Meet our Facilitators for Manitoba Showcase 2019!

Eric Plamondon is a valued arts administrator, having worked at Artspace for the past three years. He is equally respected as an active artist; regularly seen on stage or in front of a camera lens, mounting art installations of his creation or of other artists, as well as writing and directing. Eric is driven to participate in new art experiences and see how cross contamination can elevate and define Manitoba’s artistic offerings. As a triple minority, (francophone, métis and queer), Eric also knows the importance of art as a tool of empowerment. Which is also why he spends much time empowering other artists and communities through art. 

Eric Plamondon has won a mayors award for his project Nuit de_ART, his short film You And Me in a City won audience choice at the Reel Pride Film festival, and he was a leadership fellow for the Canadian Art Summit. 

Eric Robinson is a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He began his career as a CBC radio host. Since then, Eric has served as Grand Councilor for the Four Nations Confederacy of Manitoba, Co-Chairman of the National Indian Brotherhood Political Policy Committee and Chair of the Winnipeg First Nation Tribal Council.

Eric was as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1993 – 2016, including as Minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Minister of Culture, Heritage Tourism and Sport and Deputy Premier.

Eric has always been a strong advocate of Aboriginal people, and he is currently a residential Elder for Winnipeg’s Native Clan Organization, helping ex-offenders with their re-integration into the community. He is co-author of “The Infested Blanket: Canada’s Constitution-Genocide of Indian Nations.”

Eric maintains balance in his life by listening to people, seeking Elders’ advice, participating in traditional ceremonies for guidance and direction through prayer.

Renaissance woman Heidi Hunter, has been a multi-disciplinary artist all her working life. Over the past 40 years, she has worked in visual arts, theatre, dance, music, TV and film. An ‘artist’s artist’, Heidi is a gifted, experienced teacher and marketing consultant, but most importantly, a forever student. She breathes in creativity in all she does, and enjoys a rich and colourful life working out of her Runs with Scissors Studio, west of Winnipeg Beach.

Josh Gennings Since 2013, Josh has been the Theatre Supervisor for the city of Fort Saskatchewan’s Shell Theatre. His 20-year career in the arts has provided the opportunity to serve as project manager, production designer, and organizer throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. From Cruise Ships, (RCI) to international conferences and large-scale awards shows (NASCAR), his varied operational experience is highly sought after. Developing relationships with presenting organizations and committees as a board and jury member, Josh now enjoys the thriving arts community in Alberta. A fervent musician, his balance of creativity and technical experience gives a unique perspective to finding success through innovation, process development, and technology.

Nicholas Beach is returning to Manitoba Showcase after presenting 3 workshops last year. He is the General Manager of the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta. He has been at the Lougheed Centre since mid-way through construction of the building, which opened in October of 2014. Nick has worked at several performing arts centres over the last 19 years including the National Arts Centre, E. A Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, and Keyano College before moving to Camrose. He also spent the last season working with Manitoba Arts Network to coach 3 presenters under the Arts Management Stream.

Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada.  Rhonda is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released 3 CDs and numerous singles and is working on her 4th CD.  Rhonda has received 13 nominations in total and won six International music awards since she began her music career in 2010.   She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. 

Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you.  Rhonda says, “No matter what language you sing in, you can hear the beauty of the music through the melody.”

Roland Deschambault is the Executive Director of Camerata Nova, an organization that performs early, contemporary and Indigenous-infused vocal chamber concerts for local and national audiences. They offer audiences excellence, experimentation and collaboration. Roland brings experience as a musician, artist manager, music director and mentor.

His many facets allow give him deep insight into artist and industry needs and viewpoints. He is also familiar with the inner workings of high-profile entertainment events.   

Walleye Art Services – Theo Sims and Collin Zipp, have both worked extensively as art installers. Sims is head preparator at Plug In ICA, and Zipp is the director of Platform Gallery. Together, they run Walleye Art Services, a company that packs, hangs and cares for artworks, working with institutions and individuals.

For almost three decades Joan Stephens has led innovative and successful multidisciplinary campaigns for a broad range of arts and charitable organizations, including 15 years as Director of Marketing & Communications at Royal MTC. She has an innate ability to identify challenges and opportunities, and to inspire and motivate teams to reach positive outcomes. In addition to her ‘day job’ in the not-for-profit sector, Joan has volunteered for many boards, including (currently) Virtuosi Concerts, the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, and co-chair of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Winnipeg, and also holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice/Performance) from Brandon U.

Joan has facilitated a variety of MAN’s Showcase and stand-alone workshops, and this past winter/spring mentored seven groups under MAN’s Capacity Building and 21st Century Technology initiatives.