Laura Simpson

Laura Simpson

Nov 04, 2018 / By : / Category : Conversations

Tanya with Laura Simpson

What I love about Laura Simpson is her love of artists and how she is changing the way society values them. She has managed to merge business, music, and technology and continues to bring live entertainment to our very own backyards.

She is the CEO and co-founder (along with artist Dan Mangan) of Side Door, a Canadian startup with the mission to create greater value and opportunities for performing artists by facilitating shows in houses and other alternative venues. The online platform matches artists and hosts based on preferences, then books and tickets shows.

Laura also founded The Syrup Factory, which began and continues to be a concert venue in her home. I had a wonderful conversation with her and she so graciously brought me into her home and showed me the very space where she has hosted artists. Her beautiful dog Hattie decided to crash our conversation and I obliged.  <3

Her life’s work reminds us that art is life changing and how valuable it is to our lives. Live art in intimate community settings unites us and leads to greater human connection.

I hope you enjoy this conversation and would love to hear your feedback! We talk about fear and just going for it, issues we can all relate to.

If you have a chance and are in the Halifax area on November 15th from 2 to 5 p.m. go hear Laura speak about and managing fear along with a panel of other fabulous women. The event will take place in the Schooner room at Casino Nova Scotia and is hosted by QueenPins, an organization of powerful women helping other powerful women (does it get better than that?!). Proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax. For more info go to:


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