jackieJackie Bourgaize

 

daleDale Sorensen

 

 

 

 

 

chrisChris Gheran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

andyAndy Stanislav

OUR DIRECTORS

Updated March 10, 2017

  • BRAND JUNKIE

    Jackie Bourgaize
    You probably know Jackie Bourgaize as Chief (pizza) Cook and Bottle-Washer, but most of her Gallery work is conducted down the hall in the Gallery office (you are welcome to take a peek).

    Jackie co-founded Gallery House Concerts Society in 2012, mainly to help artists with a costless place to stay, a couple of meals, and gas money as they tour their music across the country.

    Jackie frequently tracks down artists suggested by concert goers or Gallery Directors, perhaps piggybacking onto larger shows in town. She regularly filters out artists' frequent requests to play here: reviewing their credentials, and listening to their tracks.

    Jackie likes to flex her degree from the Alberta College of Art & Design, helping the music scene with branding, album packaging, posters, web elements, signage, brochures, etc. She is proud to have worked with WideCut Weekend, Bow Valley Music Club, and The Acoustic Guitar Project, as well as artists and venues.

  • CONSUMER JUNKIE

    Dale Sorensen
    While some of us (me) are cottage industry types, there are those (like my husband, Dale Sorensen) that are out there contributing to the good of us all.

    Dale is a Project Manager in construction and the MC of Gallery House Concerts Society. He is not a comfortable public speaker but has chosen to welcome you, communicate housekeeping details, introduce the artists, and tell lame jokes! Other than the year Susan Aglukark funded our pizza snack, Dale is also the one who regularly foots that bill.

    Dale's magnanimous nature extends much farther. He is always riding, canvassing, or fundraising for something. And he tips big! What baristas do not beam at the sight of Dale?

    But Dale has a self-indulgent side. There isn’t a motorcycle, camera, hiking, or cycling gadget that he isn't looking to purchase. T-shirts and memorabilia constitute a large part of our overdraft. And look at that wall of CDs (I know, it's nothing compared to your vault Tom Coxworth!). There is not a Gallery artist or genre that is not represented there.

    Thank goodness for world-contributors like Dale who keep the current of fair trade and music flowing.

  • MILITARY JUNKIE

    Chris Gheran
    I'm not saying that singer/songwriter and Gallery Director, Chris Gheran, is a reincarnation of John Lennon, but... he was born only 48 hours after the assassination and may have inhaled some DMT. Opening for Brandi Carlile last year, Chris nailed "Working Class Hero". Chris welcomes Gallery artists with his fresh Hard Folk. He may sound similar to Lennon but he charms like George Formby. And the content of Chris's 4 albums is often drawn from military history and peppered with military references.

    Chris has performed on VIA Rail, showcased at Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Canadian Music Week in Toronto, and Alberta Showcase in Fort Saskatchewan; he has played at the Calgary Stampede, the East Coulee Springfest, and Medicine Hat's Tongue on Post; Chris headlined at the TransCanada Alberta Music Series, won JackFM's Busker of the Year, and performed frequently at Simon's Valley Market. Besides writing a song in only 7 days as part of the global Acoustic Guitar Project, Chris has won, placed, selected as a finalist, or been a judge at several songwriting competitions including South Country Fair and Calgary Folk Music Festival.

    Chris's 2013 Digging Holes Military Tour through Canadian Forces Bases, field batteries, and Army Navy Air Force Vets changed his life and inspired several tunes including Sergeant At Arms.

    Chris has ridden the rails with Ian Tyson in a city tribute and has confidently opened for The Fray, The Doll Sisters, Lucas Chaisson, The Wailin' Jennys and Jonathan Richman.

    McGraw-Hill Iverson selected Chris's “Pieces of Stone” video by Doug Cook as a teaching tool for Canadian schools.

  • CULTURE JUNKIE

    Andy Stanislav
    You may have heard CBC say that the moment we decided to host concerts, we took a sledgehammer to our wall. Well, with every blow, we were texting pics to our astounded best buddy Andy who was lapping up Folk Alliance in Memphis.

    Andy Stanislav is one of our five directors with Gallery House Concerts Society, and as our CFO (Chief Fun Officer), he may have slid some bubbles into a glass for your very first concert. But there is so much more behind the hand executing that perfect pour (WSET trained).

    You'll find the cultural/arts/music junkie has a hand in many initiatives including those of CKUA, National Music Centre, Music Mile, Wide Cut Weekend, A Case for A Fiddle and more. You may run into Andy at Calgary Folk Music Festival, Spaghetti Western, or the International Blues Festival. He may be capturing photos, snapping on wristbands, or offering to get you a beer.

    If there is an underground film festival or one-time art event, Andy will have had a personal invitation. And while Andy is taking in Alberta Showcase, a songwriting competition, Route 66, or a new brewery, we can all enjoy his fabulous photos: tweeted, texted, facebooked, or, if he has had time, catalogued.

    Andy is an outstanding photographer. Yes, he sometimes sports a lens longer than my arm, but he also has a collection of stunning images on his iPhone. Puddles, portraits, graffiti, or Gallery musicians, he proves it’s not the equipment but how you use it.

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