Kevin John McDonald
Message from TAPA Executive Director, Jacoba Knaapen
I am sorry to share the sad news that TAPA has lost a member of our team, Kevin John McDonald. Kevin died suddenly on January 23rd.
Kevin was a dedicated arts worker and first started working at TAPA in 2010 as a ticket seller at the T.O.TIX Booth, and in short time, became the co-Manager of the Booth. He built relationships with many Box Office Managers across the TAPA membership, was a natural team leader at the Booth, and was passionate about customer service and helping people ‘find their way to Toronto theatres’.
Kevin was never short of ideas, and I spent many hours brainstorming with him on how to improve our procedures at the Booth with the goal of better serving both TAPA members and the public. His understanding and knowledge of Toronto theatre venues was encyclopedic, and he cared deeply for the future health of the industry. So it was no surprise that he was a key team member for the annual arts advocacy ARTS DAY AT THE CITY, booking meetings for artsworkers with city councillors to continue making the case for the importance of sustained funding for arts and culture.
Kevin was a ‘classic arts administrator’ in that he worked in the background, and was rarely visible in the spotlight. However, his impact and hard work at TAPA resonated throughout many of our programs as I have mentioned – including the Dora Mavor Moore Awards where he acted as the ‘wrangler’ for Elley Ray Hennessey and Colin Doyle on the RED CARPET.
Kevin had a wry sense of humour and could always make me laugh. He is dearly missed by his “TAPA FAMILY’. Thanks to those of you who have expressed your condolences, a celebration of life is being planned and details will be shared with TAPA membership.