Workshop Trainers & Speakers



Deb Beaton-Smith
Deb Beaton-Smith started Beat Music Management 14 years ago to provide Artist and Event Management services. Managing artists and building careers, her roster artists showcased at CMW, JunoFest, Canadian Blast (LA), NXNE, BOW, New Music West, and were nominated for Canadian Folk Music and WCMA Awards.
Deb’s Event Management contracts have included: Sr. Project Manager for Victoria’s Canada 150, Rifflandia 2017’s Industry Event, Project Manager Canada Day Victoria 2016, Host Chair and Co-Producer BreakOut West 2015, Event Programme Manager Canada Day and BC Day 2012, and Artist Merchandise Manager 2010 Olympic’s Surrey site.  Deb was also Director of Artist Relations with Rifflandia Festival for ten years.
As a music business entrepreneur, Deb is experienced in strategic planning, grant writing, booking shows/national tours, marketing plans, and publicity.  A Director on the Board of MusicBC, a FACTOR Juror and twice a Juno Judge, Deb’s passion remains with the music and the musician.

Kevin Bruce
Kevin_BruceWith nearly four decades of experience in the performing arts, Kevin has spent the last ten years running his own business, KBAM! Kevin Bruce Arts Management. As both a booking agency and production company, KBAM! has booked over 8,000 performances across Canada and the US. With a focus on young audience programming Kevin has worked closely with numerous artists to create original works specifically for the schools’ market ranging from a history of jazz to African dance.

He has been honored by his colleagues with both the 2009 BC Touring Council Agent of the Year award, and more recently was the 2014 recipient of the Rhoda Taylor award from the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta.



Mike Delamont
Mike Delamont is the 18 time “Best Of The Fest” winning creator and star of God Is A Scottish Drag Queen, the highest selling one man comedy on the Canadian fringe circuit. An acclaimed producer, Mike has grown his popular franchise of shows from playing small black box theatres to playing some of the largest venues in the country, developing a large dedicated fan base, and selling more than 40,000 tickets last year. A 3 time Canadian Comedy Award nominee, his 8 one man shows have toured to sold out houses across the continent. As a comedian, Mike has appeared on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters, SiriusXM’s Top Comic, the Halifax Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs and at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His debut comedy album “Mike Delamont Live at Hecklers” was released this summer on iTunes. Mike is currently developing 5 new live shows and is in pre production for two Canadian tours.

Mark Greenhalgh
Mark has a 35 year history in music, being a drummer/percussionist touring Canada, the U.S. Mexico and Australia with various acts as well as being an in demand session guy throughout the 80’s and early nineties in Vancouver.
As a FOH engineer, Mark has mixed arena level touring acts and large-scale festivals, too numerous to list. 
Currently residing in the beautiful Shuswap, he operates his studio, Misty Mountain Sound, and thrives on working with emerging artists especially in the world, dance, hip hop and funk genres. 
In addition to being Production Manager with The BC Touring Council, Mark is the new Creative Director with The Arts Council for the South Shuswap, programming Music in the Bay, The Shuswap Culture Crawl, as well as other exciting initiatives to be announced later this year.
Mark is a member of the juries for The Western Canadian Music Awards, FACTOR and CARAS (Juno Awards).

Valley Hennell
For 50 years Valley Hennell has made a darn good living making things up and making them so– self-employed as a writer, producer, broadcaster, publisher and artist manager. A fearless advocate of copyright protection and learning by doing, she forged her unique career combining creative skill and business acumen. She’s managed artists including Rick Scott, Ann Mortifee, Ferron and Pied Pumkin; produced a dozen award-winning recordings; served as a creative consultant and event producer; and launched two independent record labels. Since 1973 she has administered copyright for Wildflower, one of the most performed and sampled songs in Canadian popular music. Valley launched her career in 1968 while earning a Masters in Creative Writing and Media at UBC where she later taught songwriting. In 2017 she edited the book ‘The Aquaponic Farmer”; produced The Magic Of Seven concerts with Ann Mortifee at Christ Church Cathedral; and produced Roots & Grooves, the inter-generational CD and stage collaboration of Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes with whom she is currently on tour.
Click here to link to a story Valley wrote for BC Musician Magazine paying tribute to the early days of the Vancouver music scene.

