Harrison Festival of the Arts (BC)
Phyllis has been the Artistic Director of the Harrison Festival in BC for the last 28 years. The ten day event has focused on culturally diverse music and dance since its inception. Strong partnerships have also been established with the local aboriginal community. In addition to the festival, the organization presents ten concerts during the year. Phyllis is a co-founder of WRAD, the Western Artistic Directors of Roots Music Festivals and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006.
Vancouver Recital Society (BC)
Paul Gravett studied piano in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, receiving a degree in piano performance from the University of Manitoba, and later worked as a free-lance accompanist and vocal coach in Toronto. The desire for a stable income eventually took over and Paul shifted careers to artists’ management. After another move and shift in career, Paul became a facility manager and concert presenter, first at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island and then at Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. He is presently the Executive Director of the Vancouver Recital Society. Paul sits on the boards of the BC Touring Council as Chair, and the Alliance for Arts and Culture as vice-chair. Paul was honoured to receive two awards in 2008: the Business Citizen of the Year Award by the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Unity in Diversity award from the West Vancouver Bahá'í community.
Owner and Proprietor
Caline Artists International (BC)
Margot has owned and operated Caline Artists International for the past 20 years. She has worked with solo artists to large ensembles in a variety of genres touring across north America, Europe and Asia. In addition, she has worked with arts organizations in a capacity of senior staff. Margot is currently the Executive Director of both the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo and the British Columbia Boys Choir. Margot holds a unique position in the arts management field acting as an agent and presenter and sees the challenges of both, with the ultimate goal of presenting Canadian artists in communities large and small. Caline Artists International was awarded BC Agent of the Year in 2008 and Margot was awarded the Arts & Culture Advocate Award by the Centre for the Arts Nanaimo in 2007. Margot has sat on the BC Touring Council Board of Directors for the past six years as an Agent representative.
Director of Community and Education Programmes at Harbourfront Centre and Artistic Director of the summer festival season. She is responsible for community cultural development initiatives, the multidisciplinary festival activities, lifelong learning programmes and volunteer services. During her tenure many new programme initiatives such as the city-wide Planet IndigenUs (an international exploration of contemporary aboriginal arts), Culture Shock: Voices of an Emerging Generation Youth Arts Festival, Learning for Living, Carnivalissima, Masters of World Music, Luminat’eau, What Is Classical?, and many other programmes have been launched. Melanie has served on numerous Boards and advisory committees including: Cultural Pluralism in the Arts (University of Toronto), Community Arts Ontario, A Space Gallery, Art Starts Neighbourhood Cultural Centre, the Canadian Commission of UNESCO, and Canada Council for the Arts Racial Equity Committee, Toronto Arts Council, etc.
Charles McFarland grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England and has an M.A. in English Literature from Cambridge University. As a stage director, he has over 60 stage productions at major theatres across Canada to his credit, including the Stratford Festival (Young Company), Manitoba Theatre Centre, Halifax's Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre London, Theatre New Brunswick and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. Living in Ottawa since 1992 he combines artistic work with producing and presenting. Recent stage productions include: for Third Wall Theatre: As You Like It and Henry V at the Irving Greenberg Theatre, Top Girls (two Rideau Awards), The Real Inspector Hound, Dangerous Liaisons, Doctor Faustus and is the director/ founder of its Shakespeare Ensemble of local actors. For Great Canadian Theatre Company: A Number (Capital Theatre Awards Best Production 2007), Wit (2003 Capital Critics and Golden Cherry awards), The Optimists, The Faraway Nearby, Feelgood and the world premiere of The Last Liberal. He has most recently directed Blood Brothers at The Gladstone, Ottawa.
Prairie Debut (MB)
Lynne Bailey has been Executive Director of Prairie Debut since its inception in 1997. Based in Manitoba and incorporated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, this non-profit organization regional touring network has thus far presented over 400 full length performances to communities of all sizes throughout the Prairie Provinces and in the Yukon. The goal of Prairie Debut has been twofold: to present professional Canadian world and classical music artists; and work collaboratively with existing provincial networks / organizations in the presentation of artistic excellence. Lynne previously held the position as Administrator of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and has been active as a Board member for numerous arts organizations and Community Foundations in Manitoba.
Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada KHG provides artist management services, produces concerts, festivals, and events across Canada, and is a booking agent in North America for her clients. Heather manages the Juno Award winning Amelia Curran, and is the booking agent for Don Brownrigg, Ria Mae, Kim Wempe, Gabrielle Papillon, and Charlotte Cornfield. Heather is the co-founder and producer of Halifax’s esteemed singer-songwriter festival In the Dead of Winter Music Festival. Produced annually on the last weekend in January, the festival is entering its eighth year in 2013. She is also the Executive Director of Jazz East and The Halifax Jazz Festival, Halifax’s largest annual music festival. In addition to annual festivals, Heather and KHG Management Inc produce over 30 concerts a year in Atlantic Canada. In 2009, Heather and her partner opened Halifax’s premier live music venue The Company House, which was awarded the East Coast Music Association’s 2010 and 2011 Award for Venue of the Year. In 2010, Heather was named the East Coast Music Association’s Manager of the Year and in 2008, Music Nova Scotia’s Industry Professional of the Year. She is currently the Nova Scotian representative to the East Coast Music Association’s board of directors.
Founder and Artistic Director
Full Circle: First Nations Performance (ON)
Internationally acclaimed Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For 40 years she has been recognized as a storyteller, dancer, singer, animator, choreographer, video and installation artist, director, producer, writer, community development worker and mentor. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’ She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver where she lives.
Paquin Entertainment Group (ON)
Raised in an environment suffused with music and creativity, he displayed a natural aptitude for the industry from an early age and in 1993, joined his father, Gilles, as an agent at Paquin Entertainment. In a short time, Julien fortified the value of his role at the company and developed a vision to push the Agency to new levels. In 1999, propelled by continued dedication and success within the Agency, Julien spearheaded the opening of Paquin Entertainment's Toronto office. Under Julien's direction, the Agency roster has steadily grown to over 150 acts, representing a broad spectrum of musical styles. Julien's commitment and contribution to both Paquin Entertainment and the industry-at-large continues to be recognized; he recently won his sixth Canadian Country Music Award for Agent of the Year.
Owner and CEO of MOM
Magnum Opus Management (YT)
Ably equipped with a degree in music and her talents as a musician, Magnum Opus Management (MOM) founder Debbie Peters launched a successful teaching career out of her own music studio. Ongoing training in management and marketing, and an increased involvement in the Canadian music industry caused a shift of focus towards artist management. For the past eleven years, Debbie has operated MOM, guiding artists through every aspect of their career development, from the creation of a unified vision for both performance and recording through to the nitty gritty of making that vision a reality. With thirty years experience working in the arts as a performer, producer, consultant, agent and manager, Debbie now focuses much of her energy on developing new audiences for some of Canada's finest musicians.
Jazz Festivals Canada (BC)
Rainbow Robert has been involved with the jazz community in Canada for over 12 years through her work with Jazz Festivals Canada (JFC) and Coastal Jazz. Rainbow is the Executive Director of JFC, a not-for-profit national arts service organization that represents the interests of and acts as advocate for Canadian jazz festivals and jazz presenters. As Executive Director of JFC Rainbow supports not-for-profit societies in presenting jazz festivals that are dynamic and relevant within their respective communities.
Rainbow also holds the position of Manager of Artistic Programming at Coastal Jazz, producer of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Coastal Jazz presents over 400 concerts in 40 venues during the jazz festival in addition to a series of year-round festivals and events.
Coordonnateur à la programmation
Société du Palais Montcalm (ON)
Dominique Soutif has been a producer at Radio-Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal & Ottawa for over 20 years. In adition to creating & directing a variety of programs, he has also produced hundreds of recording sessions specializing in jazz & world music winning along the way a Juno award & five West Coast Music Awards for his disc recordings. He has also programmed a number of world music channels, taught audio & radio production at St-Paul University in Ottawa and collaborated with the Canada Council for the Arts as a music program officer. In 2006-2007 he programmed all non-classical performances at the Quebec Scene of the National Arts Centre of Canada. For the past 5 years he has been the programming coordinator at La Société du Palais Montcalm in Québec city.
Director of Operations
Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc. (PE)
Sue Urquhart is the Director of Operations of the PEI 2014 team, they aim to create an unforgettable 150th anniversary year that will celebrate and commemorate the historic Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and Prince Edward Island’s role in the formation of Canada. She has worked in the arts for the past 20 years as Executive Director of the Indian River Festival and Event Manager & Coordinator of Contact East 2005, 2007 and 2009. She is currently sitting on the board of CAPACOA, Music PEI and the PEI Culture Days and has previously served on the IBDA Cultural Exports Working Committee and the East Coast Music Awards board.