Our Team is made up of some big names around town in the music and event industry...
Artistic Producer - Colleen Krueger
Colleen Krueger kicked started her career in music back in 2011 with what started as a name company and has since expanded and a full time operation. LandlockedMGMT has been a platform to support emerging artists in their career development, strategy, and project management. Colleen, also works on various production and talent buying projects which more recently includes East Town Get Down Festival in Calgary.
Currently Colleen is the Artistic Director for International Ave’s festival East Town Get Down, the Managing Director of Music Calgary and producer of SoundOff Summit, Owner and operator of LandlockedMGMT and Label project manager at Flemish Eye Records.
Executive Producer - Greg Curtis
Greg Curtis’ career in concert promotion began as an employee, and then a contracted employee, of the University of Calgary Students’ Union over twenty-five years ago. During his tenure he has been active as the exclusive talent buyer for the MacEwan Ballroom, The Den, and MacEwan Hall. Utilizing these, and every other venue in Calgary (from the Engineered Air Theatre to The Saddledome), he negotiates contracts for over one hundred performances annually. From folk to punk to children’s performances to jazz and everything in between, Greg is extremely proud of the diversity of talent presented by his organization
The formation of “Tooth
Blackner Presents” in 2005 as an incorporated entity, has allowed for expansion
of Greg’s working relationships, influence, and involvement in the music
industry in Western Canada. In addition
to MacEwan Hall and Ballroom, Tooth Blackner Presents is the exclusive concert
buyer and live music programmer for the Bella Concert Hall. Producing concerts and tours for television
productions, corporate entities, large scale festivals, government offices, private
individuals, and the general public, “Tooth Blackner Presents” has garnered a
strong reputation and extensive business relationships in Western Canada.
Greg Curtis, under the auspices
of Tooth Blackner Presents, has recently delved into artist management with his
premier client being the very intriguing Hello Moth.
In addition to his numerous creative and successful business projects, Greg enjoys supporting the local arts scene, spending time with his family, and writing autobiographies in the third person.
Event Organizer - Alison Karim-McSwiney
Alison Karim-McSwiney is the Executive Director with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INTLAVE BRZ). She has 20 years of experience as a Place Manager and is the recipient of many awards. Her visionary leadership includes recent successes of securing $176 million for the multimodal redesign and infrastructure improvements along International Avenue. Alison has been instrumental in bringing innovative community initiatives to International Avenue including creating Canada’s first food tour in 1997 which is still running today. She has organized hundreds of successful events from parades, festivals, galas, conferences and tours. She is an alumni of CJSW Radio where she hosted a show for five years in the mid-80’s and was part of the committee to organize CJSW’s first Funding Drive. Indy music has been her passion along with her partner Don McSwiney, a well known musician and former CJSW radio station manager.
She co-chairs International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre and is founder of International Avenue Mural Society which is responsible for the development of public art in East Calgary.
On-site and Ticket Coordinator - Celeste Watamanuk
Celeste Watamanuk is the Executive Assistant and Special Events Co-ordinator with the International Avenue BRZ. Stemming from a 25 year career in the hospitality industry, Celeste has extensive experience in hosting events. Known for her can-do attitude, she is back for her 3rd year working with the venues on their delicious East Town Get Down menus, along with overseeing the VIP Band Lounge.
Living in the Greater Forest Lawn area herself, Celeste feels a strong personal connection to International Avenue and loves to promote the East Town Get Down Festival!
Volunteer Coordinator - Dimitri Giannoulis
Dimitri Giannoulis is a born and raised Calgarian invested in making local communities stronger, healthier, and more fun. Dimitri has a social sciences background and multiple years of volunteer related experiences and coordinating. As the returning Volunteer Coordinator this year, Dimitri is looking to make the volunteer experience as rewarding as possible. He is excited to reconnect with returning volunteers and meet any new faces too.