; cast: James Coburn, Kate Nelligan, Fionnula Flanagan, feature film, 1981

Music score, Strawberry Ice, ice-skating television program, dir. & prod. David Acomba, starring Toller Cranston and Debbie Fleming, 1981

Music scores; Jingles and Advertising Soundtracks, approximately four hundred radio and television commercials, 1980-1983

Music score, Double Negative, dir. George Bloomfield, prod. David Main ,Jerome Simon; cast: Michael Sarrazin, Susan Clark, Anthony Perkins, feature film, 1980

Music score, Circle of Two, dir. Jules Dassin, prod. Henk Van der Kolk, Jerome Simon; cast: Richard Burton, Tatum O'Neal, Nuala Fitzgerald, feature film, 1980

Music score, Shape of Things To Come, dir. George McGowan, prod. Harry Allen Towers, William Davidson; cast: Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, John Ireland, feature film,1979

Music score, Wild Horse Hank, dir. Eric Till, prod. Bill Marshall, Henk Van der Kolk; cast: Linda Blair, Michael Wincott, Al Waxman, MOW, 1979

Music score, Main Street Canada, Documentary television film, 1978

Music score, Highballin’, dir. Peter Carter, prod. Jon Slan; cast: Peter Fonda, Jerry Reed, Helen Shaver, feature film, 1978

Music score, The Third Walker, dir. Terry McLuhan, Marshall McLuhan, prod. Teri McLuhan; cast: Colleen Dewhurst, William Shatner, Frank Moore, feature film, 1977

Music score, Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time, dir. John Trent, prod. David Main; cast: John Candy, Isaac Hayes, Anthony Newly, Stephanie Powers, Lloyd Bochner, feature film, 1975

Music score, Outrageous, dir. Richard Benner, prod. Henk Van der Kolk, Peter O’Brian, Bill Marshall; cast: Craig Russell, Hollis McLaren, Richard Easley, feature film, 1975

Music score, Sunday in the Country, prod. David Perlmutter; cast: Ernest Borgnine, Michael J. Pollard, Hollis McLaren, dir. John Trent, feature film, 1974

Music score; Pincchio’s Birthday, dir and screenplay by Ron Merk, animated television film, 1973

Music score; The Last Run, unreleased feature film, 1972

Music score; Proud Rider,  dir. Walter Baczynsky ,Chester Stocki ,Walter Wasik, prod. George Fras; cast: Michael Bell, Jeremy Kane, Karen Gregory; feature film, 1971

Music score, Flick, dir. Gilbert Taylor, prod. Bill Marshall, feature film, 1970

Music score, Groundstar Conspiracy, dir. Lamont Johnston, prod. Trevor Wallace; cast: George Peppard, Michael Sarrazin, Christine Belford, feature film, 1970

Music score, Ballet High, CBC network television program, 1969

Music score, Dr.Frankenstein on Campus [Flick], dir. Gilbert Taylor, Bill Marshall; cast: Robin Ward, Kathleen Sawyer, Austin Willis, feature film, 1968

Staff composer, Ben McPeek Ltd., documentary films, radio and television commercials, 1966-1968

Music score, The Offering, dir. David Secter, feature film, 1963

Music director/arranger, Time Of Your Life, CBC network television series, 1963-1965

Music score, Winter Kept Us Warm, dir. David Secter, [first] feature film, 1962

Performer, While We’re Young, CBC network television series, 1960-1961

Music Compositions Theatre & Concert

English Libretto for Hans Krasa Children’s Opera, Brundibar, 2009

Musical theatre, Noah, multimedia dance theatre work, 1995

Musical theatre, Hidden Channel, opera, 1991

Concert music, Ethos, text by Timothy Findley, and poetry by Janice Rappaport, 1982

Musical theatre, Hogtown, Bayview Playhouse, 1981

Concert music, Spring, String Quartet + rock group Maneige, 1980

Concert music, Israel, tenor, choir, harp & percussion, performed at Ontario Place, 1978

Musical theatre, Composer In Residence, Toronto Arts Productions, Leon Major, repertory season, music for four plays including Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, St. Lawrence Centre, 1976

Musical theatre, Sweet Summersaults, Toronto Dance Theatre, 1976

Concert music, Concerto for Contemporary Violin, 1976

Concert music, Concerto for Contemporary Flute, Moe Koffman soloist, 1975

Musical theatre, Prometheus Bound, with Irene Worth, 1971

Musical theatre, Marat Sade, Trinity Playhouse, 1969

Concert music, for symphony orchestras and rock group, 1969

Musical theatre, Ballet High, for classical ballet company and rock group, first such, 1969

Musical theatre, Get Thee To Canterbury, Off-Broadway Sheridan Square Playhouse, composer and producer, 1967


Publications – Print and Online

PoliTalk 48 – Web Column, Blog Author and Salon Moderator, 2009-2010

TransmitNow (online magazine);


Rethinking Canadian Cultural Policies,

 Blizzart Volume 10, #2, Winter 2006

View from the Podium – Regular Column,

 Spotting Notes, Guild of Canadian Film Composers, quarterly 1996 – 2005


Copy Rights and Wrongs,

 Copyright and New Media Law Newsletter, December 2003

Shift Happens, Contributing Columnist

 CMPA – Canadian Music Publishers Association Newsletter, 2002 – 2003


Composers Get Collective Bargaining,

 Playback Magazine, November 2003

What About the Publishing?,

 GCFC Publication, October 2003

Block Party,

 Saturday Night Magazine, July 15, 2000

Funding Artists Enriches All Of Us,

 Toronto Star newspaper guest editorial, June 24,1996

Jerry Garcia Was An Enigma Wrapped in A Riddle,

 Now Magazine, August 17-23, 1995

This Scene’s a Little Weak,

 Words & Music, December 1994

Designing the Info Highway,

 Globe & Mail newspaper guest editorial, December 1994

Reaching Consumers On the Infoway,

 Canadian Advertising, November 1994

Information Super-Hypeway,

 Computer Information Magazine, March 1994

Dick Hyman - Blues in the Night,

 The Jazz Scene, January 1991

Film and Television Music,

 The Jazz Scene, reprinted in Songwriter, January 1991

Sound Exciter,

 Minds in Motion, spring 1990

The Bytes Behind The Biz,

 Film Canada, June 1988 [reprinted in Minds in Motion, Fall 1998]



Academic Papers, Presentations, and Juries


Supporting New Chinese Media Industries

Euro – Asia Economic Forum, Xi’An, China, 09/27/13

International Jury Chair, 10th Laureate

Glenn Gould Prize, Toronto 03/11/13

The State of Media Music

Canadian FIlm Centre (CFC) Media Lab, Toronto, 09/27/12

Follow Your Passion

University of Toronto, Convocation Address, Toronto, 06/19/12

Mentoring Media Startup Companies

Transmission Institute, Victoria. British Columbia, 02/04/12-02/08/12

Proposal for a Transmission Institute of Applied Research

Transmission Conference, Beijing, China, 09/13/11

Hugh LeCaine: Musical Instrument Pioneer

Canada Science and Technology Museum. Ottawa, 04/14/11

Insights On Current Media From Artists’ Perspectives

McLuhan100 Conference, Toronto, 07/20/11

People Cause Change, Not Technology

CANHEIT, MacMaster University, Hamilton, 06/08/11

Media, McLuhan, & Me

University of Silesia,, Katowice, Poland, 05/22/11

International Jury Chair, 9th Laureate

Glenn Gould Prize, Toronto 03/31/11

Creating Music for Videogames

Humber College, Toronto 03/17/11

Business Practices in Creative Media

Ryerson University, Toronto, 03/09/11

Impacts of Digital Technologies on Artists and Cultural Industries

Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada, Ottawa, 03/25/10

Global Centre for Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship

Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia, 10/11/10

Impacts of Digital Technologies on Artists and Cultural Industries

Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada, Ottawa, 03/25/10

Vortex 2009, Video Game Competition

Juror, Toronto 11/04/09

Record Business Collapse as a Black Swan Event

Transmission Conference, Victoria, BC, 09/22/09

Trends in Satellite and Cable Distribution of Digital Content

BellFund Retreat, Banff, Alberta, 06/10/09

New Media: New Canadian Funding

Saskatchewan Interactive, Saskatoon 03/19/09

Orchestral Music and the Internet

Fesnojiv, Caracas, Venezuela 11/09/08

Science and Art: Points of Convergence

Lecture Series, Port Hope, 11/06/08

North American—Chinese Content Ventures

Canadian & British Columbian Trade Mission, Beijing, 5/29/08

Licensing IPRs for Digi-Nets,

Insight Copyright Conference, Toronto, 5/13/08

Alternate Compensation Model for Content Distribution

Copy Camp Conference, Toronto, 04/29/08

Paradise of Infinite Storage

Canadian Music Week, Toronto 03/04/08

International Jury Chair,

Glenn Gould Prize, Toronto 02/12/08

Rapporteur: eCulture,

WSA, Venice, Italy, 11/03/07

Panelist: The Future of Analog Media,

McGill University, Pop and Policy, Montreal, 10/03/07

Licensing IPRs to Digital Networks,

IP.Net Conference, Tsinghua Law School, Beijing, 10/29/07

Canadian Content Promotion Online Without Regulation,

Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission - CRTC, Ottawa, 10/01/07

