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Spencer Shewen

Festival Manager,
Riverfest Elora
Elora, ON, Canada
Over the past 5 years as Artistic Director and Festival Manager at Riverfest Elora, Spencer has played an integral role in guiding the festival through a period of rapid growth. Riverfest Elora has come a long way from just 1000 patrons in 2013, to over 15,000 in 2017. 2018 will mark the 10th annual installment of Riverfest with its biggest lineup to date.

In June of 2017, Spencer acted as Artistic Director and Project Manager for Waterstock - a one day "festival" in Erin, ON that doubled as a rally against the packaged water industry. Jim Cuddy, Oh Susanna, Reuben Bullock and many other artists, donated their time and talents to the cause that saw over 5000 people take part in the day.

Since the fall of 2015 Spencer has curated Dead Radio, Love; a new music series held in Elora, Guelph and KW, which has seen many sold out shows by artists like, Terra Lightfoot, The Planet Smashers, Shred kelly and more. 2017 also saw DRL shift gears to that of a label and management company with the release of Lee Watson's debut, self-titled album.

From 2007 until October of 2016, Spencer oversaw the Fortnight Music Series, hosting countless Canadian and international acts performing in various venues throughout Guelph, ON and the surrounding area.

Previously, Spencer has sat on the Board Of Directors for the Hillside Festival (2007 - 2012) and CFRU 93.3FM (2010, 2011), worked as Artistic Director and Event Manager for 100 Mile Riot (2012, 2013), label manager for SunnyLane Records (2005 to 2008), Alcohol Services Coordinator at the Guelph Jazz Festival (2011-2013), Event Manager for the Cornerstone Cafe (2011 - 2013) and Talent Buyer and Event Manager for The Albion Hotel (2007-2011)