Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Congratulations! Barbara Hannigan awarded 2018 GRAMMY – Crazy Girl Crazy Best Classical Solo Vocal album

Barbara Hannigan (photo: BarbaraHannigan.com)
Barbara Hannigan’s
Crazy Girl Crazy wins the GRAMMY award for Best Classical Solo Vocal album.

Information from her website:

The recording is the first showcase of her work as both a soprano and conductor, with the Amsterdam-based orchestra LUDWIG. The album was released on 22 September 2017, by Alpha Classics.

Crazy Girl Crazy brings together Berg’s Lulu Suite, Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice, and a specially commissioned arrangement of Gershwin’s Girl Crazy by Tony Award-winning composer and arranger Bill Elliott.

For more information visit Barbara Hannigan's website at: http://www.barbarahannigan.com/

The interview with Barbara on CBC on January 29 was a delight to listen to. You can find it about 10 minutes in at

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Emily Vey Duke's 'The Illumination Project' with Shary Boyle will open at the Art Gallery of NS on February 3, 2018

l-r: Emily Vey Duke and Shary Boyle (video still)

February 3, 2018

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS
The exhibition will continue until April 29, 2018
The AGNS notes:

Through their respective individual practices, artists Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke have long been committed to exploring the relationships between feelings, drives and fantasies and…read more

A video about their collaboration can be found on Youtube at:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Heemin Choi, violin recital on Sunday, February 4, 2018 in Halifax

Cecilia Concerts presents violinist Heemin Choi on
Heemin Choi, violin recital

Sunday, February 4, 2018

at 7 p.m.
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall
Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Multi-award-winning violinist Heemin Choi has performed extensively and has appeared as soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Presently on a full music scholarship in Texas, he brings a bit of southern warmth to this mid-winter recital.

Heemin Choi has received multiple scholarships from the Talent Trust and won the 2016 and 2010 Raymond Simpson Award and the 2014 NSTT's Lieutenant Governor's Award. 

For more information and tickets please visit the Cecilia Concert's website at https://www.ceciliaconcerts.ca/product/heemin-choi-recital/

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pianist Jennifer King in concert on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Halifax

Cecilia Concert's presents Jennifer King for a refreshing afternoon 

January 21, 2018
at 2pm
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall 
at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Jennifer King will perform two centuries of Nocturnes featured on her first solo album “O Mistress Moon”.

O Mistress Moon Programme
Nocturnes (1929) Nos. 1, 4 and 7  /  Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Deux Nocturnes (1890) Op.5, Andante- Allegretto  /  Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)
In der Nacht - Fantasiestucke Op.12  /  Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Nocturne in e minor, Adagio  /  John Field (1782-1837)
Nocturne Op.27 #2 in D flat major, Lento sostenuto  /  Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne Op.33 (Homage to John Field)  /  Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
In the Falling Dark 1- dedicated to Barbara Pritchard  /  Derek Charke (b. 1974)
La Soirée dans Grenade- Estampes  /  Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui  fut- Images 2
Noctuelles- Miroirs  /  Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Night-Piece (Notturno) - 1963  /  Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Notturno  /  Ottarino Respighi (1879-1936)
In the Falling Dark 2- 2014 dedicated to Jennifer King  /  Derek Charke (b. 1974)
1. Sunset Glow 2.Entre Chien et Loup 3. The Witching Hour

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Marley Johnson's exhibition opens on January 10, 2018 at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth

Join Marley Johnson, former Talent Trust scholarship recipient at 

The Craig Gallery

January 10, 2018
from 7 - 9 p.m.

Exhibition from 
Jan 11- 28, 2018

Marley Johnson will exhibit his new painting series at the Craig Gallery until January 28, 2018.

From the Craig Gallery's website: 
Artist statement: My paintings investigate the agency of colour through a vibrant, messy and precarious sensibility. These works are suggestive landscapes, investigating the inner exploration of indexical mark making, working with a formal and vital approach, I have been influenced by modes of expressionism, experimenting with its potential. The shapes and contours implies a playfulness, exuberance, and a sense of effervescence or froth which forms in-between the push//pull of tides. By breaking down the impression of the gestures, leaving it raw and undefined I hope to reveal something transparent about the process of painting and color.

Bio: Marley Johnson completed his BFA at NSCAD university in 2015, he also studied at Cooper Union in New York City on an exchange. Upon graduating Marley was awarded a residency in Lunenburg NS, where he spent a year working within a ceramics community. During that year he also received a Talent Trust scholarship. Marley is currently doing his MFA at Concordia university in Montreal. 

For opening hours and more information please visit the Craig Gallery's website at http://www.alderneylanding.com/gallery/

Friday, January 5, 2018

Soprano Janice Jackson and Lukas Pearse perform in the Cyborg Song on Sunday, Jan 7, 2018 at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax

See sounds and hear images in new and exciting ways!
Vocalypse Productions presents
Open Water's Festival Halifax
Sunday 7 January 2018 
at 7:30PM

Sir James Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue, Halifax NS


Etienne Rolin (France) – Conductor, bass clarinet

Dirk Johan Stromberg (Singapore) – Music technologist, composer, and improviser

Janice Isabel Jackson – Singer, producer (former scholarship and Portia White Award recipient

Toni Pigot – Singer

Geordie Haley – Electric guitar

Jerome Blais – Piano

Lukas Pearse – Double bass (former scholarship recipient)

This concert is a part of Upstream Music Open Water's Festival 
more information can be found at http://www.upstreammusic.org/ or http://www.vocalypse.ca/

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Talent Trust awards over $33,000 to the 2017 Special Award Recipients at today's Special Awards Ceremony

The Talent Trust (NSTT) recognized the 2017 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Halifax Central Library in a ceremony attended by His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Created to support the career of contralto Portia White 73 years ago, the Talent Trust has continued to support talented Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.
Maya Read, Lieutenant Governor's Award 2017
One such gifted artist is Halifax' musical theatre performer Maya Read, who received the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline. Read studies musical theatre at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. 
Presented for the first time in 2013, the two 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards, valued at $10,000 each, will be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Talent Trust, that of the utmost commitment, promise, exceptional technique, talent and the highest achievement of excellence, someone who demonstrates the passion and drive to become a professional Nova Scotia artist in their field of discipline. These two awards will be awarded every December until 2022 and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.

