International and National Delegates
The current Executive Producer of Folk on the Rocks, Carly grew up in central Alberta and has lived all over Canada from Vancouver, BC to Pickle Lake, ON. With a background in production and skills in artistic direction, she and her small team put on one of Canada’s most-awesome music festivals every third weekend in July. She also appreciates cats in a way some might find unhealthy, but swears she isn’t a crazy cat lady. Yet.
Ellen Hamilton, executive director qaggiavuut
Ellen is a founding member and current Executive Director of Qaggiavuut, a non-profit society dedicated to strengthening the Nunavut performing arts. Ellen has helped Qaggiavuut raise funding and spearhead training to over 300 Nunavut performing artists and performing arts programming to over 5000 Nunavut youth. Qaggiavuut is now on a campaign to build Qaggiq, a Nunavut performing arts and cultural learning centre--Nunavut is the only territory/province in Canada without one and artists need space to create, strengthen skills and present. Ellen is a recipient of the Order of Nunavut and the Order of Canada for her 40-year career instilling the arts into Nunavut community development.
Heather Daley is the founding director of the Alianait Arts Festival, the world’s circumpolar stage!! Alianait started in 2005 as a modest grassroots event and now presents year-round concerts and will be celebrating its’ fourteenth festival from June 29 to July 2. The Festival is based in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Heather has been a leading force in Nunavut’s arts sector for nearly sixteen years.
Alianait is a non-profit organization with charitable status, designed to bring community together to celebrate the arts. We present a culturally-diverse program of music, film, theatre, circus, storytelling, dance and visual arts, with a focus on artists from the circumpolar world. In addition to the annual Festival, Alianait produces a year-round concert series, community and youth outreach programs, Inuit Apprenticeship programs, and training and promotion of Nunavut emerging artists.
Heather was awarded Senate Canada 150 and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals and has also been recognized by both the Government of Nunavut and City of Iqaluit for outstanding community service.
Alannah Johnston has been the Festival Coordinator for the Alianait Arts Festival for almost 2 years now. Alianait started in 2005 as a modest grassroots event and now presents year-round concerts and will be celebrating its’ fourteenth festival from June 29 to July 2.
Alianait is a non-profit organization, designed to bring community together to celebrate the arts. We present a culturally-diverse program of music, film, theatre, circus, storytelling, dance and visual arts, with a focus on artists from the circumpolar world.In addition to the annual Festival, Alianait produces a year-round concert series, community and youth outreach programs, Inuit Apprenticeship programs, and training and promotion of Nunavut emerging artists.
Alannah has been training for her position with Heather Daley and has had internships with the Nation Arts Centre in Ottawa. With over a years of experience working in the arts, she's been able to present astounding artists like Tanya Tagaq, Jenn Grant, Dan Mangan, Joel Plaskett and many more.
inger-marie lampe-lupton, project leader for the arctic arts summit, and international producer of the arctic arts festival
Inger-Marie Lampe-Lupton is the project leader of the Arctic Arts Summit, an biannual arts and policy conference that tours throughout the Arctic. Arctic Arts Summit was held in Harstad, Norway in 2017 for the first time. Rovaniemi, Finland will be the hosts for the summit in 2019.
The main objective and idea behind the Arctic Arts Summit is to strengthen the arts and culture in the north and emphasize the role of circumpolar cooperation. The summit also aims to stimulate building of sustainable, continuous collaborations within the arts and creative industries as well as broadening the international perspective of the high north discourse.
Inger-Marie Lampe-Lupton has worked as a producer in the field of arts, creative industries and sports. Through this work Inger-Marie has a broad network throughout the Arctic countries and has a great passion for collaboration across borders. She studied arts and culture management at the Inland University Norway.
Julaine Debogorski is the co-founder and president of the NWT Creative Collective (NWTCC), a non profit arts organization based out of Yellowknife. Also referred to as "The Social Knitter", Julaine is a 'Knifer for lifer with a passion for supporting the arts and connecting people with the best parts of her community.
