Spencer Shewen
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Position: Artistic Director/ Festival Manager
Company: Riverfest Elora - Elora, ON, Canada
Since 2015, 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. Over this time, Riverfest Elora went from just 1000 patrons in 2013, to over 18,000 attendees and over 500 volunteers in 2019. The 2022 edition, Take Me To The River takes place August 19 - 22. Spencer has been curating the Dead Radio, Love Music Series since 2015, which has seen many 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 River & Sky, as well as the Elora Centre for the Arts. 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 - 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).

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