Grant’s Bio

Grant started entertaining professionally at age 17. Be began by playing piano in pubs, restaurants and clubs around Vancouver Island. In 1978, when he was 19 he was asked to write the music for a play that was being produced at the Malaspina College Theatre Department.

At age 20 he was hired by Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Casino in Dawson City Yukon to be the pianist for the floor shows. There were four shows a night between 8:00 pm and 2:00 am.

The following year, Grant was recruited into the Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue as musical director, a position he held for 14 years until he eventually bought half of the company and became owner, producer and director.

In 2017. After 38 years of vaudeville with the Follies, Grant started his own company “Grant Simpson Vaudeville Productions” and ran two season of large – full scale vaudeville shows with rotating headliners each week.

Grant is also the composer/lyricist along with Roy Ness (Book and Lyrics) of “Dogtown the Musical”, which was released at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2016 with a full cast and orchestra.

In 2018 Grant became a Winnipeger and has been performing as a solo act. He specializes in entertainment for 55+ and Older Adults. For more information and for booking info, go to the contact page

Grant also founded Prairie Vaudeville dedicated to the preservation and performance of vaudeville. Besides performing, Grant also gives historical talks and has a weekly radio show on CJNU Nostalgia 93.7. He also presents silent movies and plays silent-movie behind the movie. For information on any of these programs, goto: www.prairievaudeville.com or email prairievaudeville@gmail.com

He has also developed a music program for teaching beginner-seniors how to play Ukulele and how to jam together in a group. The Group is called “The Hopeful Jammers” and they meet every Monday at 1:00 pm at the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. For more information on this group, contact Sandi Howel at: sandihowell@shaw.ca