Thursday, March 22, 2018

Congratulations to Mary Fay Coady, Don Allison, and Jacinte Armstrong for their Theatre NS Merritt Award Nominations

The Theatre Nova Scotia 2018 Robert Merritt Awards will be held 

Monday, March 26, 2018 

the show starts at 8PM

at Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax in the Schooner Room.

Congratulations to all nominees and in particular to former scholarship recipients:

  • Mary Fay Coady
  • Don Allison
  • Jacinte Armstrong 
If you are lucky you can get one of the last tickets at Theatre NS website.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dance NS and Kinetic Studio present Taking Steps To Fly including dancers Kieron Harper, Anais Grant Church, and Olivia MacLean March 25, 2018
Taking Steps To Fly
presented by Dance NS and Kinetic Studio features many dancers that have received Talent Trust scholarships in the past. 

Including Kieron Harper, Anaïs Grant Church, and Olivia MacLean

Sunday, March 25, 2018
at 7 p.m.

at the McInnis Room in the Dalhousie Student's Union Building in Halifax

For more information and tickets please go to

Friday, February 23, 2018

Christianne Rushton, Jennifer Jones perform with Jeff Joudrey's Halifax Camerata Singers on March 10, 2018

Christianne Rushton
Jeff Joudrey's Halifax Camerata Singers presents Memories of the Heart on 

Saturday, March 10, 2018 
at 7:30 p.m. 
at First Baptist Church, Halifax.  

From their press release:
The choir is joined by mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton and pianist Lynette Wahlstrom in a romantic program of songs and memories of childhood, of loves lost, forbidden or foolish, and songs of times gone by.
Mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton and Camerata open the program with a challenging choral composition by Aaron Copland titled In The BeginningChristianne will also perform works by Gaetano Donizetti, Franz Schubert, and Ola Gjeilo. 

Guest violinist, Jennifer Jones, of Symphony Nova Scotia and Rhapsody Quintet, is featured in Eric Whitacre’s beautiful Five Hebrew Love Songs.  Christianne will also perform Whitacre’s arrangement of Goodnight Moon, whose text is from the famous children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown.

Music featured by the Camerata Singers includes Only in Sleep by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvald, Chant for a Long Day by Canada’s Stephen Hatfield, and songs from the American folk and gospel traditions.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticket Halifax.

Monday, February 19, 2018

George Elliott Clarke and friends recorded CD in Halifax

l-r: George Elliott Clarke and Chris White
It was a pleasure for the Talent Trust to be at the concert of Afro-Metis Nation. Thank you Juanita Peters for the invitation.

Afro-Metis Nation celebrates their African Nova Scotian and Metis heritage through music and words. 

Former scholarship recipient George Elliott Clarke impressed with his poems and singing voice. 

We also finally met Chris White, nephew of Portia White. Chris and his family have donated Portia White CDs to the Talent Trust to help fund the annual Portia White Award given out by the Talent Trust. 

If you like to read more about the concert by CBC's Shaina Lee please go to

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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

Barbara Hannigan (photo:
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:

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