David Maggs

Bio

David Maggs grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and has spent much of his developmental years cultivating his talent as a classical pianist. His primary teachers include Gary Graham, Jane Coop, Rena Sharon, Andre Laplante and Marc Durand. As a pianist he has performed in many places across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe, appeared frequently on CBC Radio, and been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most exciting players of his generation. In 2002 David founded Gros Morne Summer Music, a music festival that has grown into a year-round interdisciplinary arts festival dedicated to cultivating the value of artistic activities in community life. Over the past thirteen years it has hosted artists from over a dozen different countries and developed exciting original work that blends the worlds of concert music, theatre, dance, and new media. Under his leadership, GMSM has recently renovated St Pat’s Church into an innovative studio dedicated to blurring the live and virtual audiences in their presentations. David’s efforts to wed his artistic activities to environmental concern led to the creation of Earth to Human, an enrichment experience exploring the links between art and science, culture and nature, self and world. In 2007 David launched a major initiative to coordinate culture and sustainability in Western Newfoundland with the help of renowned environmentalist David Suzuki that has ultimately led to the liminus festival – a summer gathering of interdisciplinary change scholars and practitioners dedicated to the intersecting links between the arts, sustainability, technology, health, and the natural world. David’s work has been featured on the cover of Canadian Geographic’s Traveler magazine, Atlantic Progress, CBC’s Sounds Like Canada, CBC Newsworld, the Toronto Star, and sustainability blogs from Sweden to the Philippines. Granville Magazine named him one of three ‘emerging stars’ of the environmental movement. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, working with John Robinson.