January 8, 2019

Gros Morne Summer Music (GMSM) is thrilled to announce that Colleen A. Smith has been appointed as the organization’s inaugural Executive Director, working in partnership with Founder and Artistic Director David Maggs. Ms. Smith, a seasoned arts executive, MBA graduate and Stanford IPAL scholarship recipient, brings national experience and expertise, an entrepreneurial spirit, and passionate leadership to the growing organization.

According to Maggs, “In the eighteen years I have been working with Gros Morne Summer Music, few things have generated the kind of optimism and excitement as has the arrival of Colleen Smith in the role of Executive Director.

What began as a short term contract to bring the Liminus Strategic Planning work to its conclusion, turned into a transformative undertaking for our operation, clarifying our creative focus and our commercial opportunities, and revitalizing the organization as a whole. Through her extensive resume, Colleen has cultivated an international network of artists, arts administrators, and arts institutions. Bringing this kind of capacity and network toWestern Newfoundland will transform Gros MorneSummer Music and prove a benefit to the entire region.”

Originally from Kinkora, Prince Edward Island, Ms. Smith’s executive leadership spans such organizations as Calgary (TC), Tafelmusik, The  Factory Theatre, The Royal Conservatory of Music and The Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. In Toronto, she played a crucial role in achieving the successful Phase 1 of the Massey Hall Revitalization Project. In Alberta, while working in partnership with Artistic Director Stafford Arima (Broadway credits include Allegiance, Carrie, and Altar Boyz) at TC, she contributed to the advocacy efforts of Creative Calgary, a civic coalition that drove an unprecedented funding increase to the local arts sector. Internationally, she is an active member of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), serving as a member of the Finance Committee. “I am grateful for the professional opportunities that I have had thus far in my career, but nothing compares to the remarkable potential imminent within this organization – I truly believe that there is no other arts institution like it in the entire country. Here, in this special pocket of the world, there is such a strong sense of artistry and cultural vibrancy, and I am humbled to be amongst such talent. Working with David, the team and faculty, local and provincial supporters, and this incredibly dedicated Board of Directors, together we shall bring the nation’s attention to arts and innovation in Western Newfoundland and bring the work we are creating to the rest of the country.”
GMSM is one of the largest producers of professional arts activities in Newfoundland. In the summer of 2018, a new vision and mandate for the organization emerged, integrating arts activity and programs with recent work in the area of sustainability and community development. Rooted in Western Newfoundland, GMSM aims to deepen the social agency of art with a commitment to the integrity of artistic practice. Using the interconnected platforms of training (through the Graham Academy), creative development, and presentation, the transformative capacity of art is integrated into daily life. The work of the organization aspires to bring complex social themes into compelling aesthetic encounters, working across and beyond arts practices as a global collaborator.

Board members of GMSM and Co-Chairs of the Graham Academy, Erin Smallwood and Andrea Barrett state, “On behalf of the Board of GMSM and the Graham Academy committee, we are so thrilled to welcome Colleen Smith as Gros Morne Summer Music’s first Executive Director. With Colleen’s extensive and impressive resume we feel extremely confident that her passion, enthusiasm, support of the arts community and vast skill-set are the perfect match for the future development of Graham Academy and Gros Morne
Summer Music.”
David Maggs is active in the arts and academia. He is the founder and pianist for in house ensemble, ‘Dark by Five’, has written works for the stage, worked in augmented reality, is founder and publisher of Old Crow Magazine (, and the director of The Graham Academy, a youth performing arts training academy. He is the creator and co-producer of the CBC documentary ‘The Country’, exploring indigenous identity in Newfoundland. David’s academic focus is on the cultural and existential dimensions of sustainability. His doctoral thesis Artists of the Floating World led to the SSHRC funded Sustainability in the Imaginary World led by PI John Robinson ( He has been a featured speaker at the Canadian Arts Summit, The International Transdisciplinarity Conference, National Valuing Nature Conference, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, and elsewhere.

For additional information on Gros Morne Summer Music, please contact:
Gros Morne Summer Music
30 Elswick Road, Corner Brook, NL, Canada A2H 2W6 / Youtube / Instagram / Facebook and Twitter @GrosMorneMusic

2018 Season Pass

June 8, 2018

GMSM Season Pass

This pass allows the owner to attend all GMSM summer shows including the choir festival 2018.