With a belief that the arts are for everyone, and that people are better for participating in them, Julaine uses the NWTCC as a tool to make the creative sector more accessible by facilitating a safe and comfortable environment for youth, interested and emerging creatives to learn, share, showcase and participate.
Julie Fowler is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Island Mountain Arts Society in Wells, British Columbia, Canada where she has worked since 2003. 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, which began in 2004 and is now the largest arts event in the Cariboo with over 3000 people converging in Wells on the August Long Weekend each year. Julie graduated with an Interdisciplinary MFA from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan in 2013 and her thesis project, a creative non-fiction novel called the Grande Dames of the Cariboo, was published by Caitlin Press that same year. Julie is proud to sit on the board of directors for Arts BC and Folk Music Canada.
Kevin Korchinski is the Executive Director for The Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC). Kevin started with OSAC in August 2004 as the Performing Arts Coordinator and held that position until February 2010 at which point he was named Executive Director. Korchinski has spent his career in the music business, beginning with managing record stores in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 1988, he returned to Saskatchewan to be the Sales and Promotion Representative for Warner Music Canada and spent thirteen years working with local, national and international artists.
OSAC was established in 1968 and now boasts a province-wide network of over 45 volunteer-run community arts councils and nearly 100 school members. The seven professional staff of the organization assists the arts councils and schools in presenting over 150 school performances, fifteen visual arts exhibitions touring to over 70 venues and over 150 community concerts featuring 40 artists from across Canada and beyond. All of this is accomplished using a Block Booking system that is the envy of many.
Since entering the Non Profit Arts and Culture sector in 2004, Kevin has enjoyed the chance to not only work again with artists from across the country, but to also work with the many OSAC volunteers who give of their time to help make their communities a better place and who make OSAC’s “Bringing the Arts to You” brand possible.
Kevin is also honoured to be a member of the CAPACOA Board of Directors as well as on the Prairie Debut Board of Directors.
Laurie is one of Atlantic Canada's leading arts administrators with a passion for developing the performing arts sector in her native Atlantic Canada. Laurie has played a pivotal role in the creation and development of a variety of regional performing arts events and has helped bring Atlantic Canadian arts to international acclaim. In the past 20 years, she has worked with organizations such as, the East Coast Music Association, the Culture & Ceremonies Division at the 2011 Canada Games and Debut Atlantic. Her current role is as the Executive Director of the Atlantic Presenters Association where she works to forward the mandate of the organization: to support presenters across the region enabling them to enhance, promote, and facilitate diverse, quality live performances, enhancing the lives of Atlantic Canadians. Laurie is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).
A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener.
With four full-length recordings and a long touring history, Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards, Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year to name a few. Above all, she seeks connection with her audiences through music, and with each record brings more unique stories to the world. Whether it’s an anthem for the oppressed, or an upbeat song about mortality, she infuses her songs with a sense of humour as well as a sense of social justice, and an ironic appreciation of human folly.
Based out of Yellowknife, NT, Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has also played internationally in several countries including Japan, US, Greenland, Denmark, and New Zealand. Her live shows, and many appearances on television and radio have earned her an important place in the Aboriginal music scene, as well as a loyal mainstream following.
Melissa Shaginoff is a member of the Udzisyu (caribou) and Cui Ui Ticutta (fish-eater) clans from Nay'dini'aa Na Kayax (Chickaloon Village). She grew up on the southern coast of Alaska where she learned the lifeways of her cousins the Dena'ina peoples. Shaginoff received her formal education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As both an artist and curator, Shaginoff's work revolves around identity and representation. She is currently the Curator of Contemporary Indigenous Art and Culture at the Anchorage Museum. As an artist working within the museum, Shaginoff sees her work as a bridge between two kinds of knowledge. One, is a knowledge found in living culture the other, a knowledge collected in the form of record and data; both important and both incomplete. Shaginoff's goal during her tenure with the museum is to provide opportunities in which these knowledges can come together to create a more whole representation of contemporary Indigenous peoples.
