Message from the Artistic Director

David Maggs

Welcome to Gros Morne Summer Music. As many of you know eclectic is the name of the
game around here and we are proud to say things have only gotten worse! Our 2018 season
brings you music of many styles, along with theatre, improv comedy, musical theatre, and
dance.
Our Trad Series presents some familiar faces along with two giants of the Newfoundland
traditional music scene, Fergus O’Byrne, and Jim Payne. Our Classical programming features
choirs from across the country, Edmonton, Oakville, Toronto, Hamilton, and Nova Scotia,
followed by chamber music from local and international guests. Ian, Nick, Tom, and Meghan are
back for what are sure to be five more calamitous nights of Reele and Trewe, GMSM’s daring
musical improv comedy (don’t worry, half the fun is watching the wheels come off and the
boys—and girl—always come out singing in the end).
We are thrilled to be presenting the riveting Canadian drama The Drawer Boy, under the
direction of Stephan Percherd. One of Newfoundland’s brightest stars Jody Richardson is
back to remount last season’s sell-out smash King of Broadway and lead some of your favourite
GMSM musicians in two incredible musical evenings. A highlight of the summer is
welcoming Canadian musical theatre royalty Jon Monro, Tracy Michailidis, and Robert
McQueen for a staged concert presentation of the hit show I Do! I Do!

Having announced his retirement this year, we will extend our loving tribute to Paul Simon
for one more summer, incorporating brand new songs and touching up some from last year.
Sherman Downey, Yvette Coleman, Ryanne Spencer, and the big band led by Paul Fadoul
will keep the place hopping and yes, there will be even more dancers this year!
We invite you to a new experience in immersive theatre with this summer’s presentation of
Ian Locke’s fourth production on the historic railway museum. Wander through the historic rail
cars and discover five different scenes from the history of the railroad performed by some of
the standout members of the Graham Academy.
Up in the Park we invite you to take the Old Crow Mobile App and go on an adventure,
tracking beautiful Old Crow content to some of the most breathtaking destinations in Gros
Morne.
Some of our big concerts this summer feature familiar faces. Graham Academy faculty
member Kelly Ann Evans brings her famous Rod Stewart tribute to the ACC and St. Pat’s
in August.
Please keep an eye out for the Graham Academy Endowment. This very special initiative is
dedicated to ensuring all children have the opportunity to enroll in Graham Academy
programming.

We love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding any of these projects, we’re just an email away – info@gmsm.ca

Enjoy the shows,

David Maggs

Artistic Director, Gros Morne Summer Music