Thursday, August 15, 2019

Talent Trust Partners with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival for a Special Program

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has partnered with us to showcase Talent Trust almuni, Gwyneth Christoffel, Chris Spencer-Lowe, Bretten Hannam, Ann Verrall, and Becka Barker as they bring you drama, documentary, animation, experimentation, poetry, music, and drawings, that expand the borders of cinematic story-telling with a special short film program curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee.

Then, Now, Change: 
Visions of Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane, 
Theatre 1
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax

Curator Shannon Brownlee writes:
This is a land of many traditions. The first are those of the Mi’kmaq, whose ancestral and unceded land we all occupy. More recently, Scots, African Nova Scotians, Irish, French, and many other people have brought their traditions to these shores.

This is also a land of vibrant youth, of exploration and inventiveness, of openness to change. These talented filmmakers remind us that the past is knitted into our bones but that tradition and innovation are not mutually exclusive.

Through the visions of children, collaborative filmmaking, and the re-envisioning of personal and public histories, these films expand our understanding of ourselves and each other, and where we may go from here.

Join us for the screening of the following short film program:

Transfer (Chris Spencer-Lowe, 2014) 17 mins
BUOY (Becka Barker, 2017) 7 mins
E’sekati (Bretten Hannam, 2017) 4:30
Deep End (Bretten Hannam, 2011) 6:30
Assembled (Becka Barker, 2006) 5:30
Torture by Sound (Gwyneth Christoffel, 2016) 4:30
Rain (Ann Verrall, 2000) 19 mins
And When Alone, Repeat (Becka Barker, 2017) 5:30

Filmmaker Bios

Becka Barker won NS Talent Trust scholarships in 1999 and 2000 for Super8 and 16mm film. Her work has screened across North America and throughout several countries across East Asia. She focuses on hand processes and collaboration.

The animated work of Gwyneth Christoffel has been screened in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. She held a film and video NS Talent Trust scholarship from 2013 to 2015.

Bretten Hannam is the writer, director, and producer of the feature film North Mountain (2015) and several shorts, which have been screened throughout North America and in Australia. He won a 2006 NS Talent Trust Scholarship in screenwriting.

Filmmaker and media artist Chris Spencer-Lowe’s films have been screened throughout Europe and North America. He is the winner of a 1996 NS Talent Trust directing scholarship.

Ann Verrall earned a NS Talent Trust directing scholarship in 1996. Her work has been screened in festivals in North America, the UK, and Australia has been broadcast on several television channels.

Curator Bio
Shannon Brownlee teaches in the Cinema and Media Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies programs at Dalhousie University. She researches animated film and film adaptation.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Nicholas Higgs Performs a Free Concert in Downtown Halifax Aug 20

Past recipient baritone Nicholas Higgs returns with accompanist Tara Scott to the Summer Sounds @ Barrington Recital Series hosted by St. Matthews United Church. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

St. Matthew's United Church

1479 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Artist Bio:

Nicholas Higgs is currently the baritone section leader at the Metropolitan United Church, acted as assistant stage manager for The Bells of Baddeck, and graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music in 2018.

He's performed in a number of churches and senior citizens’ homes throughout Pictou County and Halifax/Dartmouth. He's a former member of the Pictou District Honour Choir and the NNEC Concert Choir and Concert Band. He's performed as a soloist with En Chor East and Seton Cantata Choir, sang with the Nova Scotia Provincial Men’s Choir, Nova Voce, and played operatic roles. Higgs has received a number of awards while participating in the New Glasgow, Kiwanis and provincial music festivals. He is a four-time recipient of New Glasgow’s Junior Cup, a recipient of successive Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships and was the 2014 male recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for NNEC. 

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Karen Myatt enhanced the Swiss National Day celebration with a 75th Anniversary Music Pop Up

Scholarship alumna Karen Myatt accompanied by guitarist Georges Hébert performed last Sunday for the Swiss-Canadian community at their annual Swiss National Day celebration. 

