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.

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, artist manager, publisher and publicist. A fearless advocate of 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 song writing. This year she edited the book The Aquaponic Farmer and produced Roots & Grooves, the inter-generational CD and concert collaboration of Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes. She’s currently producing The Magic of Seven, two concerts with Ann Mortifee at Christ Church Cathedral Nov 30 and Dec 1.

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.

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.


Rick Scott
Rick ScottRick Scott is an award-winning singer, songwriter and actor and Canada’s leading proponent of the Appalachian dulcimer. Over 40 years he’s released 19 albums and performed in nine countries. He’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Down Syndrome Research Foundation and curator of the Protection Island Museum. Rick’s long and varied career blossomed mainly outside the mainstream. He taught himself to play dulcimer upside down and backwards with his own unique tunings, chording and strums. His beginnings as a street musician are immortalized in Ryan Larkin’s animation Street Musique in which he appears both live and as a cartoon. After pioneering rogue folk with Pied Pumkin, Rick toured Canada solo, starred in stage musicals, acted for radio, film and TV, and toured the world performing for children. His 8 children’s recordings have been honoured with 3 Juno nominations and Parents’ Choice, WCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards. In April he launched Roots & Grooves, an intergenerational collaboration with 27 year old keyboard ace Nico Rhodes, and released a duo CD in September.