Friday, June 7, 2019

Nick Veltmeyer Draws Musical Connections Across the Ocean

Aureas Voces teams up with Musique Royale to present a tour of freshly arranged traditional Nova Scotian folksong with Nick Veltmeyer’s An Ocean Apart: English and Nova Scotian Song. 

June 12 – 17 
7-8:30 p.m.
Crousetown, Wolfville, Blandford, Glace Bay, 
Lake Charlotte, Mahone Bay

Enjoy Nick’s rigorous exploration and contemporary treatment of Helen Creighton’s collection in his showcase of some of the province’s timeless stories as well as works from celebrated English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695) that speak to the triumph of love over grief.

Aureas Voces director Nick Veltmeyer congregates a group of 15 emerging artists from Halifax, Toronto, Montreal and New York, and this tour features soprano Janelle Lucyk, violinist Jeremy Rhizor and lutenist Jonathan Stuchbery.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Talent Trust Artist Spotlight Radio with Guests Charley Young and Shandi Mitchell June 6, 2019.

Tune in to 97.5 CIOE Community Radio at 1 p.m. to hear past scholarship recipient and current board member Breagh MacKinnon host the Talent Trust Artist Spotlight in our monthly series every second Thursday of each month.

June 6, @ 1 p.m. 

Breagh will interview TT alumni Charley Young, visual artist and teacher, showing at the First You Dream Exhibition at MSVU Art Gallery, as well as Shandi Mitchell, filmmaker and author whose second novel, "The Waiting Hours" is hot off the press. 

Listen to the first episode with former scholarship recipient soprano Jane Archibald and longtime board member, visual artist, and founder of a named special award Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Friday, May 31, 2019

Talent Trust alumna Barbara Hannigan Wins the Leonie Sonning Music Prize 2020

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Recipient Barbara Hannigan continues on her winning streak as a soprano and conductor. 
In 2018, she took home a Juno as well as a Grammy for her album Crazy, Girl Crazy. In 2019, she won a second Juno Award for Vienna: Fin de siècle Classical Album of the Year.
Recently she has been awarded Denmark’s highest honour in classical music, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2020. 
Previous winners include Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, and Miles Davis. 
The award will be presented at a concert on April 23, 2020 at Copenhagen’s DR Concert House as the highlight of a mini-festival featuring the artistry of Barbara Hannigan.
For more information about upcoming concerts please check out her website at:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

75th Anniversary Pop Up Series Continues with Down The Line

As part of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust's 75th Anniversary Pop-Up Event series KiDanCo and Nostos Collectives Dance, present Down the Line, featuring former scholarship recipients Georgia Skinner, Rebecca Wolfe and Lydia Zimmer. 

June 5-7, 2019 at 8:00PM 
Bus Stop Theatre, 
2203 Gottingen St., Halifax. 

Exploring grief and community, the new original work choreographed by Anastasia Wiebe with text by Rebecca Wolfe includes Nostos Collectives Dance members Jessica Lowe, Julie Robert, Georgia Skinner and Lydia Zimmer, and pre-professional KiDanCo members Sophia Farrah, Mackenzie Tomlin and Grace Skinner. 

"Through grief and anxiety we have the ability to get lost in our thoughts and forget that we are connected to a larger community. Down The Line studies that even though we may lose sight of our connections to these communities, they always exist, pulling us back to reality and a safe state of mind. There is a strong female energy in the work, focusing on the intergenerational bonds that hold us together and teach us that there are some lessons we learn over time and some lessons that we will never be prepared for." 

Tickets for Down The Line are available at or cash at the door. 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Talent Trust Alumni Help the Scotia Festival of Music Celebrate its 40th Anniversary.

From May 26 – June 9, Scotia Festival of Music presents two-weeks of chamber music festival boasting over fifty public events, featuring international talent of the highest caliber, including Talent Trust scholarship recipients: Peter Allen, Denise Djokic, Marc Djokic, Ben Duinker, India Yeshe Gailey, and LaLa Lee. 

Ben Duinker from Architek Percussion
Enjoy their milestone year with concerts, recitals, open rehearsals, masterclasses, coaching sessions, as well as educational opportunities through their Young Artist Program which allows young gifted musicians to enroll and study for two weeks with some of the world's best classical musicians.

All performances take place in Halifax. For concert and ticket information visit the Scotia Festival of Music website.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Charley Young in First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust


“In 2012, I was the recipient of the Talent Trust’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award and the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/VANS Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. I continue to be honoured by receiving the scholarship which allowed me to pursue my graduate studies at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. 

During this time, I dedicated myself to my studio practice and completed numerous artist-in-residence programs including The Arctic Circle Program which took me to Svalbard, Norway to create some of the work visible in this exhibition. 

Currently, I am Regular Part-Time Faculty at NSCAD University, where I teach printmaking and drawing. I often work with students to build their professional practice and often refer students to the opportunities available through the Talent Trust. I am truly grateful to the NSTT for their support of artists in the early stages of their career.” 

Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax. 

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.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Emily Vey Duke in First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.


“The Nova Scotia Talent Trust enabled me to pursue an education in art first outside the province, at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and then outside the country, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Without these opportunities, there is no way my work would have travelled the way it has, showing around the world in galleries, at festivals and in museums including the Whitney Museum, Walker Center, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the Musee d’Art Contemporain Montreal, The New York Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, to name a few.” 

Join us for the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at MSVU Art Gallery in Halifax. 

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.