Workshop Trainers


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.

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.

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.




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.