New Business Model for Online Film and Television Distribution,

Toronto International Film Festival – TIFF, Toronto, 09/10/07

Grand Juror: WSA eContent,

UNESCO, Brijoni, Republic of Croatia, 08/31/07

Plugging Into Multi-Platforms: A New Business Model,

Women in Film and Television – WIFT, 07/16/07

Juror – Mobile Platforms

Vortex, McLuhan International Festival of the Future, Toronto, 06/19/07

Minefields and Goldmines: What Does the Future Hold?,

Schulich School of Business, York University, International Colloquy, Toronto, 05/23/07

A New Business Model for the Global Entertainment Business,

Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale - ALAI, Toronto, 05/23/07

Composing Music for Videogames,

SOCAN Seminar, Montreal, 05/17/07

New Economics of the Music Industry,

Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, 04/27/07

Impacts of Distributing Counterfeit Products Online,

 Government of Canada, Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, Ottawa, 04/26/07

Role of Music on the Internet,

 Copyright Board of Canada: Tariff 22 Hearings, Ottawa, 04/17/07

Asian and Chinese Attitudes Regarding Copyright,

 Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, 11/18/06

What’s Wrong With Music?,

 Future of Music Coalition-Policy Summit, McGill University, Montreal, 10/05/06

A Canadian File-Sharing Service

 Canadian Heritage Ministry, Ottawa, 04/27/06

DMX: A Legal P2P File-Sharing Service,

 City University, Hong Kong, 04/06/06

Challenges and Strategies for Creating New Media,

Europrix, Vienna, Austria 04/03/06

A Solution to Chinese Copyright Infringement,

 Tsinghua University, Beijing, 03/31/06

Rethinking Canadian Cultural Policies,

 Canadian Conference for the Arts, Ottawa, 03/03/06

Changing Creative Supply (Part 2),

 OECD–Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, Paris, 02/28/06

Digital Media Are Changing Creative Supply (Part 1),

 OECD–Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, Rome, 01/29/06

E-Learning Best Practices From Around the World,

 United Nations World Summit on Information Societies, Tunis, 11/17/05

McLuhan, Global Villages and Bagels,

 McLuhan International Festival of the Future, Toronto, 10/03/05

A Post-Grokster Digital Media Exchange,

 Cyber-Law Retreat, Napa Valley, CA, 08/02/05

Value of the Performing Right in Ringtones and Songtones,

 Copyrigt Board of Canada, Ottawa, 06/20/05

The Vienna Declaration,

 United Nations WSIS Drafting Committee, Vienna, Austria, 06/02/05

Information, Communication, Technology (ICT) and Creativity,

 United Nations World Summit on Information Societies Conference, Vienna, Austria, 06/02/05

Tracing Creator’s Rights From Prehistory to the Web,

 Signal and Noise Conference, Harvard University, 04/07/05

Canadian Film and Television Policy Review,

 Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, 04/06/05

The Music Industry after BMG vs. John Doe,

 Canada at the Crossroads of Copyright Law, University of Toronto, 02/11/05

Support of Local E-Content by Government and Private Funds,

 United Nations Digital Divide Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan, 11/26/04

Students, Citizens, and Third World Nations are Empowered Against Schools,

  Governments, and Globalization,

 Calumet College Toronto, 03/30/04

Actions to Cure a Canadian Information Deficit,

 Information Deficit Conference, Calgary, 10/31/01

User Perspectives of Digital Pay Television Services,

 Copyright Board of Canada, Ottawa, 05/01/01

Regulation of Canadian Content on Digital Networks,

 Future of the Public Interest in Communications Conference, Ottawa, 04/11/01

Value of Musical Compositions in Concerts,

 Copyright Board of Canada, Ottawa, 03/06/01

Changing Relationships in Cultural Industries,

 Canadian Heritage Ministry, 2/13/01

Impact of Internet & E-Commerce on Music, Film, & Book Industries,

 ALAI Copyright Convergence Conference, Montreal, 11/25/00

Media-Rich Content to Connected Communities,

 CANARIE The Networked Nation Conference, Montreal, 11/29/00

Digital Content Management,

 SODRAC, Montreal, 11/07/00

The Global Village is a Myth,

 Royal Canadian Institute, Toronto, 10/29/00

Connected Communities,

 Digital Media Innovation Conference, Toronto, 10/28/00

Context for Management,

 Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services Policy Forum, Toronto, 9/20/00

Towards A Digital Media Institute,

 University of Toronto Lecture Series, Toronto, 05/25/00

Habicons: Connected Communities in the 21st Century,

 Community Informatics Conference, Middlesbrough, England, 4/26/00

The Arts and Sciences as Right Brain Siblings,

 National Research Council, Ottawa, 2/23/00

Interactive Television for Connected Communities,

 IBM Research Conference, New York, 8/17/99

Canada’s Wired Community,

 Digital Knowledge III Conference, Toronto, 5/14/99

Broadband Application Sharing,

 Broadband Community Networks, Kitchener, 4/30/99

Intercom Ontario – A Connected Community,

 The Gorbachev Foundation Conference for Technology & Democracy, Boston, 3/06/99

CulTech Research Reports,

 IBM Watson Research Labs, Hawthorne, NY, 10/07/98

Music On Digital Networks,

 Copyright Board of Canada, Ottawa, 03/15/99

Virtual Museums on the Internet,

 Museums on the Internet, Salzburg Austria, 05/09/98

Music-On-Demand: Jukeboxx,

 Canadian Record Industry Association, 2/19/98

Canadian Digital Property Services,

 SOCAN Retreat, Halifax, 2/02/98

Cyber Soirée - Rooms With A View,

 Interactive ‘97, Toronto, 09/05/97

A Model for Networked Digital Music Commerce,

 Global Networking ‘97, Edmonton 06/17/97

Protecting & Charging for Content on the Internet,

 Internet Canada ‘97, Toronto, 01/08/97

A User Interface for Media-Rich Networked Content,

 Comdex Canada, Toronto, 10/96

Disseminating Musical Works in Digital Formats,

 Intellectual Property Conference Of The Americas, Los Angeles 07/96

Music on the Internet - Who Will Pay the Piper,

 Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto, 06/08/96

VITAL - Varied and Integrated Teaching and Learning,

 York University/Bell Canada, Toronto, 06/96

Planning a Techno-Smart City,

 Metro Toronto Senior Managers Workshop, Toronto, 05/96

Trends in Arts Management,

 Association of Cultural Executives, Ottawa, 03/96

Digital Knowledge - Canada’s Future,

 Canada’s Coalition for Public Information, Toronto, 02/06/96

Managing Intellectual Property in Digital Formats,

 United States Copyright Office - Technology Based Intellectual Property Forum, Arlington, 01/10/96

Designing the Info Highway to be a Road Well Traveled,

 Globe and Mail Guest Editorial, 12/95

Demand Based Infoways,

 Organization for Economic Development & Cooperation, Paris 11/95

Remarks to Arts Community,

 Contact '95, Toronto, 11/95

Lessons for Sport from the Arts Lobby,

 Fast Forward Conference Forum, Toronto, 11/04/95

The Future of Arts in Ontario,

 Contact Ontario, Toronto, 11/95

Tendances dans le domaine de la gestion des arts,

 Cultural Industries Conference, Ottawa, 09/95

Ontario Arts Council Chair Report,

 Ministry of Culture, Citizenship & Recreation, Toronto, 09/95

When the Rubber Hits the Road on the Info Highway,

 International Engineering Consortium, Toronto, 7/7/95

Canadian Theatre Directions,

 Dora Awards, Toronto, 07/95

A Wired Community,

 Intercom Ontario AGM, Toronto, 07/95

IVY – Intellectual Property System,

 CulTech Research Centre Report, 05/95

Hearings on Information Highways,

 Canadian Radio & Television Commission, Ottawa, 03/95

Separation of Fine Arts and Sciences,

 Symposium on Creativity and Innovation, Toronto, 02/09/95

When The Rubber Hits The Road on the Info Highway,

 Intercom Ontario Research Trial Report, Toronto, 01/95

Focus on the Future of Arts,

 Ontario Arts Council Media Conference, Toronto, 01/95

Broadband Content to Homes & Offices,

 Canadian Real Estate Association, Calgary, 12/94

Intercom Ontario Phase I – Calumet College,

 Research Plan, 12/94

Driving the Intellectual Property Engine Towards an Interactive Accounting System To Replace and/or Supplement Traditional Copyright,

