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Christian Hurst

Founder, Creative Director,
Granitewish Entertainment
Toronto, ON, Canada
@granitewish
Christian Hurst is a music, media and entertainment professional based in Toronto, Canada. He is driven by connection, collaboration and affection for chaos, and has been working across creative, business and technical roles for more than 20 years.

Christian studied jazz performance, composition and arranging at Humber College from 1993-1995, focusing on voice, saxophone and guitar, and was awarded the Sennheiser Award for Academic Excellence in audio engineering, production and music business at Trebas Institute in 1998, which included a full scholarship to study at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

His creative, business and technical brains have become more integrated and collaborative over the years, and he has contributed to many music related initiatives in a broad range of roles, including producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, composer, sound designer, lyricist, session player, performer, arranger, manager, publisher, label, stage manager, artist liaison and educator as well as music, marketing, business development and project consultant.

Christian began working as a music supervisor in 2012, and from Nov 2014-June 2016, he was Director of Music Supervision and Licensing at Eggplant Collective, one of Canada’s premiere music and audio post facilities. While there he also focused on A&R and technology development, and was involved in developing film and television projects, including co-production deals in the US, UK and Australia.

In April of 2018, Christian co-founded Interleave, a super-collaborative team of award winning music and audio professionals with Oleksa Lozowchuk (award winning composer and Music Director at Capcom Game Studios Vancouver for 7+ years). Collectively the Interleave team has provided music, audio and voice direction, composition, sound design and implementation for 50+ AAA games, mobile titles and immersive projects, and composition, sound design and music supervision for an array of television series, feature films, ads and trailers.

Christian is also co-founder of rights management startup Rights.Kit, advisor to a number of music, media and tech companies, and partner and producer on CanadaSound. He develops, produces, music supervises and consults on a broad range of music, media, technology, education and cultural projects.