My life began at the age of eight, when violin lessons rescued me from an isolated rural environment and opened up the world to me. Those lessons made it possible to become concertmaster of the UVic Orchestra and play in the Victoria Symphony. And they made it possible for me to go to New York as a Vice President of Columbia Artists Management and later start my own agency, IAG.
I had the privilege in those roles of managing Grammy Award-winning concert artists and producing tours on three continents for European and North American orchestras, dance companies, ensembles, and the occasional pop star.
I put Alec Baldwin and Tim Robbins onstage at the World Financial Centre in a tribute to the National Endowment for the Arts. Took Ricky Martin to China. Sparred with Channing Tatum. And met extraordinary artists like Paul McCarthy, Moby, and others along the way.
Today I am the BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre, an Instructor at Capilano University's Department of Arts & Entertainment Management, Chair of the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture, and serve on the Hugh Davidson Fund Committee of the Victoria Foundation.
I've written a textbook called The Art of Touring available through the Capilano University bookstore. Years ago I wrote a weekly column about classical music called Classical Gas for the Surrey Leader newspaper. I've written hundreds of articles about music for the Canadian Music Centre and Hollitzer-Verlag, and XY Magazine has published articles I've written about beauty. I've also written liner notes for mysteries published by St. Martin’s Press.
I am currently developing a trilogy of novels centred around Ronald Sigmundsson, a former operative for MI6, and his sidekick, Jonathan Becker, an arts executive — two gay men who team up to chase a stolen Stradivarius violin around the world only to find themselves hunted by assassins when they do. And a fourth is in the works.
I live in Vancouver, BC with my husband, Tom. My pronouns are he/him/his, and I am deeply grateful to have the privilege of working, writing, and painting on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) First Nations.