Our Team

Press Pause To Create is founded by local Toronto Artist & Creative Facilitator Courtney Spence in partnership with Artist & Game Designer Martin Russocki. Our aim is to facilitate creative and joyful experiences, and workshops in Toronto with an emphasis on self discovery through creative play. Our paint night experiences and board game nights are an incredible way to put away your devices and screens to engage your creative inner child. 


Courtney Spence is a self-taught Toronto based artist & creative facilitator with a passion for learning, problem solving, and creative play. With a strong business background in financial consulting and accounting, Courtney understands the value of tapping into your creative side no matter what profession you are currently engaged in. Press Pause to Create was founded out of Courtney’s passion for exploring the benefits of creative play and her focus is on working with small business and corporate teams though creative workshops and programs.

Martin Russocki’s artistic career covers a wide range of mediums and subject matter from portraiture to architectural and children’s book illustration to sculpture and large-scale installations. He has been commissioned by notable clients such as Ted Rogers, HRH, The Prince of Whales, and a U.S President. His work has garnered several awards and the U.S Government granted him O-1 status for artists of outstanding ability. In 2019 Martin launched Jabuka a word game he designed and patented. Jabuka has won multiple industry awards and has sold 70,000 games to date. As a Press Pause paint night facilitator, Martin believes everyone is creative and his passion is showing them how by creating fun, non judgemental experiences that foster that creative magic.