Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Karen Myatt in Thorgy’s Thorchestra! with Symphony Nova Scotia

Photo by Michèle Parent of Chèle Photo Couture

Karen Myatt is a busy woman. She's about to make her Symphony Nova Scotia debut as guest vocalist for the highly-anticipated Thorgy and the Thorchestra!

The show, part of Halifax Pride 2018, is described as a "thrilling, thoughtful, and hilariously theatrical show featuring the fabulous Thorgy Thor, famed worldwide from the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race." 

Performances are Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. 

For tickets, call the Symphony box office at 902.494.3820, visit 6101 University Avenue, or you can purchase tickets online.

Karen received Talent Trust scholarships in 2003 and 2004. She studied at the Randolph Academy in Toronto and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Her appearance with Thorgy and the Thorchestra! follows a recent pair of soirées at the Halifax Distilling Co., with a third show in that series on August 17, plus an upcoming concert on Friday, July 20 at Sandy Cove's Zion United Church, which is part of the Cove Summer Music Series.

For more information on Karen's music and upcoming concerts, visit

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Violinist Jennifer Jones in Concert - Music at Three Churches, Mahone Bay

Jennifer Jones photo courtesy Symphony Nova Scotia
Jennifer Jones will perform in the Music at the Three Churches concert series in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia on July 20.  

Presented by the Mahone Bay Summer Concerts Society, the 2018 season begins with a program of string quartets by Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky.

Alongside Jennifer on violin will be Halifax musicians Philippe Djokic (violin), Etienne Chenard (viola) and Benjamin Marmen (cello).

Jennifer received Talent Trust scholarships from 1987-90. She studied at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and Dalhousie University, and completed her Master of Music degree in Performance and Pedagogy at Indiana University.

She’s performed as a soloist with the NSYO, Dalhousie Chamber Orchestra, Chebucto Orchestra, Saint John Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia. She’s currently Assistant Concert Master at Symphony Nova Scotia.

The String Quartets Concert takes place Friday, July 20 at St. James Anglican Church in Mahone Bay at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance at Kinburn Pharmasave (Mahone Bay), Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg) or Strings and Things (Bridgewater). To reserve tickets call 902 634-4280 or e-mail

Monday, July 9, 2018

Barbara Hannigan Named Finalist for 2018 Masterworks Award

Barbara Hannigan Crazy Girl Crazy Masterworks Award 2018 finalist

Barbara Hannigan is among the five finalists for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. She's nominated for her award-winning album Crazy Girl Crazy.

Crazy Girl Crazy is Barbara's debut recording, which was released in 2017. The work is a new arrangement of music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, and Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. 

Barbara combines the roles of conductor and soprano soloist throughout the album, which was recorded with the innovative musical collective LUDWIG Orchestra.

The New York Times named Crazy Girl Crazy one of the 25 Best Classical Music Recordings in 2017, which went on to win both a Juno and Grammy award for classical music in 2018. 

Barbara received a Talent Trust scholarship in 1993. She's carved out an impressive career since completing her studies, performing  with renowned orchestras such as The Berlin Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony, and at iconic venues including New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Royal Opera House. 

She'll take on the role of Principal Guest Conductor with the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden for their 2019-2020 season. 

Barbara's won numerous accolades during her career, including the Order of Canada in 2016.

The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award recognizes the excellence of a work of art or design from any medium. The work must have made a significant impact through its public presentation and have contributed to the historical development and contemporary practice of the art form. 

The Masterworks Award was established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005. To learn more about the five finalists for 2018, visit the Masterworks website.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

NAT chantel and Lux Habrich in VANS Mentorship Exhibition

NAT chantel and Lux Habrich are among the artists in Conversations, Visual Arts Nova Scotia’s 2017-18 Mentorship Exhibition. 

NAT chantel Conversations exhibition
NAT chantel is an African Nova Scotian emerging artist in multimedia, textiles and sculpture. Her work speaks to imposed societal structures that inform identity, and the erasure of body and self through communication, and conditions within the environment. 

NAT was a contributing artist and instructor for the Peace Warriors Art and Wellness Festival in 2015, and participated in the group installation The Unkindness at IgNight the Night Art Festival that same year. 

She received a Talent Trust scholarship in 2017 to study privately with interdisciplinary artist Kate Ward. NAT had her first solo exhibit MUD at Afterglow Bridgewater Festival on September 30, 2017. 

Lux Habrich Conversations exhibition
Lux Habrich moved to Atlantic Canada from Montréal in 2012 to complete an Interdisciplinary BFA at NSCAD University. She received the NSTT Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award in 2016. 

