Raj has been actively involved in the Edmonton arts community for 35+ years. He holds Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Applied Music (Performance, Percussion) from the University of Alberta and a certificate in Arts Administration from Grant MacEwan College. An active freelance musician, he spent decades playing in the percussion section of the ESO and also has extensive experience working in the world of festivals and events including as Programming Manager for E2001 Festival of The Worlds and the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. He was Executive Director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association, and from 2007-2013 he worked in Ottawa as the Senior Manager of Programming & Celebrations for the National Capital Commission (NCC), a role that saw him manage both Canada Day in the Capital (including the activities on Parliament Hill) and Winterlude. Most recently, Raj served as Programs Officer for the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO).