Words Talk Productions is writer/producer Vince Grittani, who began as an advertising copywriter then moved on to theatre, television, and print. Never forgetting his roots in marketing, no matter what project he is creating, Vince always takes into account the “total picture” by identifying the end user. With the surge of digital media he quickly became aware of its effect on audiences. From the surge of DYI programming, to music and lyrics as a hook for live theatre performances, to the rise of binge-watching on multiple devices, Vince thinks, creates and produces.
In 2008, Vince founded the Rosseau Culture and Arts Project (R’CAP), an arts and culture organization that fosters artistic and cultural activity in Northern Ontario. Under his direction as Executive/Programme Director, RCAP manages The Muskoka Theatre Project, and founded The Muskoka Independent Film Festival, The TWG Gallery plus The Academy of Arts and Practical Science and “Kinderfest”. In 2014 & 2015 he created and lead “Destination Rosseau” an integrated festival of art, theatre, music, and film. Over a period of two and a half months, the festival drew thousands to the Village of Rosseau and gained international attention.
Vince is an award-winning playwright, television, and theatrical producer, published author, illustrator, and cartoonist. He co-hosted, wrote and produced the first five seasons of “Cottage Life Television” then went on to create, host and produce “The Weekend Guy”, first for two seasons as a segment on Life Network’s “Real Life”, then as a series seen throughout Canada (CanWest), the US (on Ion Life) and beyond. He has also written soaps, animation, children’s programming, dramas and comedies for Nelvana, Paragon Pictures, CBS, Jim Henson Productions, FOX TV, Warner Bros., ABC, Cinar, HBO, Life Network, CTV and CTV Travel.
In the 80’s he created the Toronto stage hit “Yuppies! The Musical” followed by “Quiche My What”. In 2001, he was commissioned by the Town of Gravenhurst to write “Scenes From My Dock!” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their Opera House. He founded the Muskoka Theatre Project in 2002, which over the years has produced several of his original plays and musicals including “Wake Me When It’s Over”, “Scenes From the 19th Hole”, “Cottage Cheese and Wedding Whine”, “The Audit” and his award-winning one-woman show “Quiet! I’m Talking”. His plays have all seen several productions by a variety of professional companies.
Vince wrote “The Weekend Guy – A Survival Guide” (Key Porter Books) and has contributed articles to The National Post, Post Homes Magazine, The Muskokan, Muskoka Magazine, Dockside and Cottage Dog to mention only a few. Since 1999 he has been writing and drawing several comic series including “The Weekend Guy”, “Simply Green” and “Chasing Iago” published in various Metroland, Sun Media, and other publications. He is also an accomplished illustrator featured on greeting cards, websites, in publications and for corporate and private clients.
Vince has always been a supporter of promoting Muskoka and Northern Ontario. From a camper to counselor, a cottager to permanent resident, he has grabbed any opportunity on television, radio, in his theatrical ventures or in print to promote the region and invite the world to visit. Over the years the cultural and artistic activity he has created and produced has resulted in hundreds of jobs and increased visitor spending in the local community. He has partnered with national and local corporate sponsors, municipalities and hospitality entities, and continues to seek out any chance to cross-promote.
In 2017, he composed “My Muskoka” for Canada’s 150th celebration, gathered 200 strangers and produced “My Muskoka 150” a music video featuring the citizens of Muskoka.
Vince also holds an Ontario Real Estate license for special projects and owns the TWG Guest House in the Village of Muskoka at the top of Lake Rosseau.