 Copyright In Transition Conference, Ottawa, 11/13/94

Automated Homes & Offices on Infoways,

 Canadian Automated Builders Association, Toronto, 11/94

Reaching Consumers on the Infoway,

 Advertising Research Association, Toronto, 11/94

Accounting for Content on the Infoway,

 Copyright Conference, Ottawa, 10/94

Convergence - The Big Picture,

 Four Motors of Europe Conference, Toronto, 05/94

Towards A Typology for Effective Machine Mediated Learning

(with Dr. Jerome Durlak), 3/93

Effect of Multimedia Telecommunications on the Global Environment,

 Multimedia ‘93 Conference, Calgary, 03/93

Welcome To The Real World,

 TRIO/ITRC Retreat, Trent University, Peterborough, 07/92

Filmmaker as Composer/Actualizer,

 Experimental Film Congress, Toronto, 04/89


Keynote Presentations

Massaging the Message for Education and Training

Canadian Heritage Research Council, HR Forum, Toronto, 09/27/12

A Mashup of Glenn Gould and Marshall McLuhan

Glenn Gould Variations, Convocation Hall, Toronto, 09/27/12

Next Trends in the Music Industry

The Business News Network, Toronto, 06/22/12

Future of Arts & Entertainment

Northumberland Learning Connection, 04/19/12

SECTS in the City (Spirit, Entertainment, Culture, & Tourism)

Creative Economy Summit, Brampton, 02/02/12

Connecting the Past with the Future

Municipal Information Systems Association, Missisauga, 06/08/11

SECTS in the City (Spirit, Entertainment, Culture, & Tourism)

Museum London Lectures, London, 05/10/11

People Cause Change, Not Technology

Canadian Higher Education Information Technology Conference, Hamilton, 06/08/11

Cross Media Convergence: Boon or Bust for Producers and Broadcasters?

Hot Docs, Toronto 05/07/10

Media Trends

BBM, Toronto 04/23/10

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra

Presenter/Organizer for Glenn Gould Foundation, Toronto 10/26/09

Changing Landscape of Music: Here Comes Treble

IAMIC – International Association of Music Centers Conference, Toronto 06/06/09

Street Smarts in the Digital Age

Canada Music Week, Toronto 03/13/09

Neuroplasticity and its Impact on Hit Records

Transmission Conference, Vancouver 12/05/08

How to Make a Living as an Artist

Heritage, Arts, Culture, & Entertainment, Brampton, Ontario09/27/08

Music Rights and New Income Sources

Our Future in Music, AFM, St,Johns Newfoundland, 08/16/08

New Distribution Models for Classical Music Communities

Soundstreams, Toronto, 05/22/08

Connecting the Past with the Future

CPMEA – Confidential Professional Managerial Employees Association, Toronto, 05/22/08

Context for 21st Century Planning

Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mont Tremblant Quebec, 04/28/08

Organizational Culture and Influence

Defense Research and Development Canada, St Adele Quebec, 03/28/08

Embarking on a Career in Media

Trebas Graduation Address, Toronto, 11/29/07

Orchestral Music in Videogames,

 Pre-Play Videogame Music, Toronto, 09/30/06

Magazine Readers in the Info Age,

 Canadian Magazine Publishers Association, Toronto, 06/07/06

Online Rights Environment,

 CRA: Creative Rights Alliance—Copy Camp Conference, Toronto, 09/28/06

Independent Canadian Music Production Online,

 CIRPA: Canadian Independent Production Association, Toronto, 05/25/06

Online Music Communities,

 International Association of Music Information Centres, Reykjavik Iceland, 05/19/06

Marketing the Long Tail,

 International Association of Music Information Centres, Reykjavik Iceland, 05/18/06

Building Community at Distance,

 CoreNet Global Asia Summit, Beijing, 03/29/06

Challenges and Strategies for New Media Creators,

 EuroPrix, Vienna, 03/04/06

Top Tips for Multimedia Trainers,

 VocINet, Vienna, 03/04/06

Digital Music Exchange,

 IMPALA–Independent Music Companies Association, Brussels, 03/02/06

P2P File Sharing of Cultural Digital Content,

 IAMIC–International Association of Music Information Centers, New York, 09/28/05

Film Music for the New Big and Small Screens,

 Banff Television Festival, Banff, Alberta, 06/15/05

Client-Focused Approaches to Educational Technology,

 Educational Computing Network of Ontario, Toronto, 05/30/05

Impact of D-Cinema on the Film Industry,

 Reel World Festival, Toronto, 04/13/05

Rapid Training for Business,

 The Canadian Community of Computer Educators, BMO – Institute for Learning, 02/16/05

The Digital Music Business,

 Digital Music Summit, Toronto, 02/10/05

Support of Local E-Content by Government and Private Funds,

 United Nations Digital Divide Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan, 11/26/04

New Power for Citizen-Clients,

 I & IT Leadership, Toronto, 09/14/04

Movie Marketing on the Internet,

 Toronto International Film Festival - TIFF, Toronto, 09/11/04

Will the REAL Client Please Raise Your Hand,

 Banff Television Festival, Banff, 06/14/04

Enabling Communities of Practice Through Technology,

 Ontario Hospital Association, Ottawa, 06/04/04

Serving the Needs of E-Citizens,

 MISA - Municipal Information Systems Association, Toronto, 05/31/04

Orson Wells’ “Touch of Evil” as an Archetypal B Movie,

 Classic Movie Festival, Toronto, 05/29/04

Legal frameworks for Music Soundtracks,

 Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, 11/20/03

The Future of Online Music Commerce,

nextMEDIA Conference, Charlottetown, 10/25/03

The Public as Clients of Government,

 IPAC Governance, Innovation and the Public Good Conference, Toronto, 08/27/03

Forging Client Relationships,

 Progress Face2Face, Digby N.S., 06/10/03

Organizational Structures in the Information Age,

 Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, 05/06/03

Creating Community in the Digital Age,

 National Managers Council, Halifax, 04/28/03

CRM – From Insight to Incite,

 Canadian Marketing Association, Toronto, 03/05/03

A Smart Community,

 Newmarket Town Council, Newmarket, 02/22/03

The New Clients of Government,

 Conference Board of Canada, Ottawa, 02/06/03

Learning Resources on Campus,

 International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Toronto, 10/30/02

Canadian Content and Copyright,

 Canadian Heritage, Ottawa, 10/08/02

The Shift in Education,

 Ontario Learning Partnership Group, Toronto, 09/27/02

Collaboration Across Government Agencies,

 Industry Canada Portfolio Office, Ottawa, 09/27/02

Breaking Down Barriers,

 Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen, Ottawa, 09/18/02

The New Client,

 Canadian Book Expo, Toronto, 06/221/02

Impact of the Information Age on the Environment,

 Environment Canada, 05/07/02

New Media and Cultural Industries Management,

 York University, Toronto, 05/05/01

Coming Changes in College and University Services,

 NAACUFS, Seattle, 02/27/01

Working in Harmony,

 Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association, Edmonton, 03/13/01

Delivering the New Public Services,

 Privy Council of Canada, Ottawa, 02/01/01

Local Villages in the Global Arena,

 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, Thunder Bay, 01/24/01

Looking Past the Horizon,

 Canadian Wheat Board, Red Deer, 12/04/00

Agricultural Communities in the Digital Age,

 I.T. Works Conference, Saskatoon, 12/01/00

Digital Content Management,

 Canadian Independent Record Production Association - CIRPA, Toronto, 11/29/00

Impact of Internet & E-Commerce on Music, Film, & Book Industries,

 ALAI Copyright Convergence Conference, Montreal, 11/25/00

New Value in Telecommunications,

 MTS - Manitoba Telecommunications Services, Winnipeg, 11/22/00

The New Connected Consumer,

 Foodservice Future Forces Roundtable, Toronto, 11/08/00

Connected Communities,

 London Home Builders, London, 10/19/00

Managing Connected Real Estate Portfolios,

 Yardi Real Estate, Santa Barbara, 10/03/00

Trends in Global Communications,

 Spectrum Investments, By Satellite to Six Cities, 9/28/00

Building a Connected Community,

 Windsor-Essex Community Workshop, Windsor, 9/27/00

Disintermediation and Corporate Communications,

 Canadian Pacific Corporate Seminar, Calgary, 9/20/00

Future of Interactive Content,

 BCE Corporate Retreat, Toronto, 9/08/00

21st Century Rights Management,

 SOCAN executive seminar, Toronto, 7/24/00

Newspapers in a Connected World,

 Canadian Association of Community Newspapers, Magog Québec, 7/21/00

Museums and New Media,

 9th International Museum Publishing Seminar, Ottawa, 7/14/00

Role of Librarians in a Digital Age,

Canadian Association of Librarians Conference, Edmonton, 6/22/00

Building Trust for a Secure Global Economy,

 Canadian IT Security Symposium, Ottawa, 6/21/00

Brix and Clix,

 HMV Record Retailers, Bromont Québec, 6/10/00

Bagels and Connectivity,

 TEDCity Conference, Toronto, 6/08/00

Context for Provincial Planning,

 Ontario Deputy Ministers, Toronto, 6/01/00

Framework for National Excellence,

 Governor General’s Study Conference, Toronto, 05/26/00

Technology and the Arts Connect,

 TechQuest 2000 Conference, Winnipeg, 05/10/00

Dis- and Re-Intermediation for Semiconductor Fabrication,

 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, San Jose California, 05/16/00, Costa Mesa California, 05/19/00

