A familiar face will soon be taking over entertainment duties at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook.
On Tuesday morning, the City of Cranbrook announced that Paul Heywood, former manager of the Key City Theatre, has accepted the position of Events and Marketing Manager at Western Financial Place.
The City press release noted that Paul is very familiar with Cranbrook and the entertainment industry. From 1997 to 2004, he managed the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, and brought a wide variety of entertainment to the facility. During his time in Cranbrook, Paul was very active with the Rotary Club, and worked with many non-profit groups in the area. Paul’s was known for his assistance on programs and festivals, helping them to become a viable and vital part of the community.
“I am excited to be returning to Cranbrook, with my wife and family to once again see old friends, and continue the challenge of bringing exceptional talent to the area,” Heywood said. “I know Cranbrook. I can market the strengths of Cranbrook and Western Financial Place to agents and promoters across North America- ensuring that entertainment and concerts are a vital part of Western Financial Place.”
Paul’s most recent occupation is the Director of Theatre Operations at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat. His involvement started in the early development and planning stages of the $42M facility, to where it is now being recognized as one of the top 100 venues in North America. During his time at Medicine Hat, the venue has won national awards for acoustics, marketing, and architectural design. Paul himself has been nominated as Presenter of the Year by the Canadian Arts Presenting Association.
“Having been involved in over 800 shows and events, Paul’s experience and industry connections will help the City build our capacity to deliver premiere live entertainment to our residents and the region”, noted Chris New, Director of Leisure Services with the City of Cranbrook.
Paul will be joining the City of Cranbrook in early January.