Lux finds frequent inspiration in her urban upbringing, mixed race identity and immigrant legacy. While at NSCAD, she discovered the immense narrative potential in craftwork, with its highly political nature as a domestic, feminine and often undervalued form of production. 

Founded in 2006, the VANS Mentorship Program pairs emerging artists with established artists in a 10-month mentorship. This working relationship provides emerging artists with an exceptional opportunity to develop both their creative process and professional skills, enabling them to build a foundation for a successful career in the visual arts. 

The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, July 12 - 29 Opening reception: Wednesday, July 11, 6 - 8pm 
Mentee Artist Talk: Saturday, July 14, 2pm

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lukas Pearse Hosts Musical Improvisation at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Halifax musician and artist Lukas Pearse
In addition to its feature performance space on the Waterfront Stage, the 2018 TD Halifax Jazz Festival has venues across the city during its July 10-15 run.

The Open Company Sessions, presented by Upstream, is a curated series that feature free improvisation. The sessions are hosted by Halifax musicians Geordie Haley and Lukas Pearse.

Lukas is a bassist, media artist, and sound editor. He received a Talent Trust scholarship in 2003.

He’s an award-winning film composer and member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. He’s served as the Artistic Director of the Upstream Music Association since 2015. 

Lukas is also an experienced teacher, working with private students as well as through the Centre for Art Tapes and NSCAD University.

In the Open Company Sessions, local musical luminaries and visiting virtuosos meet onstage to create spontaneous music.

The sessions run from 11pm - 1am from Wednesday, July 11 through Saturday July 14 at ART BAR at 1873 Granville Street in Halifax. Admission is free.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Dance - Ballet Workshops with Hanna Mae Cruddas

Hannay Mae Cruddas
Hannah Mae Cruddas will conduct Ballet Workshops on Thursday, June 28 at East Coast Dance Academy, 5665 St. Margaret's Bay Road. The sessions are open to all studios and dancers.

7-9yrs: 5-6pm $15
10-12yrs: 6-7:15pm $20
13+ yrs: 7:15pm-8:45pm $25 

Teacher Observation: $10 for any workshop

Pre-register to reserve your spot:

Born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Hannah Mae trained at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and The Leica Hardy School of Dance, before moving to Toronto at age 16 to graduate from Canada's National Ballet School. 

Upon graduation, she joined Canada's Ballet Jörgen and is currently in her seventh season with the company. She's danced in many of Jörgen's works including Anastasia (in the title role), Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella, and had the opportunity to create the role of the Lilac Fairy in Jörgen's Sleeping Beauty. 

During her time in Toronto, Hannah Mae has been privileged to work with many choreographers and repetiteurs including Bengt Jörgen, Svea Eklof, Robert Desrosier, Malgorzata Nowaka, Aszure Barton, Peggy Baker and Lindsay Fischer. 

She is honoured to have received various scholarships and awards, including the Janice and Brian Flemming scholarship and the NSTT Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

In/Visible: Recent Work by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond In/Visible
Charlotte Wilson-Hammond is a longtime supporter and current board member of the Talent Trust. Her recent work, In/Visible, is at ARTsPLACE Gallery, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal, until July 1.

For the past thirty years Charlotte has been an active advocate for the arts, both provincially and nationally. She was a founding member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Eye Level Gallery and the Coalition For Arts and Culture.  

She’s served on the Board of Governors of NSCAD University, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, and Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC). She’s ex officio to the Board of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, as well as serving on the Board of the Cultural Federations of Nova Scotia. 

Charlotte currently sits on the board of the Talent Trust, and is our past chair.

Charlotte Wilson-Hammond and Curtis BothamIn 2004 Charlotte was awarded the Portia White Prize, a $25,000 award honouring a senior artist in the Province of Nova Scotia.  With part of the award she established the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Scholarship administered through the Talent Trust. She's pictured here with Curtis Botham, the 2017 winner of the award.

We’re very grateful for her generosity, dedication, and her tireless work. 

Three years ago, Charlotte began a new series of conté drawings and shadow photograph/print/drawings, using herself as the subject. In this new work, she reflects on the fragility, vulnerability and yet the beauty and strength of this timeless human condition, noting that one of the most mystifying aspects of aging is that one’s presence is diminished within the general public, often to the point of invisibility. 

The final body of work, which can be seen at ARTsPLACE, consists of large (3'x 4 1/2') drawings using photographs of Charlottes’s shadow in the landscape. These are then digitally manipulated, printed on semi-transparent mylar with the resulting image then worked with coloured pencil.

For more information on the exhibition and directions to the gallery, visit the ARTsPLACE website.