We thank Beatrice Stutz owner of Le Caveau Restaurant at Grand Pré Wines and the Swiss Honorary Consul for Nova Scotia Dieter Gautschi for their openness to let us pop up. (smile)

Our Executive Director Jacqueline Steudler was able to introduce the Talent Trust and our scholarship program to the guests that gathered from all corners of Nova Scotia. 

Karen Myatt shared with us: 

“We are very happy to be part of the celebrations around the 75th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.  

It’s an expensive business to develop your skills as a performing artist, with high costs for travel, post-secondary education, and purchasing quality instruments.

For many young artists these costs can be a barrier to making the most of their talent.  

My scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust enabled me to study with Janice Jackson (another Talent Trust recipient) and then go on to attend the prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. 

Georges was not eligible for a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship, having grown up in New Brunswick, but through his own path to excellence he knows all too well how much help a young musician needs.” 

We're looking forward to Karen Myatt's next pop up end of August. Date and location will be announced soon. 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

First You Dream Exhibition Moves to Cape Breton University's Art Gallery Aug 16 – Oct 4, 2019.

In the spirit of celebrating 75 years of Nova Scotia Talent Trust supported artistry, the First You Dream Exhibition moves from the MSVU Gallery to Cape Breton University’s Gallery to ensure that rural communities get a chance to appreciate some of the great works produced by our alumni. 

First You Dream:  
Celebrating 75 years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust: 

CBU's Art Gallery 
1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney

August 16 – October 4, 2019
Opening Reception:  
August 16, 6:00 p.m. 

Regular Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday   
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The touring exhibition showcases art by Talent Trust alumni, Jordan Broadworth, Sandra Brownlee, Lux Habrich, Dan O’Neill, Lucy Pullen, Pamela Ritchie, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Despo Sophocleous, Emily Vey Duke, and Charley Young. The exhibition includes drawing, ceramic, fibre, jewellery, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video pieces which were curated by Ingrid Jenkner (retired), David Diviney and Greg Davies in 2017, after a call to all Talent Trust scholarship recipients in visual arts.

The exhibition first opened at the MSVU Art Gallery on May 18 and ran until July 28. After its showing at the Cape Breton University Art Gallery in Sydney, it will conclude its tour at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia - Western Branch in Yarmouth from November 22, 2019 to May 17, 2020. 

About the Artists  

Charley Young was born in Calgary, Alberta and received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, in 2008 and her MFA from Main College of Art in Portland, Maine, in 2014. She is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and public installation. She has been recognized in Blouin ARTFINO’s top 30 under 30 artists and has received the 2012 Talent Trust Lieutenant Governor’s Award and the 2012 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, among other awards. Charley currently lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and has a studio in North End Halifax where she continues her practice. She works as a Regular Part-Time Faculty at NSCAD University, teaching drawing and printmaking. 

Dan O’Neill was born in Montreal, Quebec. He received a Double Major with Honors in Painting, Drawing and Printmaking from OCAD University, Toronto, in 1993; a BFA in Studio Art from NSCAD University, Halifax, in 1994; and an MFA in Studio and Media Art from NSCAD University in 1999. In 2011, he earned the Recognition Award as an Established artist from the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. He works primarily in lithography, although he continues working on his interdisciplinary practice that includes drawing, painting, writing and collage. He lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he has been teaching at NSCAD University as a Regular Part-Time Faculty for over 20 years.   

Despo Sophocleous was born in Nova Scotia and received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing in 2008. During her undergrad, she also participated in a year-long study exchange at Pforzheim University in Germany. She received her MFA from the Munich Academy of Arts in 2015 where she studied under Otto Künzli. She has received several awards for her work including the Talent Trust Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the DAAD Scholarship for graduate studies and the Herbert Hoffman Award. She is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Emily Vey Duke was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax and her MFA at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Since 1994, she has worked almost exclusively in collaboration with her partner, Cooper Battersby. In addition to several other prestigious awards they have received the pair was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2010. In addition to her work as a media artist, Duke maintains a strong critical writing practice and has been published in several art magazines in North America. Emily currently lives and maintains her practice in New York City where she teaches at Syracuse University. 

