Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Meet the 2018 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Special Award Winners

Today we were able to grant 13 special awards at our annual Special Awards Ceremony.

We recognized our 2018 scholarship and Special Award recipients at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the 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 74 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.

Celebrate with them!


Rebecca Wolfe.
Theatre artist Rebecca Wolfe.
Halifax theatre performer Rebecca Wolfe received the $1,500 Talent Trust Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline. Wolfe studies acting in the Humber College Theatre Performance Program in Toronto, Ontario.


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 Nova Scotia 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 granted every December until 2022 and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program.

In 2018, the two $10,000 awards were received by Head of Saint Margaret's Bay dancer Claire Campbell and visual artist Curtis Botham from Stellarton.


Dancer Claire Campbell.
Dancer Claire Campbell
Claire Campbell (Head of Saint Margaret's Bay), 2018 recipient of a 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, is currently studying ballet and contemporary dance at L'École Superieure de Ballet du Québec in Montréal, Québec.





Visual artist Curtis Botham.
Visual artist Curtis Botham.
Visual artist Curtis Botham (Stellarton), 2018 recipient of a 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, recently completed the NSCAD University Residency Program in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.





There are 10 more Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists. We're pleased to introduce them here.


Painter Letitia Fraser.
Painter Letitia Fraser.
Painter Letitia Fraser (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,500 RBC Emerging Artist Award for visual arts. Fraser studies painting at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Award supported by RBC Emerging Artist Program.)





Clarinetist Lucas March.
Clarinetist Lucas March (New Glasgow) is the recipient of the $1000 Yue Lih “Lee” and Marion Kuo Award for exceptional commitment and potential in music as an instrumentalist. March is currently in private study with Halifax music teacher Eileen Walsh. (Award supported by Marion Kuo and Earl Wadden.)



Visual artist Brianna West.
Visual artist Brianna West.
Visual artist Brianna West (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award. West currently studies fashion and textiles at NSCAD University in Halifax. (Award supported by Charlotte Wilson-Hammond and Visual Arts Nova Scotia.)




Opera singer Breanna Miller.
Opera singer Breanna Miller.
Opera singer Breanna Miller (Hubley) is the recipient of the $1,000 Talent Trust Portia White Award for voice. Miller studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (Award supported by the Music-in-Medicine and Humanities-HEALS Program, Dalhousie University.)




Contemporary dancer Lucie Schmidt.
Contemporary dancer Lucie Schmidt.
Contemporary dancer Lucie Schmidt (Dartmouth) is the recipient of the $2,000 Robert George Jackson Award for dance. Schmidt studies at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Award supported by the Jackson family.)





Theatre artist Angus Stevens.
Theatre artist Angus Stevens.
Angus Stevens (Port Medway) is the recipient of the $500 Theatre Nova Scotia Award for theatre. Stevens is studying theatre performance at Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. (Award supported by Theatre Nova Scotia.)





Pianist Cindy Thong.
Pianist Cindy Thong.
Pianist Cindy Thong (Head of Jeddore) is the recipient of the $1,000 Tietje Zonneveld Award and is studying at La Haute École de Musique de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. (Award supported by Tietje Zonneveld.)







Composer Jessica MacIsaac.
Composer Jessica MacIsaac.
Composer Jessica MacIsaac (Halifax) is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for composition. She is studying at Dalhousie University. (Award supported by the Elloway family.)






Composer Jessica MacIsaac.
Dancer Carrigan MacDonald.
Ballet and contemporary dancer Carrigan MacDonald (Hammonds Plains) is the recipient of the $1000 Janice Merritt Flemming Award and is currently studying at L'École Superieure de Ballet du Québec in Montréal, QC. (Award supported by the Flemming family.)




French horn player Mimisu Lee.
French horn player Mimisu Lee.
French horn player Mimisu Lee (Halifax) is the recipient of the $1,000 Raymond Simpson Award for music. Mimisu is studying at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Ontario. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)




In addition to the Special Awards announced today, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust gave out scholarships to 65 recipients earlier this year. You can find a list of the 2018 Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients below.

The NSTT’s scholarship application deadline date for Spring/Summer study is March 1, 2019. The deadline for Fall/Winter study is May 1, 2019.


