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


Northern Exposure Conference 2019

Northern Exposure at ArtsWells Festival 2019 is Supported by Creative BC, Province of British Columbia & FACTOR.

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.


Creative BC  BC Info Session | 7:30pm at the Wells School Class Room 

Join Creative BC staff to learn about Amplify BC funding programs. Get all the details on how to apply! 


Event Consent & Harm Reduction Outreach Workshop

1pm in at The Wells Legion

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.

Touring Panel for Musicians 

2pm at The Wells Legion

A panel with industry professionals Doug Cox, who is both a touring musician and AD of the Vancouver Island MusicFest, Jane Aurora of the Producer’s Lounge and Arrival Sounds Studio, as well as, an international touring artist, Deb Beaton Smith, artist manager and director of Rifflandia Gathering Conference 2018 and producer of Juno Career Days Victoria and Linda McRae, A Canadian-Nashville based multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter she has 37 years’ experience touring and teaching both nationally and internationally.

Creative BC Amplify BC Info Session

3pm at The Wells Legion

Join Creative BC staff to learn about Amplify BC funding programs. Get all the details on how to apply! 

Sundowner Private Function for BC Festival Directors and Artists

5pm- 7pm at the Northwoods Restaurant 


Festival Directors Round Table

11am - 12.30pm in the Ballet Room at the Wells Community Hall

Producer’s Lounge with Jane Aurora

3pm in the Downstairs of the Wells Community Hall

The Producers Lounge elevates and educates female & non-binary identifying music producers, mixers and engineers from BC. If this sounds like you, come along to this workshop to enhance your technical and creative knowledge. Explore the key components of a compelling recording, and learn about accessible technology to help bring your creative ideas to life. This is an inclusive, supportive environment where you’ll be encouraged to ask questions and connect with other creatives in a group setting. 90 minutes would be ideal, though 60 is also possible if there are programming restrictions. There will need to be a power supply, a table, at least on chair for me, and cover - though indoor, with a bunch of chairs for participants would be best case scenario. I will bring a portable recording set-up.


Becoming: A Storytelling Session facilitated by Suzanne Steele

2pm in the Downstairs of the Wells Community Hall

Becoming, is a storytelling session with Indigenous creatives, Madeline Terbasket,  Snotty Nose Rez Kids , and SM Steele. In her new opera, Li Keur: Riel's Heart of the North, Steele writes a becoming story of the peoples in her opera, lii Michif. Note, this is not a creation story based on the cultural provenance of peoples (hers and other cultures). This session looks at the becoming story, and challenges participants to listen, scribe, tell their own becoming stories, and challenge cultural assumption

All BC and Canadian festival directors and music presenters are invited to participate in workshops and events at Northern Exposure 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 receive your industry pass.