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ShiftChange Workshop Overview

January 17, 2017 | We hope to see you at ShiftChange from February 23rd – 25th 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia for three days of festival focussed programming, networking and more!


Register for ShiftChange online HERE

Presenter: APA Member: $75.00

Presenter: $100.00

General Delegate: $125.00

Industry Delegate (Includes a spot in the Solutions Centre Marketplace): $150.00

* HST and Ticketpro service fees not included in the rates above.


The Delta Halifax is the official hotel and conference venue for ShiftChange 2017. Reservations must be made by February 1st, 2017 to secure a room in the conference block for a special rate of $119.00 per night.

Reservations can be made online HERE or calling 1-800-268-1133 and referencing the Delta Halifax and ShiftChange: Festival Perspectives from Atlantic Canada and Beyond.

ShiftChange Workshops:

Opening Keynote – 12 Steps to Sponsorship Success

Sponsorship guru, Sylvia Allen leads you through her ‘12 Steps to Sponsorship Success’, with a minimum 10% increase in your sponsorship revenue guarantee! To ensure your success at generating sponsorship revenue for your festivals and events, Allen covers elements such as: how to get started, who do you call on, what do you say, etc.

Sponsorship Workshop

Sylvia Allen is back to explore the intricacies of sponsorship in depth during her follow up session: Pricing, Role Playing and Cold Calling. During this session, Sylvia addresses valuation - how much to charge and how to justify the costs, demonstrates how the sales process can work to your advantage and teaches simple cold calling techniques.

Harm Reduction and Emergency Planning

In a world of uncertainty, it pays to be prepared. Festival and event planning is no exception; in order to mitigate loss and ensure the safety of event staff, participants and attendees, contingency planning is a must. Stacey Lock shares how Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, BC is on the forefront of harm reduction initiatives, creating a safe festival environment for participants. Troy Greencorn, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS speaks to the importance of emergency planning after having to make the decision to cancel StanFest in 2014 due to Hurricane Arthur.

Festival Technology Panel

Join Darren Gallop - Marcato, Mathieu Dupuis - Ticketpro and Anthony Palermo - Connect & GO, for a conversation on new and existing technologies that have the potential to take your festival to the next level! Panellists will be discussing the technologies available for festivals of all sizes, such as live event management software, ticketing solutions, RFID, cashless payments, access control and integrating systems across multiple platforms to name a few.

Solutions Centre & One to One Meetings

The Solutions Centre Marketplace is an unconventional style trade show featuring services and products used by festivals of all sizes and industry related organizations. The One to One Meetings provide a networking opportunity designed specifically for delegates to engage in business discussions. This is your opportunity to connect for a series of pre-scheduled meetings with service providers, suppliers, colleagues and industry professionals and to build relationships.

Closing Keynote – Digital Storytelling

Known as a rebellious thinker and disruptive storyteller, Bosco Anthony has been recognized as an audience favorite at many speaking engagements and is often described as being dynamic, insightful, straightforward and entertaining.

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