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

Friday, December 7, 2018

Reeny Smith presents Reeny’s Family Christmas - December 16 at the Carleton

Reeny Smith presents Reeny's Family Christmas
December 16 at the Carleton.
Reeny Smith presents Reeny’s Family Christmas on December 16 at The Carleton in Halifax.

The 2:00 p.m. matinee is sold out. At the time of this writing there are still tickets available for the evening show at 7:00 p.m.

The family-friendly show features Reeny’s musical traditions inspired by her talented family and friends growing up in North Preston. 

Reeny began singing and playing piano at the age of five. She received a Talent Trust scholarship to support her studies in voice, and won the Talent Trust Portia White Award in 2010.

Reeny Smith. A still from NSTT's 75th anniversary video.
Reeny Smith. A still from our 75th anniversary video.
She’s performed at the Halifax Jazz festival, at Nova Scotia’s iconic Stanfest in Canso, and was Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence in 2015. She appeared with Symphony Nova Scotia in a community concert series in 2017. 

In 2018 Reeny released her first single, Good Girl Swag, and her album W W I I I: Strength Courage Love. She recently won Music Nova Scotia’s African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year.

We’re grateful she was able to take time from her busy schedule to appear in our 75th anniversary video.

Reeny’s Family Christmas 
The Carleton
1685 Argyle Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Matinée - 2:00 p.m. - sold out
Evening - 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: thecarleton.ca 

Visit Reeny’s Family Christmas Facebook event page for more information. If you can't catch the show, here's Reeny in performance at CBC Halifax's Studio 60.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story, illustrated by Emma van Zeumeren

Cover of Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story.
Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story. Co-written by Marianne Ward and Leica Hardy,
illustrated by Talent Trust visual arts scholarship recipient Emma Van Zeumeren.

Clara’s Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story is a gorgeously illustrated picture book that tells the unique Nutcracker story adapted for the stage by Leica Hardy and Graham Whitehead.

The lush illustrations by Talent Trust scholarship recipient Emma van Zeumeren capture the magic, movement, and Art Nouveau-inspired design of the beloved stage production.

The book is co-authored by Marianne Ward and Leica Hardy, and tells the tale of Clara’s overnight journey from timid, fearful girl to confident young woman, thanks to the gifts of kindness, loyalty, friendship, and a very special nutcracker.

Emma van Zeumeren received her scholarship to support her visual arts studies at NSCAD University. She was a long-time dance student of Leica Hardy’s and is an alumna of The Nutcracker. After performing in the production for seven years, Emma has a special place in her heart for this beautiful adaptation.

The Nutcracker has been presented annually since 1991 by Symphony Nova Scotia in partnership with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia under the artistic leadership of choreographer Leica Hardy. 2018 marks her 28th year as the director/choreographer.

Leica has over 40 years of teaching experience, and has taught a number of Talent Trust dance scholarship recipients.

Clara’s Gifts is a 52-page hardcover keepsake book, priced at $25.00 CA ($26.25 CA tax included). 

For purchase information, visit the Clara’s Gifts page on the Leica Hardy School of Dance website.


To learn more about the book, visit the Clara’s Gifts Facebook page.

Illustration from Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story.
Illustration from Clara's Gifts: A retelling of the Nutcracker story.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

George Elliott Clarke Reads Dalhousie University Bicentennial Epic Poem December 6

 George Elliott Clarke (right) and musician Tim Crofts (left).
 George Elliott Clarke (right) and musician Tim Crofts (left). Photo: Dalhousie University.


George Elliott Clarke will read his epic poem written for Dalhousie University’s bicentennial on Thursday, December 6. He will be accompanied by pianist Tim Crofts.

A former Talent Trust scholarship recipient, Clarke was born near the Black Loyalist community of Windsor Plains, Nova Scotia, and grew up in Halifax. 

He holds an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Waterloo, an M.A. in English from Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in English from Queen's University. 

He is the inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. 

In 1998, Clarke was the first recipient of the Nova Scotia Arts Council Portia White Prize. In 2001, he won the Governor General's Award for Poetry for his collection Execution Poems, published by the Gaspereau Press. 

George Elliott Clarke was Canada’s 2016-17 Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

To Tell Dalhousie’s Story: 
Speak a Poem Insurgent / Sound a Piano Insolent!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dalhousie Art Gallery
6101 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Admission is free; all are welcome.

The 65th Annual Student, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni Exhibition follows at 4:00 p.m., which includes Talent Trust scholarship recipient Alice MacLean.

