Josh McNorton is a Canadian-born, UK-based large-scale event producer, curator, consultant and artist. His work has led him to three continents, two Olympic Games, a multitude of cultural and academic institutions, high-profile festivals, showcases and tours. He specializes in bringing together artists, partners, brands and venues to produce innovative creative projects, live performances and events.

Since March 2014, Josh has worked for Nesta, the UK's innovation foundation, as the producer of FutureFest. Held every eighteen months in London, FutureFest gathers some of the planet's most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like over the next few decades. Josh is also the Co-Founder and Lead Producer of Relative Motion, a London-based theatre company.

As an artist, Josh writes, produces and performs music, produces, writes, and directs theatre, and occasionally writes non-fiction. He studied Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and was a four-time recipient of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's National Excellence Award scholarship.

He lives in East London.
skype: joshmcnorton

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Producer - FutureFest


London, United Kingdom
March 2014 - Present

Producer, Project Manager and Associate Curator of FutureFest, a weekend festival of radical ideas, compelling talks, and immersive experiences to inspire, excite and challenge perceptions of the future. The most recent festival was held in March 2015 in London.

Head of Event Production

Sound Diplomacy

London, United Kingdom
October 2012 - May 2014

Producer and Production Manager for international cultural festivals, industry showcases and B2B events including Canada Day International (London & New York), The Great Escape (Brighton, UK), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Mixcloud Curates 2.0 Conference (London, UK) and many more.


Sound Tracks Festival

London, United Kingdom

Consultant and Producer of one-day festival that connects culturally-rich communities in East London through showcasing live music, theatre and visual art in non-traditional venues, including the East London Overground train line.


Vancouver, Canada
March 2007 - December 2011

Producer, Curator and Promoter of live music, theatre and special events.

Press: CBC Radio interviews


Alberta College of Art + Design

Calgary, Canada
March - July 2011

First-ever Curator-in-Residence at one of Canada's leading fine arts institutions. Visual art installations by ACAD students and alumni were exhibited at live music venues during the 2011 Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.

Guest Programmer

Brief Encounters 17

Performance Works, Vancouver, Canada
August 31 - September 2, 2011

Brief Encounters is a multidisciplinary performance experiment designed to fuse disciplines and push artistic boundaries. For each installment two Guest Programmers pick twelve inspiring artists/creators and match them in 6 unusual pairings. Two weeks prior to the show, the artists are allowed meet with their partner and begin working. From this point on, the only criteria is that the piece be a new and collaborative effort.

Artist Coordinator, Spectator Experience

London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

London, United Kingdom
May - September 2012

Producer and Curator of the Olympic Park Entertainment Programme, featuring 6000 performers and 3000 hours of outdoor entertainment over 29 days of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London.

Press: "The whole entertainment, music and in-venue presentations were taken to a new level in London. This had a remarkable effect on the public's experience and the television spectacle.... Rio organisers left London looking at the importance of the atmosphere and the experience and how to keep the momentum going through to the Paralympics."
- Michael Payne, former Marketing Director of the IOC, to the Evening Standard - September 10, 2012

Press: "The atmosphere was amazing with the crowd, made up of fans, Games Makers and security staff, dancing and singing along and imploring the musicians, who were playing brass instruments, to keep amazing example of human exuberance." - Ian Westbrook, BBC News - September 10, 2012

Talent Coordinator

Sled Island Music and Arts Festival

Calgary, Canada
April 2010 - July 2011

Producer and Talent Manager of Western Canada's largest cultural festival, featuring 250 musical acts performing at 30 venues over 5 days.
2010 & 2011 headline talent included Girl Talk, Built to Spill, Of Montreal, Dinosaur Jr., Fucked Up, Buzzcocks, The Dandy Warhols, Sleep, Minus The Bear, Blonde Redhead, The Raveonettes, and many more.

Assistant Headline Talent Coordinator

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Ceremonies

Vancouver, Canada
Ocotber 2009 - March 2010

Coordinator of headline talent and paid performers in the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Headline talent included Neil Young, k.d. lang, Bryan Adams, Nickelback, Michael Buble, William Shatner, Alanis Morrisette, Nelly Furtado, Michael J. Fox, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Simple Plan, and many more.

Tour Manager

2007 - Present

Manager of live music tours and festival performances throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Past clients include Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood, Elias, Piper Davis, The Painted Birds, and Christer.

Record Label & Artist Manager

File Under: Music

Vancouver, Canada
October 2007 - August 2009

Management of independent record label and artist management company. Clients included Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood, The Painted Birds, Christer and Hot Little Rocket.

