12 episodes

There’s a lot of work and responsibility that goes into producing a festival. Join industry experts on FestForward Advisor Talks, a podcast series where we break down the different strategic or operational areas that are essential to successful festival and event organizations. Add experts to your team and learn industry best practices to help you solve problems, make decisions and realize your creative visions as a festival producer. FestForward Advisor Talks is brought to you by the Ottawa Festival Network, a not-for-profit service organization that works cooperatively with members and partners towards a vibrant, inspired, and prosperous festival capital.

FestForward Advisor Talks Ottawa Festival Network

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There’s a lot of work and responsibility that goes into producing a festival. Join industry experts on FestForward Advisor Talks, a podcast series where we break down the different strategic or operational areas that are essential to successful festival and event organizations. Add experts to your team and learn industry best practices to help you solve problems, make decisions and realize your creative visions as a festival producer. FestForward Advisor Talks is brought to you by the Ottawa Festival Network, a not-for-profit service organization that works cooperatively with members and partners towards a vibrant, inspired, and prosperous festival capital.

    • video
    On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) with Taib Boyce, pt 2

    On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) with Taib Boyce, pt 2

    Taib K.Boyce (Tay-eeb) (he/him) is a local Ottawa Anti-Racism Consultant, at TKB Consulting. As a consultant for the past 7 years, Taib has supported the development and implementation of online and in-person trainings on anti-racism and anti-oppression for senior leaders at the Department of Justice, Somerset West Community Health Centre, Oxfam and others. Taib earned a B.A. in Political Science and Law. He later received his Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluations. Both from Carleton University. Taib’s advocacy focuses on issues relevant to black queer and trans communities in Ottawa. He is the co-founder and facilitator of Ottawa’s only discussion group for black gay men called Keepingit100. He also volunteers with Salaam Canada - a national 2LGBTI+ Muslim nonprofit - facilitating/organizing local events.
    OFN acknowledges the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this series.
    FestForward Advisor Talks:

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    The Ottawa Festival Network:

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    Land AcknowledgementOttawa Festival Network acknowledges that our offices, located in Ottawa, are on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. We also show our gratitude and respect to them, and to the land for all that it provides us: trees to give shade, water and food to sustain us, and paths to connect us.
    Disclaimer:The Advisor is giving a general professional opinion on the subject matter at hand for educational purposes but in no way should this be considered legal advice as the specific circumstances of Viewers are unknown to the Advisor. Viewers are encouraged to use this advice at their own discretion and risk, and to pursue specific professional advice as they deem necessary.
    Responsibility for Advice:OFN does not assume responsibility for the advice, coaching, support and any other information (the “Advice”) provided to Viewers through the Advisor-on-Call pilot project.
    If you have any feedback or questions about this podcast, send us an email at festforward@ottawafestivals.ca

    • 25 min
    • video
    On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) with Taib Boyce, pt 1

    On Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) with Taib Boyce, pt 1

    Taib K.Boyce (Tay-eeb) (he/him) is a local Ottawa Anti-Racism Consultant, at TKB Consulting. As a consultant for the past 7 years, Taib has supported the development and implementation of online and in-person trainings on anti-racism and anti-oppression for senior leaders at the Department of Justice, Somerset West Community Health Centre, Oxfam and others. Taib earned a B.A. in Political Science and Law. He later received his Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluations. Both from Carleton University. Taib’s advocacy focuses on issues relevant to black queer and trans communities in Ottawa. He is the co-founder and facilitator of Ottawa’s only discussion group for black gay men called Keepingit100. He also volunteers with Salaam Canada - a national 2LGBTI+ Muslim nonprofit - facilitating/organizing local events.
    OFN acknowledges the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this series.
    FestForward Advisor Talks:

    FestForward Advisor Talks website


    Apple Podcasts


    Subscribe with Pod.Link


    RSS link

    The Ottawa Festival Network:

    Website


    Instagram


    Twitter (festival news & events)


    Twitter (industry news & resources)


    Facebook


    LinkedIn


    TikTok

    Land AcknowledgementOttawa Festival Network acknowledges that our offices, located in Ottawa, are on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. We also show our gratitude and respect to them, and to the land for all that it provides us: trees to give shade, water and food to sustain us, and paths to connect us.
    Disclaimer:The Advisor is giving a general professional opinion on the subject matter at hand for educational purposes but in no way should this be considered legal advice as the specific circumstances of Viewers are unknown to the Advisor. Viewers are encouraged to use this advice at their own discretion and risk, and to pursue specific professional advice as they deem necessary.
    Responsibility for Advice:OFN does not assume responsibility for the advice, coaching, support and any other information (the “Advice”) provided to Viewers through the Advisor-on-Call pilot project.
    If you have any feedback or questions about this podcast, send us an email at festforward@ottawafestivals.ca

