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Brookes Diamond Productions (BDP) is Atlantic Canada’s longest-running, most recognized entertainment production company. Principals Brookes Diamond and Fiona Diamond specialize in artist development, concert promotion and creating landmark TV and live productions.

BDP has managed the careers of major artists including Rita MacNeil, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Rankin Family, Bruce Guthro and have produced shows from Sydney Opera House to Times Square, New York City.

Recipients of numerous awards over their long career, the Diamonds were awarded the Chamber of Commerce Persons of the Year in 2009, and both were recipients of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for their contribution to Canada. In 2016 the Diamonds were inducted into the inaugural Casino Music Nova Scotia Hall of Fame.


Tyler Redding, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, currently co-owns and operates Clarence Investments, a family run company through which he invests in real estate and other passion projects.  Tyler is a graduate of the 2004 Culinary Institute of Canada, from where he went on to become an award-winning executive chef for ten years in British Columbia. After returning back home to Halifax to care for family, he decided to put down his knives and start his next chapter in real estate.

He succeeded and was recognized with multiple awards throughout his eight-year career as a real estate agent and property manager. He is now enjoying being on the investing side of things and is always looking for the next great thing and/or person to invest in.

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Ron Ulrich New



Ron Ulrich has been at the forefront of Canadian Theatre for many years. He has been Artistic Director of Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton; Neptune Theatre, Halifax; Executive and Artistic Director, Mayfield Theatre, Edmonton; Artistic Director of Huron County Playhouse, Grand Bend Ontario; Artistic Director of the Muskoka Festival and Artistic Director of Stage West Canada. A graduate of National Theatre School of Canada, he has won Canada Council, Theatre Ontario and Saskatchewan Arts Awards.


Robert has been a full-time performer since 1984, focusing exclusively on theatrical stage hypnotism since 1993. Over that time span he has performed thousands of shows throughout Atlantic Canada for such clients as Coke, Maple Leaf Foods, Moosehead Breweries and Xerox Canada.

Robert has performed in dozens of theatres including the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Jubilee Theatre and St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre and Arts Centres across Newfoundland just prior to COVID.

When Ron Ulrich was Artistic Director at Neptune Theatre, Robert was brought in to consult and design special effects for the productions Cats and Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including television commercials for clients such as Sobeys, Mic Mac Mall and Atlantic Lotto.

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Todd Lemaster



Todd has been an integral component of Robert LAMAR’s productions since high school days. Todd’s technical and mechanical know-how combined with his business management skills have been invaluable to the shows Robert has created throughout the years. Todd assists on all aspects of the production.


Steve has been building and designing props and scenery most of his life. From painting billboards for The Festival on the Bay in his hometown of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia he moved to Neptune Theatre in Halifax where he was a designer and prop builder.

Since those early beginnings, Steve’s career has taken him from Halifax to New York, Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and China. Steve has designed projects for many organizations, including DreamWorks, Penn & Teller, Audi, Caesar’s Palace, Cirque du Soleil, Harley Davidson, M&M’s World Las Vegas, and The Second City.

Most recently, Steve was the designer for Sands China Ltd. in Macau. He was responsible for designing props and scenery for all five of the company’s luxury hotel-casino properties. In June, he and his wife Suzy returned to Canada to take up residence in Nova Scotia.

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Lowell S Fuhrman



Lowell was a full-time professional performer for over 30 years. He has appeared on national US/Canadian TV shows such as That’s Incredible, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, PM Magazine, and several European television programs.

Lowell has also hosted his own weekly TV program called Manlow’s Meeting of the Minds and created and produced a syndicated radio show called Seekers of the Supernatural.


Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wendy is owner and operator of Phillips Public Relations Limited (PPRL), a successful boutique public relations company specializing in media relations, marketing, advertising, and social media in the arts and entertainment industry.

With over 28 years’ experience, she has established invaluable long-term professional relationships and earned several industry and community awards and accolades. A leader in the field, she has promoted and worked closely with some of the world’s top musical and comedic talents, filmmakers, actors, authors, as well as other national and international stars.

Wendy has been recognized with Music Nova Scotia’s Publicist of the Year Award and the East Coast Music Association’s Industry Professional of the Year Award.

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Richard Bonner



Richard has worked with Robert LAMAR since the early 1990s. His responsibilities include administrating and participating in the technical end of the stage show (audio, lighting and special effects) and also managing the entire production while on the road. This includes trucking, road crew, show personnel, backstage concerns and coordination with the venue staff. Richard is also the company director of Atlantic Illumination Entertainment Lighting, a stage lighting production company in Atlantic Canada. Throughout his career, Richard has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, George Jones, B.B. King, k.d. lang, Gordon Lightfoot, Muddy Waters, George Thorogood and April Wine, to name but a few from his impressive resume.


Wendi grew up singing and performing with her family, called the Breese Family Singers, in Northeast Ohio. She’s done a bit of everything in theater, from acting and singing on stage to working behind the scenes, and even directing plays and musicals in college and community productions.

Wendi written two books—one is about how to manage your money, and the other is a modern fairy tale. Wendi has also written three screenplays, which remain unproduced.

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Kevin Sollows



A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Kevin has extensive experience as a Storyboard Artist (CBC, CBS, DHX, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Salter Street Films, Sennett Entertainment, Three Sheets Productions), Freelance Illustrator (Symphony NS, Neptune Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Atlantic Film Festival, Jazz East, NS Tourism & Culture), Court Sketch Artist (NS Supreme Court), designed numerous commemorative plaques (Parks Canada, Monuments Board of Canada), designed a stamp (Canada Post), and provided countless illustrations for news organizations like CBC News (1st Edition, The National, Newsworld) and The Chronicle Herald. For The Gift, Kevin has utilized his talents, not only designing the show’s poster, but adding his artistic talents and abilities to various set pieces and a number of the critical props.


Bobby is an award-winning journalist who left the industry to help the websites of publishers and businesses rank higher in Google searches.

He is founder of Wooster Media Group LLC, and he has worked with companies throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Romania, and Mexico.

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Steven Dempster



The late Stephen Dempster played the guitar for over 42 years and taught it in one form or another for over 30 years.

In 1995, Steven decided to make it official and began his own teaching studio Dempster Guitar Studio. He part of the faculty at the Maritime Conservatory of Music & Dance, the Canadian Conservatory (Music Stop) and the Long & McQuade Music Education Centre. He was also assistant to Carol VanFeggen of Dalhousie University in the popular “Guitar & Lute” class.

During his career, Stephen mentored thousands of students helping them grow their skills as guitar players. For those bound for university music programs, Stephen successfully coached not only their technical abilities but also the required musicianship skills of ear training, and music theory for entry to these programs. We miss Steven and are grateful for his contributions to The Gift.