For more information on the poetry reading, visit the event page on Dalhousie University's website.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Join Us at our 2018 Special Awards Ceremony at the Halifax Central Library, December 11

India Yeshe Gailey and Marion Kuo.
2017 Yue Lih and Marion Kuo Award winner India Yeshe Gailey (left) and Marion Kuo.
On Tuesday, December 11 we’ll recognize our 2018 scholarship and Special Award recipients with a ceremony at the Halifax Central Library.

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. (seating at 1:20 p.m.) in the Paul O'Regan Hall. 

Admission is free, open to the public, and we would be delighted if you could join us. 

The Awards Ceremony will be attended by The Honorable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Honorary Chair of the Talent Trust.

This year’s Special Award winners were chosen from a field of 65 scholarship recipients representing the artistic disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, film, new media, design, dance, and theatre.

We’ll have live performances, video greetings from Award winners, and catering by Pavia Café.

The Halifax Public Library has partnered with us and offered their beautiful event hall as an in-kind service.

“At Halifax Public Libraries, people are at the heart of all we do, and supporting the growth of every individual in our community is why we exist. These artists will shape our community story with their creativity, voices, and words. We are proud to help celebrate this very special event, honouring their achievements and those to come”, says Jennifer Fall-Clarke, Event Service Coordinator for the Halifax Central Library.

Come on out to celebrate these fantastic up-and-coming artists. We look forward to seeing you there.

Talent Trust Special Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, December 11
1:30 p.m. — seating at 1:20 p.m.
Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library
Admission is free
Everyone welcome!

Halifax Public Libraries.


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tenor Marcel d'Entremont Wins Prestigious Wirth Vocal Prize

Tenor Marcel d'Entremont.
Marcel d'Entremont wins 2018-19
Wirth Vocal Prize
Congratulations to tenor Marcel d'Entremont, who has won McGill University’s 2018-2019 Wirth Vocal Prize.

The Prize recognizes a voice student who demonstrates exceptional talent and significant promise for an international career.

Marcel performed on November 25 with the other three finalists as part of the final round of competition. 

His musical collaborator was pianist and Talent Trust music scholarship recipient Dakota Scott-Digout, who also studies at McGill.

Marcel is a Talent Trust voice scholarship recipient who won the Talent Trust Portia White award in 2013.

Originally from Merigomish, Nova Scotia, Marcel is in Montréal to complete a Graduate Diploma in Performance.

In addition to his Talent Trust scholarship and Portia White Award, Marcel won the Hal Leonard International Vocal Competition and placed first in the Atlantic Young Artist Competition

In 2014 he represented Nova Scotia at the National Music Festival of Canada, where he placed first in the vocal division and won the grand award for overall best performer. 

Marcel has performed across Canada, singing the roles of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera McGill, Il Podesta in La Finta Giardiniera with Opera Nova Scotia, and Rodolfo in La Boheme with Opera Saskatoon. 

He toured with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada as the title role in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette as well as Alfredo in La Traviata.

Established in 2015 and awarded annually, the Wirth Vocal Prize brings the winner a $25,000 cash prize and a 14-karat Wirth Prize lapel pin. 

As part of the Wirth Prize win, Marcel is also scheduled to perform at La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur on April 25, 2019.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Julia Barkhouse Plays Alice in Coastal Dance Theatre's Alice in Winterland

Julia Barkhouse.
Julia Barkhouse in rehearsal for Alice in Winterland. 
Julia Barkhouse plays Alice in Coastal Dance Theatre's Alice in Winterland this weekend at Alderney Landing Theatre.

Julia is one of our newest emerging artists. She received a Talent Trust dance scholarship this year. She'll perform in both Saturday performances of Alice.

Alice in Winterland is created by Coastal Dance Artistic Director Micaela Archer-Shee, who is also a Talent Trust scholarship recipient and an alumna of Halifax Dance and École supérieure de ballet du Québec. 

The ballet follows Alice down the rabbit hole. It's the classic Alice we all know and love, with a wintry twist.

Showtimes
Friday, November 30 - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 - 2:00 p.m.

Tickets
In person: Alderney Landing box office
Online: TicketPro


Coastal Dance Theatre Alice in Winterland.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

November 27 is GivingTuesday, A Global Day of Giving. Here's How to Take Part


November 27 2018 is GivingTuesday.





