We are an innovative Canadian company based out of Sydney, Nova Scotia, specializing in the creation and development of web-based management solutions designed to maximize efficiency in the festival and music industries. Our two flagship applications, Marcato Festival & Marcato Musician, are now being used worldwide, by over 2000 users, including festivals like Coachella, British Summer Time, Iceland Airwaves, Osheaga, Life is Good Fest, Eurosonic Noorderslag, the Country Music Association; and artists like Ennis, Royal Wood, Dave Gunning, Whitehorse, Jimmy Rankin, … and many more!
With over 15 years of experience in the music industry as musician, audio engineer and artist manager, Darren now serves as Marcato Digital’s fearless Commander and Chief. Brian Watson, COO of Harbourside Institute of Technology, says “Darren has the ability to see the big picture while keeping track of the details; he’s a linchpin who can walk into chaos and create order – someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen.” In between the many hours spent facilitating the great work done here at Marcato and the local volunteer organizations he is committed to, Darren has still managed to hone some pretty incredible skills as both a gourmet chef and a winemaker.@darrengallop
An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Morgan spent his formative years programming in the back of various tour vans while playing gigs across the globe. He finally settled down in a stationary office when he co-founded Marcato Digital with Darren. A self-taught computer programmer and graphic designer with over 10 years of professional experience, Morgan spends his days keeping the app running smoothly, and his nights playing music all over our beautiful island.@morgancurrie
Renowned as an experienced and trusted business leader across the board, we’re more than lucky to have Mr. Wilton sitting in the VP’s seat. With a BBA from StFX and over a decade of sales, marketing, and event management experience, it’s more than obvious how Laird has become a major ingredient to the success we brew here at Marcato. Recently, Laird and his wife have welcomed a fourth child into their beautiful family, and somehow the guy still manages to keep it real by playing a little hockey on the weekends. How he does it is still a mystery to us all.@LairdWilton
Alison has been the Business Manager of Marcato since coming on board in April 2010. Her experience in the music industry as the Manager for Company House Records was a stepping stone before joining the Marcato team. She’s our manic organizer and spends her time keeping the office together on all levels, including financial and functional. When she’s not at the office, Alison is staying active by running, doing yoga, knitting, and hangin’ out with her cats, Bernie and Simon.@agiovannetti
Adam joined Marcato in 2011 bringing with him years of experience in all corners of the entertainment industry, including digital media, music, film, & television. Currently, Adam is recognized as one of the leading authorities for managing festivals’ back-of-house access control and credentials data, working closely with major festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach in California, Country Music Association’s annual FanFest, and Canada’s Osheaga. If you don’t find Adam hard at work, or attending a music festival, you’ll find him reading Hemingway in a comfortable chair, or off-roading the Cape Breton Highlands in his Jeep.@adalo
Dan is a lifelong Cape Breton local, apart from a brief detour to collect his Computer Science degree from Memorial University in St. John’s, Nfld. Dan joined the Marcato team during a work term in 2009 and puts his CS background to work by architecting and designing many of the new Marcato features and components, and looking for ways to best improve the experience of our users. Outside the office, Dan can usually be found caught up in a binge of board gaming with friends, or exploring the pristine Cape Breton wilderness with his trusty pooch, Charlie.
Originally from a small town outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Natasha grew up working in the family business where her family’s entrepreneurial spirit motivated her to attend esteemed business school, McGill University. After finishing her Bachelor of Commerce degree she retreated back to the Maritimes and landed in Sydney to be with her husband Kyle and dog Ozzie. Then soon after, she joined us here at Marcato, bringing along her bilingual sales experience and excitement for helping grow the company. When Natasha isn’t closing deals at the office, she’s working hard to maintain her pristine home hobby farm.@natashahillier1
J.J. is a commerce grad from Saint Mary’s University who grew up in the city of Calgary and spent most of his youth playing hockey and lacrosse. J.J. is responsible for providing clients with the highest quality of account management, so as a Marcato user, you will undoubtedly have many interactions with “the bro”. When he’s not helping our clients become super-users of the app, you can catch J.J. down by Cape Breton’s famous Mira River, enjoying a craft micro-brew and bumping the freshest underground hip-hop record.@podBROski
By the time he graduated from UPEI with an honours degree in English, Ethan was already well on his way to establishing an array of specialized experience in start-up enterprises, both in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors. Since then, he has been building a background in marketing and business development for the SaaS-Tech industry, and therefore felt right at home when he joined our team in mid-2013. When he’s not dreaming up a new marketing campaign or writing our Marcato blog, he’s either moonlighting at his co-founded photography studio, or spinning vintage vinyls in his living-room.@EthanFenton
An active community member, visual artist, and promoter of all things Cape Breton, Steven uses his 16 years of experience in specialized education, web/program development, design, and public interfacing to develop the knowledgebase and documentation needed to help our Marcato users do the amazing things they do in our app. First meeting the Marcato team at a community park build, Steven originally joined the team as a part-time freelancer and later as a full-fledged family member. When he’s not in the office finding solutions for our users, Steven loses himself in the wonders of our beautiful Island; administering a local hiking site, volunteering with community groups, or planning events that introduce people to Cape Breton’s natural beauty.@Inkdifferently
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eric moved to Cape Breton in 2009. He used this opportunity to further his education and graduated with honours from NSCC – Marconi Campus, with his diploma in Web Development.
He also stopped shaving his face.
Eric originally specialized in small business sites with a focus on WordPress themes, but has in recent years focused heavily on complex web applications using frameworks like CakePHP, CodeIgniter, and Ruby on Rails. Since joining the Marcato team in late 2013 and can usually be heard walking down the hallway, making coffee and talking about his cats. His Google+ following exceeds the population of his home town for no discernible reason.@EricLortie +EricLortie