Booking Agent

S.L. Feldman & Associates

Vancouver, Canada
April 2006 – Sept. 2007

Booker of live music performances and tours at Canada's largest full-service talent agency.

Electric Guitarist / Keyboardist / Composer / Producer


2009 - Present

Instrumental, loop-based, improvised recordings and scores for live events.

"Time Is Something New" and "It's Important" were licensed to two independent documentaries, Ledora's Hope and This Wresting Life.
Watch Ledora's Hope in its entirety below; my music is featured at 2:35, 3:15, 3:55, 5:30, 6:20, 7:00, 10:30-11:40.

Electric Guitarist / Producer



Electro-pop solo artist from Vancouver, Canada. I contributed electric guitar and production.

Track: "Christer is Tronic" from album Techna (2009)

Track: "Adieu Redux (Persono Remix)"

Live video: "I Heart Johnny" (NXNE Music Festival, Toronto, Canada. June 19, 2009)

Lead Guitarist / Background Vocalist / Co-Founder

The Painted Birds

2005 - 2009

Independent rock band from Vancouver, Canada.

Album: So Much For the Rain (2007)

Tour Posters (click to enlarge)

Press: "The Painted Birds most distinctive characteristic was the juggernaut guitar playing of Josh McNorton. The Painted Birds lead guitarist, balanced the band's prosaic songwriting with a wholly unbridled style, co-starring as Nels Cline or perhaps, Guy Picciotto" - Exclaim! Magazine live review - July 2008

Live video: "Colleen" (Broken City, Calgary, Canada. October 16, 2008)

Music video: "So Beautiful" (2008)

Electronic Press Kit (2007)

Electric Guitarist / Composer / Co-Founder

spark that screams

2002 - 2004

Electronic folk rock band from Vancouver, Canada.

Co-Founder / Lead Producer

Relative Motion

2013 - Present

London-based theatre company founded in 2013 by Josh McNorton and Christopher Lane. Our mission is to craft exceptional productions and to build strong, lasting relationships with artists, audiences and all those who believe in the significance of bodies, spaces, stories, and the relative motion between them.

Director / Producer / Sound Designer / Composer / Musician

Open Casket

The Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, Canada
October 16-17, 2010

Reflections on death through visual art, film, live music, dance, theatre and technology. A unique live performance experience.

Co-Director / Co-Producer / Co-Writer / Composer / Musician

Falling Out: hard feelings in mixed mediums

The Beaumont Studios, Vancouver, Canada
April 3-4, 2010

A live performance experience on the theme of departures. Letters, poems and monologues set against an evolving backdrop of music, film and dance, plus contributions from the audience via text messaging. A unique and spontaneous theatre event over two consecutive nights.

Co-Director / Co-Producer

Bash: latter-day plays by Neil Labute

The Carousel Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
August 19-22, 2009

A collection of three one act plays that explore the complexities of evil in everyday life.

Writer / Producer

Love & A Body Bag

Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, Canada
September 8 - 16, 2007

New one act play featuring five monologues about the absurdity of love.

Press: "An extremely ambitious attempt to portray the complexities of human relationships through a series of short intertwined monologues" - The Ubyssey review


Snow From Yesterday by Chelsea Rooney

Brave New Play Rites Festival, Frederick Wood Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
March 29 - April 2, 2006

New one act play.


Lemon Sorbet by Kian Mintz-Woo

Brave New Play Rites Festival, Frederick Wood Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
March 29 - April 2, 2006

New one act play.


Two-Headed Boy

MiniFest Theatre Festival, Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada
January 31 - February 1, 2006

Brave New Play Rites Festival, Frederick Wood Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
April 14 - 17, 2005

New one act play inspired by and featuring the songs "Two-Headed Boy" and "Two-Headed Boy Part Two" by Neutral Milk Hotel.

Smellovision Loses Its Stink

Article for Nesta's 2015 Prediction Series

December 19, 2014

Press: Smell-O-Vision for the 21st Century: Phones able to send scented messages are among ten emerging technologies 2015 - Daily Mail Online

Press: Scent of success: Smartphone smellovision tipped for 2015 glory - CRN

FutureFest Thrills

Post on Nesta blog

December 2, 2014

"Ten Things I've Learned From Traveling in China for a Month"

Post on Ten Things I've Learned blog

October 25, 2011

"Ten Things I've Learned From Playing Music"

Post on Ten Things I've Learned blog

March 23, 2011

Read All Over

Interview on Vancouver Is Awesome blog

December 13, 2010

Couch Surfing in Milan: A Travel Memoir

Uprooted Magazine

March 2006