If you're uninspired by Black Friday or uninterested in Cyber Monday, today is a welcome change of pace. 

Or if you love those days and want to give back after shopping, today is an added bonus.

Today is a day to celebrate generosity.


GivingTuesday 2018.
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. It's a day when you can make a significant impact with your passion for the arts.

There are a number of ways you can be part of GivingTuesday:

  • Consider making a gift today at CanadaHelps.org (direct link to our donation page).
  • Help us get the word out on social media, using @nstalenttrust and the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #NSGives.
  • Be a social media ambassador and share our Facebook page posts with your network today.
  • Take photos and tell your network why you love the Talent Trust and post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #NSGives and #GivingTuesday.
  • Or simply do something kind for someone.
  • Is there a local artist whose work you admire? An artist you follow on social media, who might not be famous? Tell them how much you like their work.

Here's an infographic from Nova Scotia Gives to show some of the impact of GivingTuesday 2017. 

Thank you for joining us on GivingTuesday!


NS Gives infographic GivingTuesday 2017.


Monday, November 26, 2018

Holiday Favourite The Nutcracker Returns with Talent Trust Dance Scholarship Recipients in the Cast

Scene from The Nutcracker.
Scene from The Nutcracker. This year's holiday favourite runs December 7-16 at the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax.


Holiday favourite The Nutcracker returns to the stage in Halifax December 7-16, with a number of Talent Trust dance scholarship recipients in the cast: Anais Grant Church, Ellery Jackson, Vivian Macnab, Alexis Milligan, Maggie Oates-Johnson, and Mollie Oates-Johnson.

Leica Hardy, who has taught many Talent Trust scholarship recipients through the Leica Hardy School of Dance, celebrates her 28th year as the director/choreographer.

Symphony Nova Scotia, in partnership with Halifax Dance and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, presents the magical tale, which features larger-than-life puppets, spirited dancing, and the beloved music of Tchaikovsky.

Details
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
December 7-16, 2018

Tickets
$15 and up (student/child)
$30 and up (adult)

Showtimes vary, with evening and afternoon performances. For more information and tickets, visit the Symphony Nova Scotia website.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Eszter Horvath Sings in Helios Vocal Ensemble Concert An Illuminated Christmas

Soprano Eszter Horvath
Eszter Horvath and her Helios Vocal Ensemble colleagues Elisabeth Stones, Andrew Pickett, Garth MacPhee, and John Mark Dawson present “An Illuminated Christmas” at Saint George’s Round Church on December 2.

Eszter received a Talent Trust scholarship in 2016 to assist with her studies in conducting. 

She holds a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Toronto. She's a soprano who is equally skilled in orchestral and choral conducting. 

Eszter is the past president of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia (EMSNS), and was the interim music director at the Cathedral Church of All Saints in 2015–15, and at St. George’s Round Church in 2010–11. 

She was associate conductor of the Nova Scotia Youth Choir in 2013 and 2014, and directs the the EMSNS Madrigal Group, which she founded in 2012. She was music director for Cosi fan tutte at the Halifax Summer Opera Festival in 2016. 

“An Illuminated Christmas” is Helios Vocal Ensemble’s fourth annual Christmas concert.

The evening will feature Renaissance polyphony by Sweelinck, Gabrieli, Mouton, des Prez, Byrd, and others, as well as ancient and modern carols.

Concert details:
December 2, 
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

St. George’s Round Church
2222 Brunswick St., Halifax

Admission is by donation.

Visit the Facebook event page for further information.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sara Coffin in Public Showing of Next Wave presented by Mocean Dance, December 1-2

Next Wave by Mocean Dance - photo Michelle Doucette.
Sara Coffin is in Next Wave. Mocean Dance photo by Michelle Doucette.


Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Jessica Lowe, Julie Robert, Liliona Quarmyne, Anastasia Wiebe, and Lydia Zimmer will be joined by special guests for a public showing of Next Wave.

Presented by Mocean Dance, Next Wave is a new creative incubator program for contemporary dance artists. 


Dancer Sara Coffin photo Joshua_Sugiyama.
Sara Coffin. Photo: Joshua Sugiyama.
Sara Coffin received a Talent Trust scholarship to support her studies in dance. 

She’s been Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance since 2011, and recently received a 2018 Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Recognition Award, which recognizes professional mid-career artists.

