One in a Thousand represents a unique collaborative relationship among artists from different fields.
Photographer and author Ian Coristine grew up in Montreal, where instead of going to university, he learned how to race cars, practicing on snowy nights on Mount Royal and Summit Circle, and then on the tracks, as he moved up the ladder to the high-stakes world of Formula B racing for the National Championship. Later, as a pilot and entrepreneur, he became the sole Canadian distributor of Challenger ultralight aircraft and learned the unusual skill of close-up air-to-air photography. Ian discovered the Thousand Islands on one of his flying adventures, eventually purchasing Raleigh Island, with its one-in-a-thousand harbor for his plane, and restoring its hundred year old cottage. Over time, he used his air-to-air skills to take pictures from a perspective most people had never seen. Ian’s photographs turned into albums and then into books. Ian has published five best selling books, two winning the international Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Publishing. He has also written countless articles for flying magazines and is a guiding force and contributor to Thousand Islands Life, the region’s on-line magazine. Ian’s photographs are now recognized all over the world. He began writing his memoir many years ago, already envisioning it as a multi-media production.
Before Donna Walsh Inglehart became a teacher and writer, she directed a backpacking and canoeing camp in northern Maine. Donna has taught writing for many years, at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts and at Hebron Academy in Maine. Donna wrote professionally for a number of years before turning to fiction; Little, Brown published her first novel, Breaking the Ring. Her second, Grindstone, describes the Thousand Islands in 1864-65 and the lives of immigrants and soldiers returning from the Civil War. Based on documented accounts of a Confederate spy ring, Grindstone caught Ian’s attention. He encouraged Donna to publish Grindstone, which received critical acclaim in the States and Canada. The two authors then began working on One in a Thousand. Donna and her husband, historian David Inglehart, own Troubadour Interactive, a publishing company specializing in multi-media history. Donna is currently working on a historical novel set in Bath, Maine.
After months of fruitless discussion with app developers around the world, trying to bring One to life in the way he envisioned, Ian connected with another Thousand Islander, Doug McLellan, CEO of Toronto’s McLellan Interactive Publishing (MIP). MIP’s parent company, McLellan Group Integrated Communications is a twenty-five year old firm focused on strategic storytelling. McLellan Group integrates communication strategy, design, web, video, and interactive components to support brands through quality storytelling, serving companies, universities, and institutions around the globe. McLellan Interactive Publishing was created to take advantage of those skill sets learned over decades, by weaving audio, video, imagery, music and interactive discovery into an immersive reading experience. Doug and his wife and partner, Caroline Yung, saw in One the potential to reinvent how stories are told, and with their team, began to create the iPad app.
In 2008, Ian met singer-songwriter Tony Dekker and his award-winning Canadian band, Great Lake Swimmers, when Ian arranged for the band to record songs for their album, Lost Channels, at iconic locations in the Thousands Islands. Lost Channels rose to the top of the folk/rock charts in Canada and the States. GLS has shared the stage with groups like Bela Fleck and has received stellar praise from performing artists like Feist and Robert Plant and ardent fans like NBC's Brian Williams and Lance Armstrong. CBC has referred to them as "Canada's national treasure." Great Lake Swimmers recently released their new album, New Wild Everywhere, and are currently touring Europe, the USA and Canada. New Wild Everywhere is featured in Hot Albums on iTunes and elicited this review from the BBC: “The Canadians’ fifth set tweaks their established formula with splendid results... gorgeous and rewarding...” – BBC Great Lake Swimmers contributed eighteen exclusive instrumental tracks to One, available in their entirety and as music tracks for the many slideshows and videos.