We are very pleased to have five inspiring women on our Marché des Possibles team this year! We wanted to find out more about the crew making the magic happen behind the scenes, so we decided to ask these five entrepreneurs to interview each other about their implication in the market as well as their day-to-day lives.
In this second profile, meet Alexe Lavigne-Descôteaux, booker at Centre Pierre-Péladeau who doubles as MDP's bar manager, interviewed by Pamela Hart, our sound technician. Stay tuned for our third profile next week!
Pamela Hart: What led you to become a booker?
Alexe: I started off as an usher and a box-office clerk at the Théâtre Outremont—it was a student job, back in 2001. It taught me the basics of how a venue works. I’ve been working in venues ever since, for shows and for festivals. Over time, my boyfriend and I launched a company to promote independent shows: La Bête Rouge. I learned the machinery behind admin work and I built a network of contacts. My experience in working at different levels of production gave me the tools I needed to do my job, which consists in reaching out to production or marketing companies, and also in making sure to provide the necessary information to the different people involved so that the artist’s experience of the venue is as pleasant as possible.
PH: What are some of the challenges you have faced as a woman in the music industry, if any?
A: I consider myself lucky—I don’t feel I have bigger challenges to overcome as a woman compared to women in other fields. It’s true that show biz is in major part male-dominated. And I definitely have to deal with a few dad jokes and some mansplaining here and there. Despite everything, it’s an artistic field, it tends to foster more open minds than elsewhere. I think that for most of the people who work in the field, your gender, your sexual orientation, your religion or your background aren’t too important. Actually, my understanding of feminism is that many women in the past have fought battles and gained ground on many levels. Yes, there’s still systemic sexism, but things have changed a lot. I’ve seen change happen in the past ten years and it gives me hope for the future.
PH: What are the shows you are looking forward to the most?
A: I’m super curious to see El Coyote on June 30th, Katie Moore’s new project with her all-star band. I love her voice. I’m looking forward to shaking my hips (a little too fast, you gotta love your own special set of skills...) :) on July 7th for the Latin/Samba show. And I’m really excited to see the Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson during POP on September 29th at the Fairmount.
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