Artpreneur 2017


Canada 151 – Let’s Get to Work

CANADA 151: Let's Get to Work

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, get inspired by the artists and arts groups who work and thrive in our Nation’s Capital. The theme for the fifth annual ARTPRENEUR conference is Canada 151: Let’s Get to Work. We’ll bring together artists, business leaders and more to explore what’s next after Canada’s sesquicentennial year, and how we can develop momentum and keep the energy going for local artists. We’ll also reflect on the ways in which 2017 was a disruptive year, and how we can use disruption as a positive force to build new models and practices.


ARTPRENEUR OTTAWA 2017 CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 4, 2017Get inspired by the artists and arts groups who work and thrive in our Nation’s Capital. The theme for the fifth annual ARTPRENEUR conference is Canada 151: Let’s Get to Work. We’ll bring together artists, business leaders and more to explore what’s next after Canada’s sesquicentennial year, and how we can develop momentum and keep the energy going for local artists. We’ll also reflect on the ways in which 2017 was a disruptive year, and how we can use disruption as a positive force to build new models and practices.
8:30 – 9:30 REGISTRATION: Pick up your name tag and delegate bag
NETWORKING BREAKFAST: Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30 –10:45 KEYNOTE 1:             Alexandra Badzak Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery                                       In conversation with The Latest Artists and Anna Williams.
A. Entrepreneurship Skill Basic: Social/Digital Marketing, Sponsored by: Alterna Savings
Picking the Perfect Platform
Stand out in the arts community! This workshop will help you determine who your audience is and how you can target and engage in web platforms. Learn how to leverage your brand, events and projects to become visible and create opportunities to grow.Speaker: Christina Devine
B. Entrepreneurship Skill Intermediate: Social/Digital Marketing
Building Relationships Through Content
How to build authentic relationships through social media and good digital content.Speaker: Toni van Eeden
D. Visual Art
The Future of Gallery Sales
Are you wondering about the current state of the commercial gallery and art sales in Ottawa and across Canada? Are you curious where your work might fit in, or whether this is the route you should take? This panel of curators, gallery owners and artists will help you navigate your way through the ever-changing landscape of “The Gallery”.
Speakers: Don Monet, Michael Wallack, Carrie Colton
F. Music
From Basement to Stage: Developing Your Performance as an Emerging Artist, Presented by OMICCarolyn Coté (Arms of the Girl) and Scott May (Bar Robo) draw from their experiences as artist and venue owner respectively, to help provide tips for positioning yourself as a live performer early in your career. From booking your first shows to building community, these pros help identify opportunities to share your talents in conventional and unconventional ways. The panel is moderated by Colin Mills (Coordinator, Music Industry Arts at Algonquin College).Speakers: Carolyn Coté, Scott May. Moderated by Colin Mills.
G. Makers
Makers Gonna SellMaker Space North and Freewheeling Craft will talk about getting a shop online, and lead hands on exercises.Speakers:
Sheri Chiprout, Makerspace North & Amanda Cockburn, Freewheeling Craft.
H. Entrepreneurship Skill Basic
Business of the Arts Basics
An overview that prepares you to get your work out there, including developing your C.V., bio and artist statement.
Speaker: Remco Volmer
I. Entrepreneurship Skill Intermediate
Promo Video
Look at ME! A session about video for social media. Get out there and get heard but also be seen. Pull back the curtain. Let ‘em have a peek. Explore how artists can use video to build a more engaged audience and gain more sales.
Speakers: Shawn MacDonell, Creativision
J. Roundtable
HQ Ottawa
How can artists be based in Ottawa, and still bring their work to the wider world? This roundtable explores how artists in different disciplines manage national and international work
Speakers: Erin Benjamin, Tim Desclouds



BDunn PortraitBrenda Dunn: MC
Brenda Dunn has been getting in trouble for crayoning on the walls for as long as she can remember. She eventually went to art school at the University of Guelph and drew on whatever the hell she wanted.

​She works and plays in Ottawa where she came for grad school and just stuck around ever since. She learned a lot of busy words during her Masters in English Literature, but it turns out she actually prefers the visual to the verbal when it comes to communication.

She makes things and also makes things happen. You can see both at or rifle through her digital sock drawer @artinjest on facebook, twitter and instagram.

She also doesn’t totally get why these things are always written in the third person but concedes that it does just sort of feel right.


Teri Loretto-Valentik: MC 

Teri Loretto-Valentik is heavily involved in the arts in Ottawa/Gatineau. Her production company operated The Gladstone for 7 years, recently helping to facilitate the move to a not-for profit. She teaches Journalism and Performing Arts at Algonquin College and directs the annual bilingual play at The Element Montessori highschool. She serves on the ACTRA Ottawa board and holds a Master’s degree in Performance. She has been with CBC Ottawa for over a decade, back-filling at the weather green screen. She is an ACTRA, Equity and Media Guild member.

