Denyse McCann has been a member of L'Équipe Spectra since its inception.
In the 1970s, alongside Alain Simard, she worked with Productions Kosmos to produce
concerts by international rock acts (Pink Floyd, Genesis, Gentle Giant&hellip) in
the centre sportif of l'Université de Montréal, as well as concerts
by anglophone blues, jazz and rock artists in Théâtre Outremont, Café Campus
and the Autostade.
In January 1977, she worked with Productions BeauBec, and with Spectra Scène
in association with Alain Simard and André Ménard, producing shows in the Théâtre Outremont,
as well as an arena tour by Harmonium and concerts by groups of that era from home
and abroad: Plume, Octobre, Jim et Bertrand, Paul Piché, Beau Dommage,
Offenbach, Claude Dubois, Michel Rivard; French artists including Jacques Higelin,
Bernard Lavilliers, Catherine Lara, Téléphone; and American
jazz/blues/roots artists including Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, John Lee Hooker,
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and George Thorogood.
She and her associates founded the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal,
launching it in 1980 at Man and His World, and a blues festival in the centre sportif
in l'UdeM featuring B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker,
James Cotton, Koko Taylor and Blind John Davis.
That same year, L'Équipe Spectra launched the massive Québec Rock
tour, visiting twenty Quebec arenas with Offenbach, Garolou and Zachary Richard,
who also welcomed Joe Cocker. McCann handled booking as well as tour direction.
In 1988, McCann took over management of Articles promotionnels Azur where she worked
on the development and market launch of all the Jazz Festival-related products.
She established an art gallery showcasing works by such internationally-renowned
artists as Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Alfred Pellan,
Frederick Back, Armand Vaillancourt and Corno, to name a few.
Since the early 1990s, McCann has managed commercial operations of events and offered
services to such prestigious events and clients as the Festival des Films du Monde,
the Festival Juste pour rire, the Tour de l'île, the Fête Nationale,
the Grand Prix de Montréal. She headed executive production of the Grande
Fête du millénaire in the Palais des congrès, recreating the
unique ambience of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. She collaborated
on the very first edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and was also involved
in the production of La Grande Mascarade in autumn 2003.
In 1995, McCann was named Vice-President Operations for L'Équipe Spectra
and is involved in all strategic and executive decisions pertaining to the enterprise.
She supervises festival layout, construction and logistics, as well as the human
In 2009, with the opening of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan, McCann took
on supervision of operations for the Maison—Bistro Le Balmoral, the Galerie
Lounge TD, the souvenir boutique, the Médiathèque Jazz/La Presse—and
works in close collaboration with André Ménard on live performance