Industry veteran Doug Kirby has opened WOW! Artist Management in Toronto. The former agent, facility manager, tour director, entertainment director of Copps Coliseum
and Hamilton Place, says he's always had one foot in the management door over the years, and is now ready to delve into management fulltime.
Wow!'s first clients are Canadian blues singer Rita Chiarelli and boogie-woogie jazz pianist Michael Kaeshammer.
"I'm proud to be working with such world-class talent, and look forward to helping bring Rita and Michael to the next level in their careers."
In 2000, Kirby co-founded LiveTourArtists, one of Canada's fastest growing booking agencies, with Darcy Gregoire. He told CelebrityAccess he is involved with the booking agency in a management capacity. "I am not booking, just managing.
LiveTourArtists boasts four Juno-nominated artists this year, topped by Best Roots category winner, singer/songwriter Lynn Miles.
Kirby can be reached at 905-844-0277; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org