Jordan Broadworth was born in Esquessing, Ontario. He studied at the School of the Museum and Fine Arts in Boston and NSCAD University, Halifax, and received his MFA from the University of Guelph, Ontario, in 1997. His work has been exhibited across Canada in Museums and Public Galleries along with a recent solo exhibition in New York City in 2016. He currently lives and works in New York City, where he has been based as an abstract artist since 2008. 

Lucy Pullen was born in Montreal, Quebec. She received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, in 1994. After receiving her MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, in 2001, she held a tenured position in the Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. During her time there she led a collaborative team to build The Cloud Chamber, a freestanding sculpture that also works as a detector and imager of cosmic rays which is currently on display in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. She currently lives and continues her art practice in New York City, where she also teaches at Montclaire State University and Brooklyn College at the University of New York. 

Lux Habrich was born in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Atlantic Canada in 2012 to attend NSCAD University, Halifax. In 2015, she received her BFA from NSCAD in interdisciplinary arts, focusing primarily on textiles and ceramics. She draws on her mixed racial and cultural identity as the foundation of much of her work, and is interested in tactile craft practices. She has received numerous awards including the 2016 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and currently lives in Nova Scotia, where she maintains her practice and, most recently, has completed a residency at White Rabbit Arts in Upper Economy, NS. 

Pamela Ritchie was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia. She received her MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, and completed postgraduate research work in Norway. She has received several awards and support for her work from institutions such as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the Government of NS and in 2017, she was the recipient of the Governor General’s Saidye Bronfman Award. She has served as the Canadian Advisor for several European exhibitions and her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions spanning three decades. She retired in the summer of 2018, after teaching at NSCAD University for 34 years and continues her practice in Halifax, NS. 

Sara Hartland-Rowe has lived and worked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since 2000. She received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, and her MFA from the University of Illinois, Boston. She works as a painter and site-based installation artist, often experimenting with form and structure and representing human beings as the subject of her work. She was a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her large-scale permanent site-based painting for Halifax Transit, which was completed in 2010. She continues her practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she teaches at NSCAD University. 

Sandra Brownlee is a Halifax-based interdisciplinary artist and teacher. She received her BFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan. She has received several awards including the Governor Generals Award in Visual and Media Arts (2014) and was a finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award (2012). She lives and works in Halifax, where she has been an active teacher for 48 years and continues her practice in weaving and tactile notebook keeping. 

About CBU Art Gallery 

The Gallery is a hub for visual arts activity and education on Cape Breton Island. The first and only full-time public art gallery on the island, the CBU Art Gallery, is committed to promoting arts appreciation, visual literacy, and critical scholarship. By providing members of the university and the community with exposure to a wide variety of artistic practices, the CBU Art Gallery works to broaden and enhance the knowledge, understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of contemporary and historical accomplishments in the visual arts.

The art gallery achieves its goals through the collection, preservation, interpretation, research, and exhibition of works of art, as well as through high quality programming and diverse educational opportunities.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Georgia Skinner and Lydia Zimmer perform at the Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal Aug 14-16.

Georgia Skinner performs in Mr. Pinhead and Lydia Zimmer presents Sonderling, during the Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal's (FODAR) fifth season at King's Theatre.

Mr. Pinhead 
with Georgia Skinner
Aug 14 & 16, 8 p.m.

Choreographed and
performed by Lydia Zimmer
Aug 15 & 17, 8 p.m.

King's Theatre
209 St George St, 
Annapolis Royal

Artist Bio's

From Halifax NS, Georgia Skinner trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop at Coastal Dance from age three through high school. She graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in 2014 where she worked with many esteemed artists. Georgia has travelled nationally and internationally for dance training during her years in school, and also attended ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival 2015 in Vienna, Austria for professional development training. She recently worked with Coastal Dance, East Coast Dance Academy, The Woods Hip Hop Company, Mocean Dance, Nostos Collectives Dance Association, as well as in various independent productions.

