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Organizing Committee

Paul Burns

Govfest Lead Enthusiast and piano player. Technology Solutions Manager in City of Mississauga. Believes he will be the next World Beat super star.

Dorothy (aka Dolly) John-Currie

Sponsorship and Marketing & Communications Lead . Lifelong music enthusiast and Keyboard player in Govfest Band “Evolution” from 2010 to 2017. Thinks outside the box and builds successful partnerships.

Turned down hosting the Grammys and touring with Elton John due to Govfest workload.

Brent Turkvan

Govfest’ s Wine Specialist

Truly enjoys picking the right wine for the “Wine and Art” event and sharing it with guests. Works for the Provincial Education ministry as an IT manager. Believes he could have been Elan Musk!

Brian Lewis

Govfest Financial Guru and guitar player in “The Invisible Hands”. ADM Economic Policy at MOF. Believes The Clash is the greatest band ever.

Darren McHugh

Band and Equipment Lead

Drummer in the Invisible Hands. Loves helping bands sound good and feel good! Economist with Office of Economic Policy until Rush comes to their senses and hires him to replace Neil Peart.

Pat Kinch

Member of the committee since the stone ages. “ Go To Girl” for lots of things. Lead singer for Government Rock Picnic, winners of the Judges Choice for the last two years. Happiest with a mike in her hand and a stage under her feet.
Believes she may be the love child of Frank Sinatra and Janis Joplin.

Steve Turner

Often confused with Brian Lewis (ADM MOF), Steve Turner was the bass player for The Secondments, a lovely and playful Govfest band who won the People’s Choice award three of the last 5 years. Steve was shanghaied into the Govfest organizational committee by a press gang of ruffians, but he seemed to have made out ok after awhile. He can be found anywhere; helping setup equipment, hanging out by the doors, sometimes emceeing Govfest events and occasionally acting as chaplain for Govfest bands on an as-needed basis. If you need a hand or want a question answered, Steve is your guy.

Zina Rai

Sponsorship Team Member

To live is to be musical.
Feel the rhythm and truly experience the music.

Dave Stokes

Govfest Kingston Lead

Bassist for The Chalk Lines, coordinates the Kingston GovFest event, enjoys working with volunteers to strengthen and build GovFest for years to come, provides guidance for other regional communities looking to host a Govfest battle round. Aspiration to play in a rock band that allows and recognizes the importance of bass solos.