Position: Artistic Director/ Festival Manager
Company: Riverfest Elora/ Lot 18 Productions - Elora, ON, Canada
Since 2014, as Executive & Artistic Director 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 2022. The 13th edition of Riverfest takes place in Bissell Park, Elora from August 18-20. Riverfest also presents many shows throughout the year, bringing local, national and international touring artists to the region. Outside of Riverfest Elora, Spencer also holds positions as the Live Music Coordinator for the Elora Brewing Company, the Entertainment and Volunteer Coordinator for the Canadian Dairy XPO (Stratford) and sits on the Board of Directors for the River and Sky Festival (Sudbury) and the Elora Centre for the Arts. Previously, he was employed at the Township of Centre Wellington as the “Community Development, Culture & Special Events Coordinator” (2019-2022) and held seats on the Board Of Directors for the Halifax Pop Explosion, 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).