Colleen Smith, Director of Operations for the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall

We had the pleasure of sitting down with a member of the Massey Hall team, Colleen Smith. Colleen is the Director of Operations for the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and is leading the planning for the Massey Hall Revitalization Project. Colleen is as excited as we are for the Massey Hall expansion. Her passion for music and music history really shows in the interview below. Enjoy!

The approval to build the Massey Tower means that, for the first time in 120 years, the legendary Massey Hall has the opportunity to acquire more space for a future revitalization. Massey Hall is an iconic venue that has meant so much to so many artists and audience members over the years, and thanks to the land that we have acquired from MOD Developments due to the Massey Tower, we will finally have the space for expansion that we have always desired. This opportunity is unprecedented.

November 18th, 2008, my second day on the job, was for The Killers concert, which is a band whose music I love. I was so beyond excited to be a part of it all, and working in this magnificent concert Hall, I had to pinch myself! I still have that backstage pass.

Really, I have to choose?! Geddy Lee and RUSH totally rock my world, but just last week Gordon Lightfoot performed his 156th concert at Massey and to be there in the audience was truly to experience a living history moment. Canada has an abundance of world-class musical talent and Massey Hall has been so privileged to host so many of these artists, creating thousands and thousands of ‘Massey memories’.

If I answered anything other than ‘wine and cheese’ my friends would think that someone has hijacked my computer …

“Work hard, play hard.” We are in the concert and venue business because we’re passionate about music and the arts. Staff go above and beyond in order to make every concert experience special for both the artist and the audience. At the end of the day, our reward is knowing that we all contributed to making the magic happen, and witnessing it firsthand.

Look out for the next “Quick 5” segment coming in April.