About On The Road

An on-line learning tool for presenters and touring artists in dance, music, theatre, young audience and spoken word.

On the Road is inspired by The Presenter’s Handbook and the There and Back Guidebook, originally published through the Touring Office of the Canada Council for the Arts in the early 1990s. In 2004, through the financial resources of the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage's Arts Presentation Canada, a team was put together to revamp these materials and to garner fresh information from experienced professionals in the field: these online guides are the result of a year-long process of consultation. In 2010, both the Touring Guide and the Presenter’s Guide were updated with new material. A third guide, the International Touring Guide will be added to this site shortly. 

These resources are structured to provide as much advice from as many different perspectives as possible. The core team of the initial project was Judy Harquail, Lendre Kearns, Sandra Bender and Janet Uren. An advisory committee comprised of artists and managers from the full range of disciplines and from across the country consulted in the development of the framework and contributed additional knowledge, expertise and experience to the content. 

For the 2009 revisions, Judy Harquail and Lendre Kearns were joined by Jim Smith and Kelly Langgard to lead the project, once again assisted by an advisory committee.

Judy Harquail has over 25 years of experience working in the performing arts. She has directed and executed tours for some of Canada’s most highly respected dance and opera companies, developed and executed strategic marketing campaigns, and worked in collaboration with an extensive range of arts organizations and arts professionals across Canada, the United States and throughout the world. She is currently program manager for CCI – the Ontario Presenters Network where she is responsible for the Ontario Dances program, the biannual Ontario Dances Platform, the Fresh Start program and CCI’s block booking program. She also has extensive experience dealing with all levels of government funding agencies, including contract work with the Canada Council and the Department of Canadian Heritage to assist in the launch of the Arts Presentation Canada Program in Ontario. Judy is the 2007 recipient of the National Arts Centre award for distinguished contribution to touring.

Lendre Kearns has been involved in arts marketing and management for over 35 years and developed her touring muscles with a 10-year stint as communication director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet . Active as a workshop leader and facilitator, she is also currently the general manager of Broadway in Tucson, A Nederlander Presentation and Adjunct Faculty for Goucher College’s MAAA (Master of Arts, Arts Administration) a distance learning/limited residency program where she teaches marketing.

Jim Smith began working in the professional arts sector in 1990 at La La La Human Steps. Following a move to Vancouver, Jim co-founded Eponymous (www.eponymous.ca), an arts management agency that specializes in the national and international touring of a number of Canadian artists including Animals of Distinction, Compagnie Vision Selective, The Holy Body Tattoo, Kidd Pivot and Wen Wei Dance.

Thanks to the following for their contributions to the original and/or revisions of the Presenter’s Handbook, the Touring Handbook and/or the new International Touring Handbook:

Jay Rankin, Toronto, ON
Jay Rankin is currently the Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jay has worked as an administrator, tour booker, production manager, stage manager and stage technician. 

Kent Martin, Vancouver, BC
Kent Martin is currently General Manager of Axis Theatre Company.  He has worked as the Promotions & Programme Coordinator at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Executive Assistant to the CEO at the Hummingbird Centre and Acting Administrator, Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre.

Janet Lumb, Montreal, QC
Janet has been a musician for most of her life.  She is now the Artistic Director of Festival Accès Asie, where she merges her passion for the arts, culture, community and social activism.

Luce Couture, Lennoxville, QC
Luce Couture is currently the Programming Director of Centennial Theatre, a position she has held since 1987. Her passion is in the discovery of new artists in music and dance. 

Peter D. Smith, Saint John, NB
Peter D. Smith has worked in all aspects of the live performing arts throughout Canada.  Currently, he is General Manager of the Imperial Theatre.

Andrew J. Kwan, Toronto, ON
Andrew Kwan Artists Management Inc is an agency that specializes in the development of the careers of Canadian classical artists domestically and internationally.  Andrew Kwan is also on the faculty at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Pierre Leclerc, Montreal, QC
A graduate from the University of Michigan with a degree in education, Pierre Leclerc is the cofounder of the National Circus School in Montreal and DynamO Théâtre. He became the director general in 1991, after being involved in most of the company’s productions.  He has sat on the CINARS board of directors since 2002.

ahdri zhina mandiela, Toronto, ON
ahdri zhina mandiela is the founder and artistic director of the Toronto based performance art company, b current.  She is widely known as a poet/performer and is a venerable multi-disciplined and self-styled dubb aatist.

Dominic Lloyd, Winnipeg, MB
Dominic is currently the Artistic Director of West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg.  Originally from the Yukon, Dominic was previously the Producer and Artistic Director of the Dawson City Music Festival.

Marrie Mumford, Peterborough, ON
Marrie Mumford (Métis/Chippewa-Cree) was recently appointed Canada Research Chair at Trent University, where she is also the artistic director of NOZHEM: First Peoples Performance Space. Prior to this appointment, she was the Artistic Director of the Aboriginal Arts Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Sheri-D Wilson, Calgary, AB
Sheri-D Wilson is a poet, playwright, performer, film maker, essayist and teacher.  She is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival. 

In addition to the advisory committee, a number of individuals contributed content and samples to the update of these resources. 

Paul Tanguay, Montreal, QC
Paul Tanguay has been the Executive Director of LaLaLa Human Steps and O Vertigo as well as an Artist Manager for approximately 12 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Compagnie Marie Chouinard.  
Michael Green, Calgary, AB
Michael Green is a founding member and co-artistic director of Calgary's 23 year-old One Yellow Rabbit.  He is also currently the curator of the annual High Performance Rodeo, One Yellow Rabbit's multidisciplinary festival of new and experimental work.  
Jill Battson, Kingston, ON
Jill Battson is an internationally published poet, poetry activist and Artistic Director of the PoetBureau.   Her latest book of poems from Insomniac Press is Ashes are Bones and Dust.  
Richard Flohil, Toronto, ON
Richard Flohil is a Toronto-based music writer, editor, concert promoter, club booker, and publicist. He regularly presents shows in a number of Toronto venues.

