Friday, September 21, 2018

Lux Habrich Selected as Media Arts Scholar for the Centre for Art Tapes Class of 2018-19

Lux Habrich is among the 2018-19 media arts scholars at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT). 

Originally from Montréal, Lux moved to Atlantic Canada in 2012 to complete an Interdisciplinary BFA at NSCAD University. She received Talent Trust scholarships in interdisciplinary visual arts to assist with her studies in 2016.

Lux was a participant in Craft Nova Scotia’s Craft LAIR, an eight-week community focused local artist in residence program in 2015, and was a mentee in the 2017-18 Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program.

She employs tactile craft processes in her work as she explores their highly political nature as a domestic, feminine and often undervalued form of production.

artwork by Lux Habrich.
Details of work by Lux Habrich from CONVERSATIONS: the VANS Mentorship Program exhibition

The CFAT scholarship program is an intensive six months of education and mentorship for artists who will make a media art piece in a medium where they have little to no experience. Artists will learn new art-making skills during the program, and are responsible to complete their projects by the program deadline.

To learn more about Lux, visit her website at

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Charley Young Mentors Emerging Nova Scotia Artist in Visual Arts Nova Scotia Mentorship Program

Charley Young.
Charley Young will mentor an emerging Nova Scotia artist in VANS 2018-19 Mentorship Program

Visual Arts Nova Scotia has announced the participants of their 2018-19 Mentorship Program. 

The artists are Carrie Allison, Emily Lawrence, Jenny Yujia Shi, and Katharine Vingoe-Cram. The mentors are Ursula Johnson, Peter Dykhuis, Karin Cope, and Charley Young.

The 10-month program supports four dedicated emerging Nova Scotian artists who are individually paired with established artists and mentors. 

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Charley received a Talent Trust scholarship to help support her studies at NSCAD University as she pursued her BFA. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenant Governor Award.

She holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

Installation by Charley Young
Charley has been Artist-in-Residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon, the Vermont Studio Centre in Johnson Vermont, and Spark Box Studios in Picton County, Ontario and The Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta. In 2014 she participated in the Arctic Circle Program Expedition to Svalbard, Norway.

Charley is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily drawing, sculpture, and public installation. She teaches traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

To learn more about Charley Young and see her work, visit her website at

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Karen Wyatt in Concert: Blues Deluxe at Neptune Studio Theatre

Karen Wyatt presents Blues Deluxe at Neptune Studio Theatre.
Karen Wyatt follows her jam-packed summer concert schedule that included her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia and returns to the stage with Blues Deluxe, a two-night tribute to the genre’s greatest performers.

Tickets are going fast for the September 28 and 29 performances (details below).

Karen received Talent Trust scholarships to help support her studies in voice. She attended the Randolph Academy in Toronto, and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

A well-known and accomplished performer, she’s one of the nominees for The Coast magazine's 2018 Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Awards.

Blues Deluxe will feature both classic and contemporary blues artists such as Robert Johnson, LaVern Baker, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone, BB King, Billie Holiday, and Aretha Franklin.

The multi-media performances will also showcase many modern blues artists, including The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Blues Saraceno.

From Karen: “I have absolutely fallen for the blues. I love the heart and soul of the rhythms and melodies, the gritty vocals, the tremendous history and culture of the music.”

She’ll be backed by an 8-piece band, including a horn section and backup singers.

Blues Deluxe details
Friday, September 28
Saturday, September 29
Neptune Studio Theatre, Halifax

Showtime for both nights is 8:00 p.m.

More information, including ticket details for Blues Deluxe, are available at

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

NAT chantel Selected as Media Arts Scholar for Centre for art Tapes Class of 2018-19

NAT chantel.
NAT chantel. Photo: Kate Ward
NAT chantel is a hardworking artist. She's been selected as a Media Arts Scholar for the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) class of 2018-19.

The CFAT scholarship program is an intensive six months of education and mentorship for artists who will make a media art piece in a medium where they have little to no experience. 

CFAT scholars will learn new art-making skills during the program, and are responsible to complete their projects by the program deadline.

NAT is a primarily self-taught artist who engages repetitive processes to recall memory and personal history as a way to reclaim the body and voice.

NAT chantel's work from NSCCD residency exhibition, Echoes
She was a participant in the 2017-18 VANS Mentorship Program, and the 2018 Summer Professional Development Residency with the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design. 