Paul Hinrichs
Paul Hinrichs has always been a live music fan and spent his formative years touring Canada and the USA.  Paul started presenting live music concerts in Nelson BC during 2010 and in 2013 Paul founded On The Road Management and Productions to provide artist management to BC based acts Shred Kelly, Shane Philip and The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra.  Now, most On The Road Management shows take place at Spiritbar in the Hume Hotel, or at the Capitol Theatre. In 2014, On The Road Management also began presenting shows from Cranbrook to Kelowna in various theatres.  In 2015, Paul became Artistic Director of the infamous Kaslo Jazz Etc Summer Music Festival, and the following year took over operations of the festival as the Executive Director. The 2016 festival went on to sell out for the first time in 25 years!  Paul graduated from the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College, is a juror for FACTOR, and judge for the JUNOS. /

Evie Lavers
Evie Lavers is an innovative arts administrator from Australia, with over 6 years of experience, delivering online communications, strong social media campaigns & niche marketing services. After completing her Advanced Diploma in Music Business from CMIT, Western Australia she developed skills and relationships to coordinate marketing schedules for large outdoor events that delivered live music to over 15,000 attendees various times a year.
Evie now lives in Nelson, BC and is the Marketing Coordinator for Island Mountain Arts (ArtsWells Festival, Northern Exposure Conference), Event Coordinator of the Kootenay Music Awards and is the Assistant Director at Tiny Lights Festival. Fuelled by coffee and an incessant hunger for all things social media, she eagerly indulges in the latest articles on countless music industry blogs and YouTube channels, feeding her obsession with knowing the next big thing by scouring Spotify, Soundcloud and Beatport charts as well as Hype Machine daily.

Monique Lacerte
For the past Thirteen years, Monique Lacerte has been the Community Arts Development & Partnerships Officer at the Province’s arts-funding Agency – BC Arts Council. Most recently she has been on temporary assignment with the Arts & Cultural Development Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, penning a new resiliency through arts program for small communities.
She began her work with BCAC in 2005 with ten years “in the field” as the E.D. of the Campbell River Community Arts Council. It was there that she honed her skills in grantmanship, budgeting, building partnerships and Aboriginal ways of knowing. She was president of the Pacific Region Arts Council, and later, of the Assembly of BC Arts Council until 2005.
In 2014, she achieved her Master of Arts Community Development designation from UVic’s School of Public Administration. She continues her passionate work fostering BC communities to grow their arts and cultural capacities through her day job, and builds new leaders as a sessional instructor to Graduate level students teaching Leadership and Organizational Development for U Vic’s MACD program.

John McLachlan
John McLachlanJohn McLachlan is the coordinator of the Community Presenters Assistance program for the BC Touring Council 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. John released a new album this year of original songs and is working on another album for release in 2017.




Eden Oliver
Eden Oliver is a song writer and multi-instrumentalist from Victoria, BC.  She currently performs, records and tours nationally and internationally with her indie-prog-chamber-folk-roots group West My Friend while maintaining a busy schedule with other musical collaborations, teaching, and community organizing.  Her work with West My Friend has garnered nominations for Vancouver Islands “Roots Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” as well as a nomination in the Canadian Folk Music Award’s Oliver Schroer “Pushing the Boundaries” category.  With “powerfully eclectic” vocals (Brad Edwards, Play in Victoria) and a song writing style deeply rooted in the west coast’s ramshackle collection of quirky folk, her musical narrative will keep your attention rapt.


Cory Philly
Cory has been a theatre artist for over thirty years with multiple credits as a writer, performer, director and producer.  Cory’s writing credits include Peaches & Scream (co-written with Mercedes Baines), Marking Time, Faith, Bob, Contrary, Sorry, Scarlet, Late, Slippage and Fever Cabaret & Hoarding Paradise. Favourite acting credits include Mud & Men Inside (Ruby Slippers Productions), Bad Dollies (Women in View Festival) Faith and Bob (La Luna Productions) and Slippage (Wild Filly Productions). She was also a founding member and co-artistic director of La Luna Productions (1998-2007).  Cory is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and has completed her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies program at SFU. She is currently the Theatre and Events Services Coordinator at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby where, among other things, she is the Artistic Director for the Shadbolt’s theatre season and directs the Artist-in-Residency program.


Jeff Poynter
Jeff Poynter is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, and artist manager based in Victoria, BC. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, with a major in Saxophone Performance. Jeff performs regularly with the popular indie-prog-chamber-folk-roots group group West My Friend as well as with sensational burlesque performer Rosie Bitts and the gypsy-jazz quartet Hot Club of Canada. He regularly tours Canada, the US, and Europe, and plays many styles of music, from classical to funk, latin to celtic, and jazz to folk.




Past Trainers & Speakers
Thank you to our past trainers & speakers including: Bill Usher, Cheryl Ewing, Colleen Brines, Darby Yule, Deb Renz, Debbie Peters, Dinah Dee, Doug Cox, Galen Olstead, George Scott, Graeme Peters, Frank Hoorn, Jim Dobbs, Julie-anne Saroyan, Julie Fowler, Kevin Korchinski, Lucas Myers, Margot Holmes, Michael Averill, Rick Scott, Speed Control (Graeme Peters, Jody Peters, Ian March), Sarah Kim, Skip Taylor, Steve Brockley, Stuart Nemtin, Sue Urquhart, and Valerie Dare.