Our work

We hold four words close to our hearts:

"Stories. Crafted to Inspire."

Videographers, editors, animators, designers, writers, photographers and media creators constitute Ward 1, but above all we are a tribe of storytellers. We intertwine the creative veins of our respective talents to evoke emotion, drive change, and most of all, craft stories that inspire.


Featured Project

2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence

Client: Guelph Chamber of Commerce

The Awards of Excellence is Guelph's premier appreciation event of the year where exceptional individuals and businesses in our community are celebrated.  To be recognized at this event is the highest form of achievement in volunteerism and business excellence.

As part of this project, Ward 1 Studios produced a series of video, photo and animation assets to promote and showcase the event and nominees including a Canada150 Tribute to Guelph, which opened the evening's event.


Guelph Awards of Excellence - Nominees


Excellence in Business (under 50):

  • Granite Homes
  • Champion Mortgage
  • Ostic Insurance Brokers
  • Huber Window Cleaning

Excellence in Business (over 50 employees):

  • The Co-operators
  • Guelph Family Health Team

Community Spirit Award:

  • The Mactaggart Team - Richardson GMP
  • Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital
  • KidsAbility

Emerging Business Award:

  • Dixon's Distilled Spirits
  • Midnight Illusions
  • Right at Home Canada-Guelph

Lifetime Achievement Award - Ike Van Soelen

In 2017, Ike Van Soelen was recognized as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award.  

β€œIke Van Soelen epitomizes what a lifetime achievement looks like. With entrepreneurial spark and creativity, Ike has been admired as a husband, father, mentor, advisor, friend and leader” said Guelph Chamber of Commerce president Kithio Mwanzia. 

This piece provided the opportunity to integrate video and stunning photography to create a compelling, thoughtful and unique vignette recognizing an inspiring leader in the community.




The Journey

Client: Canadian Nurses Foundation & TD

Indigenous nurses are often the first point of contact and the only health care providers in Indigenous communities. With an increased sensitivity to the cultural dimension of health care needs and services, these nurses are critical to ensuring patients and families lead healthier and happier lives.  Canada currently does not have enough Indigenous nurses to meet the health care needs in these communities. Danielle, Isabelle, and Sharlene share their experiences and challenges on their journey to working in the nursing profession.  

This documentary was produced as the centrepiece of the Canadian Nurses Foundation "$1 Million in 1 Year" campaign to raise funds to support indigenous nursing scholarships and research.  The project was a partnership between Vlyte Media and Ward 1 Studios.

In addition to producing short (3m30s) and full (19m30s) versions of the documentary, our team created a series of supporting assets including:

-  a bespoke website for viewer engagement and donations: https://www.supportthejourney.ca
- a series of short promotional video assets including a behind the scenes of the recording of backing music with Mino Ode Kwewak N'Gamowak, the Good Hearted Women Singers
- a collection of branded Instagram posts
- supporting photography of featured nurses and landscapes

Ward 1 Studios is a group of individuals that are going to revolutionize the way we tell stories in Guelph. They are doing fantastic work. You can see how they were able to capture the essence of the individuals that we are celebrating in such a meaningful way, and I encourage you to engage with them.
— Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce

Additional Work