Entertainment booker passes the torch

After 10 years of helping bring musical acts and other types of entertainment to Kamloops, Raymond Nyuli is stepping away from his business Entertainment Management Associates — but not without first making sure it is in capable hands.

Glen Morris, owner and operator of Tailgate Tours in Kamloops, took over Entertainment Management Associates at the beginning of November.

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It’s a new industry for Morris, but he isn’t about to let that hold him back.

“I’m still trying to figure out a lot of things,” he said. “I’m still working out my plan, but what I want to do is find acts, almost any type of genre, that are coming through the community. And that’s music, that’s comedy events, maybe even theatre.

“And we already have great people that are doing some of these things, so I just want to be another source for these acts that are coming through, as well as build on the idea of managing and promoting local events and helping them be as successful as possible.”

Nyuli said that he will miss the work and the people he has dealt with in the promotion game, but noted it was time to step away.

“It’s just time to move on to a different stage of my life,” he said. “That’s what it is.”

Nyuli said that while he and Morris come from different backgrounds, the new owner’s experience should be beneficial in its own way.

“My background is event-oriented and running tournaments, sports leagues, that kind of stuff,” he said. “I’ve done that all at one time or another in my life. Glen comes from more of a tourism kind of background, tour operator, marketing, promotional kind of background.”

Morris believes his particular background will prove beneficial in moving into his new role at Entertainment Management Association.

“Touring is an entertainment business of a sort,” he said. “You’re entertaining and educating people that come from other places. I guess we both saw the synergy of it.”

Morris is hoping he can find other opportunities for synergy between his businesses, such as helping entertainers travel through the province with his tour business, while also finding venues where they can perform.

But if there’s one goal Morris has for Entertainment Management Associates, it’s to honour the company’s history.

“The number one thing I want to do is kind of maintain the great legacy or reputation that Ray’s put out there,” he said. “He’s brought some fantastic entertainment to the city and looked after a lot of great events — and that’s number one, to maintain that.”

The company is online at entertainmentmanagement.ca, where an events listing can also be found.

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