Christopher Gonda – Chris is a recent Vancouver transplant and a seasoned Publisher/Editor with 20+ years of experience, with most of his career spent working in and/or around Technology and Entertainment.
In the past, he represented BlackBerry globally as their Music Manager and successfully launched (in 17 countries), ran and grew BlackBerry’s white labelled, digital music store while also overseeing V13.net (formerly PureGrainAudio.com), one of Canada’s top Entertainment, Culture & Lifestyle sites now in its 17th year of operation.
After a stint in the world of Corporate Event Planning, he continued to expand his business acumen, working at Tucows Inc. as their North American Account Manager, ensuring top partners (Shopify, Squarespace, Etsy) were afforded the best possible service, support, and contracts.
Chris has run websites for 2 decades, edited and publishing over 80k+ articles, and managed teams of up to 100 writers & photographers.
Around the same time he wrote and hosted a radio show (and later online series) called The Hard Stuff, spotlighting the Toronto DIY and wider hardcore punk scenes.
In 2015, he moved to the UK with his wife, and began creating and coordinating content for V13.
During his time in the UK, he worked for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, before returning to Canada with his wife and pursuing his work with V13 full time.
As a music and entertainment writer, he has been featured in both digital and print publications, including hundreds of articles for V13, editor and contributor for the Toronto Metropolitan University publication ‘The Continuist,’ and a foreword for the book “Toronto DIY: (2008-2013).”