john st. & Blinkink for DoorDash's first Canadian campaign "every neighborhood"

The brand launches its first major Canadian campaign and first collaboration with new agency partner, john st


Among businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants have been hit particularly hard. With restrictions imposed on indoor dining and recommendations to stay close to home, delivery has become an essential service for both restaurants and consumers. This has also given rise to a movement to support local establishments.


To celebrate the local restaurants that are the cornerstones of neighbourhoods across Canada, food delivery service DoorDash has launched a campaign to remind diners that delivery and take-out can not only support local restaurants, but their neighbourhoods as well. 


“Every neighbourhood in your hands,” takes viewers on an animated journey of miniature neighbourhoods like Montreal’s Chinatown, Toronto’s Kensington, or Vancouver’s Gastown. As a DoorDash courier cycles through “the flavourhood,” as it’s referred to in the spot, foodies can spot local mainstays like Toronto’s Kinton Ramen and original plant-based chain Fresh, Montreal bistro Mandy’s, Vancouver’s Tacofino, or legendary Calgary burger joint Flipp’n Burgers. And of course there is a Tim Hortons. The spot, directed by Stevie Gee & Essy May of London’s Blinkink, is underscored by a remix of the iconic track “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” originally written by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, and finishes with a reminder of what DoorDash truly delivers – every neighbourhood to your hands.

“DoorDash celebrates our neighbourhood restaurants and the go-to faves that make Canada such a unique and vibrant food culture,” says Heather Cameron, Senior Brand Manager at DoorDash. “We are proud to support our passionate restaurant partners, dedicated Dasher team, and community of customers, and this work reflects that.”


john st. Executive Creative Director Cher Campbell says, “DoorDash has this amazing origin story – it was founded to support and empower local economies and their entrepreneurs. Through this campaign we are showcasing just a few of the unique neighbourhoods and culinary gems across the country.”


The campaign features :60, :30 and :15 video installations and is in market through December 27. It’s complemented by regional OOH and print, digital video, display and Spotify audio. A social specific buy on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat round out the fully integrated campaign. The campaign will continue throughout Q4 with contextual OOH, digital media purchased through Wavemaker, and the launch of Canadian social media handles – Facebook @doordashca & Instagram @doordash_ca – by Church & State. In addition,  #DashSquad will be kicking off in Vancouver at the end of October, which is managed by DoorDash’s Experiential and Influencer agency Ruckus Digital. The program will have local influencers and celebrities surprising highly deserving customers with their orders and encouraging the audience to acknowledge those in their lives that deserve a moment. For the Quebec market, a DoorDash produced web series created by Radiance will be running on CBC’s ICI TOU.TV



Created as a response to the pandemic, it’s fitting that how this campaign came together was unconventional. Cameron says she set out to disrupt the “traditional” client/agency process from the outset, and working under the restrictions of COVID forewent the traditional pitch process by issuing a 48-hour challenge to a shortlist of agencies. “We asked the agencies to respond to one strategic question on a single page and gave full support to collaborate together on that work. No creative spec work was allowed and fair compensation for the work set up this challenge as a simple and powerful relationship chemistry test under time pressure,” Cameron says.


. was immersed in a rapid onboarding, workshopped an experimental approach to define a new positioning for the international brand, and led a collaboration with partners spanning the globe to launch a fully integrated campaign – all while working remotely. To this day, none of the team members involved in the making of it have met in person. As Stephanie Hurst, President at john st. says, “Developing trust, hashing out problems, and creating the personal connections that are critical to a healthy agency/client relationship have all been made more complex by COVID. It’s been weird at times and DoorDash has challenged us to shake up our familiar ways of working, but we’re learning a lot and we’re immensely proud of the work our team has done.” 

Client: DoorDash
VP Marketing: Kofi Amoo-Gottfried
Head of Canada: Brent Seals
Sr. Director Consumer Marketing: David Bornoff
Sr. Brand Manager – Canada: Heather Cameron
PR Communications Manager: Cat McCormack
Director Consumer Marketing: Katie Coffee
Sr. Manager Partnership Marketing – Canada: Sarah Behrens
Sr. Director, Consumer Marketing Strategy & Planning: Mike Lorenzen
Sr. Manager Growth Marketing – Canada: Carly Steinberg
Manager Growth Marketing: Helen Pfeiffer
Associate Growth Marketing: Scott Oakes
Sr. Associate Growth Marketing: Marie-Eve Themens
Strategic Partner Manager: Ryan Frome
Associate Manager Social Media: Darcy Dellara
Sr. Manager Social Media: Tiffany Black

Agency: john st.
Executive Creative Director:Cher Campbell
Chief Strategy Officer: Megan Towers
Creative Director: Christian Buer
Associate Creative Director / Copywriter: Marc Levesque
Associate Creative Director / Art Director: Dan Cantelon
Associate Creative Director / Copywriter: Robbie Percy
Associate Creative Director / Art Director: Caroline Friesen
Executive Director, Production / Producer: Cas Binnington
Head of Production / Producer: Aimee DeParolis
Sr. Strategist: Brittany Dow
Client Service Director: Ryan O’Hagan
Team Lead: Caitlin Bourada
Integration Lead: Tina Obersnel
Studio Director: Jackie Goshgarian
Production Artists: Heather Lee, Melina Furlong, Erin Wheatley, Andrew Brennan
Proofreading Lead: Molly Barber

TV Partners:
Production Company: Blinkink
Directors: Stevie Gee & Essy May
Producer: Gareth Owen
Executive Producer: Bart Yates
Director of Photography: Matthew Day
Production Manager: Sandy Liddle
Editor: William Barnett
Graphic Designer: Nick Dart
2D Animators: Andrew Clarke, Olly Montagu
Costumes: Frenzy Ltd
Interior Set Build: Jennifer Kidd
Set Build: Anarchy Ltd
Model Makers: Alice Simonato, Kat Simpson,Emily Bates, Mara Frampton, Adeena Grubb
Scenic Painter: Richard Davidson
Home Economist/Food Stylist: Kostas Stavrinos
CG Artist: Trine Soreneson
CG Modeller: Zach Pindolia
3D Printers: 3D Print Bureau

VFX Framestore
VFX Supervisor: Tim Osborne
VFX Producer: Sharma Lewis
Colourist: Steffan Perry

Audio House: Grayson Music
Music Director: Tyson Kuteyi
Music Supervisor: Kaya Pino
Exec Producer: Kelly McCluskey
Composer: Jeff Milutinovic
Sound Designer: Ben Swarbrick

Print/Digital/OOH Partners:
Illustrator: Naomi Otsu
Illustrator: Lindsay Wright
Production: L’Éloi
Photographers: Les Garçons
Food Stylist: Chantal Legault
Candy Digital: Digital Display

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