Habicons-Connected Communities in the 21st Century,

 Community Informatics Conference, Middlesbrough, England, 04/26/00

Interactive Television Content,

 Digital Media Institute, Toronto, 04/20/00

Enabling Higher Education Through Technology,

 University of Toronto, Toronto, 04/11

Connected Communities,

 Canadian Society of Association Executives, Toronto, 04/05/00

MP3: Threat or Salvation for the Music Industry,

 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Seminar, 3/11/00

Building New Communities in the Digital Age,

 Canadian Homebuilders’ Association, Ottawa, 02/15/00

The Transformation of Television and New Media,

 Telefilm Canada, Toronto, 01/28/00

Connected Communities,

 Design Exchange, Toronto, 11/25/99

A Digital Content Management System,

 U.S. Consulate and York University, 11/09/99

Enabling Global Commerce, Whitehorse,

 Yukon Government, 10/20/99

The Virtual Library,

 Alberta Library Association, 9/23/99

Online Distributed Content for Schools,

 York University, 9/14/99

Books and Bytes,

 Canadian Booksellers Association/Canadian Library Association, 6/15/99

Fair Use, Fair Dealing, and National Treatment,

 U.S. Consulate/CulTech Seminar, Toronto, 6/09/99

Launching the Millennium,

 Municipal Officers Association, Kelowna, BC, 6/03/99

Data Processing Development,

 Association of Public Sector Information Professionals, Ottawa, 6/02/99

Breaking the Barriers,

 Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Framingham NY, 5/27/99

At the Helm of Change,

 Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, 5/26/99

The New Research Paradigm,

 CITO – Communications Information Technology Ontario, Ottawa, 5/18/99

The Workforce of 2020,

 Canadian Public Personnel Management Association, Ottawa, 5/17/99

Documents on Campus,

 Xerox Docuworld, Toronto, 5/12/99

Blast Off to the New Millennium,

 Organization of Small Urban Municipalities, Owen Sound, 5/06/99

The Year 2000 and Beyond,

 Association of Program Managers, Toronto, 4/29/99

The New Job Market,

 Centre for Education and Training, Toronto, 4/29/99

Education and Technology,

 Education Computing Association, Toronto, 4/29/99

Positioning IT for the Future,

 Canadian Information Processing Society, Regina, 4/20/99

Partnering for Profit on the Net,

 Hewlett Packard, Toronto, 4/15/99

Networked High Schools,

 Ontario Association of School Board Officials, 4/09/99

Directions 99,

 IBM Global Services, Collingwood, 3/24/99

Interactive Television,

 Canadian Women in Communications, Toronto, 3/10/99

MP3 – Threat or Boon?,

 Canadian Music Week, Toronto, 3/05/99

Technology in Government,

 Human Resources Development Canada (Federal Government), Toronto, 2/25/99

Let’s Talk about Bagels,

 Design Exchange, Toronto, 2/18/99

Info Systems 2001,

 Manulife Information Systems, Mississauga, 2/16/99

The Bagel Effect,

 Canon Annual General Meeting, Toronto, 2/12/99

The New Yellow Pages,

 TELUS Advertising Services, Calgary, 1/24/99

The Future of Books,

 Ontario Library Association, Toronto, 1/23/99

International E-Music Commerce,

 U.S. Consulate/CulTech Seminar, Toronto, 11/13/98

The Bagel Effect on Campus,

 Waterloo University, Waterloo, 11/04/98

Post-Secondary Education Challenges,

 York University, 10/03/98

Bagels and CIOs,

 TELUS/IBM, Calgary, 10/30/98

Bagels and CIOs,

 TELUS/IBM, Edmonton, 10/29/98

Electronic Service Delivery,

 B.C Government Ministers and Deputies, Victoria BC, 10/22/98

From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side,

 Ontario Association of Community Colleges, Toronto, 10/15/98

Sea Changes in Education,

 University of Western Ontario, London ON, 10/14/98

Communications for a Converging World,

 Design Symposium 98, ROM, Toronto, 10/13/98

The Bagel Effect in Marketing,

 Canadian Direct Marketing Association, Toronto, 9/29/98

People Cause Change, Not Technology,

 Sheridan College Commencement, Mississauga, 06/18/98

Innovation in the Global Economy,

 IGBC Conference, Toronto, 03/06/98

Enabling Government Business Through Technology,

 Ontario Government Systems Council, Niagara On The Lake, 12/08/97

Wired Communities and E-Commerce,

 CIO Conference, Toronto 12/08/97

Bagels, Wired Communities, and SmartCards,

 Bank Of Montreal Executive Retreat, Pickering, 11/22/97

Digital Storytelling,

 Guvernment Conference, Toronto, 11/7/97

Financing Multimedia,

 Banff Centre For the Arts, Banff, 9/27/97

Interactive Training In The Cultural Sector,

 Cultural Human Resources Council Of Canada, Ottawa, 9/14/97

Education, Infoways, and Interactive Communities,

 LearnTec ‘97, Miramishi 05/07/97

Changing World of Work,

 Mayors’ Conference, Aurora, 04/04/97

Future of Business on the Internet,

 Comdex Canada, Toronto, 07/12/96

Communities on the Internet,

 Getting On-line, Ottawa, 06/21/96

Home Taping and the Digital Agenda,

 Insight Copyright Reform Conference, Toronto, 5/30/96

Business and Commerce on the Net,

 The Internet: Beyond the Year 2000, Toronto, 04/30/96

Rhetoric & Realities of the Communications Revolution,

 Electronic Democracy '96 Conference, 04/24/96

Applying Advanced Communications Technologies to the Learning Process,

 CIO Insights, Toronto, 10/25/95

Bagels, Power, & Interactive Communities,

 Association Of Municipal Officers, Hamilton, 10/95

Cities of the Future - Interactive Communities,

 Municipal Finance Conference, Windsor, 10/25/95

Empowerment of Citizens and Students - The Bagel Effect,

 CAPACOA, 09/95

What’s Next on the Highway?,

 COMDEX ‘95, Toronto, 7/13/95

Partners in Change,

 Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras, Toronto, 06/95

Bagels and Interactive Writing,

 WRITE 95, Vancouver, 05/14/95

Building an Interactive Community,

 Municipal Information Systems Association, Toronto, 5/7/95

Impact of New Technology on Cultural Industries,

 Community Arts Councils Conference, Belleville, 05/06/95


 Canadian Automated Building Association, Toronto, 03/95

Fibre To The Home - Fibre To The Desktop,

 Canadian Institute Multimedia Conference, 12/6/94

Digital Software For Music Composition & Performance,

 York University Colloquium, Toronto, 05/94

Multimedia TeleOrchestra, Canada & Telecommunications,

 IMAT Conference, Ottawa, 5/3/94

Intercom Ontario and the Environment,

 Faculty of Environmental Science, York University, Toronto, 01/94




Performing Artist


Paul Hoffert’s recent performances encompass rock, jazz, and orchestral music. He’s a singer/keyboardist with Lighthouse and a jazz soloist and leader of ensembles. In 2011-2012 he has been hosting a weekly Jazz Salon in Toronto, performing with guests Jackie Richardson, Don Thompson, Russ Little, Bruce Cassidy, Pat Lababera, Michael Stuart, Guido Basso, Tom Szczesniak, Dave Young, Reg Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, and other jazz luminaries.


In the past few years he has performed extensively across Canada; in Ajax, Aliston, Bala, Barrie, Belleville, Brampton, Brandon, Brantford, Brockville, Burlington, Calgary, Charlottetown, Chatham, Cornwall, Edmonton, Fredericton, Gananoque, Glace Bay, Guelph , Halifax, Huntsville, Kingston, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Listowell, London, Markham, Mattawa, Meaford, Minnedosa, Mississauga, Moose Jaw, Mt. Forest, New Liskeard, Niagara, North Bay, Oakville, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Parry Sound, Penticton, Peterborough, Port  Credit, Port Hope, Regina, Richmond Hill, Saint John, Sarnia, Saskatchewan, Southampton, St. Albert, St. Catherines, Sudbury, Teeswater, Thunder Bay, Uxbridge, Vancouver, Waterloo, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Woodstock.


He performs regularly with the Gelcer-Hoffert Jazz Trio whose CD, How High The Bird, has been in constant rotation at JazzFM and other jazz station since its 2011 release and has become a regular at jazz festivals.


Recent conducting duties include 2009 performances of the opera Brundibar including a Toronto Koerner Hall concert and a 2011 recording of Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody 1939-1945. Hoffert conducted the Canadian premier performance of the Rhapsody 1939-1945 at the Enwave Harbourfront Theatre in 2012.



