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. 

Josh Jennings 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 brings experience as a musician, performer, artist and manager, music director, and artist development. His many facets allow him to understand artist and industry needs and viewpoints, as well as the inner workings of developing top-notch events in entertainment and professional development. Roland is the Executive Director of Camerata Nova, an organization that performs early, contemporary and Indigenous-infused vocal chamber concerts for local and national audiences, offering excellence, experimentation and collaboration.

Walleye Art Services is a Winnipeg based business that provides specialized approaches to packing, transportation, installation and maintenance to ensure the safety and care of all artworks. We use professional techniques and materials that reflect the highest industry standards, providing adaptable and quality solutions for all kinds of projects. We provide professional art services for individuals, businesses and institutions using a wide range of techniques for both short- and long-term solutions. We work closely with our customers to provide services that meet their objectives to create exceptional results. In addition to on- and off-site assistance, we produce a variety of custom exhibition products including risers, pedestals, hanging systems and casework. We source from our network of industry specialists to provide complete quality services for any installation project. – Theo Sims & Collin Zipp

Joan Stephens has spent more than 25 years in Manitoba’s vibrant not-for-profit sector, including 15 years as Director of Marketing and Communications for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In addition to her ‘day job’ in the not-for-profit sector, Joan has served on a multitude of boards, including (currently) the Winnipeg chapter of the Actors’ Equity Performing Arts Lodge (PAL), the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir (Marketing chair and Past-president), Virtuosi Concerts (Chair, 25th Anniversary Committee), and the Flin Flon-Cranberry Portage Folk Music Society. Joan also holds a Bachelor of Music (Applied Vocal Performance) from Brandon University.