They are on sale at yapsody , through GMSM (709 638 1956) or at St Pat’s Woody Point and at the Arts and Culture Centre and the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook.

The purchase price of passes at our partner venues may vary slightly due to the necessary charges levied by those venues.

The passes are non-transferable as are those tickets from RAC and ACC that can be acquired with said pass.

The ACC And RAC will issue their own tickets on presentation of the season pass.

FOR ALL OTHER VENUES please email requests for seats to or call 638 1956 at least 24 hours in advance for us to secure a seat for the pass holder.

This is especially important in times of high demand to prevent disappointment.

Thank you for your support

Summer Season 2018!

May 9, 2018

We are excited to officially announce our 2018 season! Be sure to check out all our shows and camps through the home page, tickets will be available soon.

Don’t forget to get your season pass, it gives you unlimited access to all of our shows this summer! Get yours here!

A message from our 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
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
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

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 –


Graham Academy Summer Camps 2018!

April 9, 2018

We are excited to officially begin registration for our Graham Academy Summer Camps this week!

Be sure to register for our camps before April 30 to receive the Early Bird discount, and if you register for more than one camp, receive the Early Bird Special AND  10% discount off of each additional camp.

Summer Season 2017!!

May 2, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Long time no chat, how are you? We over here at GMSM having been working hard all winter, and now into “spring”, to bring you another exciting season of music, theatre, magic, and much more! In the coming weeks we will be adding new events and shows to this page so keep an eye here at and our Facebook page.

For now we’ll give you a small synopsis of what to expect.

Once again this year Gros Morne Summer Music will present lots of traditional music in both Corner Brook and Woody Point by artists from all across the province. We are proud to announce that the west coast’s very own Hardtack are back by popular demand to perform a re-working of their hit show from last summer “A Tribute to Ron Hynes and Stan Rogers” as well as two brand new shows paying tribute to singer-songwriters and country music legends of the past 50 years!

Camilo the Magician makes his return to Newfoundland this summer with another magic camp and short run of shows. GMSM is thrilled to have him back after the amazing work he did with his students last year and his own mesmerizing stage show.

We’ve also got lots of historical theatre productions this year with the return of “The White Feather of Woody Point” up at St. Pat’s and “Postcards from the Train” at the Historic Train Museum in Corner Brook. Both of these shows provide a great interactive way of learning the history of our little slice of the province. Plus! a brand new show being written by our very own Ian Locke called “The Reele and Trewe History of Newfoundland” which puts a rowdy and raucous spin on Newfoundland and Labrador history.

Stay tuned for many more exciting announcements including what our big feature show in Corner Brook will be this year!!

Hope to see you soon,


Sacred Songs and Carols of Advent

November 16, 2016

The Graham Academy present their first large-scale concert with a beautiful evening of Advent music, joined by soloists Peter and Lindsay Barrett.

Hometown hero Peter Barrett has been making waves in the opera world internationally, and with award-winning soprano (and spouse) Lindsay Barrett joining him on a return to Newfoundland, this promises to be an outstanding Advent Concert.

They will also be accompanied by cellist Vernon Regehrpeterlindseybarret_stpats_july252014-7-of-14

Camilo Magic Camp!

May 27, 2016

People always say this festival has magic in it. Now we can prove it! Hailing from Colombia, living in Vancouver, Camilo Domingez, aka Camilo the Magician (yes, the guy from the Said the Whale song) brings his unique brand of stage magic to Newfoundland for the first time.

Camilo Magic Camp is a three day camp (July 5 to July 7) for kids ages 10 and up, taught by Camillo the Magician. Put the world of stage magic at your child’s fingertips! For $150, each child will get a magic kit valued at $50 and a 3 day magical experience of a lifetime.

Spaces are limited, so email to reserve you space today!

A Night of Musical Theatre

April 27, 2016

Gros Morne Summer Music presents a Night of Musical Theatre, featuring stand out performances from Rotary Music Festival and a gala performance from the Beatles audition.

Advance tickets on Yapsody or tickets available at the door by cash or credit card.

Beatles Auditions

April 8, 2016

Calling all kids grade 3-9 who love to sing, act, and dance!

This upcoming week we will be holding audition for our Beatles Extravaganza this upcoming summer!

To register, or for more information email