MUSICNL - Key Persons

Adam Baxter

Adam Baxter is an award winning singer/songwriter based out of Campbellton, Newfoundland. Pairing thoughtful Folk music idioms and pop influenced hooks, Adam's music stretches across multiple genres to provide an enjoyable mix of high energy and musical sweetness. Embracing his life in Central Newfoundland, Adam is moving in his scope of influence and shaping lives around him. He lives a second life as a secondary school band director where he connects with youth through a love of music. Baxter has spent countless nights on the road promoting his music, exploring performance opportunities and connecting with music lovers throughout Eastern Canada. He has spent the last three summers touring Atlantic Canada and beyond promoting new albums he releases each year. He has had shared the stage with such artists as Gordie Sampson, Jim Cuddy, Sarah Slean, Sam Roberts, The Arkells, Sass Jordan, Protest the Hero and Steve Poltz.

Amy House - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors
Over the span of her career Amy has been a performer, comedienne, writer, producer, director and arts advocate. Amy is the president of ACTRA Newfoundland and sits on the Board of Business & Arts NL. Amy recently completed fourteen years as Artistic Animateur of RCA Theatre Company at the LSPU Hall in St. John's. There she was at the heart of the development and production of over fifty original plays by Newfoundland playwrights. A comic with an irrepressible fondness for improvisation, Amy is a much sought-after performer for many special events and private functions. She is currently working in television production with Tyndrum Media Inc. as the Host of From Inside the Circle as well as Audience Relations and Communications Director. View full profile

Ann Anderson

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Board of Directors
A long time cultural manager and arts consultant, Ann worked on cultural funding and development initiatives with the federal government for a number of years, most latterly as Manager of Federal Tourism Partnerships. Projects included the development and implementation of a cultural strategy for the Gros Morne region and cultural trade initiatives for NL in Canada, the US and Europe. A former Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Resource Centre for the Arts, and the Artists' Coalition of NL, she is a co-founder of Rising Tide Theatre and the founding curator of the Festival of New Dance. Ann has served on numerous regional and national boards and committees, including the Canada Council for the Arts, Trade Team Canada-Newfoundland, The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, the Juno's-NL, and Contact East. View full profile

Brian Cherwick

Brian Cherwick is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed throughout North America, Europe and Ukraine as a soloist, with a number of folk ensembles, and as leader of the speed-folk band The Kubasonics. With a Ph.D. in Ukrainian Folklore and Ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta (1999), and special studies at the National Musical Academy of Ukraine (1987-88), his research work has documented musical traditions of Ukrainians throughout western Canada and western Ukraine. He has composed, arranged and conducted music for choirs, dance ensembles, film scores and radio. Brian Cherwick's solo shows are a fascinating excursion through the world of Ukrainian folk music with a unique blend of entertainment and educational experience, spiced with a healthy dose of humour. In addition to his work as a performing musician, Cherwick is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Folklore at MUN and a substitute Music Specialist with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

Darcy Scott

Darcy is a 16-year-old performer from Conception Bay South. He has performed at the Newfoundland Folk Festival. He has participated in the "so you think you've got talent" at the LSPU Hall for several years as well as performed at several MusicNL events around the city. He has performed at the Brigus Blue Berry Festival, George Street Festival, Keligrews Soriee and Arts under the stars where he plays drums with the group Conway. Occasionally you can find Darcy playing with his sister Reagan where are you will hear beautiful blood harmonies and catchy tunes. Most recently, Darcy was the winner of the Newfound Talent contest during the Newfoundland Folk Festival. This prize pack will see Darcy recording a couple of new demos in the coming months with some fantastic industry leaders.

Dave Shears

Job Titles:
  • Communications and Events Coordinator
Dave has been involved in the music industry as an artist for the last ten years. As the co-founder of bands RocketRocketShip and Lookalike, he has performed in venues all across Canada as well as internationally. Dave has an honours diploma in Executive Office Administration from the College of the North Atlantic, as well as a plethora of experience in booking, budgeting, marketing, and networking within the music industry. View full profile

David Smallwood

Job Titles:
  • Director
What do you do when you retire from a business you've owned for twenty odd years? You start a new career of course. My life has taken me from being President and Founder of Academy Canada to research for the Forestry Sector to CEO of the Rotary Arts Centre. Along the way I've been involved in raising money for our 1999 Canada Winter Games, to being Event Chair of the ECMA event hosted by the City of Corner Brook in 2009, along with a 40 year career on the Board of Directors of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and other community and government organizations. In 2012, the late Tina Dolter and myself dreamed a dream of a new arts facility for our city. By 2015 we were able to open the Rotary Arts Centre and it is that facility and its programming that has brought me to this new position as a Board member of MusicNL. A challenge for sure but as with most things in our arts' communities, a lot of fun. View full profile

Glenn Pardy

Job Titles:
  • Program & Administration Coordinator
  • Program & Administration Coordinator / Harris Institute for the Arts

Marlene Cahill - Treasurer

Job Titles:
  • Treasurer
Marlene is the Newfoundland branch representative for the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists, otherwise known as ACTRA. She has over 35 years as an administrator for such cultural organizations as Resource Centre for the Arts/LSPU Hall, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Wonderbolt Productions, Innu Education Authority, NAXX, CornerBoys Productions and White Rooster Theatre. She co-produced Mary Walsh's Canada 150 project - Canada, It's Complicated - which toured across the country. Marlene was awarded the Patron of the Arts in 2014 for her ongoing commitment to the arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Resource Centre for the Arts which successfully conducted and achieved the renovation of the historic LSPU Hall and CAPE (the Artist Emergency Fund). View full profile

Sherri Breen

Job Titles:
  • Operations & Program
  • Operations & Program Manager
A former staff member of MusicNL (Marketing, Communications, & Sponsorship Coordinator, 2017), award nominee of MusicNL (Female Artist of the Year, 2014) and solo musician/singer/songwriter, Sherri brings a diverse perspective of the music industry and an extensive background of frontline and supervisory work in the non-profit sector. Born and raised in St. John's, NL, Sherri has been performing at local events and venues and coordinating community programs for nearly 15 years. She recently worked as Diversity Outreach Coordinator at Association for New Canadians and traveled across Newfoundland & Labrador delivering diversity training, roundtable sessions, and managing the ANC's very first documentary titled HOME: Stories of Newcomers to NL, launched at The Rooms in April 2019. Sherri has a breadth of experience in coordinating employment and education programs, with a strong skill set in program administration, evaluation, communications, marketing, and fund development. She has worked closely on projects with media partners such as CBC, industry associations such as Hospitality NL, St. John's Board of Trade, and crown corporations such as The Rooms. She completed studies at Memorial University of NL (Bachelor of Arts, 2005) Gardiner Centre (Digital Marketing & Social Media Certificate, 2019) and certifications and workshops in fundraising, leadership, professional writing, youth counselling, and program outcomes. Sherri is thrilled to be back at MusicNL as the new Operations and Program Manager, and is looking forward to working with the music industry, business community, MNL members, board of directors, and province at large. View full profile

Théa Morash

Job Titles:
  • Secretary of the Board of Directors
Théa has been working in the arts in St. John's for her entire adult life (and then some). She mostly sings, acts, and writes, but has lately been making podcasts too. She also works as the Arts and Cultural Development Coordinator for the City of St. John's. View full profile