Meeting Minutes - Danna Evans - Cultural Events in Guelph
President John Proctor welcomed everyone at 9:55 am with 40 members in attendance. Richard Sawyer was also welcomed as a new guest. Geoff Pantling was announced as a new member whose application was approved at the last meeting of the Board.
Since several people have inquired about club pins there were some available for members to pick up on the greeter’s table. Please take one.
Gary Luck was called upon to tell us about his “visitor.” He had been out for a hike in the bush the day before and later in the evening at home he felt something behind his ear. After several minutes of inspection he located a tick behind his ear. He placed it in a vial to bring to the meeting to show us since we recently had a speaker informing us about ticks and Lyme disease. This was passed around for all to take a look at.
Julian Sale was asked to introduce today’s guest presenter, Danna Evans.
As General Manager of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Danna Evans and her team manage the Sleeman Centre, Guelph Museums, River Run Centre, Farmers’ Market, Tourism, Local Immigration Partnership and Community Investment (Grants, subsidy’s) for the City of Guelph.
Danna has worked for the City of Guelph for almost 10 years, starting her career at the River Run Centre. Danna is proud to have worked as Front of House Supervisor, as well as the Facility Manager. Danna’s passion for Culture stems from performing arts and special event management.
An alumnus of The University of Waterloo, Danna got her start in theatre as an Equity Stage Manager, primarily working for Drayton Entertainment. In 2003, Danna moved from theatre production to theatre administration with the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, assisting event planning, technical relief and front of house.
Danna Evans – Culture, Tourism and Community Investment Danna informed us about her work for the City of Guelph coordinating the five main streams of her job a manager of culture, tourism and community investment although this is not all of what she does. She also talked about what was happening in the City around Canada’s 150th celebration.
Danna provided a slide presentation along with her talk and this can be found on the RCMC website under “Speaker’s Notes.”
There are over 400 events throughout the year. The River Run Theatre itself has about 25 events this year. There are also 48 school shows sponsored by Linamar for students in grades one through eight. The River Run Theatre has over 250 active volunteers.
In choosing shows or programs for the River Run Theatre, Danna attends conferences to get an overview of prospective shows and the choices have to be balanced between different cultural programs and financing available to get these shows. At these conferences Danna gets an opportunity to talk to artists and agents and to preview trade shows where she collects more information to take back with her to sort through possible shows or concerts. She must then determine the fit for this community based on cultural fit and the cost of bringing that show to Guelph or the willingness of audiences to pay for that artist or show.
Guelph works with a lower Ontario catchment area of Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Burlington, Brampton, Oakville, to do block-booking and collectively bring in various artists and shows. This helps to reduce costs and provide incentive for some of the shows to come to this area. This works similarly for communities in northern Ontario and sometimes the two catchment areas share the incentive for more expensive popular shows.
Another consideration is balancing the fees, rent, technical costs to what you think you can charge for a ticket price. Sometimes a surplus on one show offsets the loss on another show but allows for cultural choice differences. Danna gave a bit of a preview of shows expected to come in the near future but have not yet been announced.
Ms. Evans presentation included activities that take place in the Sleeman Centre such as the Guelph Storm OHL hockey games, Junior “B” hockey, Roller Derby, Lacrosse, concerts and festivals. Other cultural happenings include public arts such as the Copper Wall on display at the museum, museum events and activities at the Guelph Civic Museum and John McCrae House and Locomotive 6167.
The Guelph Civic Museum has taken on much of the Canada 150/Guelph 190 celebrations. A Guelph booklet titled: 150 Things That You Can Do has been prepared and distributed. Danna gave examples of some of these things.
Danna provided a number of interesting and funny back stage stories of artists such as Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin, the Village People and Shaun Majumder and Jazzy.
She finished her presentation by saying there are lots of opportunities for people to volunteer and have great experiences in the Guelph cultural scene.
Information on Guelph’s cultural scene is mostly internet based although some can be found at Guelph City Hall.
Following Danna Evans’s presentation there was a brief question and answer session.
Julian Sale thanked Danna Evans and gave her a token of appreciation on behalf of the Club.
Nomination's Committee – David Wallace - We now have names nominated for all positions to be elected to the Board of Directors; - for President – Ed Herold - for Vice-President – Martin Alderwick - Director of Activities/Events – Ray Biffis - Director-at-Large – John Shelflin - Past-President – John Proctor - David Wallace and Ken Dick’s terms are completed and they will step down. All remaining current Directors have agreed to stand for their current Board position, if elected.
Note: if you haven’t paid your dues before the AGM you will not be eligible to vote.
Activities/Events – David Wallace - there are two events coming up: - a visit to Honeybee Research Center on Mon. May 29th @ 10:30 am - a visit to RWDI Engineering on Wed. May 31st @ 5:30 pm. There is a maximum space for 25 people only. - a sign-up sheet is available to register for each of these two events and a waiver will need to be signed to go on the Honeybee Research tour. - Wives/partners are welcome to join these tours.
Coffee Groups – Gary Luck - Take place on alternate Thursdays @ 10:00 am at either of these locations: - Airpark Cafe and the Boathouse.
Speakers’ Committee – Julian Sale - a survey has been prepared for members to report on their opinion of the Speakers' Program; - please visit the Club website and respond.
Reminder: The AGM is scheduled for June 8th and it will start earlier @ 9:45 am. - the Annual Report is being prepared for this meeting.
Next meeting is Thurs., May 25th. - Dr Phillipe Van Cappellen - "The Global Water Crisis "