Arts & culture

A Rough Gem? A Panel Discussion on Montreal Cultural Policy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This event is free


Communication Studies


Fenwick McKelvey


Communication Studies and Journalism Building
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Room 1.114



The Department of Communication Studies and COMS50th are pleased to welcome four members of the Montreal Arts community (and two alumni of the program) to discuss the state of Montreal cultural policy and specifically the Montreal music scene. The panelist is composed of Shevaughn Battle of Factor, Noah Bick of Passovah Festival, Peter Burton of Suoni Per Il Popolo and Lorraine O’Donnell. Together the panel has a funder, a promoter, an executive director and a researcher who will share their unique experience working and researching the Montreal music scene. Biographies follow.

The panel will begin with brief remarks be each panelist followed by questions from the audience.


Shevaughn Battle has over 15 years’ experience in digital and traditional marketing/communications, transmedia content creation and social media in the music, entertainment, culture and education sectors. She has promoted Canadian recording artists, marketed mobile products for FOX and the Food Network, and managed communciations for a national cultural festival. She holds a BA and an MA in Communication/Media Studies from Concordia University.

Noah Bick is a concert promoter, deejay, and production manager who works with POP Montreal, Blue Skies Turn Black and his own Passovah Productions. He holds a BA in Communication/Media Studies from Concordia University.

Peter Burton is the executive director of the Suoni Per Il Popolo, a Montreal based experimental and avant-garde music festival.

Lorraine O'Donnell is coordinator-researcher of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, a joint initiative of CIRLM and Concordia University's School of Extended Learning. Located in Montreal, the Network develops research capacity related to Quebec's English-speaking community. Ms. O'Donnell has a graduate diploma in Community Economic Development (Concordia University) and a Ph.D. in history (McGill University). Her current research interest is in history and heritage projects that involve and help build communities and social groups such as women's organizations.

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