ABOVE ALL

ABOUT THE NORTHERN

Everything we do starts with an idea. We started The Northern with the idea of combining a creative agency and production house. It would enable us do anything we think of. It worked. Above all, we focus on delivering thoughtful, honest content and interaction for brands. Ideas that work.

We’re independent, collaborative, and international. We live in Nova Scotia, Canada. We work everywhere, from Iceland to China, the United States to Ghana. We’ll work with you wherever you are.

Whether you need TV or online commercials, 2D or 3D animation, social media marketing & content, branding & strategy, radio advertising, 3D projection mapping, an app, a website or service production… we’ll take you where you need to go.

ABOVE ALL

LATEST WORK

TD BANK

Online Commercial & Social Content

NORTHERN x DIAMOND x NIMBLE + TD BANK

Halifax Pride is a week-long celebration the whole city is swept up in every summer. But, as with so many other events, the COVID-19 pandemic presented daunting challenges in 2020—even threatening to cancel Pride Week. Being out—in both senses—is central to Halifax Pride’s popularity. However being literally out in the street couldn’t happen this year. But with support from sponsors like TD and encouragement from stakeholders throughout the community, the organizers made the bold decision to take Halifax Pride online this year, and celebrate virtually.

Two key players in the local LGBT+ community and on the organizing committee who pulled out all the stops to bring Halifax Pride 2020 to life were Jake Rafuse and Steve MacLeod—better known by their drag queen handles, “Dyna Might” and “Deva Station.”

Sponsors couldn’t count on the same kind of exposure they would typically have either, but TD Community Banking Manager, Tina Murphy, not only ensured the bank hung in as a sponsor, she found a way to celebrate Halifax Pride Week and TD’s involvement online too, leveraging an ongoing campaign, #TDThanksYou, then in production throughout North America.

That’s where we got involved, being asked to partner in creating this Halifax-focused video for the campaign with Diamond, TD’s agency, and the production house, Nimble Content—both based in Toronto. We acted as their producer on the ground in Halifax, and directed this piece too, working both virtually and on location while observing social distancing protocols.

Like 2020’s Halifax Pride itself, the work was extremely well appreciated by any measure. Within two weeks, it garnered over a million YouTube views.

We had fun and got to flex some of our own creative muscle telling Jake and Steve’s inspiring story, and helping TD present them with an equally inspiring surprise reward for their valiant efforts.

OUR WORK

NFL FERRIES

Television & Online Commercial

NORTHERN + NFL FERRIES

RIGHT TO PLAY

Television & Online Commercial

NORTHERN + RIGHT TO PLAY

MONCTON WILDCATS

Online & Arena

NORTHERN + WILDCATS

EDMONTON OILERS

Online & Arena

NORTHERN + OILERS

HISTORY CHANNEL

Television Commercial

NORTHERN + HISTORY CHANNEL

EGG FARMERS OF CANADA

Online Commercial

NORTHERN x GCI + EGG FARMERS

McDONALDS

Online & Social

NORTHERN x COSSETTE + McDONALDS

WINDSOR ROYALS

Brand & Strategy

NORTHERN x DOSE + ROYALS

MONCTON WILDCATS

Online & Arena

NORTHERN + WILDCATS

WINDSOR TOWNSHIP

Brand, Strategy & Community Plan

NORTHERN x DOSE + WINDSOR

ONTARIO INSURANCE BROKERS

Online Commercial

NORTHERN x HADDON + OIB

EDMONTON OILERS

3D Projection Mapping

NORTHERN + OILERS

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Television & Online Commercial

NORTHERN + CHL

TOYOTA

Television & Online Commercial

NORTHERN x PRIME + TOYOTA

MIND BEACON

Explainer Animation

NORTHERN x GENE + TOYOTA

HALIFAX THUNDERBIRDS

Brand, Strategy, Online & Arena

NORTHERN + THUNDERBIRDS

HALIFAX MOOSEHEADS

Online & Arena

NORTHERN + MOOSEHEADS

ALEXANDER KEITH'S

Online Commercial

NORTHERN x DOSE + ALEXANDER KEITH'S

AWARDS

1
Cannes Lions
7
Clios
3
New York Festivals
2
One Show
2
CMA
3
IDEA Golden Matrix