Who We Are
Dave Bidini is Editor in Chief, President and Chair of the Board of West End Phoenix. He is the only person to have been nominated for a Gemini, Genie and Juno as well CBC's Canada Reads. A founding member of Rheostatics, he has written 12 books, including On a Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey, Around the World in 57 1/2 Gigs, and Keon and Me.
Melanie Morassutti has held senior editorial roles at a mitt-full of Canadian
publications including The Globe and Mail, where she was editor of the Life section, and Chatelaine, where she was deputy editor. The Phoenix is her second startup office (like Toro's before it) to contain a bathtub.
Both rhythm guitarist for Randwiches and occasional co-writer with Rheostatics – she narrated the band’s 2000 album, “The Story of Harmelodia” – Latin degree major Janet Morassutti has years of experience copy-editing a wide range of editorial titles, including the National Post and Maclean’s.
Susan Grimbly has worked in newspaper and magazine publishing in Canada for over 25 years, as editor and manager. She dwelt for years in the salt mines of The Globe and Mail, but also worked for the Toronto Star, Financial Post Magazine, Financial Times and Maclean’s. She has written numerous articles and launched news sections, award-winning columns, plus the odd publication and/or website startup. An NMA awards judge and Ryerson Review of Journalism mentor, she recently led two students to win AEJMC awards out of a wide field of American colleges. A former East Ender, once Sue moved west of Yonge Street, she never looked back.
Robyn Colangelo is the creative director at Broken Fence Communication, a design company she started in 2002. Robyn has worked with corporate clients including KPMG, Toyota, RBC Royal Bank, TD, Home Depot, and has strong partnerships with smaller organizations like Historica Canada, Big Picture Conferences and Rotman Commerce at UofT.
West End Phoenix has given Robyn an opportunity to implement a visual language that she has honed over many years. Her approach is part utilitarian—due to her 10,000 hours working in corporate communications—while simultaneously breaking most of the rules.
Jalani Morgan is an established Toronto based photographer, visual historian and photo editor who is known for his editorial, documentary and gallery collected work both nationally and internationally.
Over the past 15 years, Jalani has built an impressive portfolio creating pieces for the National Film Board of Canada, The Fader, Nike, Sportsnet Magazine, TVO, National Screen Institute, Converse, Manifesto, ArtReach, TEDxToronto, Daniel Spectrum and Nia Centre for the Arts, and has contributed to exhibits for Photoville New York, The Wedge Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor and CONTACT Photography Festival.
Born in Etobicoke and raised in Scarborough, Jalani has been dedicated to giving back to his community through mentorship and community empowerment programs that have included The Remix Project, LAMP and We Are Lawrence project, created in partnership with City of Toronto and Manifesto.
He is a passionate Toronto Blue Jays fan and has a soft spot for Montreal.
Polaroids by Jalani Morgan