Jeremy Stewart produced his first concert at age 16, a DIY punk show in the basement of a Legion Hall. Over the decades since then, there are few jobs in music or theatre that Stewart has not done on a professional basis, in both non-profit and for-profit contexts.
Stewart’s career highlights in arts management include:
• His current role as Communications & Events Coordinator for the White Rock Business Improvement Association, with major projects including the Concerts at the Pier, which in 2019 set a record for series attendance over 24,000, and whose notable performers included Grammy nominees The Crash Test Dummies.
• From spring 2014 to fall 2016, he was the General Manager of the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, a role in which he was the executive staff member responsible for planning, managing, and reporting on an annual budget of approximately $450,000. Major projects included three seasons of monthly mainstage concerts at Vanier Hall, a chamber music series, and other performances, including Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with over 70 choristers (including the full Vancouver Chamber Choir) for the cultural festival component of the 2015 Canada Winter Games; oversight of the Sistema Prince George education program; serving on the committee that led the organization’s international search for a new conductor.
• He was hired into the PGSO position partly on the strength of his success as Marketing and Development Officer of Theatre North West, where over three and a half years he set 20-year company records for individual show ticket sales, fundraising, and sponsorships. Major projects included four mainstage a year productions receiving a minimum of 24 performances each, including The Buddy Holly Story, Where the Blood Mixes, and Doubt; serving as the sole staff member on the board committee that planned and executed the annual International Wine Festival, among other fundraising campaigns; and being the primary person responsible for developing maintaining a sponsorship portfolio worth over $70k annually.
• In 2013, Stewart became the founding Artistic & Executive Director of Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, for which he developed and maintained all elements, artistic and operational, for five successful years, while leading and growing a team of local volunteers, artists, and supporters. Of the hundreds of artists to perform at the festival, highlights must include Costa Rican composer Susan Campos Fonseca, Irish saxophonist Catherine Sikora, Italian jazz artists Jooklo Duo, Canadians Rodney Sharman, Cathy Fern Lewis, Marina Hasselberg, Jordan Nobles, Stanley Jason Zappa, Rebecca Bruton, David Ito Chokroun, Jonathon Wilcke, Francois Houle, Shane Krause, Kathleen Yearwood, Mark Takeshi MacGregor, and too many others to list. In 2014, Stewart collaborated with pianist and registered piano technician Peter Stevenson to drop a piano from the roof of The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre, a project that took weeks of planning. In recognition of the festival’s value, in 2016, he was presented with the inaugural Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence honouring his “extraordinary contribution to Canadian music” by the Canadian Music Centre, Canada’s national advocacy body for composers.
• Among his hundreds of concert production credits, a major highlight is 2017’s Caledonia Sings: The Raghu Lokanathan Songbook, a tribute to the music of his friend and artistic collaborator of many years. Stewart staged this show independently as a fully-produced evening at the 300-soft-seat Prince George Playhouse, with a two sets of artistically reinterpreted covers of Lokanathan’s songs by accomplished Prince George artists, including a house band comprised of pianist Patrick Kilcullen, drummer Danny Bell, and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Abriel.
Along the way, Stewart has carried out hundreds of hours of concert MCing in contexts from punk shows to introducing a Canada Winter Games artistic festival performance; he has produced recordings for dozens of rock, jazz, and folk artists, including for most of his own projects, as well as recording for Raghu Lokanathan and mastering for the New Texture label; he has designed posters, written bios, planned and executed marketing campaigns, done fundraising, and so on. He hosted his own campus radio show for six years.