Grant Hawkins joined the Symphony for its 2017/18 season as Production Manager.
Growing up outside of Halifax (Fall River), Grant has always had a passion for music of all kinds, frequenting local jazz, rock, experimental, and of course, Symphony shows.
Grant’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music with minors in Philosophy and Business from Acadia and a Master’s in Popular Music and Culture from Western University where he researched labour issues of musicians in recording contracts.
Grant is very excited to be starting his career with Symphony Nova Scotia and to be contributing to such an important part of our local music scene.
Q&A with Grant
What’s the best thing about being part of Symphony Nova Scotia?
The best part is being able to see every Symphony NS performance (and getting paid for it).
Why is Symphony Nova Scotia important to our community?
In my time studying philosophy I found a common thread of all great thinkers is the utmost importance of art in our communities. Symphony NS is one of the best institutes we have for bringing together local and international musicians to share their art with us.
Do you play an instrument?
Maybe not to the level of our musicians, but I’ve been known to pick up a guitar, keyboard, or pair of drumsticks.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am likely tending to my ever-growing record collection, drinking too much coffee, or telling myself I should read more.
Who is the person who most influenced you, and how/why?
I’m a fan of John Cage who really altered the way I think about music even if I don’t always agree with him. Brian Eno being a close second for similar reasons.