During the summer of 2018 NAT studied with artist Kate Ward, where she deepened her exploration into textiles.

NAT holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature, and received Talent Trust scholarships to assist with her studies in painting and mixed media art. She’s an active member in the Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia Basketry Guild.

During her time at CFAT, NAT will incorporate sound and visual art, and will present a performance piece during Nocturne, Halifax’s art at night festival.

To see more of NAT’s work, visit

Monday, September 17, 2018

Introducing the Talent Trust and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund 2018 Scholarship Recipients

We're happy to announce the Talent Trust has recently awarded scholarships to 65 emerging Nova Scotian artists in the fields of dance, music, theatre, film, new media, literary arts, and visual arts.

This is a significant increase over the 49 emerging artists who received scholarships in 2017.

The 65 successful scholarship recipients were chosen from a field of 141 applications over two submission periods, March 1 and May 1, 2018. 

Five of the 65 scholarships are supported by the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund at $2,000 each. Talent Trust scholarships totalled $80,000 in 2018.

Applications were received from across the province, from Port Medway to New Glasgow, Antigonish to Prospect Bay. 

An independent, volunteer Scholarship Selection Committee, made up of twelve professional artists, two from each discipline, met in April and again in June to adjudicate the applications and determine scholarship amounts.

India Yeshe Gailey.
Scholarships make a significant difference in the lives of these emerging artists. From India Yeshe Gailey:

“Looking back on the musician I was before beginning music school, I dreamed, but I’m not sure I would have believed, that I could actually accomplish some of the things I can report from the past year. Last winter I published an album of contemporary cello music, in May I toured with the chamber jazz quartet New Hermitage, in June I worked with Philip Glass, I recently found myself in a string quartet with three truly excellent musicians, and now I’m halfway through my master’s study at McGill. It’s all very surreal, especially viewing my life condensed into a pithy list of accomplishments.”

India is currently pursuing her master’s degree in cello performance at McGill University. She received the Talent Trust Yue Lih and Marion Kuo Award in 2017.

Since we were founded in 1944, the Talent Trust has awarded scholarships to over 1,000 recipients.

The Talent Trust is supported by Code+Mortar, the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, The Craig Foundation, RBC Foundation, Craft Nova Scotia, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, ImmediaC, Pavia Cafe, Allan Carver Creative Partners, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Support4Culture, Halifax, Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program and Arts Nova Scotia, as well as many private donors. 

We're pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Congratulations to the Talent Trust and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients

Dance — Ballet

  • Julia Barkhouse, Dartmouth 
  • Olivia MacLean, Dartmouth
  • Katherine McDonald, Halifax
  • Mollie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth
  • Aidan Vaudreuil, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship

Dance — Ballet/Contemporary

  • Chloe Bruce, Dartmouth
  • Claire Campbell, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Carrigan MacDonald, Hammonds Plains
  • Stan Tonin, Windsor Junction

Dance — Modern/Contemporary

  • Gabrielle Kachan, Halifax
  • Lucie Schmidt, Lakeview
  • Denver Scott, Halifax

Dance — Choreography

  • Aliah Schwartz, Canning

Music — Keyboard (Piano)

  • Devin Huang, Bedford
  • Lala Lee, Halifax
  • Chantal Peng, Wolfville
  • Dakota Scott-Digout, Barrington
  • Andrew Son, Halifax
  • Cindy Thong, Halifax
  • Alex (Zixuan) Yang, Bedford

Music — Strings (Cello)

  • India Yeshe Gailey, Wolfville

Music — Strings (Violin)

  • Leo Hanada, Halifax
  • Rose Hanada, Halifax
  • Wyatt Johnson, Halifax
  • Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Dartmouth

Music — Strings (Bass Guitar)

  • Mark Carroll, Valley
  • Aidan Zann-Roland, Truro

Music — Voice (Opera)

  • Meagan Adams, Halifax
  • Ruusu-Maaria Brousseau, Halifax
  • Hannah Ernst, Lunenburg
  • Laura Johnston, Prospect Bay
  • Emma MacEachern, Truro
  • Breanna Miller, Hubley
  • Natalie Mitchell, New Glasgow
  • Morgan Reid, Sydney
  • Abigail Sinclair, Halifax
  • Shanice Skinner, New Glasgow

Music — Composition

  • Ben Coleman, New Glasgow
  • Gavin Fraser, Antigonish
  • Jessica MacIsaac, Halifax
  • Taylor MacGillivray, Halifax