Her first love is theatre but she also works music and film and television. She believes in DIY projects and supports mentorship for young artists. Her work with students keeps her relevant and passionate about the role of art in our communities. She lives south of the Nation’s Capital on a 6-acre farm with her husband, designer Ivo Valentik, and their awesome five year old son Uly.

356Keynote: Alexandra Badzak

Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery

Alexandra Badzak is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Art Gallery where she has been leading the charge on a major gallery expansion project in the downtown core. She recently sat as Chair of the Ottawa Museum Network Board of Directors and was a member of the National Historic Sites Alliance of Ontario Steering Committee. She is currently a member of CAMDO (the Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization) and was one of the 13 member Arts and Heritage Steering Committee charged with renewing the City of Ottawa’s 20/20 cultural plan. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and a Board member of the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement District.


Alexandra Badzak, la directrice et la chef de la direction de la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa, est au premier rang d’un grand projet d’agrandissement d’une galerie au centre-ville. Récemment, elle a été présidente du conseil d’administration du Réseau des musées d’Ottawa et membre du comité directeur de l’Alliance des lieux historiques nationaux de l’Ontario. Aujourd’hui, Mme Badzak est membre de l’Organisation des directeurs des musées d’art du Canada et fut l’un des 13 membres du comité directeur Arts et patrimoine responsables du Plan pour les arts et le patrimoine d’Ottawa 20/20. Elle est également professeure auxiliaire à l’Université d’Ottawa et membre du conseil d’administration de l’association pour l’amélioration des entreprises de la rue Rideau, la ZAC du Centre-Ville Rideau



Keynote: Andrew and Deborah O’Malley

Beginning their work together in 2007 as “The Latest Artists” with audio/video performances in Berlin, their decade of collaborations has expanded to include innovative video, lighting, and data-driven interactive art installations and performances.

Their practice spans from small-scale to large site-specific projects, fusing animated lighting and graphic design, performance art, human/robot interaction, and national audio/video performance and workshop touring.

Their work has been supported and exhibited by The Ontario Arts Council, The Ottawa Art Gallery, Cube Gallery, SAW Video, The City of Ottawa, Chinatown Remixed, and The Adelaide Film Festival (Australia).

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Keynote: Anna Williams

Anna Williams was born in Ottawa, ON. After studying sculpture and printmaking at Mount Allison University she returned to Ottawa where she continues to live and work.  Her artwork employs the animal and narrative to examine the construction and manipulation of female identity and power relationships in contemporary society.


Williams has had solo shows in both Canada and the U.S., and had works purchased by the Canada Council Art Bank, the Government of Canada, the City of Ottawa, The Kamm Foundation, and Humber College as well as numerous national and international private collections. Williams has also created public works in Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal, and is currently completing a large installation piece funded by the inaugural Fluevog Artist Grant.

 christina devineSession A: Christina Devine

As Kuhlabo Co-Founder, Christina Devine offers strategic communications and marketing support to help associations, non-profit organizations, SMEs and corporations transform their target clients into brand ambassadors.


Christina’s team collaborates with companies to provide technical expertise in web design and strategic community engagement, transforming websites into engaged social media communities. She brings 10 years experience working in digital marketing and public relations with brands and organizations including House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture, Art Gallery of Ontario, Sony, IBM and Make-A-Wish® Eastern Ontario.


Christina’s post-secondary education in Sociology and Public Relations, combined with her experience as hip hop recording artist and performer “Kool Krys,” allow her to apply intuition, awareness and understanding, helping organizations identify their community needs to build strong collaborations and meaningful partnerships for growth.




Session B: Toni van Eeden
Toni van Eeden is a brand developer, digital strategist, writer, and vlogger. In 2015 Toni founded RedBrick Rooster Inc. A branding agency built solely for entrepreneurs who wanted to develop resilient brands and authentic social content. She graduated York University with a BFA in Film and Video Production and to this day frequently uses video as a tool in her business and creative endeavors. In June 2017 Toni began a new endeavor with her husband Aaron van Eeden. She wears the hats of co-owner, brand manager, and digital marketer for Your Urban Carpenter, a custom carpentry shop for city dwellers and their small businesses. You can also find her on the advisory committee for CSArt Ottawa and on the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Arts Council.



DonHeadshot2017Session D: Don Monet

Don Harrington Monet is an Ottawa artist, curator and activist. He concentrates his studio efforts toward landscape, photo-collage and found-object paintings.