Paul (Poli) Hoffert was born in Brooklyn, New York where he studied classical piano but was drawn to the music of Fats Domino, Little Richard, and the doo-wop groups of the ‘fifties. When he was 13, Paul started his first band, the Boptones, which performed in the New York area and released two recordings, I Wanna Love You and Betty Jean.

He moved with his family to Toronto when he was 14 and took up the vibraphone (vibes). Within a year he was performing regularly at coffee houses and in recording studios. When he was 16 he became a regular performer on CBC network television programs and this led to a record deal for his first LP, The Jazz Routes of Paul Hoffert.

Hoffert studied music composition with Gordon Delamont and, by the time he was 22, he had composed several feature film music scores and written an Off-Broadway musical, Get Thee To Canterbury.


He performed regularly with jazz greats Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, and Rob McConnell and also performed classical music, specializing in contemporary composers Harry Freedman, Harry Somers, Gunther Schuller, R. Murray Shafer, and Louis Applebaum. He was a percussionist with the Toronto Symphony for music recordings.

In 1969 Hoffert founded the rock band Lighthouse with Skip Prokop, singing and playing keyboards, vibes, and conga drums. Recognized as one of the best performing acts of the classic rock era, Lighthouse toured constantly, originated sponsored (Labatt) cross-country tours, and played to sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, National Arts Centre, Place des Arts, Expo ‘70 in Japan and the Isle of Wight in England. Lighthouse toured North America with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company (1971) and South America with Oscar Peterson and Desrosiers Dance Theatre (1995).


Lighthouse shared top billings with Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Santana among others. Elton John was Lighthouse’s opening act when he first performed in the US.


Back home, Lighthouse’s free concerts at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square attracted more than a hundred thousand fans.  It would be hard to find someone who lived in Canada through the 1970s who hasn’t seen the group perform.  They were and are Canada’s band.


As Lighthouse’s music director, Hoffert broke new ground in the fields of both pop and classical music. Along with Miles Davis, he is credited as one of the creators of fusion music, the blend of rock rhythms with jazz improvisations. He composed and conducted the first collaborations by a rock band with symphony orchestras in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton. He composed and performed the first ever rock ballet, Ballet High. These were great critical and commercial successes and brought new younger audiences to appreciate the treasures of orchestral music and dance.


In 1971 Lighthouse won the first of three successive Juno Awards for Best Group of the Year. They earned eight gold, the first platinum by a Canadian artist, and diamond awards for its record sales. The band could be seen on television, in newspapers and magazines, and on Coca Cola bottle caps.


Hoffert took a break from Lighthouse touring 1973. He founded Rock and Roll Records and produced artists such as Bob McBride, Bill King, Flower Traveling Band, Snakeye, Robbie Rox, and Flying Circus while continuing as Lighthouse’s executive producer. During that period, he was a founder of CIRPA, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association.

In 1975 Hoffert became pianist/conductor for Craig Russell, internationally acclaimed impersonator and star of the award winning Outrageous feature film. They performed concerts together throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall (twice), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Berlin Theatre Festival, Sydney Opera House, and Massey Hall.


In 1992 Lighthouse reformed and has been performing regularly ever since, bringing in the turn of the 21st century at the Parliament Hill Canada Day Celebrations, and continuing to perform across Canada (see Recent 2009-).


Hoffert appears regularly as a radio and television host and guest, recently on Canada AM, Squeezeplay, Business News Network, Breakfast Television, and Ontario Today.

He was a lead performer in One Fine Story—a theatrical history of the music business directed by David Acomba.


Hoffert was the first professional performer to embrace technology for distributed live musical performances. His pioneering demonstrations of music collaborations at distance at the Smart City Conference in 1995 and at the InterActive ’96 conference led to the use of these technologies for the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Olympics. In 1999, Hoffert performed live in Toronto with other musicians in Richmond Hill and Brampton. In 2001, he performed at the Supercomputing 2001 Conference in Chicago linked with other performers in Toronto and Denver. 

Hoffert spent much of 2006-8 in China, working with Harvard University and the Chinese government to monetize file sharing there so that artists and composers can be paid royalties in the future. During that time, he toured China as a performer with world music diva Dadawa (Zhu Zheqing).


Hoffert was music director of the Blue Mountain School of Music 1975-77 at George Brown College. He was appointed adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at York University in 1984, Research Professor at Sheridan College in 1999, Faculty Fellow at Harvard University in 2005, and a director of McGill University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology in 2007. He has taught at Beijing University and the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. In 2012, he received a doctorate from the University of Toronto, performing at his Music Faculty commencement as well as making the commencement address.


Hoffert was a founder and Chair of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television and executive producer of the Gemini Awards in 1985 and 1986. He was Chair of the Ontario Arts Council 1994-97 and is currently Chair of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada and Chair of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund.

Hoffert has served on many non-profit boards including the Canadian Performing Rights Society (1984-90); SOCAN Foundation (1993-2009); Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (1998-2003); Virtual Museum of Canada (2000-2005); Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (1999-); the Glenn Gould Foundation (2000-), and the United Nations World Summit on Information Societies.

He is the author of five books, including The Hoffert Guide for Synchronizing Music with Media and Composing Music for Videogames, Web, and Mobile. In 1996, Hoffert was inducted into the Canadian Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He received the Order of Canada in 2004 for contributions to music, media, and society.


Selected Performances

Conductor: 1962-

Hoffert conducted the Canadian premier performance of Leo Spellman’s Rhapsody 1939-1945 at the Ashkenaz Harbourfront Festival in 2012. He conducted the opera, Brundibar at Toronto’s Koerner Hall in 2009. He has conducted many film scores for film, television, and sound recordings with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Bavarian Film Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Prague Opera Orchestra, and studio orchestras. His conducting of non-original works includes a Placido Domingo disk for SONY records and an Igor Stravinsky (L’histoire du Soldat) CD for Marquis records.


Pianist, Vibraphonist: 1958-1969, 2009-

Mr. Hoffert returned to his jazz performance roots in 2010. He performs regularly at jazz festivals and at his weekly “Poli’s Jazz Salon” that features internally renowned jazz performers. Hoffert was animator-performer (Vibraphonist) of a distributed WAN live performance, with Hoffert in Denver + dancer, visual artist, and additional music in Toronto in February 2001.


He occasionally performs as a classical pianist including a Winnipeg performance in 2000 of Liszt’s 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody with conductor Bramwell Tovey.


Lighthouse Music Director, Keyboardist, Vocalist, Percussionist: 1968-1972, 1982, 2001-

Mr. Hoffert is founder of and lead performer with Lighthouse ( Lighthouse has headlined more than 500 concert performances. Lighthouse is currently touring to support the 2009 release of its DVD/CD, 40 Years of Sunny Days. Previous concert performances include: Carnegie Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Atlantic City Pop Festival, Isle Of Wight Festival (England), Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Expo '70 (Osaka, Japan), Massey Hall, National Arts Centre, Place des Arts, North American tour with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company (1971), South American tour with Oscar Peterson and Desrosiers Dance Theatre (1995), Canadian National Exhibition, and the Calgary Stampede. He  was a featured vocalist at the Canada Day Celebrations at Parliament Hill, 2000, CBC Television, Ottawa


As Lighthouse’s music director, Hoffert broke new ground in the fields of both pop and classical music. He was one of the creators of what is now known as fusion music, the blend of rock and jazz genres. He composed and conducted the first performances anywhere by a rock band with a symphony orchestra (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton symphonies). He also composed and performed the first ever collaboration between a rock band and a classical ballet company (The Royal Winnipeg). These were great critical and commercial successes and brought new and younger audiences to appreciate the treasures of classical music and dance.


Lighthouse earned eight gold, platinum, and diamond albums for record sales and is a three-time Juno Award winner as Canada’s top band. Mr. Hoffert was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Canada) in 1995.


Performer: One Fine Story, 2009-

Mr. Hoffert is a lead performer in this presentation of the history of the music business, seen through the eyes of a musician in a band that experiences the ups and downs of fame, fortune, failure, and resurrection, directed by David Acomba.


Musician, Performer: Dadawa (Zhu Zheqing), 2006

Mr. Hoffert toured in China with world music diva (Zhu Zheqing)


Distributed Music Performer, 1995-2001

Mr. Hoffert was the first professional performer to embrace live distributed musical performances, using analog TV and telephone networks at first to connect musicians distributed in different locations and then digital networks when they became available. His demonstration at the InterActive ’96 Cyber Soiree (see below) of feasible technologies and performance environments for networked performances led to the use of these for the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Olympics, at which Beethoven’s 9th Symphony was performed with orchestras and choruses distributed throughout the world.


Mr. Hoffert was vibraphonist for a distributed live performance at the Supercomputing 2001 Conference in Denver with a dancer, visual artist, and additional musicians in Toronto, February 2001

He performed live in 2000 as part of the International Smart City Conference at Toronto’s BCE Place with Lighthouse, synchronized at distance with a string orchestra at Brampton Ontario’s City Hall and a percussionist at the Richmond Hill Library. The connectivity was by direct fibre end-to-end with no signal compression and minimal network latency (delay).


