On The Road Workshop – Trainers
With 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. http://kbamonline.com
Dinah D began to produce, manage and book her own bands over 20 yrs ago. Between “Dinah D & The Contraband Swingclub”, “The Kerplunks” and freelance work for other artists, she stays very busy both on and off stage. Dinah enjoys sharing her self-taught skills with others and she has a keen understanding of the endless behind-the-scenes skills a self-managed artist needs to keep themselves working. Whether Dinah D is fronting her swing jazz band, performing spoken word at a coffee shop, backing another artist, playing to 1,000 screaming children in an auditorium, Dinah D loves it all!
Currently working as Executive & Artistic Director of the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells, BC, Julie Fowler has been studying, working and organizing in the arts for almost twenty years. Passionate about finding ways to celebrate and promote artists, she has helped to create two award-winning festivals, both featuring a range of artistic mediums from performance to visual arts: the Art Matters Festival at Concordia University in Montreal and the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art. Along with ArtsWells, Island Mountain Arts runs a Public Gallery, School of the Arts and a new Artist-In-Residence program. Julie graduated with a MFA from the UBC, Okanagan in 2013 and later that year Caitlin Press published her thesis, a creative non-fiction novel called the Grande Dames of the Cariboo. Julie is proud to sit on the board of directors for Arts BC and Folk Music Canada.
Early days, a busking mandolin player at a Kitsilano liquor store, co-presenting a late night live Vancouver Coop Radio folk show, a dozen years as Environment Coordinator for The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, a stint at Montreal’s School of Modern Photography, another stint at the Vancouver School of Art, recording 2 cds with the help of some very forgiving musical friends, 10 years of teaching in the public school system, followed by near 2 decades of owning a retail store …. well, all this put together sure makes me feel very old but it also gives me a kaleidoscopic base to draw on while navigating the increasingly complex process of booking and co-managing a fine roster of musicians through my grassroots agency, Near North Music.
John 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.
George Scott is a Victoria based event production professional in his third decade of practice. A wearer of many hats, one of which is as Production Manager for Pacific Contact, the BC Touring Council’s annual performer showcase and conference.
He also recently completed Production Management of his 17th Victoria Fringe Festival for Intrepid Theatre, for whom he also serves as Production Manager, and for whom he has built two theatre venues. Through his company, Event Service Production, he manages events for the City of Victoria, and for the District of Oak Bay, where he acts as presenter and producer for a summer concert series. Other recent projects include Production Management of the Showcase Performances for the Western Arts Alliance conference in Vancouver, as well serving as Production Manager for the Quebec & Saskatchewan Pavilions at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
George also mentors young artists as Technical Advisor for Lester B Pearson College’s annual One World showcase, and regularly serves as Technical Director for theatre and dance companies in Victoria. In his spare time he is also the Head Scenic Carpenter for a Victoria theatre company, as well as working as a rigger, lighting designer, sound engineer and general festival fix-it guy.
Darby Yule has dedicated most of his life to writing songs. Best known for playing in ‘The Statistics’ with his brother Erin, Darby’s songs have a modern, edgy sound with the soul of the old 45 records you grandfather used to listen to. Although he is young, Darby has achieved some considerable feats including a nomination for a TIMA Award, playing 2016 Canadian Music Week, a semi-finalist for ‘Best in Fest Award’ at Indie Week, working with producer, Cone McCaslin, from Sum 41, and headlining music festivals all over BC. Darby first became involved with BCTC at the beginning of 2016. He has enjoyed his work very much and is excited to share it.