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Spencer Shewen

Artistic Director & Festival Manager,
Riverfest Elora
Elora, ON, Canada
Since 2015, as Artistic Director and Festival Manager at Riverfest Elora (Winner of best Medium Sized Festival 2019 at the Canadian Live Music Awards), Spencer has played an integral role in guiding the festival through a period of rapid growth. Over this time, Riverfest Elora has grown from just 1000 patrons in 2013, to over 18,000 attendees and over 500 volunteers in 2019. 2020 will mark the 12th annual installment of Riverfest with it's most impressive lineup to date. Riverfest acquires a wide range of talent from many different genres to fill its lineup.

Spencer has been curating the Dead Radio, Love Music Series since 2015, which has seen many successful and sold out performances by a plethora of touring artists. He is also currently employed at the Township of Centre Wellington as the "Community Development, Culture & Special Events Coordinator" and sits on the Board of Directors at the Halifax Pop Explosion.

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 Waterstock (2017) and 100 Mile Riot (2012, 2013), curated and managed the Fortnight Music Series (2007 to 2016), acted as 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)

Riverfest Elora takes place August 21-23, 2020