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.
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.
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.
March 2007 - December 2011
Producer, Curator and Promoter of live music, theatre and special events.
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.
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.
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 playing....an amazing example of human exuberance." - Ian Westbrook, BBC News - September 10, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.