General Manager

Karine Gagnon-Cardinal

Karine is a proven event producer, with 20 years of experience in all aspects of show management. Karine has co-produced the annual Outaouais Construction Association’s Home Show (Expo habitat), the annual Gatineau Women’s Show, and the Nostalgia Music Festival.

Her expertise and duties include (but not limited to):

Strategic planning and implementation; creation and updating of festival contracts for a variety of stakeholders; budget creation and management, as well as bookkeeping for the organization and festival; development of the festival design with the Festival Director; fund development including sponsorships, grants, donations, as well as other sources of revenue; artist/presenter’s communication and management.

Artistic Director

Steve Johnston 

Throughout a 30 year career in event production, Steve Johnston has held senior creative and production roles for pro-sports organizations, major music festivals, broadcast television series and numerous multi-cultural events.
A specialist in turn-key visual programming, Steve helps clients develop communication strategies geared for contained audiences, utilizing live and/or pre-produced digital media.
Currently, Steve is a Senior Video Producer for most of Ottawa’s top music and cultural events, coordinating show technical aspects, big screens, gear, artist advance, music considerations, show captures, edits and outputs.


Daniel Cardinal 

Daniel Cardinal is a strategic marketer with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

He has successfully launched private and public brands in notoriously difficult marketplace, and done so in both official languages.

Over a 35year career, Daniel spent time in radio advertising (CJRC & CHEZ Ottawa, CFCF-CFQR, CKOI-CKVL – Montreal), marketing director for both Bayshore Mall and Les Promenades de l’Outaouais Shopping Centre, eventually taking on Mall Manager position of the latter.

In 2000, Daniel started his own events management and marketing firm.

2000 – 2006: Promoted and organized the OutaouaisConstruction Association’s Home Show.

2007- current: Founder and show manager the Outaouais Women’s Show.

2018 – 2020: Founder and Festival Director Nostalgia Music Festival in Ottawa.

Site manager/ Logistics Director

Kristen Johnston

Kristen is a major-event production specialist that has demonstrated success in broadcast TV (HGTV/Rogers), pro sports (Ottawa Senators/Redblacks/Fury/67’s), as well as large public music and cultural events.

Kristen currently operates her own events consulting firm where she assists clients in the following fields;

  • Coordinating and proofing technical site requirements
  • Performing site inspections and assisting site setup
  • Working with vendors and Municipal/Federal representatives
  • Managing budgets and approving expenditures
  • Overseeing load-in/tearout

Stage Manager/ Technical Director

Claude Faucon

Claude, owner of Accomplished Productions, a company founded in Sudbury, Ontario in 1987, has been in the cultural business for 41 years.

Accomplished Productions’ mission is to provide complete technical production management and consulting services in the field of performing arts, music and song, theater, dance and comedy.

Claude was the Technical Production Director for several events of Franco-Ontarian organizations such as Théâtre Action, l’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM), Réseau Ontario, le Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO) and le Festival franco-ontarien.

Internationally, he has served as Technical Director of Team Canada’s Cultural Delegation for the last 7 editions of les Jeux de la Francophonie: Côte d’Ivoire (2017); France (2013); Liban (2009); Niger (2005); Canada (2001); Madagascar (1997); France (1994).

Nationally, he worked as a Technical Director for two editions of les Jeux de la Francophonie in Sudbury, Ontario in 2011 and in Edmonton, Alberta in 2008. He also worked as a Stage Manager / TD Assistant at the Place de la Francophonie in Vancouver, British Columbia during the 2010 Winter Olympics and as Director of Technical Production at the 2009 World Acadian Congress in the Acadian Peninsula region of New Brunswick

He has also been the Production Director of the 2017 Gray Cup Festival in Ottawa and is now in his 15th year as Stage Manager / TD Assistant at the Main Stage for the RBC Bluesfest.

Volunteer Coordinator

Christian Drouin

By day, Christian (Chris) Drouin is a dedicated contracting manager with more than 30 years’ experience in the public service and private sector. Chris spent many of those years contracting out base support services on behalf of the Department of National Defence in Goose Bay, Alert, Meaford and camps across Bosnia. More recently, Chris has been tasked to contract the replacement program for the training of aircrew on behalf of the Royal Canadian Air Force.


Chris also works for the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group with the Event Services and OSEG Foundation teams since the opening of TD Place in Ottawa. His work there has allowed him to gain knowledge in all aspects of event management. Many of those years were spent managing outdoor operations for such events as the Grey Cup and NHL Classic.


Chris knows what it’s like to be a volunteer. His numerous volunteering endeavors in the past include spending many years as director on a minor hockey association and as president of a Little League baseball association. Currently, Chris is the Box Office and Guest Services volunteer team leader for the Bluesfest festival in Ottawa and also spent Nostalgia’s inaugural event as volunteer team leader of the Box Office.


Supported by hundreds of amazing volunteers, Chris takes pride in leading the Nostalgia team where there is only one mission…ensuring that our guests have the most wonderful festival experience ever!