Northern Lights Festival Boreal is excited to welcome its new executive director, Celyne Marie.
Starting in November, Marie will play an instrumental role in the everyday dynamics of the organization and planning the long-standing music and arts festival.
Certainly no stranger to festival planning, Marie has been a key volunteer at past editions of NLFB, as well as Up Here. She has served as its artist hospitality co-ordinator since 2017.
In 2019, Marie worked as a freelance artist hospitality lead for River and Sky, and as venue manager with the Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards and JUNOfest.
She has sat on the board of directors at CKLU and as a member of the parent council for Valley View Public School for 10 years, where she first gained experience with fundraising and event planning.
Born and raised in Sudbury, Marie said she is happy to continue living in her hometown while pursuing her dream.
“We all know this pandemic has forced the live music industry to quickly begin re-evaluating and restructuring in creative and innovative ways, all under the shadow of uncertainty of what the future of festivals and touring will look like,” she said in a release.
“With 2021 comes the 50th edition of Northern Lights Festival Boreal and I don’t take the confidence our board has put in me lightly, nor do I undervalue the support that Max (Merrifield) and the staff have been showing me from day one,” Marie said. “Nurturing a vision for the future of our festival is a priority and a passion project for me and I will do my very best to exceed expectations in this new role while working collaboratively with, and in support of, our local arts community as a whole.”
After seven years, Merrifield has moved on from the position of executive director. He will remain in the role of artistic director, where he will be responsible for the programming and artistic vision of the organization.
The 50th edition of Festival Boreal is set to take place on July 8-11, 2021.