Brent Oliver has impacted the music community of Edmonton and Western Canada in a number of ways. On top of a busy full-time job as Director of Culture with The City of Spruce Grove, and a growing family of five, Brent found time to give back to the music community in 2015. Brent is Vice-Chair for Alberta Music, and sat as it’s head of Community Engagement throughout 2015. Furthermore, Brent is the Artistic Director of the UP+DT Music and Arts Festival, a multi-venue, multi-discipline festival in downtown Edmonton attracting over 60 touring artists to perform over the Thanksgiving weekend. As well, Brent was a committee member and ambassador for the 25th-anniversary showcases for Edmonton and Nashville’s Sister Cities Celebration in August of 2015. In addition, Brent continues to give his knowledge on music juries, and cultural industries consultations with the Alberta Government and career consultation to a number of Western Canadian artists. Finally, Brent was a founding committee member of the Edmonton Live Music Initiative, and project geared on saving local venues in Edmonton from extinction. Recently, Brent assisted in raising over $15,000 for the Red Cross to benefit the displaced residents of Fort McMurray following the wildfires of May 2016. Brent has been nominated for a Community Excellence Award by the Western Canadian Music Alliance at Breakout West in 2016.
Brent has spoken at a number of industry events and panels regarding community engagement through arts & culture, best practice for Canadian touring and career development for musicians, along with cultural strategic planning and placemaking.