He was the producer, host, and performer in 1996 at the Cyber Soiree conference in Toronto where he demonstrated a distributed low-latency live performance network using symmetrical audio and video feeds to four sites across the continent in two countries (US and Canada). Cyber Soiree 96 featured jazz musicians, dancers, and painters collaborating in real time at four locations in Quebec and Ontario. Cyber Soiree 97 expanded the horizons to Los Angeles at the official residence of Canada's Consul General where one hundred Hollywood denizens were partied (virtually) with suburban residents in Newmarket Ontario, conference attendees in downtown Toronto and one thousand party-goers at Citytv's ShmoozeFest - a party for Toronto's International Film Festival.


He performed one of the first distributed live music demonstrations in 1995 at the closing ceremonies of the international Smart Cities conference with half the musicians live at one site and the other half at another site twenty kilometers distant. The two locations were telepresenced bi-directionally with life-sized screens using broadband audio and video.


Musical Director, Arranger, Pianist: Craig Russell, 1975-1981

Mr. Hoffert was the music director, arranger, and pianist for Craig Russell, internationally acclaimed impersonator and star of the feature films “Outrageous” and “Outrageous 2”. After composing the music score and signature songs (It Ain’t Easy and Step Out) for Outrageous, Mr. Hoffert traveled with Craig Russell performing concerts throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall (twice), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Berlin Theatre Festival, Sydney Opera House, and Massey Hall. Mr. Hoffert conducted the twenty-two piece jazz band from the piano.


Vibraphonist, Percussionist, & Pianist 1958-1969

Mr. Hoffert began working as a professional percussionist when he was fifteen (1958). Before he founded Lighthouse, he played on hundreds of television programs, commercials, and recordings and performed live concerts. He played regularly with jazz greats Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell and Sonny Greenwich at Toronto’s House of Hamburg, Cellar Jazz Club, First Floor Club, and jazz festivals.


His television career started in 1959-1961 when he became a regular guest on the CBC television series While We’re Young and continued 1963-1965 as performer and music director for the CBC series Time of Your Life.


He worked with and performed the music of 20th century composers including Harry Freedman, Harry Somers, Gunther Schuller, R. Murray Shafer, and Louis Applebaum. Hoffert also recorded as a percussionist with the Toronto Symphony for its 20th century music recordings (Pierre Mercure, etc.)


Brooklyn, New York Performances as a pre-teen 1954-1956

When he was eleven years old, Mr. Hoffert started his professional music career singing with the Oscar Julius Choir in synagogues, performing with the with the Happy Zabezi Caribbean Band as well as singing and playing piano with the Boptones, a doo-wop pop group with whom he recorded his first 45 RPM record.






Seminars & Conferences

The following conferences and seminars were organized, produced, and/or hosted by Paul Hoffert


Promise of Music, 2009

International symposium on music education featuring the revolutionary and acclaimed El Sistema youth orchestra program that has resulted in millions of Venezuelan children rehabilitated from dead-end poverty and crime to useful participation in society through music education. The symposium is in coordination with performances by the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra in Toronto, Canada.


Cross-Canada Seminars for Composers, 2001-2003

An annual series of seminars and tutorials about the craft and working environment of film and television music given by Paul Hoffert in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver,


Toronto International Film Festival, 1998-2003

Annual seminars about film music co-sponsored by GCFC and TIFF featuring:

Elliot Goldenthal, Oscar winning composer, 2003

James Newton Howard, Emmy winning composer. 2002

Mychael Danna, Atom Egoyan’s anchor composer, 2001

They Shoot, We Score – panel of producers and composers, 2000


Cross Border Issues for Networked Content Seminar Series, 1998-1999

Four seminars co-sponsored by the U.S. Information Service and York University

Fair Use, Fair Dealing, and National Treatment in Digital Education, seminar, Toronto, June 1999

Copyright, Intellectual Property and the Internet, seminar, Toronto, February 1999

Music and the Internet, seminar, Toronto, November 1998

E-Commerce: Global Free-For-All or Local Jurisdiction, Toronto, September 1998

InterActive ’97 Conference, Toronto, 1997

The second international conference about new media content for creators and producers from the television and multimedia industries. The conference included a new media art gallery and demonstration of networked collaborations with keynotes from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Eugene Levy.


InterActive ’96 Conference, Toronto, 1996

An international conference about new media content for creators and producers from the converging television and multimedia industries. The conference included a new media art gallery and demonstration of networked collaborations with a keynote from Paul Hoffert.


Carmine Coppola, Toronto, 1985

A seminar featuring the Oscar-winning composer of the “Godfather” music score, Carmine Coppola.


Jerry Goldsmith, Toronto, 1984

A seminar featuring the “dean” of American film composers, multi Oscar and Emmy-winning Jerry Goldsmith.


Earl Hagen, Toronto, 1982

A seminar featuring the classic American television composer, Emmy-winning Earl Hagen.



Harvard University and Noank Media Inc.

Patent (Pending), P. Hoffert, Co-Inventor, 2007

Methods, media, and systems for tracking content consumption on individual devices such as computers, mobile phones, and mp3 players over a network


Patent (Pending), P. Hoffert, Co-Inventor, 2007

Methods, media, and systems for payment determination using individual user consumption data


Patent (Pending), P. Hoffert, Co-Inventor, 2007

Methods, media, and systems for recording and reporting content usage over a network


Digital Media Exchange (DMX), P. Hoffert, Co-Principal Investigator

The Digital Media Exchange (DMX) is a P2P online service, operated as a cooperative of content subscribers and suppliers. DMX provides content and license aggregation, marketing, and distribution, as well as usage accounting and royalty distribution. DMX subscribers have permission for the unlimited exchange (downloading, streaming, and copying) of music, movies, television programs, photos, games, documents, and the spoken word, with no technical protections or DRM constraints. In addition, many DMX content titles allow users to make derivative works from the content. DMX’s Peer to Peer (P2P) service allows users to share files amongst each other, without the intervention of a central server.


DMX is fully copyright compliant, with oversight by the Harvard University Law School - Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The owners and administrators of DMX content authorize DMX and its subscribers’ activities. DMX has clear privacy and dispute resolution policies procedures. DMX does not use technical systems that can limit subscribers from playing, copying, or distributing content. This allows any subscriber to make his or her content available to other subscribers, without the need for special encoding.


By Theme 1992—2005

1. Collaborative Research

CulTech Research Centre (1992-2000), P. Hoffert, Research Director, Executive Director

Founded in 1992 by Paul Hoffert, CulTech Research Centre focused on understanding the utility and impacts of digital media. CulTech’s research strategy was to work collaboratively with other research organizations, such as University of Toronto’s Knowledge Media Design Institute, Sheraton College’s Visual design Institute, the Banff Centre, IBM, Bell Canada, etc. CulTech became a world leader in developing and testing broadband user applications and content. CulTech structured many partnerships and consortia among educational institutions, governments, and companies.


2. Digital Rights Management - DRM

Rights Clearing House, 2001 – 2004, P. Hoffert, Director R&D

Rights Clearing House is a web portal for licensing rights to music and other content. It provides a unique Licensing Wizard that leads users through a series of questions that determine whether the desired content is in the public domain or protected by copyright. In the latter case, the Wizard determines which types of rights (performance, distribution, mechanical reproduction, synchronization, etc) are required for the requested use and automatically links to the databases of copyright societies, agencies, and publishers to clear those rights. Supported by Canadian Heritage, the website is the first of its kind to make the licensing process easy and frequently automatic, with e-commerce capability for payment with credit cards. See


Clearing Rights and Wrongs (CRAW), 2003

Clearing Rights and Wrongs is a Guide for clearing rights to Canadian learning objects at universities, colleges, and other educational institutions. The utility will be in the form of a Wizard – software that, by triage, guides a user through the complex area of copyright laws and current practices in a much simplified manner to deliver answers to practical questions such as “I would like to use <sample> materials in my classroom (or online). What rights, if any, need to be cleared in order to do so and how would I go about clearing them?” In addition, the Guide will contain links to many relevant sources of information at government, NGO, and private organizations. The Guide is accessed as a button on standard web pages.


Changing Relationships in Cultural Industries, 2001

A study prepared for the Canadian Ministry of Heritage and the inter-relationships among creators, production and publishing companies, and large distribution companies. The study concludes that, as a result of the changing infrastructures (to digital formats and distribution channels) creators and distributors have been empowered at the expense of independent production companies and independent publishing companies. This trend is disturbing in part because the independents are the traditional mode of government supports for the expression of local culture.


Digital Music Library  - Requirements Study and Plan, 2000

This research study was prepared for the Canadian Music Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts. It analyzes the structural and operational elements of the CMC national classical music repository of paper scores and music CD recordings and describes in detail how they may be transformed into an online digital archive, searchable and accessible from any browser on the Internet.