    • 26 min
    • video
    On Structuring Your Organization with Benjamin Miller

    On Structuring Your Organization with Benjamin Miller

    In this episode, our Advisor is Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) breaks down the different legal structures available to organizations. Each structure comes with its own set of characteristics and rules that you must consider and align with the goals of your organization. So whether you are establishing a brand new organization or looking to restructure your existing organization, this episode will equip you with useful information to make a smart decision.
    About Benjamin:
    Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities. Over the past 5 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered over a thousand nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.
    CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has developed clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights.
    ONN is the independent network for the 58,000 nonprofits in Ontario, focused on policy, advocacy, and services to strengthen Ontario’s nonprofit sector as a key pillar of our society and economy.
    Episode Links:
    Nonprofit Law Ontario website
    Ontario Nonprofit Network
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Linkedin
    Episode Transcripts:
    English
    Français
    OFN acknowledges the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this series.
    FestForward Advisor Talks:
    FestForward Advisor Talks website
    Apple Podcasts
    Subscribe with Pod.Link
    RSS link
    The Ottawa Festival Network:
    Website
    Instagram
    Twitter (festival news & events)
    Twitter (industry news & resources)
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    TikTok
    Land Acknowledgement Ottawa Festival Network acknowledges that our offices, located in Ottawa, are on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. We also show our gratitude and respect to them, and to the land for all that it provides us: trees to give shade, water and food to sustain us, and paths to connect us.
    Disclaimer: The Advisor is giving a general professional opinion on the subject matter at hand for educational purposes but in no way should this be considered legal advice as the specific circumstances of Viewers are unknown to the Advisor. Viewers are encouraged to use this advice at their own discretion and risk, and to pursue specific professional advice as they deem necessary.
    Responsibility for Advice: OFN does not assume responsibility for the advice, coaching, support and any other information (the “Advice”) provided to Viewers through the Advisor-on-Call pilot project.
    If you have any feedback or questions about this podcast, send us an email at festforward@ottawafestivals.ca

    • 30 min
    • video
    On Emergency Planning with Amanda Mullins

    On Emergency Planning with Amanda Mullins

    In this episode, we are joined by Amanda Mullins, Program Manager at the City of Ottawa’s Event Central Office. Amanda will be providing an overview of the importance of Emergency Planning and what resources and support services are available to festival organizers in their efforts to avoid, minimize and mitigate emergency risks at their events.
    Episode Links:
    City of Ottawa Event Central Resources
    Episode Transcripts:
    English
    Français
    OFN acknowledges the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this series.
    FestForward Advisor Talks:
    FestForward Advisor Talks website
    Apple Podcasts
    Subscribe with Pod.Link
    RSS link
    The Ottawa Festival Network:
    Website
    Instagram
    Twitter (festival news & events)
    Twitter (industry news & resources)
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    TikTok
    Land Acknowledgement Ottawa Festival Network acknowledges that our offices, located in Ottawa, are on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. We also show our gratitude and respect to them, and to the land for all that it provides us: trees to give shade, water and food to sustain us, and paths to connect us.
    Disclaimer: The Advisor is giving a general professional opinion on the subject matter at hand for educational purposes but in no way should this be considered legal advice as the specific circumstances of Viewers are unknown to the Advisor. Viewers are encouraged to use this advice at their own discretion and risk, and to pursue specific professional advice as they deem necessary.
    Responsibility for Advice: OFN does not assume responsibility for the advice, coaching, support and any other information (the “Advice”) provided to Viewers through the Advisor-on-Call pilot project.
    If you have any feedback or questions about this podcast, send us an email at festforward@ottawafestivals.ca

    • 16 min
    • video
    On Financial Risk Management with Victoria Steele

    On Financial Risk Management with Victoria Steele

    The unpredictable nature of funding and revenue for festivals and events, coupled with the rising costs of inflation makes sustainable financial management a tricky task. On this episode, we break down the core considerations involved in financial risk management and some best practices festival organizations can implement to minimize, mitigate or eliminate different types of risk.
    About Victoria
    Victoria is a bilingual non-profit management consultant with 40 years’ experience in arts presenting, community engagement and advocacy. She works with clients and stakeholders to develop strategies, realize innovative projects, and mentor careers. Recent clients include Gladstone Theatre, Culture Outaouais, Ottawa Festival Network, Compassionate Ottawa, Respectful Workplaces in the Arts, PAL Ottawa, and Youth Infringement. She is a part-time cultural management professor and trained facilitator. Her management experience includes 19 years as Managing Director at the National Arts Centre, Executive Director of Arts Network Ottawa, and general manager of three theatre companies. She is currently Chair of Arts Consultants Canada and Treasurer of Cultural Human Resources Council.
    OFN acknowledges the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this series.
    FestForward Advisor Talks:
    FestForward Advisor Talks website
    Apple Podcasts
    Subscribe with Pod.Link
    RSS link
    The Ottawa Festival Network:
    Website
    Instagram
    Twitter (festival news & events)
    Twitter (industry news & resources)
    Facebook
    LinkedIn
    TikTok
    Land Acknowledgement Ottawa Festival Network acknowledges that our offices, located in Ottawa, are on the traditional unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin peoples have lived on this land since time immemorial. We are grateful to have the opportunity to be present in this territory. We also show our gratitude and respect to them, and to the land for all that it provides us: trees to give shade, water and food to sustain us, and paths to connect us.
    Disclaimer: The Advisor is giving a general professional opinion on the subject matter at hand for educational purposes but in no way should this be considered legal advice as the specific circumstances of Viewers are unknown to the Advisor. Viewers are encouraged to use this advice at their own discretion and risk, and to pursue specific professional advice as they deem necessary.
    Responsibility for Advice: OFN does not assume responsibility for the advice, coaching, support and any other information (the “Advice”) provided to Viewers through the Advisor-on-Call pilot project.
    If you have any feedback or questions about this podcast, send us an email at festforward@ottawafestivals.ca

    • 22 min
    • video
    On Volunteer Management

    On Volunteer Management

    Volunteers are the lifeblood for the festival sector. As both event-day support staff and core organizing or leadership team members, volunteers are key to the success and longevity of a festival. In this episode, the Advisors, Gina Maddalena and Cynthia Allan are bringing you a lively discussion on the latest trends and challenges in volunteer management. We talk about some best practices for volunteer recruitment, performance management and the importance of implementing strong policies and procedures.

    • 26 min

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