In his practice he uses photo-collage and acrylic paint to build “paintings” that reflect both family travel photos and iconic landscape painting. The works have been produced on wood panel and birch with a varnish overcoat. He rarely employ a model; “I rather utilize my own familiar geography and family as subjects. Similar to holiday snaps – these mementos are reflections of the days of my own life and family.” His motifs are fractured representations of everyday interactions. Sometimes the most mundane moments, playing scrabble, dipping a paddle in the water become at once banal and magnificent.   Similar to a film makers location photography, he takes a series of connected photographs and lays them out to create the “scene”. He then use traditional landscape techniques in acrylic to unify the fractured photographs. Trompe l’oeil in part, but not completely, the end result is more “painting” than “photography”. The viewer can readily see the edges of transition, the margins between paint and photo.

Owner of Cube Gallery, Ottawa, now in its eleventh year, he has organized dozens of thematic group exhibitions and solo shows featuring Ottawa and National visual artists, musicians, actors and dancers. He has taught culture, communications, ethics, and audience research courses (sessionally) at the University of Ottawa, and cartoon and art classes to children at the National Gallery, and several elementary schools. Much of his work is informed by the 13 years he lived and worked with the Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en peoples in Northern B.C. In 1992 he published a Canadian classic: “Colonialism on Trial”, a graphic documentary following the Delgam Uukw court action of 87-91.

Over the last thirty years Don Monet has organized and curated dozens of thematic group exhibitions In Vancouver, Hazelton, Toronto and for the past twenty two years in Ottawa, Ont.  Monet is an advocate of the multi disciplinary approach to art, curating shows that feature visual artists, musicians, actors and dancers. His curatorial project often invites visual artists to interpret a theme in concert with the wider community of artists. To that end:  He has organized a “First Thursdays Art Walk” among five galleries in Ottawa’s west end (2010 -), the West End Studio Tour (1995-) and the Nocturne Festival of the night sky, now in its eighth year, Nocturne is a dialogue between the astronomy/science community and fine artists.  Monet  founded and curated the Fritzi Gallery (2008 – 2015 ) at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Fritzi presented a visual dialogue between visual artists and the plays mounted at GCTC.  He remains a mentor for the Fritzi gallery’s new programme with the Ottawa School of Art.

As a curator he has invited artists across Canada to tackle issues such as the Portraits of Stephen Harper, the Quebec Summit aftermath, the shape of the square, the bombing in Yugoslavia, the colour red, war in Lebanon and along the way has supported charities including the Parkdale Food Centre, Refugee support, Haiti Relief, Doctors Without Borders, Jane’s Walk, CARFAC and War Child.



Session D: Carrie Colton

Carrie Colton is the Founder and Director of Studio Sixty Six contemporary art gallery. A trained artist and designer, Carrie opened the gallery in 2013 with the aim of creating a different kind of commercial art space: one respectful to its artists and accessible to its audience. Carrie is based in Ottawa and committed to amplifying its diverse cultural landscape.




Session F: Scott May 

Scott is a lifelong Ottawa native. Sneaking into clubs at 15, he cut his teeth selling music at 16. He is an accomplished mixmaster performing as DJ Phonebooth.

He is a music junkie who opened Bar Robo to support his habit. He has managed to parlay his love of coffee, cocktails, and art into a successful new live music venue when other venues are struggling or closing.

Robo is a safe, inclusive space. It exists to showcase the quirky and unusual.


CarolynCote-webSession F: Carolyn Coté








Session G:


remco(1)Session H : Remco Volmer
Artengine’s Managing Director, Remco Volmer, is formally trained in media design from HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and began working in the Ottawa-region as a cultural producer in 2001. Volmer joined Artengine for the coordination and development of the Electric Fields festival in 2008, helping build the festivals artistic reach and audience impact. Over the last five years Volmer has led the transformation of Artengine’s Maker Faire from its humble beginnings to a premier event in the Ottawa region. This past year Volmer was selected to participate in the Banff Center development project, New Fundamentals which brought together an exciting group of interdisciplinary arts administrators building new innovative organizations. For the Ottawa School of Art, he teaches a diploma course on the Business of Art.

Shawn MacDonell - HeadshotSession I: Shawn MacDonell
As the founder of Creativision Shawn has kicked the ass of well over 2200 people, consulted over 120 organizations from all around world, and has had the privilege of speaking to over 90,000 people with his keynote speeches. Shawn has inspired others to redesign a line of cars, managed to help a charity raise an additional $250,000 in 2 months, produced viral hits on YouTube, designed and executed a snowman lounge with an award winning brewery. Most recently Shawn has had the chance to do some very meaningful work with the Adoption Council of Canada as well as take on a more daring marketing campaign with a new technology company in Canada. All of this and he almost never wears pants. The number one success that Shawn has pulled off in 14 years though has been working with some of the best people. Shawn values people first and has been fortunate to have the best kinds of people around him, the creatives, the rebels, the renegades, the doers, the thinkers, the challengers, humans.


Erin__web_cl_7492Session J: Erin Benjamin

See the 2016 Schedule and Speakers




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