IVY, 1993-1999, P. Hoffert, Principal Investigator

The IVY Digital Property Management System is a comprehensive framework for networked delivery of digital content. It was one of the first to be deployed on digital networks, delivering media-rich digital content including music and CDROMs on demand, educational courses, community activities, information, and health care in a secure, authorized and authenticated environment. Content use is tracked accurately and reports are generated for users, content owners, and distributors. Varying permissions for use (stream, download, edit) may be specified for each file and IVY accommodates encryptions, data tagging, watermarking, user fingerprinting, and copy prohibition. The IVY system was used for more than two years (as part of the Intercom Ontario Trial) to track CD-ROMs, music, health, education, and Internet use.


3. Network Enabled Communities

OnDisC Alliance, 2000 - 2003, P. Hoffert, Research Director, Executive Director

OnDisC Alliance, a not for profit consortium of content companies, rights management companies, colleges, universities and other schools, is headquartered at Sheridan College in Toronto. OnDisc prototyped the delivery of media-rich digital course materials to students. OnDisC is an acronym for Online Distributed Content, the architecture that is used to test e-commerce models for delivering books, journals, photographs, videos, television programs, music, CDs, and the like to students in electronic formats, metered within a secure electronic environment. See


Intercom Ontario, 1994-1998, P. Hoffert, Executive Director, Researcher

Intercom Ontario was a field trial of a suburb connected by a community broadband network and serviced by a wide range of online content and applications. The Intercom consortium included more than seventy telephone companies, governments, broadcasters, computer companies, real estate developers, copyright collectives, retailers, educators, health companies, software developers and researchers. Research focused on content use and changes in work, play, and family activities.


Beginning December 1996, approximately one hundred households in the Stonehaven West neighborhood of Newmarket Ontario were connected by a 10 megabit/second symmetrical network and content infrastructure. Each home was fitted with a LAN for computer, video, and appliance connectivity.

A full range of applications, from CD-ROMs and music on-demand to health care and education was delivered to each home. Researchers from York University and University of Toronto monitored users and usage to determine how future communities might be optimally designed. In most cases, the deployment of applications and content resulted in the first information gathered about actual use by ordinary people in a residential community. The Intercom Ontario network was decommissioned at the end of 1998 but the data gathered continues to be analyzed.


Cyber Soirée, 1996-1997, P. Hoffert, Producer, Host, Performer

Cyber Soirée demonstrated a distributed low-latency live performance network using symmetrical audio and video feeds to four sites across the continent in two countries (US and Canada). Cyber Soirée 96 featured jazz musicians, dancers, and painters collaborating in real time at four locations in Quebec and Ontario. Cyber Soirée 97 expanded the horizons to Los Angeles at the official residence of Canada’s Consul General where one hundred Hollywood denizens were partied (virtually) with suburban residents in Newmarket Ontario, conference attendees in downtown Toronto and one thousand party-goers at Citytv’s ShmoozeFest - a party for Toronto’s International Film Festival.


Video Phones at Calumet College, 1994-1995, P. Hoffert, Co-Principal Investigator

One hundred students in residence at Calumet College were connected with videophones and wireless PDAs (Apple Newtons). The video conferencing operated on a broadband network among the college dorms and the PDAs were modified for operation on a wireless infrared network within the dorms, using the IP protocol to connect them. Research focused on finding appropriate screen resolutions, window sizes, and frame rates for satisfactory video communications and on understanding the social contexts for use, such as privacy and gender differentiation. 



Supercomputing Conference, 2001, Denver, P.Hoffert, host, Performer

Hoffert was the animator-performer (Vibraphonist) of a distributed WAN live performance, with Hoffert in Denver + dancer, visual artist, and additional music in Toronto, February 2001

Smart Toronto, 1999, P. Hoffert, Host, Performer

Toronto BCE Place + Brampton City Hall + Richmond Hill Library, Lighthouse at one location, string orchestra at the second and assorted percussionists at the third. The connectivity was by direct fibre end-to-end with no codecs (compression) so the network latency (delay) was minimal.

Smart Toronto, 1999, P. Hoffert, Host, Performer

Cyber Soiree demonstrated a distributed low-latency live performance network using symmetrical audio and video feeds to four sites across the continent in two countries (US and Canada). Cyber Soiree 96 featured jazz musicians, dancers, and painters collaborating in real time at four locations in Quebec and Ontario. Cyber Soiree 97 expanded the horizons to Los Angeles at the official residence of Canada's Consul General where one hundred Hollywood denizens were partied (virtually) with suburban residents in Newmarket Ontario, conference attendees in downtown Toronto and one thousand party-goers at Citytv's ShmoozeFest - a party for Toronto's International Film Festival.

Smart Cities Conference, 1995, P. Hoffert, Producer, Performer

The closing ceremonies of the international Smart Cities conference featured a distributed live music performance with half the musicians live at one site and the other half at another site twenty kilometers distant. The two locations were telepresenced bi-directionally with life-sized screens using broadband audio and video.

4. Digital Media Applications

Jukeboxx, 1995-2000, P. Hoffert, Principal Investigator

Jukeboxx is a music-on-demand application that serves compressed music files to client software on Windows and Macintosh platforms where the music stream is decompressed in real-time and played at high fidelity. It allows a user to make lists of songs from a large collection of titles and play them back in a prescribed or random order. Users can program their own radio stations, music for housework, homework, or for entertaining guests. Their music play lists are saved on a network server and are accessible at other homes and offices. A search engine allows users to find songs by composer, lyricist, artist, record company, music category, and the like.


The application has is compliant with digital rights management – DRM - systems such as DCMS (see IVY Research). Jukeboxx was deployed in the Intercom Ontario trial using music content from SONY, Warner, EMI, Attic, Anthem, Marquis, and other record companies. Within the first six months of making the application available to sixty-seven households, users accessed more than eight thousand song selections.


VITAL - Varied and Integrated Teaching and Learning, 1995-1999, P. Hoffert, Research Director

VITAL is a system for creating new interactive media-rich courses and materials for education and training. It also can VITALize legacy courses and materials so they may be effectively distributed on digital media. VITAL courses are interactive, available online, and rich in graphics, video, simulations, animations, music and voice. They require high-speed networks for delivery. VITAL courses use HTTP protocols and integrate URLs from the World Wide Web for a balance of author designed and up-to-date Internet materials. Initial courses were licensed by York University to Bell Canada for off-campus non-credit distribution.


NICE – Networked Interface for CD Edutainment, 1995-1997, P. Hoffert, Researcher

NICE was the first technology that allowed users to mount and access CD-ROMs over a broadband network without the need for local CD-ROM players or disks. CD-ROMs are transferred to hard disk using proprietary processes that maintain serial number verifications, multiple CD sets, and the like. From a user’s perspective, the disks seem to be resident in the local computer. The NICE system has been extremely robust, allowing dozens of users to access the same disk simultaneously without degrading system performance. On high-speed networks, the performance over the network is better at the user’s computer than if the user had a local CD-ROM disk mounted.


Vid-IO, 1993-1997, P. Hoffert, Researcher

Vid-IO is an easy-to-use inexpensive video telephone and video messaging system designed by CulTech researchers. It uses the power of PCs and high-speed networks plus an inexpensive video camera to deliver smooth motion video and good audio synchronization with a minimum of user intervention. All settings are automatic, with no menus to configure, and the application does not resemble typical computer software interfaces. Vid-IO was tested in the Calumet and Intercom Ontario connected community trials with messages stored on a server in the former case and on the users’ computers in the latter.


5. User Interfaces

Interactive Television Interfaces, 1999-2000, P. Hoffert, Co-Principal Investigator

Interactive television research centred on user interfaces and using set-top box technologies to integrate analog television programs and commercials with digital content and interactivity. Demos were created for the 1998 National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas.


EasyNav, 1995–1998, P. Hoffert, Principal Investigator, GUI Designer

EasyNav is a user interface for navigating content and applications on broadband networks. It allows easy selection of more than 1,000 applications with no more than two mouse clicks. EasyNav works equally well on computer screens and on TV sets. It provides excellent access for vision-impaired users and may be navigated entirely by sound. A contextual self-help and tutorial of streamed videos and balloon-type text help users learn the system. Color is used thematically to track user choices and to keep track of users’ navigational locations. Users can personalize their interface by substituting their own graphical icons and sounds for the defaults. The underlying technology is http, but the interface replaces the common browser look with a unique full-screen environment that looks like neither a computer OS or a television program screen.


Pre-CulTech (1992) Research

Simulated Acoustic Environments, 1990-1992 P. Hoffert, Director

The DACARIE Audio Research Laboratory, York University is a large simulated acoustic environment capable of accommodating a full symphony orchestra and audience. It employs dozens of microphones located at room boundaries, processing their signals according to transforms that match the acoustic coefficients of known acoustic spaces, and playing the resulting signals on dozens of “soft-speakers” at the room boundaries. Users dial a variety of acoustic settings to instantaneously change the reverberant characteristics of the space. The system is still in daily use by students, faculty, and for recording.


Sound Exciter Software, 1991

Hoffert was co-principal investigator and software developer of a computer program that emulates hardware music synthesizers.


