Jay Simpson was one of the Directors and Founders of the Window Opportunity Network, also known as W.O.N. Agency. Jay first was introduced to the music industry back in 1999, when he started Blue Ghost Entertainment. This company was focused on booking artists into clubs and venues across Canada. Jay became one of Canada’s top promoters and MCs, and is remembered fondly after his passing.
They say that when a door closes, a window opens, and that was the sentiment that was in mind when the network was created. The W.O.N. Agency, based in Vancouver BC, still provides artist management, bookings and talent development services. Jay has left his mark on the world, and just a few of his exploits with W.O.N. can be read about in detail at www.wonagency.com
While developing Blue Ghost Entertainment, Jay developed close working relationships with Melrose Star Productions and Cliff Wise. Working with such artists as Roster Djcb Shaw, Double R , Coolio, BizzyBone, Coo Coo Cal, Rally Car, Aj Jamal, DJ Myshell, Eric Zee, Vanillia Ice, Day’s Dawning, and DJ True for promotional releases. Jay also had extensive talents in marketing and promotions that were put to use working with the NBA, (Vancouver Grizzlies) NHL, (trade show, draft, Vancouver Canucks) and INDY 500, travelling across Canada and the US. As he travelled, he engaged in event set-up marketing and event supervision.
In 2005, Jay took on a new direction, focusing on building his company. He started another venture with Blue Ghost trucking that lasted for well over a decade. He stepped back from being hands-on with the day to day operations so he could focus on company growth and expansion. In early 2015, and after years of building his corporate network, he teamed up with Rich World Records, and was appointed the Vice President. After a year of successfully building artist relationships with Artists such as Van Wild, C.B AKA Country Boy AKA Cooli Booli, K-blitz, C.l McCoy, Ray Slijngaard, DJ Battle cat, and Ronnie King making a huge impact in the local Canadian music markets, Jay decided to leave Rich World and start ” W.O.N – The Window Opportunity Network”. The company is focused on growing and establishing a world-wide artist management firm. Success is already assured, and Jay’s dream continues to be realised posthumously through this agency.
Such big dreams come from people prepared to go the extra mile and work in harmony with his team. Jay was a man who had touched the lives of many: so it hurt all of us at Blue Pie and DJ Central deeply when Jay Simpson passed away on the 25th of June, 2021.
Pictured here is Simpson standing in good company: CB aka Country Boy now known as Cooli Booli, Blue Pie/DJ Central CEO Damien Reilly, and the one and only Ronnie King, the iconic producer of Tupac, Mariah Carey, The Offspring, as well as many others.
As well as Damien, Jay Simpson also worked directly with Danny Saber, and was responsible for several wave-making hits due to all these collaborations between musical savants.
Simpson rubbed elbows with some true musical titans as you can see, but it didn’t drop into his lap from nowhere. He pioneered an incredible roster of artists, building everything from scratch with his fellow director and co-founder, Cliff “C.dawg” Wise.
It’s a sad thing when a dynamic duo like that of Simpson and Wise parts ways due to this frail mortal coil of ours. Some truly legendary music has resulted due to their efforts, and when a talented artist had the door closed in their face by other agencies, they could always count on the window opportunity of W.O.N. It’s inevitable that C.dawg will continue the legacy in style, but today, we at Blue Pie and DJ Central send our condolences to those whose lives Jay touched, and remember the incredible leaps and bounds he accomplished in life. He will be missed.
Read more about W.O.N. here: www.wonagency.com