Music — Brass (French Horn)

  • Mimisu Lee, Halifax

Music — Brass (Euphonium)

  • Ross Macintosh, Truro

Music — Woodwind (Clarinet)

  • Lucas March, New Glasgow

Theatre — Acting

  • Angus Stevens, Port Medway
  • Rebecca Wolfe, Dartmouth

Theatre — Music Theatre

  • Katie Cochrane, Bridgewater
  • Brent Raddall, Summerville Centre

Visual/Fine Arts —Interdisciplinary

  • Emma Allain, Halifax
  • Helah Cooper, Lunenburg
  • Arjun Lal, Halifax

Visual/Fine Arts — Design/Applied Craft

  • Jodie Fox, Mosquodoboit Harbour
  • Isaac Fresia, Halifax
  • Andrew Gilmour, Halifax
  • Jenna Lee, Bedford
  • Ahmed Naji, Halifax

Visual/Fine Arts — Painting/Drawing

  • NAT chantel, Dartmouth
  • Curtis Botham, Bedford
  • Caitlin McGuire, Halifax, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Letitia Fraser, Halifax, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Madeleine West, Halifax

Visual/Fine Arts — Textiles/Fashion

  • Brianna West, Halifax
  • Jessie McLaughlin, Bedford

Visual/Fine Arts — Typeface Design

  • Lee Yuen-Rapati, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship

Congratulations to all these emerging artists.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Becka Barker's Animated Short BOUY at the 2018 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

Sketch from Becka Barker's short film BUOY.

Becka Barker is one of the filmmakers at the 2018 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, which runs from September 13 - 20. 

Her “crowd-sourced” hand-drawn animated short Buoy is in the Atlantic Shorts Program 2 lineup that screens September 15 and 17. 

The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative commissioned Becka to make a short animated film about the Halifax explosion to mark the 100th anniversary in 2017. 

As she dug into her research, she found footage posted online by the Nova Scotia Archives that was shot just two days after the disaster. She was astounded to see so many ordinary Haligonians assisting in rescue efforts and helping where they could.

From Becka: “This is what hit me hardest. Not just because of their grit in the face of such devastation, but because this felt like the Halifax I know. We rely on each other so much to get things done around here. Often, it feels to me like that's the only way. After all, when you live in a depressed economy on the edge of a continent, you simply can't go it alone. This footage and this thought gave me a spark for my project.”

Becka Barker. Photo: CFAT
Becka is known for her use of hand-crafted processes in her film and video work, and Buoy is no exception. She invited members of the public to trace frames she printed from the film footage, and used those to illustrate the tactile way people interacted with the explosion and the century-old images of the aftermath. Buoy is the result of that exploration.

In addition to her Talent Trust scholarships for film studies, Becka's work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

She’s been regular part-time faculty at NSCAD University since 2005, and was visiting foreign faculty in the Film and Animation Department at SoonChunHyang University in South Korea from 2008-2012.

Buoy screening details 
Atlantic Shorts Program 2

September 15, 2018
Begins at 1:00 p.m.

September 17, 2018
Begins at 9:10 p.m.

To learn more about Becka and her work, visit

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Violinist Marc Djokic Launches his Debut Album, Solo Seven

Solo Seven, violinist Marc Djokic's debut album.

Violinist Marc Djokic launches Solo Seven, his debut album of Canadian music on September 22. 

The official launch party takes place in the main foyer of Salle Bourgie at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montréal at 9:30 p.m.

The celebration follows Marc's concert with the MCO (McGill Chamber Orchestra). Composers featured on the album will be in attendance to say a few words about their works. 

Marc began studying with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists, at an early age. He made his first orchestra debut at 14, and his scholarships and awards include a Talent Trust scholarship, an award from Canada Council’s Instrument Bank, and the Governor General’s Millennium Award. He’s been featured on Bravo! television series The Classical Now.

CAMMAC Music Centre named Marc as their first Artist-in-Residence for the 2017-2019 seasons. During his residency he’ll teach, perform, conduct research, and create a commissioned work to be premiered at CAMMAC.

Now based in Montreal, Marc will return to Halifax to appear in the Cecilia Concerts 30th anniversary season with a concert on February 24, 2019. (2019 is also a notable Talent Trust anniversary year — our 75th!)

Solo Seven can be purchased online. Click here for details. To learn more about Marc and explore his music, visit