Friday, October 20, 2017

Francesca Nardi, flamenco dancer performs in Toronto on November 10, 2017

Francesca Nardi will perform as part of the contemporary dance series Next Steps in Toronto. 
Photo: Maurey Loeffler website of Harbourfront Centre

Flamenco sín limites

Friday, Nov 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Studio Theatre

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Francesca writes:
I have just started my first week of law school at McGill University, and plan to dance as much as I can throughout the course of my legal education at several Flamenco schools in Montreal. I am also preparing for a show in Toronto as part of a contemporary dance series called Next Steps. The show is called Flamenco sín limites, and will be comprised of local contemporary and Flamenco dancers. 
Thank you again for all of your support over the years!

Francesca Nardi 

More information can be found at

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jodie Fox on her experience studying stage design in Hanover, Germany

Dear Board Members, Supporters and Jury of the NSTT,

Jodie Fox, stage design
As a thank you for your support during my past semester I would like to give a short update of what my semester looked like. 

I am studying stage design in Hanover, Germany. This past semester was my second, and it was part of a one year foundation year. My main project throughout the semester was designing a set for Sophocle's Antigone. I started by reading the play many, many times and letting a picture form in my mind. After re-working a few ideas and lots of discussions with my teachers I finalized my design and built a model. 
Stage Design Jodie Fox, Photo: Christoph Enke

I had the opportunity to work with the head of the lighting department in the Hanover Opera House to try out interesting ways of creating new and fitting atmospheres for my design. I worked with a photography student to document my work. 

I feel so grateful that this program allows me to work with many different artists and professionals, and I am so excited to be going back in a few days.

I spent July working as a dresser at a theater in Heidelberg, a city in southern Germany. Although I was not working directly with the set department I loved observing how all the departments come together to pull off an amazing show. I was able to ask lots of questions, and learned a lot about the theater world in the short time. 

I spent the second half of my summer break working in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia with Toshiko MacAdam and her company Interplay. Again I have learned an incredible amount in such a short time about artists working in the real world. Working with Toshiko has taught me to appreciate perfection, and shown me the importance of taking extreme pride in your work.

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. I would like to thank you for your generous support and interest in my journey!

Best wishes,

Jodie Fox

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thank you note for our supporters from Ivy Charles, theatre

Hello Talent Trust supporters, jury and board members,

I am writing to express my gratitude for your financial support of my Master of Arts in Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which I have just completed. I am back in Nova Scotia now, having learned so much about myself artistically and personally, and I can't wait to see what comes next. It has been an incredible year of life-changing experiences, including performing on the Globe stage in London, performing in a Glasgow theatre festival, doing placements at the Stratford and Shaw festivals as part of my program, and developing and performing the work of some amazing Scottish playwrights. I'm so grateful that I had this opportunity and I know that the skills I've gained this year will benefit me greatly in my career.

Thank you so much!

Ivy Charles

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Congratulations Reeny Smith, Helios Ensemble (Eszther Horvath) and Port Cities (Breagh Mackinnon) on your nomination for Music Nova Scotia Awards

Congratulations to all Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees!

Former Scholarship recipients are nominated for the following Music Nova Scotia Awards:

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year
  • Port Cities (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
  • Reeny Smith (Talent Trust 2010 Portia White Award)
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year - Sponsored by the Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Reeny Smith (Talent Trust 2010 Portia White Award)
Digital Artist of the Year - Sponsored by HAF Skate and Tattoo/Jimolly's Bakery Cafe
  • Port Cities (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Group Recording of the Year
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Music Video of the Year
  • Dave Sampson & Port Cities - "Trouble" (Director: Mat Barkley)
Recording of the Year - Sponsored by My Home Apparel
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Classical Recording of the Year
  • Helios Vocal Ensemble - "An Illuminated Christmas" (member Eszther Horvath 2016 Kenneth Elloway Award)
Pop Recording of the Year - Sponsored by Open Hearth Park
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)

The full list of nominees can be found at

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chris Spencer Lowe's film Transfer can now be seen on vimeo

Message from Chris Spencer Low

TRANSFER is now fully
screenshot while watching Transfer
publicly available on Vimeo for your re-viewing pleasure. 

Feel free to check out CSL's other films, performances and installations while you're there.

Congratulations Chris!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wishing you all a great Nocturne art night in Halifax and Dartmouth

Congratulations Nocturne on your 10th anniversary. 

Tonight is the night to enjoy art on the street, on the water, and inside.
Have fun Dartmouth and Halifax! 

Thank you to all the organizers and artists that make this event happen. 

Visit the projects of former Talent Trust scholarship recipients:
Jason Skinner
Alexis Milligan
Ruth Ellen-Kroll
Sarah Mosher
Janice Jackson 
Mike Hirschbach
Lukas Pearse
Veronique Mackenzie

Friday, October 13, 2017

Janice Jackson creates 'Opera From Scrap' at Nocturne October 14, 2017

Opera From Scrap
information and photo:

Janice Isabel Jackson
& Arianne Pollet-Brannen
at Nocturne October 14, 2017
from 6 p.m. - midnight 
RBC Waterside Centre,
1871 Upper Water St

"Opera From Scrap" is an interactive opera by Janice Isabel Jackson, transformed into a phantasmagorical creature in real time by Arianne Pollet-Brannen.

"Opera from Scrap" is an interactive opera. The soloist, Janice Isabel Jackson, transforms into a phantasmagorical opera character while an elaborate costume is constructed onto her by visual artist Arianne Pollet-Brannen. Materials for the costume will be assembled from scraps of fabric, some of which contributed by the audience. In a similar manner, material for the opera will be assembled from live tweets, texts and melodies submitted by the public as well as various sounds extracted from the surroundings. Words, tweets, stories, scraps of paper, fabric, flowers, and other unplanned items will all converge in a manner that completely transforms the vocalist. The singer is required to absorb and create sounds and melodies that will either be concrete stories, unexpected random expressions, or abstract sounds throughout the performance. This project allows the public to experience a continuous transformation throughout the evening. Short recordings of audience comments and singing will also be taken and played back as part of the landscape during the ongoing performance. At the end of the evening, at 11:15pm, the public is invited to return to the scene and experience the fruits of the slow metamorphosis in which the re-envisioned and costumed opera singer presents a newly created 30-minute opera. This manifestation of visual and performance art creates a platform where the audience becomes a storyteller, composer, collaborator, and co-conspirator throughout. Write your words and ideas on scraps of paper and material, tell us your stories, sing your songs, tweet us @jacksonnewmusic

Audience Interaction
Family Friendly