Digital Piano, 1991

Hoffert directed a software and hardware R&D team that developed a new method of storing, compressing, and processing music sounds in their digital frequency domain representation. The technology was licensed throughout the world for use in digital electronic pianos.


Interactive Talking Doll, 1990

Hoffert was co-principal investigator with Barry Silverman of an interactive talking doll with multiple sensors triggered by children during play that cause the doll to speak in a life-like manner using highly compressed recordings of human conversation. Mattel licensed the technology for its Cabbage Patch Doll product line.


Microchip Design, 1989-1990

Hoffert directed an R&D team that developed audio companding microchips manufactured by LSI LOGIC and distributed by Newbridge Microsystems.


Musicbox, 1988-1989

Hoffert was Principal Researcher and Designer for a hardware music synthesizer with distributed microchip intelligence producing analog, frequency modulated, and digitally sampled music within the same unit.


HI-COM Algorithm, 1988

Hoffert was co-Inventor of constant bit-rate algorithms for real-time frequency domain companding of digital audio signals using psycho-acoustic principals to discard perceptually irrelevant data. The technology was licensed to Yamaha, Akai, and Dae Woo.


MIDIBoost, 1988

Hoffert was co-developer of digital data transfer technology that allows digital MIDI - Musical Instrument Digital Interface - signals to be transmitted up to three kilometres instead of the standard ten meter limitation. The technology was licensed to Anatek Inc. for manufacture.


MasterTrax, 1987

Hoffert was contributing software designer for music sequencing software.


UNITY Algorithm, 1986

Hoffert was co-Inventor of digital audio companding algorithm for lossless real-time compression of digital music. The technology was licensed to Akai in Japan.


MacLeyvier Digital Musical Instrument, 1983

Hoffert was a researcher at Hazelcom Industries for a music processing system driven by a mini-computer (DEC PDP-11) to sequence, orchestrate, record, notate and perform music. Hoffert presented and demonstrated the instrument at the New York Audio Engineering Society Conference, 1983.


Apple Motion, 1977-1982

Hoffert was software developer for early Apple and Apple ][ computers focusing on graphics, animation, and music applications. He authored one of the first personal computer programs that allowed users to easily create and animate sprites.


Music To Graphic Conversion, 1969-1971

Hoffert was a researcher (part time) at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. He investigated the application of computer technologies to music and visual art with Ken Pulfer (PI) and William Buxton.


Press Quotes & Reviews About Paul Hoffert

Hoffert has spent most of his years involved in serious play, much of it devoted to finding ways of getting the rational order of machines to bend itself to the wild ways of human invention.

-- The Globe and Mail


Paul Hoffert defies neat definitions. The founder and keyboard player for the 1970s rock band Lighthouse is now the architect of Canada’s most innovative information highway experiments. A university professor, businessman, composer and conductor, Hoffert is, [in the words of some] the quintessential “renaissance man.” He is also, possibly, the ideal visionary for the electronic age.

-- Toronto Star


Lighthouse succeeded because Hoffert restyled jazz and made it accessible to popular culture. In the same way, Hoffert has written books that adapt the ideas of esoteric media theorists for mainstream consumers. Like the songs he once created, Hoffert's books are easy to digest -- pop media theory.

-- Ottawa Citizen


Mr. Hoffert is one of the New Mandarins [along with Microsoft’s Bill Gates]… His music wakes up Canadians every morning, but this member of the Canadian Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been waking up the technology sector as well ... (with) projects such as IVY, which tracks the electronic reproduction of digital property and Intercom Ontario, a totally 'wired' community.

-- Financial Post


Perhaps the most innovative suggestion [for the economy] comes from Paul Hoffert. [He believes] government must ensure that all citizens are connected. Many of the people who would benefit the most [such as the unemployed] could be less of a burden if they had connectivity. After all, you walk out of your front door and there is a road leading to a network of transportation.

-- MacLean’s


Hoffert writes well, makes lots of fine observations and ends with a quip with a touch of Revelations that information proliferation and growing public control of things is the "dawning of a new age." It's probably true…Read this book as a bouquet to the information age…The New Client is a good read, offers some nice insights into marketing, and will cheer up readers who have seen their telco and tech stocks shrivel in value. At least they gave to a good cause

-- The Globe and Mail book review of “the New Client” , Feb. 3, 2003


"All Together Now" is an insightful, inspirational, delightful read. Hoffert has filled the hole in the bagel (his previous book) with meaningful substance. Read the new book, build your community, and enjoy the dynamic experience, both digital and physical.

-- NewMedia.Pro, December 2000


Ex-rocker Paul Hoffert turns Marshall McLuhan on his ear. He says the Global Village is dead, and he knows what's taking its place... the Digital Age, [Hoffert argues] will reverse many of the negative effects of globalization, bringing people and families closer together.

-- Ottawa Citizen, Jan 29, 2001


Never mind that we've had to deal with the disruptions and distress of downsizing, decentralization, deregulation, digitization, convergence, and interactivity. Now that we're through being shaken, things are going to get better. This book [The Bagel Effect] sure is an interesting ride...

-- Vancouver Sun, November 5, 1998


The Bagel Effect is an intriguing and compelling 'read' that serves up an ironically simple but robust new paradigm... the insights are powerful and fascinating.

-- John Sheridan, President Bell Canada


Musician, scientist, engineer, arts maven, and entrepreneur Paul Hoffert takes us on an accessible, lively, wide-ranging, thought-provoking tour of the frontiers of technology and culture... an optimistic and deeply humanistic view of the world and of modern technology's role in it... Required reading for an introduction to the profound changes being enabled by modern media.

-- Dr. Ronald Baecker, Director, Knowledge Media Design Institute, U. of Toronto


Written with clarity and charm, Paul Hoffert's Bagel Effect is the guide to the information technology revolution and its social, political and economic implications. Accessible, insightful, comprehensive and prescient. You can't afford not to read it.

-- Kim Campbell, Canadian Counsel General, Los Angeles


The Bagel Effect is like a magnet; you can aim it at any contemporary business or cultural concern to rearrange the field of your own perceptions. You will see the shape of things as they are unfolding. [It is] the only book on business and culture that I could read from cover to cover. It is fun, there is no hype.

-- Derrick de Kerckhove, Director, McLuhan Program, University of Toronto


All Together Now is an insightful, inspirational, delightful read. Hoffert has filled the hole in the bagel (his previous book) with meaningful substance. Read the new book, build your community, and enjoy the dynamic experience, both digital and physical.

-- New Media Pro, December 2000


How do we deal with movies without film? Television without broadcasting? Paul Hoffert digests all the complexities, applies his framework, and offers us all a clear and compelling path to the destination in sight.

-- Maria Tapalovich, President and CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television


Hoffert provides a refreshing... perspective on today's business imperatives. He provides a unique... look at the changes in business over the last decade and captures the importance of developing a customer focused, service oriented society.

-- R. A. Beatty, IBM Global Services


Paul Hoffert has created a new metaphor, a new way of looking at developments in the digital domain. His insightful analysis [explains] business and personal relationships, and also infrastructures of government and commerce.

-- Paul Spurgeon, General Counsel, Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)


Review of “Hoffert Violin Concerto”

I was ready for the same sort of problems of stylistic incongruity in the Concerto for Contemporary Violin by the American-born Paul Hoffert, now resident in Canada \(Marquis Classics ERAD145). The composer's note on the piece gave advance warning: it "was written for orchestra, solo violin and jazz rhythm section. The violin soloist is required to use jazz, rock and other contemporary stylings, and occasionally the violin is processed electronically through echo loops.


That's enough to raise the eyebrows in advance, and certainly there are some abrupt changes of style in the course of its eighteen minutes. But the piece is saved by the abiding lyricism of the violin line, which soars and swoops in the best Romantic style. At times, indeed, it achieves the simple and unalloyed beauty that makes Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto so memorable - which makes me regret the stylistic gubbins that Hoffert has thought necessary to bring on board. The sound has come up bright and sparkling... I don't know whether or not he has written a "straight" violin concerto; on the basis of this intermittently outstanding piece it will be worth looking out for.

-- Andrew Patton, from


Review of “Groundstar Conspiracy” Music Score

 “… excellent and offbeat music by Paul Hoffert”

-- Variety Magazine, 1975


Review of Lighthouse’s “One Fine Morning” Album

“Lighthouse's new effort, One Fine Morning, is everything he hoped and expected the first one to be… Skip Prokop and Paul Hoffert have now matured as writers to the point where they are capable of writing a song which is both highly original and moving. Their more up-tempo numbers ("Love of a Woman" and "One Fine Morning") shake you as well, if not better, than anything ever written by any of their competitors in the neo-big band field to date. At the same time, their "production" type numbers, ("Step Out on the Sea," and particularly "1849""), display a singular power and mood that almost makes you want to stand up and salute something… I can recommend this album to anyone without fear of getting it thrown back at me.”

-    Alan Niester, Rolling Stone, 1971


For Selected Articles about Paul Hoffert, see