Derek Andrews

Derek Andrews is an independent arts consultant, Music Curator at the Luminato Festival, programs music for North York’s Cultura Festival and at other venues. As a concert organizer Derek developed themed concert programming at Harbourfront Centre (1986-2003) presenting 4,000 artists from Ashley MacIsaac to Zakir Hussain and was co-artistic director of Toronto’s WOMAD festival (1988-92). In 2011 he launched Canada’s first world music conference, Mundial Montreal. Derek’s Global Café artist management roster is focused in the genres of folk, jazz, blues and world music, with clients such as Suzie Vinnick, Quique Escamilla, Kobo Town and Digging Roots. Derek has presented seminars at industry conferences such as WOMEX, Folk Alliance International and is executive producer of the Toronto Blues Society’s biennial Blues Summit. Derek has served on advisory committees for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council. Derek sits on the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council and is an Associate Member of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, Derek is an internationally recognized authority on “world music” and a passion advocate for creative approaches in music as a tool for breaking down cultural barriers.