Join us at the 2019 ArtsWells Festival for “Northern Exposure at ArtsWells” July 29 - August 5.

Northern Exposure at ArtsWells is Supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia

Northern Exposure at ArtsWells is Supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia

The Northern Exposure Conference, provides professional development, networking and showcase opportunities for rural BC music industry and musicians. Instead of a stand alone conference in October, as IMA has done for the last four years, it will deliver Northern Exposure as part of the ArtsWells Festival, July 29 – August 5, 2019. Join us for a stand alone conference again in October, 2020.

All BC and Canadian festival directors and music presenters are invited to participate in workshops and events at NE at ArtsWells 2019 aimed at professional development and providing exposure to exciting new BC artists. If you are a BC or Canadian festival director and/or music presenter please get in touch with Julie Fowler at to get your industry pass and see below for the included activities.

If you are a BC musician, we have amazing professional development opportunities for you as well, including bursaries and full scholarships to two intensive professional artist workshops in the week before the festival. See more info below. If you are a BC Musician who would like to participate please contact Julie Fowler at

For Festival Directors and Music Presenters August 2 - 5, 2019:

  • An interactive training session with Good Night Out Vancouver, who will provide ready to use tools to help multi-day festivals better promote consent culture.

  • Collective Story Harvest facilitated by award-winning Métis poet, installation artist, librettist, and scholar Dr. Suzanne Steele with the Snotty Nose Rez Kids from the Haisla Nation. This intimate and participatory process will provide opportunities to deeply engage with Indigenous storytellers to better understand about historic injustices and the contributions of Indigenous people in BC.

  • Festival Directors “In the Round Session” where music presenters share ideas and insights about the work they do.

  • Networking Reception for selected professional “Tour-ready” BC artists and industry.

  • Full festival pass to check out all the incredible BC Musicians at ArtsWells - See Line up here

For BC Musicians July 29 - August 5, 2019:

  • A 4-day Songwriting Intensive with Senior Mentors Linda McRae and Dan Bern running July 29 – August 2. Participants will spend time defining and examining those “fundamental ingredients” of a song through performance, discussion and hands-on writing. Whether you are writing for yourself, or writing songs for other musicians, this workshop will give you valuable skills to move forward in your songwriting and build valuable connections for moving forward in your career. This program will be highly subsidized for BC musicians, including full and partial bursaries.

  • A 3-day Stage Performance Intensive - That's the Spirit! Humour and Heart in Live Performance with the legendary performers Al Simmons, Tomáš Kubínek and Randy Woods running July 29 – August 1. In this 3-day professional performance workshop Al, Randy and Tomáš will lead participants through hilarious and unconventional approaches to greater freedom, spontaneity, and presence in their live performance work. Attendees will experience greater openness and creativity through their own humour, playfulness and spontaneity and learn to communicate fearlessly and from the heart. This program will be highly subsidized for artists, including full and partial bursaries.

  • A panel with industry professionals Doug Cox, AD of the Vancouver Island MusicFest, Jane Aurora of the Producer’s Lounge, Deb Beaton Smith, director of Rifflandia Gathering Conference 2018 and producer of Juno Career Days Victoria.

  • Networking Reception for “Tour-ready” BC artists and industry.