In 2017, the two $10,000 awards were received by Halifax film producer Gharrett Paon and type designer Lee Yuen-Rapati from Dartmouth. 
Gharrett Paon (Halifax) is currently studying film production at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, ON. 
Type designer Lee Yuen-Rapati(Dartmouth), is studying type design at the University of Reading in Reading, England.
The other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, are:
Jodie Fox
Scenographer Jodie Fox (Musquodoboit Harbour) is the recipient of the $1,500 RBC Emerging Artist Award for applied craft/design theatre. Fox studies scenography (stage design) at the Hochschule Hanover in Hanover, Germany. (Award supported by RBC Emerging Artist Program.)
New Award - Given for the fist time in 2017:
Cello player India Gailey (Wolfville) is the recipient of the $1000 Yue Lih and Marion Kuo Award for exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. Gailey is currently studying at McGill University in Montreal, QC. (Award supported by Marion Kuo and Earl Wadden.)
Visual artist Curtis Botham (Bedford) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. Botham graduated with a BFA from NSCAD. He is currently attending the NSCAD University Residency Program in New Glasgow. (Award supported by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.)
Benjamin Shaw
Opera singer Benjamin Shaw (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Portia White Awardfor voice. He studies at the University of Toronto, ON. (Award supported by the Music-in-Medicine and Humanities-HEALS Program, Dalhousie University.)
Maggie Oates-Johnson
Ballet dancer Maggie Oates-Johnson (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the$1,500 Robert George Jackson Award for dance. Maggie studied ballet at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto this past summer. (Award supported by the Jackson family.)
Rebecca Wolfe
Rebecca Wolfe (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $500 Theatre Nova Scotia Award for theatre. Wolfe is studying theatre performance at the Humber College in Toronto, ON. (Award supported by Theatre Nova Scotia.)
Pianist Chantal Peng (Wolfville) is the recipient of the $1,000 Tietje Zonneveld Award and is studying privately with John Hansen in Wolfville. (Award supported by Tietje Zonneveld.)
Choral conductor Thomas Burton (Wolfville) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for classical performance. He is studying choral conducting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA. (Award supported by the Elloway family.)
Ballet dancer Carrigan MacDonald (Hammonds Plains) is the recipient of the $1000 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently studying at L'Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Québec in Montreal, QC. (Award supported by the Flemming family.)
Euphonium player Ross Macintosh (Truro) is the recipient of the $1,000 Raymond Simpson Award for music and is studying at University of Toronto in Toronto, ON. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)
Film Producer Gharrett Paon (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenziehe  Award and is currently studying film production at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, ON.
In addition to the Special Awards announced today, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust gave out scholarships to 48 recipients earlier this year. You can find a list of the 2017 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients below.
List of the 2017 NSTT Scholarship and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients
  • Julia Barkhouse, Dartmouth
  • Kieron Harper, Halifax
  • Claire Campbell, Head of St. Margaret's Bay
  • Carrigan MacDonald, Hammonds Plains
  • Olivia MacLean, Dartmouth
  • Ellery Jackson, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Katherine McDonald, Halifax
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Mollie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth
  • Niamh Perrins, Wolfville
- Modern/Contemporary
  • Lucie Schmidt, Lakeview
  • Stan Tonin, Windsor Junction
- Keyboard - Piano
  • Vlad Chiriac, Bedford
  • Devin Huang, Bedford
  • Lala Lee, Halifax
  • Chantal Peng, Wolfville
  • Dakota Scott-Digout, Barrington
  • Andrew Son, Halifax
  • Alex (Zixuan) Yang, Bedford
- Strings - Cello
  • India Gailey, Wolfville
- Strings - Violin
  • Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Dartmouth
  • Heemin Choi, Bedford
- Strings - Guitar
  • Matthew Fraser, Inverness
- Conducting
  • Thomas Burton, Wolfville
- Voice - Opera
  • Nickolas Higgs, New Glasgow
  • Breanna Miller, Halifax
  • Morgan Reid, Sydney
  • Benjamin Shaw, Vancouver,  NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Brass - French Horn
  • Mimisu Lee, Halifax
- Brass - Euphonium
  • Ross Macintosh, Truro
- Composition
  • Adam Clarke, Antwerpen
- Woodwind - Oboe
  • Julia Millett, Lunenburg

  • Gharrett Paon, Halifax
- Acting
  • Rebecca Wolfe, Dartmouth
Music Theatre
  • Ria Kapur, Bedford
  • Emily Robertson, Oakville
  • Maya Read, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Directing
  • Luciana Silvestre Fernandes, Halifax
Visual/Fine Arts 
- Interdisciplinary
  • Gabriel Soligo, Halifax, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Design/Applied Craft
  • Jodie Fox, Mosquadoboit Harbour
  • Isaac Fresia, Halifax
  • Andrew Gilmour, Halifax
  • Lee Yuen-Rapati, Dartmouth
- Painting Drawing
  • Nat Chantel, Dartmouth
  • Curtis Botham, Bedford
  • Caterina Slamovits, Halifax
- Printmaking
  • Emma van Zeumeren, Dartmouth
Literary Arts
- Fiction
  • Conor Martin, Dartmouth