Lydia Zimmer grew up training at Halifax Dance. She received her BFA from The Boston Conservatory in 2011 and also trained with Canada’s National Ballet School, Springboard Danse Montreal, Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions and The Movement Invention Project. Since returning to Halifax Lydia has presented Bonne Nuit in April 2016, Embankment, a trio performed by Votive Dance in 2017 and Sonderlings, performed by Nostos Collectives Dance in June 2018. Additionally Lydia has completed residencies through the Nes Artist Residency in Fall 2016 in Skagastrond, Iceland, and, in July 2017 at the Derida Dance Centre in Sola, Bulgaria. Lydia currently dances for Mocean Dance, creates and performs for Nostos Dance Collectives and Votive Dance.


For the last five years, Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR), has grown into a nationally recognized multi-dimensional 5 days festival. Under the Artistic Direction of award-winning Canadian choreographer Randy Glynn, FODAR has presented a diverse selection of excellence in contemporary dance from across the country as well as remounted productions of classic works of Canadian modern dance.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Talent Trust Artist Spotlight Radio with Gina Burgess and Marcel d'Entremont Aug 1, 2019.

Tune in for the 4th edition of the Talent Trust Artist Spotlight.

Every first Thursday of the month with your host, past scholarship recipient, current board member, and singer, songwriter Breagh MacKinnon

August 1, 1 p.m. on 97.5 CIOE Community Radio

About the Artists

Violinist Gina Burgess is an accomplished performer, visual artist and teacher. A four-time ECMA award winner with the gypsy-jazz outfit Gypsophilia, she fronts her own klezmer band Der Heisser, is one fifth of the Juno nominated Iqaluit-based Arctic rock band The Jerry Cans and is a regular collaborator in flamenco and Arabic music ensembles.

Tenor Marcel d’Entremont, 2018-19 winner of the prestigious Wirth Vocal Prize, is a native of Nova Scotia where he graduated from Acadia University after studying with Dr. Christianne Rushton. He was the recipient of the Portia White Award, the highest achievement in voice, for the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and accepted on full scholarship to University of Toronto for a Masters of Music degree with Darryl Edwards.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Molly Johnson Performs Two Dance Pop Ups in Cape Breton

photo credit: Marlowe Porter
With two free performances in our ongoing Pop Up Series, Molly Johnson adds her passion for movement to the continued celebrations of the NSTT’s 75th Anniversary.

Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 p.m.

James McConnell 
Memorial Library
50 Falmouth Street, Sydney

Friday, August 2, 
5:00 p.m.
Baddeck Public Library
520 Chebucto Street, Baddeck

“I don't even remember there being a moment where I said: "I'm going to be a dancer" - it was just what I knew I would be and my parents championed that choice, despite money being tight, despite there being no arts programs at my school or training within my community. When I started to dream big and travel beyond the borders of the island, the Talent Trust helped my parents get me there.” 

Thank you to the CB Regional Library especially Chris Thomson and staff in Sydney and Kate Oland and staff in Baddeck for hosting the events.

Molly Johnson Biography

Born and raised in Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Molly Johnson creates body-based performance projects and texts that investigate connection through the universal and familiar on themes of how to be. Molly has had residencies at Toronto Dance Theatre, Lake Studios and Schillerpromenade 37 (Berlin), presented her work at hub14 (Toronto) and Kinetic Studio (Halifax), and curated League of Explorers, a series of travel photo slide nights in residence at hub14. A Dora-Award winning dance artist, Molly has interpreted the work of such brilliant women as Nova Bhattacharya, Susie Burpee, Tina Fushell, Sharon Moore, Sabina Perry, Julia Sasso, and Heidi Strauss. She has spent a decade of summers performing in public spaces with Dusk Dances and was a key collaborator with Marie France Forcier/Forcier Stage Works from 2007 to 2016. Based in Toronto, Molly has also danced for Montréal’s Le Carré des Lombes, performing the work of Danièle Desnoyers across Canada and internationally on an ongoing basis since 2010. A 2013 Finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Molly travels by herself often and is a freelance writer in the space between. 

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