Sue Urquhart is the Executive Director of CAPACOA, the Canadian Arts Presenting Association. The Canadian Arts Presenting Association/l'Association canadienne des organismes artistiques (CAPACOA) serves the performing arts touring and presenting community through its commitment to integrate the performing arts into the lives of all Canadians.
She has more than 25 years of experience from a wide range of management positions in the performing arts. Most recently Sue was the Director of Programming for PEI 2014 Inc., the organization responsible for the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations for that province. She was the first Executive Director of both the Atlantic Presenters Association, the regional presenting network of Atlantic Canada, and the Indian River Festival, a highly successful classical music festival in rural Prince Edward Island.
Susanne Andreasen is the Artistic Director at The National Theatre of Greenland and is also functioning as a dramaturge and as teacher at The National Acting School of Greenland.
She has worked as a freelance project manager, teacher, and fundraiser and has experience from Cultural Cooperations and Festivals in the Nordic and Arctic Region.
In 2014 she was the producer and director of the performance Trails and Tales of Nuuk, a guided theatrical city walk through the history of Nuuk, performed in 3 different languages: Greenlandic, Danish and English, and with a target group that ranged from local High School students to all kinds of tourists.
Susanne is born and raised in Denmark and has been living in Nuuk, Greenland since 2008
Mandee McDonald is the Managing Director and one of the founding members of Dene Nahjo, an Indigenous innovation collective committed to fostering Indigenous leadership skills and values through cultural resurgence. Mandee was Camp Director of Dene Nahjo’s 2nd Annual Urban Hide Tanning Camp in Somba K’e in September 2017. Dene Nahjo organizes hide tanning camps, Indigenous women’s gatherings, and offers a program workshops called the Indigenous Leadership Workshop Series. To influence the forthcoming Arctic Policy Framework, Dene Nahjo co-wrote We Are One Mind: Perspectives from Emerging Indigenous Leaders On the Arctic Policy Framework with Our Voices (Yukon) and Qanak (Nunavut).
Mandee is Maskîkow (Swampy Cree), originally from from Mántéwisipihk (Churchill, MB), and has resided in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) for the past twenty years. She has a B.A. in Political Science (Hon.) with a Minor in Indigenous Studies, and a M.A. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. She is a community-builder, experienced facilitator, and a hide tanning apprentice.
Joonas Martikainen, managing director of silence festival
Joonas Martikainen is a circus producer and Managing Director and founder of Silence festival. He lives in Rovaniemi Northern Finland with his family.
Martikainen has been working on performing art field as a producer last ten years focusing contemporary circus and multidisciplinary projects and concepts like Silence festival and Wow Hoop circus performance for infant families.
State price awarded Silence festival takes place in village of Kaukonen 130 km from Arctic Circle up North in Finland. Silence organisation runs also residency program, cultural tourism projects and develops international networking in the Hight North region in Europe.
Joonas Martikainen is a member of the board in Circus Info Finland.
jan de vroede
Jan de Vroede is a musicologist and award-winning internationally recognised active musician/producer & culture consultant. Originally from Greenland & Belgium he spends most of his time on tour and since of late in Montreal with his family. He heads back North any chance he has. Jan is director of the newly founded MXG music export greenland.
Rebecca is the new Network Coordinator for SPARC: Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities. SPARC is a network whose purpose is to help ignite and sustain the performing arts in rural and remote communities across Ontario. SPARC serves creators, presenters, producers and community animators working in theatre, dance, music, and film/media arts. The aim of the network is to form connections that will lead to discussion, resource and knowledge sharing, and collaboration across disciplines and geography. Since its inception in 2014, SPARC has held two highly successful symposiums in Haliburton, Ontario, and will hold a third symposium in Cobalt, Ontario this May.
Prior to joining SPARC, Rebecca worked as the Professional Theatre and Education Manager at Theatre Ontario, and she has also held administrative positions at the University of Toronto Drama Centre and Canadian Stage. Rebecca is also a freelance theatre director and producer in Toronto, where she has been based since completing her studies at U of T.