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About Contact East
History
Contact East is the Atlantic Presenters Association's hallmark event and Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference. The conference brings together performing arts presenters and in-demand, tour-ready arts performers to showcase contemporary and classical music, dance, theatre, and youth-oriented programming. Contact East is made up of several components, all of which are designed to enhance the presenter's knowledge of the field. Event components include high quality showcases, provocative speakers, professional development sessions, informal meetings and networking. Contact East provides an essential and inspiring experience for delegates, who encompass Canadian and international showcasing artists, performing arts presenters, managers, and agents from regional, national and international levels.

Beginning in 1975, the event was produced by the Touring Office of the Canada Council for the Arts. In 1982, the event was managed by a steering committee of representatives from the four Atlantic Provinces. With the incorporation of the Atlantic Presenters Association in 2001, the organization took over management of the event and has been producing quality conferences ever since.

According to the Atlantic Presenters Association's records, Contact East has been held in the following years and locations:

2016 - New Brunswick - Saint John (Imperial Theatre)
2015 - Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown (Confederation Centre of the Arts)
2014 - Nova Scotia - Pictou (deCoste Centre)
2013 - Newfoundland & Labrador - St. John’s (Arts and Culture Centre)
2012 - New Brunswick - Fredericton (Fredericton Playhouse)
2011 - Prince Edward Island - Summerside (Harbourfront Theatre)
2010 - Nova Scotia - Antigonish (The Keating Millennium Centre)
2009 - New Brunswick - Moncton (The Capitol Theatre)
2007 - Nova Scotia - Liverpool (The Astor Theatre)
2005 - Prince Edward Island - Summerside (Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre)
2003 - Newfoundland & Labrador - St. John’s (Arts and Culture Centre)
2001 - New Brunswick - Saint John (Hotel Courtenay Bay/Imperial Theatre)
1998 - Nova Scotia - Wolfville (Old Orchard Inn/ Atlantic Theatre Festival)
1996 - New Brunswick - Saint John (Delta Hotel/Imperial Theatre)
1994 - Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown (Confederation Centre)
1992 - Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown (Confederation Centre)
1990 - Nova Scotia - Dartmouth (Holiday Inn)
1988 - New Brunswick - Saint John (Delta Saint John/Saint John High School)
1985 - Nova Scotia - Halifax (World Trade Centre)
1983 - Massachusetts - Boston
1982 - New Brunswick - Sackville (Mt Allison University)
1979 - Nova Scotia - Halifax (Lord Nelson Hotel)
1978 - New Brunswick - Moncton (Hotel Beauséjour)
1977 - Nova Scotia - Halifax (Lord Nelson Hotel)
1976 - Nova Scotia - Halifax (Chateau Halifax)
1975 - New Brunswick - Fredericton (Lord Beaverbrook Hotel)