In Conference Workshops & Meetings

Friday April 1, 2016

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Celebrating Our Successes
, Crystal Ballroom 1, L3
Jerry Yoshitomi Meaning Matters, LLC
We begin the day by hearing from three BCTC colleagues from communities large and small, share, in pecha kucha format (six minutes, 20 slides), about a recent project or new initiative in:
• Engaging Audiences & Communities
• Increasing earned/contributed income
• Envisioning/Planning for the Future
We’ll then ask everyone in the room to share one of your success stories from the past year with someone else. We will then build on all of our successes during the session and throughout Pacific Contact 2016.

Jerry Yoshitomi

Jerry Yoshitomi
Throughout his career, Jerry has contributed to modest initiatives that have resulted in nationally and internationally significant innovations, field impact and increased revenues. He believes in the power of performing arts to change people’s lives and the small and large communities in which they live. Methods from his writings/workshops have been successfully implemented by several thousand arts organizations and artists in Canada, Australia, the U.S. & U.K., Spain and Chile. He is particularly inspired by work of Performing Arts Presenters in BC and the Yukon.

John McLachlan

John McLachlan
John McLachlan is the coordinator of the Community Presenters Assistance program and is a freelance graphic designer working with arts-related clients in Canada. He brings his experience as a touring singer/songwriter and time spent as executive director at BC Touring Council and Creative City Network of Canada to his current pursuits.


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Saturday April 2, 2016

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
The Next 10: Imagine The Future – AEA Youth Advisory Panel, Crystal Ballroom 1 L3
Over the past six months BCTC has engaged youth from around the province in the Aspiring & Emerging Artist Touring and Training Initiative (AEA). The AEA program, launched in September 2015, offered a unique opportunity to build relationships with creative, young people from around the province. We invited them to become co-creators and influencers in helping shape our programs, and to provide input for future initiatives.
In this session, members of the AEA Advisory Council have been invited to Pacific Contact to share their interests, motivations, and aspirations. These aspiring and emerging artists, administrators and professionals will discuss their goals, and provide feedback to spark fresh thinking about the way we approach presenting and touring, and about how we can encourage aspiring and emerging artists and audiences in future.

Sponsored by: Surrey Civic Theatres

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

REAL TIME – Conversations at Pacific Contact, Tiffany Ballroom, L2
60-minute Open Space – Table Talk conversations led by those in the know – six to eight topics to choose from every 20 minutes. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss/get answers to that all-important key issue or concern you’ve been wanting to hear/talk about. Topics list at Registration desk and on the app. CLICK HERE for Topics

Sponsored by: Huntsman Logo

Sunday April 3, 2016

8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
BC Regions Block Booking Meeting, Baccarat, L2
This meeting is for BC presenters who wish to meet fellow presenters and BCTC to coordinate block booking. Session facilitators: Sheryl McGraw (BCTC), Skip Taylor and Kevin Korchinski (Organization of Saskatchwan Arts Council).

Sponsored by: Kitimat Concert Association

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Agents, Managers and Artists Peer Session, Waterford Room, L3
Come and network with your colleagues

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Festival Organizers Peer Session, Lalique L2
Welcome a new group meeting at Pacific Contact!