Mocean Dance is a Halifax-based contemporary dance company that creates new work rooted in collaborative process, stretches physical & emotional boundaries and finds authenticity.

In Next Wave, seven of Halifax’s next wave of dance artists will share their creative practices and explore new ideas and working methods in emergent and generative ways toward the creation of new works. 

Next Wave provides a framework for collaboration, experimentation, dialogue, peer learning and support. These two events open the process for public view.

Event details:
Decebmer 1 - 8:00 p.m.
December 2 - 3:00 p.m.

DANSpace
1531 Grafton Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B9

Tickets available at the door:
$20/$15 students, seniors, artists 
Kids under 12 by donation

For event updates, watch the Next Wave Facebook event page.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

You Can Make GivingTuesday a Day for Emerging Nova Scotian Artists


GivingTuesday.



After the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits.

Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.


Donate at CanadaHelps
November 27 is GivingTuesday — a day you can make a big impact by helping talented Nova Scotia artists pursue their art education.

With your help, we’ll raise funds for the Talent Trust scholarship fund to make an even bigger difference in the lives of emerging artists of all disciplines.

Here are a few simple ways you can take part:
  • Make a gift to the Talent Trust scholarship fund on #GivingTuesdayCa at CanadaHelps.org (direct link to our donation page).
  • Help us get the word out on social media: mention @nstalenttrust and use the hashtags #GivingTuesdayCa and #NSGives.
  • Take a photo or video and tell your followers why you love the Talent Trust. Post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #NSGives and #GivingTuesdayCa.
  • Do something kind for another person.
We believe in the creativity of Nova Scotians. Thank you for joining us on GivingTuesday.


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Karen Myatt Presents Women of the World at the Halifax Distilling Co. on November 30

Karen Myatt presents Women of the World Nov 30.

Karen Myatt caps off a busy year in grand style with her performance Women of the World at the Halifax Distilling Co. on Friday, November 30.

The two-set soirée will showcase some of the finest female vocalists from around the world, including Edith Piaf (France), Lotte Lenya (Germany), Nikka Costa (Italy), Lhasa de Sela (Mexico, Montreal), Shirley Bassey (Wales), and more.

“These are some of my all-time favourite songs by some of my all-time favourite singers,” says Karen. “The cultures may be diverse, but the music is united by the passion of the performances.”

Karen received Talent Trust scholarships to assist with 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.

She’s had a busy year. In addition to her Symphony Nova Scotia debut with Thorgy and the Thorchestra!, she was the feature performer at Atlantic Fashion Week, and had a pair of sold-out shows at Neptune Theatre.

“We have had an amazing string of shows at the Halifax Distilling Co. this year,” she continues. “Our themed concerts — Jazz Noir, ECMAzing, Acoustique, Calendar Girl, Just Jazz — have brought out the very best in the band, and in myself. I am grateful to Arla and Julie at the Distilling Co. for having us in each month, and appreciative that audiences have been so gracious.”

More information on Women of the World, including ticket details, is available via her website: www.karenmyatt.net.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Calling Composers of All Ages: Marc Djokic and CAMMAC Music Centre Present the CAMMAC Composers Callout

Marc Djokic is a co-sponsor of the
CAMMAC Composers Callout.
Marc Djokic and CAMMAC Music Centre have teamed up to co-sponsor the CAMMAC Composers Callout.

Marc received a Talent Trust scholarship to assist his studies in violin. He’s currently CAMMAC’s artist in residence, where he teaches, performs, conducts research, and will create a commissioned work to be premiered at CAMMAC.

He recently released his debut album, Solo Seven.

The Callout is open to composers of all ages to write an original composition, with an emphasis on encouraging young composers to try their hand at composing. 

There are three age categories: 13 years and under; 14 – 20 years old; 21 years and older.

The winners of each category will receive a modest cash prize, and the winning compositions will be played in concert at the CAMMAC Music Centre in the summer of 2019.

In addition to having their work premiered and recorded, there will be some other great prize elements.

The theme is Music in the Laurentians.

Previously written work is also accepted as long as it hasn't been premiered or received other awards.

Everyone is welcome to submit their compositions, regardless of experience levels.

The deadline is December 15, 2018. Registration fees ($20 CAD) are waived until November 30, 2018.

For more information, visit CAMMAC Composers Callout online.