Keram Malicki-Sánchez

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Keram Malicki-Sánchez
Born (1974-05-14) 14 May 1974 (age 41)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Actor, musician, composer, producer, writer, new media consultant

Keram Malicki-Sánchez (born 14 May 1974) is a Canadian actor,[1] singer, writer,[2] futurist,[3] music producer, film producer[4] and film director.[5]

Early life[edit]

Malicki-Sánchez was born in Toronto, Ontario to a Polish father and Ecuadorian mother (a theater director). Keram studied ecclesiastical and classical choral music at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto.

His debut in the world of music and acting began with musical theater at the age of 7 in the title role of Oliver! at the Limelight Dinner Theater in Toronto which performance was met with rave reviews by the local press, including the Toronto Star.

In the early stages of his career he played a variety of roles for CBC radio dramas, and at the age of fourteen was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for Best Actor[6] in a musical for his portrayal of Prince Edward in an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper at the Young People's Theatre in Toronto - one of the youngest actors ever to be nominated in this category.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

Malicki-Sánchez released a solo 45" on vinyl in Spanish at the age of thirteen through Fe Discos from Ecuador. In 1990, he founded the record label Constant Change Productions out of Toronto, Canada. He began his own band, Blue Dog Pict, aged fourteen. The band released three albums: The Picture Album (1990), Anxiety of Influence: a nodding into...? (1992), and Spindly Light Und Wax Rocketines (1995) that were distributed by Distribution FUSION III from Montreal, Canada. This final album was one of the first ever enhanced CDs[citation needed] released by a band, as it features a MAC/PC compatible Myst-style video game. Malicki-Sánchez worked directly with the CD manufacturer to create a method for putting the data on track 0[citation needed] so that the CD would also play in a standard CD player.

In 1995, Keram released a cassette tape called "Automated Gardens: AN4" as part of an ambient electronic solo project. The indie cassette release was one of the top independent sellers at the now defunct "SAM the Record Man" store in Toronto for several weeks.[citation needed] Keram later added Blue Dog Pict soundman and co-producer Joshua Miles Joudrie and Jason "DJ Shine Spanu" to the line-up, and the band played various shows and raves in Ontario, Canada, including sharing a bill with Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman at the E13 Network rave in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The electronica band later placed three music cues in the independent feature Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy. It was on the film Ecstasy that Keram also met guitarist and actor Alex Lifeson of the band Rush with whom he would later collaborate on his solo record.

Keram also performs music under his own name, and has songs on various original film soundtracks including MGM's Uptown Girls (released on Nettwerk Records), New Line Cinema's Happy Campers, and Broken (Fuel 2000) for which he performed opposite the film's star Heather Graham in a video for the song "The Hanging Tree" that he composed. Under the Automated Gardens moniker, he and DJ Shine licensed four more tracks to the film Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy whose soundtrack includes some of the top electronic musics artists of the decade.

Malicki-Sánchez moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s where he continues to perform music live under the moniker "Keram". As the artist "Keram" he was a regular at Hollywood's Hotel Cafe. During this period he also collaborated on songs with singers Aimee Lynn Chadwick, Jordan Bridges, and Brittany Murphy with a side project called Blue Rose Harlots.

25 January 2008, Keram released his solo debut acoustic album "Box",.[7][8] at Room 5 in Los Angeles. It became a Top Seller at, within its first week.[citation needed]

In 2014, Malicki-Sanchez announced that he had completed work on his album "Come to Life, " after 7 years. The album features the contributions of over 30 musicians, including Alex Lifeson on guitar. The album was mixed by Rich Chycki and masterd by Andy Vandette at Masterdisk New York. The manufacture and promotional budget was raised through a successful IndieGogo campaign [1] that achieved 144% of its original goal. The album was launched at a record release event held at The Supermarket in Toronto's Kensington Market district on April 12. Alex Lifeson made a guest appearance, joining the band onstage for two songs. An American release party for the same album was held at Molly Malone's in Los Angeles on April 4, 2015.

That same year he licensed two songs in the style of Dubstep to the Lifetime Network film "Perfect High".


In 2006, Malicki-Sanchez wrote, directed and produced a one-hour fictional film about this early online community and the Sky Pirates entitled "The Charge of the 08.ZIYA". The film is about a rescue mission from a marketing shell game, and is scored by Automated Gardens.

He was later a student in the first years of UCLA Extension's Film, Television and Digital entertainment, Cinematography and Film Producing programs. He graduated from the UCLA program in 2009. In 2012 he was one of 65 people invited to attend and completed Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School in Los Angeles.

His first short film A Killer App was accepted into the Glastonbury, Atlanta Horror Film Festivals and was an award winner at the Accolade Film Festival[citation needed], and Shockfest[9] for Best Monster Creation. His subsequent short film Tulip Pink toured the film festival circuit and screened to sold out theaters at the Newport Beach Film Festival[10] among others. His third short How (Not) To Become a Vampire features motion graphics by John Watson who also worked as a compositor on Resident Evil: Extinction and made the festival rounds in 2011 including the Austin Film Festival winning various People's Choice Awards (Zero Film Festival - Toronto among them).[4][5][11]

New Media[edit]

In 2000 Malicki-Sánchez launched "freedom" - a highly customized phpnuke bulletin board, messaging and community building portal whose active community kept the site alive for six years, preceding such social media portals as Friendster , MySpace and Facebook , which perhaps it resembled most, even in its blue and white color scheme which it derived from the Constant Change Productions website where it was a subdomain. Many of the site's early code modifications were done by longtime friend Will Rowe whom Malicki-Sánchez originally met in the IRC chatroom for Internex Online - Canada's first and independent ISP.

Malicki-Sánchez has been invited to speak on various panels concerning technology and the arts by the North by Northeast (NXNE) music conference, the Toronto Sun, the 2007 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) in Las Vegas, Cinegear Expo in Los Angeles and the Toronto Star.

In September, 2008, Keram launched the Keramcast - a podcast he hosts that is a digest for the topics discussed at his various blogs.

He also works as a social media and SEO consultant and runs a wide variety of online portals that include his current position as editor-in-chief at Indie Game Reviewer.

In 2015 he founded VRTO[12] - a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality meetup that sold out its inaugural event[13][14] held at Ryerson University's Student Learning Center and Transportive Technology[15] - a virtual reality content production company which saw Malicki-Sanchez teaming up once more with Lee Towndrow to create one of the world's first 360 ASMR Immersive videos.[16] This led to the creation of FIVARS, which is an acronym for the "Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories" which he co-organized with Joseph Ellsworth, the technical director.

FIVARS debuted at the Camp Wavelength music festival in Toronto and showed the first full viewing of MansLaughter by Cinemersia - which claims to be the world's first virtual reality feature film.[17] FIVARS had its inaugural show in Toronto on September 19 and 20,[18] including 18[19] virtual reality stories from around the world.[20]


TV appearances[edit]


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  7. ^ The Official Keram Malicki-Sanchez Music Site - Songs, Pics, Videos and More
  8. ^ NeuFutur Magazine » Blog Archive » Keram – Box
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  12. ^ VRTO website
  13. ^ "VAR (Virtual + Augmented Reality) Showcase" on Eventbrite
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  16. ^ Snow Globe on LittlStar
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  19. ^ Story listing
  20. ^ Event listing
  21. ^ - The Christmas Switch 2014
  22. ^ - Model Home 2013
  23. ^ "Lionsgate releases official Press Release for Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-D". 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  24. ^ - Ecstasy Official Site
  25. ^ - HNTBAV on
  26. ^ - Tulip Pink on
  27. ^ - A Killer App on
  28. ^ - One Kine Day

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