John Donnelly has built a reputation across North America for developing standout music, entertainment, and media properties, which draw from over 25 years of experience and quality relationships.

As an independent producer of concerts and events, John Donnelly has developed many widely known & respected properties including 3 Celebration Sites at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, 5 major festival properties for City of Surrey, a new summer concert series in North Vancouver, numerous corporate events and awards shows.

Other renowned productions include the prestigious GALA award-winning Opening Ceremonies for World Police & Fire Games, JUNO Fest, Centennial celebrations for Alberta and Saskatchewan, Molson Canadian Snow Jam and many more…


Vice President of Operations

James Cowan is a well-respected festival production manager and producer, who has been working on large-scale shows for over 14 years. Recently James has worked as Producer of Surrey 2010 Celebration Site, Production Manager for Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Stage Manager for Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Co-Producer of the Western Canadian Music Awards, Production Manager for Surrey Canada Day, Fusion Festival and Party for the Planet.

Previous project highlights include: Foxfest, Snow Jam, NewMusicWest, Vancouver International Film Festival, plus various tours. At Donnelly & Associates James oversees all company event production, operations and planning. He is also a Paramedic with BC Ambulance and provides green energy solutions for events.


Artist and Production Manager

Sarah Shandl is a west coast girl at heart. Born and raised on the North Shore and encapsulating the Vancouver spirit of balancing a love of beauty and business, Sarah brings her strong work ethic and music industry background to Donnelly & Associates. A graduate of Trinity Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications, Sarah has been involved in the music industry in a number of facets over the years, from live performance, booking, management, marketing, publicity, and tour management.

In addition to multiple touring stretches across Canada and the USA she has been involved in the Canadian Idol Top 3 tour, JUNO Awards, Canadian Country Music Awards, Surrey 2010 Winter Celebration Site, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Creation Music Festival. Sarah also runs White Tide Entertainment which assists independent artists in understanding and executing the business side of art.


Production Manager

Shannon Durrant has been with the Donnelly & Associates team for 5 years.  She has played an integral role in several high profile and large-scale events including: Surrey 2010 Celebration Site, Surrey Fusion Festival, Surrey Canada Day, 2009 JUNO Festival, Western Canadian Music Awards, 2009 World Police & Fire Games and Virgin Festival.  Shannon’s responsibilities include production management, contract administration and artist coordination.


Office Manager | Event Supervisor

Arlene has a well-rounded background in logistics, accounting and office management and is a recent graduate of the Event Management Program. Arlene worked on the Vancouver 125 – Summer Live Festival in 2011 for the City of Vancouver as a Transportation Management & Security Coordinator.

With her financial background and her new found passion in the events industry, Arlene is the Office Manager for John Donnelly & Associates. She is also a current member of MPI and ISES.