Paul Sanderson, Toronto, ON
Paul Sanderson is an Entertainment Lawyer with the firm Sanderson Taylor in Toronto.  His area of practice is specifically in the entertainment and arts law and he has been practicing since 1983. 

Tim Yerxa, Fredericton, NB
Tim Yerxa is the Executive Director of the Fredericton Playhouse.  He also serves on several boards including the Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA). 

Heather Lundstrom, Kitimat, BC
Heather Lundstrom is President and Artistic Director of the volunteer-run community Kitimat Concert Association, a position she has held for the past ten years.

Phyllis Stenson, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Phyllis Stenson is the Artistic Director of Harrison Festival of the Arts and has been for the last 23 years.  She is also currently the board chair of the BC Touring Council, and is a co-founder of WRAD (Western Artistic Directors of Roots Festivals) network. 

Sharon Fernandez, Ottawa, ON
Sharon Fernandez is a consultant to federal and provincial governments in strategic planning and institutional change specifically in the areas of cultural diversity and equity integration.  Prior to that Sharon was the Cultural Diversity Coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Barbara Clausen, Vancouver, BC
Barbara Clausen is the Producer at New Works in Vancouver.  Previously, Barbara was one of the founders as well as the first Executive Director of Vancouver’s Dance Centre, and a Dance Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts.

Lindy Sisson, Vancouver, BC
Lindy Sisson has held positions as Executive Director for the ARC Arts Council, General Manager for the Playwrights Theatre Centre and Tour Manager for the Judith Marcuse Dance Company amongst others.  She is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Children's Festival.  
Solange Morrissette, Rimouski, QC
Solange Morrissette has been the General Director of the ROSEQ Réseau des Organisateurs de Spectacles de l’Est du Québec network in northern Quebec since 1998.  Prior to this position she was the General Director of Corporation Rimouski and Office du tourisme et des congrès de Rimouski.

Rosa M. John (Taino Nation), Kehewin, AB
Rosa John is a founding member of Kehewin Native Performance and Director of the youth performing arts company in Kehewin.

Elaine Bomberry, Six Nations, ON
Elaine Bomberry is the President of the National Aboriginal Recording Industry Association and a member of the Ontario Collective for Aboriginal Music.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences & the JUNO Awards. 

Cheryl Ewing, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
Cheryl Ewing is President of Brava! Special Events & Arts Management.  She works with a variety of performing arts organizations on all levels of administration and audience development.

Bill Kimball, Peterborough, ON
Bill Kimball founded Peterborough New Dance in 1994 and is currently the Artistic Director and Curator.

Jim Giles, Toronto, ON
Jim has been a school teacher for the past 18 years and is currently a primary teacher for the Toronto District School Board at Ecole Rawlinson Community School.

Denise Fujiwara, Toronto, ON
Denise Fujiwara is a choreographer, dancer, actor, dance impresario and teacher.  She has channelled her energy into dance for 27 years, spending the last 11 of those years involved in the art of butoh, Japanese dance.

Sheri Jones, Halifax, NS
Sheri owns her own artist management company Jones & Co Artists Management and indie label, Turtlemusik.   She has served on the national boards of both FACTOR and CARAS and she is a founding director of the East Coast Music Association.

Kathy Casey, Montreal, QC
Kathy Casey is the current Artistic Director of Montreal Danse, a position she has held since 1996.  Prior to that Kathy danced with companies such as the Chicago Moving Copany, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and Susan Marshall & Company. 

Pierre MacDuff, Montreal, QC
Pierre MacDuff has directed the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (1978-1984), the Conseil québécois du théâtre (1983-1991), which he founded, the Salle Fred-Barry (1986-1990), the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec (1992-1996) and the theatre company Les Deux Mondes (1991-present), where he is the Director General.

Gregg Lawless, Toronto, ON
Gregg Lawless is a singer-songwriter who also works as an educator in the school system producing over 175 song-writing workshops each year in schools, colleges and universities.  

Veda Hille, Vancouver, BC
Veda Hille is a musician based in Vancouver.  She has released 11 albums, tours relentlessly, and also composes for dance, theatre, and film.

Santee Smith, Six Nations, ON
Santee Smith is a multi-disciplinary Mohawk artist from Six Nations who is committed to sharing traditional and contemporary stories of her indigenous culture.  Santee is also the Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. 

Vanessa Richards, Vancouver, BC
Vanessa is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Public Dreams Society in Vancouver.  She is also a writer, performance artist, musician, artistic director and facilitator

Ember Swift, Dalkeith, ON
Ember Swift is a singer-songwriter and touring artist who has released eight independent albums on her own label, Few'll Ignite Sound. She is currently working on her 9th album and is poised to release a DVD documenting her latest Australian tour. 

Dwayne Morgan, Toronto, ON
Dwayne Morgan has spent the past twelve years carving a name for himself as a spoken word artists and author in Canada and internationally. He has published five volumes of his writing, while also producing four albums of his work.    

Gary Cristall, Vancouver, BC
Gary Cristall works as an artist manager and consultant.  He was the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, the producer of the Folklife Pavilion at Vancouver’s Expo 86 and a member of the staff of the Touring Office and Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.