Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Shauntay Grant: The Bridge


Congratulations to Shauntay Grant for the recent launch of The Bridge, a stunning piece of work!


(From Shauntay Grants website)


The Bridge is now published and available wherever books are sold in print and ebook formats.


The Bridge—which premiered in January 2019 at Neptune Theatre in a co-production with 2b theatre company in association with Obsidian Theatre Company—won the 2020 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian.


Called “innovative and riveting…a brilliant dramatic text” by acclaimed playwright Judith Thompson, the play is set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community as it explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour. Secrets are revealed one by one from the brothers themselves, as well as a trio of community gossips who provide the musical backdrop for this gospel-infused tale. A story of a family torn apart by betrayal, The Bridge invites us to consider the roads we choose in life, and to wonder whether we can ever cross back over the bridges we burn along the way.


The Bridge already feels like it should be a classic of the Canadian theatre canon…” Amanda “Equity” Campbell writes on TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog. “The intricate way this story is woven is unique and artful, and its layers create a resonant and powerfully emotional experience.”


For questions about the book or review copy requests, please contact Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, at jessica@playwrightscanada.com


For more updates on publications, author readings, and current projects visit shauntaygrant.com.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cheers to 77 years! Happy Birthday Talent Trust

Sunday, May 2nd was the Talent Trust's 77th birthday!!!

Thank you for celebrating with us a legacy that keeps giving. 

Internationally recognized in her day and now revered as part of Canadian heritage, Portia White’s legacy is infused with many meanings. For the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, which celebrates 77 years of supporting aspiring artists of all disciplines on May 2, Portia White represents its catalyst. 

In 1944, members of the Halifax Ladies Club, along with voice teacher Dr. Ernesto Vinci, successfully advocated the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia for unparalleled financial support towards her studies in New York. Portia White ascended to become one of the best singers of the 20th century. The Talent Trust, with the help of the Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, supports her legacy through the Portia White Award for a Nova Scotia voice student.

The province recognized the difference their support made in Portia White’s career and founded the Nova Scotia Talent Trust on May 2, 1944, to help other deserving and talented Nova Scotians succeed. 

We celebrate our 77th anniversary after supporting over 1,000 Nova Scotian artists during their study years in theatre, music, film, literary arts, circus arts, dance and visual arts.

The scholarship recipients’ dedication to their craft and talent has been amplified during these challenging times. We are proud of their tenacity to continue their studies in a safe environment and excel in their achievements. 

Thank you for believing in the creativity of our Nova Scotian artists for the last 77 years.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Minuet Charron: Accomplishments during a pandemic!


On Sunday, May 2, from 7 - 9 p.m., join Talent Trust recipient Minuet Charron, and others, in a live streamed performance that features choreography performed by members of the House of Eights Training program. Click here for more info.


From Minuet:


'Throughout this year in the training program, we’ve worked on expanding our knowledge and expertise in different commercial styles from contemporary and heels, to popping and waacking. In the past few months we worked on learning choreography for our pieces and then filmed them all. I’m so excited for people to see what myself and the rest of the training program members have been working towards and what we’ve been able to accomplish during a pandemic!'.


About Minuet:


Minuet Charron is a dancer and choreographer currently training at House of Eights, Halifax Dance, and The Conservatory School of Dance. She studies an array of styles from hip hop to ballet.


This past fall, Minuet studied in Bo Park’s online program for choreographers, performers, and leaders in the dance industry.


Her most recent performances include Votive Dance’s “Synced Systems” as part of their Youth Project. She also made an appearance with BreakSpace in collaboration with Unity Charity in their virtual showcase “The Bounce Back”. 


In addition to her two Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships, Minuet received the Sally Brayley Bliss Award for the past two years at the Taking Steps to Fly showcase.


You can keep up to date with Minuet on Instagram @minuetcharron.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Breagh Isabel: GOLD news for Good News

 


A HUGE congratulations to former Talent Trust scholarship recipient and current Talent Trust Board member Breagh Isabel on her first GOLD Record for Good News, recorded with Classified and O'Sound!!

Breagh is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and up-and-coming producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has written for Canadian artists including Donovan Woods, Classified, Jocelyn Alice, and Ria Mae.

Breagh was the winner of the Talent Trust's 2013 Chico Berardi Award.

You can visit Breagh's website for more info.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Talent Trust recipients performing with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

 


Congratulations to the current, and past, Talent Trust recipients who are members of this years Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra (NSYO): Abby Hanson (first violin), Indi Tisoy (first violin), Ella Hanson (viola),Priscilla Lee (cello), Sean Sneddon (bass).

The NSYO will be performing The Gaelic Symphony, online, on April 24 at 7pm. Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Adam Vincent Clarke: Prélude


Photo credit: Julia Ballardt


We are excited to share new work from former Talent Trust recipient, composer Adam Vincent Clarke.

You can view the video for Prélude here.

About Prélude:

Prélude for Violin and Piano was composed for Belgian violinist Nicolas Dupont, and Russian pianist Olga Kirpicheva in Autumn 2020. This performance was recorded in the Concert Hall of the Koninklijjk Conservatorium Brussel in February, 2021.

About Adam Vincent Clarke:

Adam Vincent Clarke (b.1992) is an Antwerp-based sound-artist and composer of contemporary music. From Canada to Germany to Belgium, he is a vagabond of Canada’s east coast.

Adam is a former recipient of two NSTT scholarships and the Kenneth Elloway Award. Thanks to the NSTT Adam was able to attend the Iserlohn International Guitar Festival in 2015 which gave him his compositional start in Europe. 

Adam draws inspiration through storytelling and folk tradition, often composing with a tone of gewaltsame Schönheit (violent beauty). Adam is currently composer-in-residence with Ensemble Silakbo and co-founder of the dance-theatre company Âmok/Âmok. ‘Y Tú’ (2018) & ‘I don’t (we) know‘ are ballet pieces created in tandem with choreographer Daniel Domenech for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Adam completed his Masters at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen with Wim Henderickx. 

For more about Adam you can visit his Facebook page or his website

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Art Exhibition: Ground Rules: Before and After


Running March 1, 2021 through to April 24, 2021 the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design group show: Ground Rules: Before and After, will feature former Talent Trust recipient Letitia Fraser and other well known artists.

Letitia Fraser was the 2018 winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award.

From the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design website:

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, in collaboration with Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the opening of Ground Rules: The Before and After, an exciting collaborative exhibition based on an experiential learning residency program in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The four-day residency program took place in spring 2019, in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fourteen Nova Scotia artists with diverse backgrounds explored new ideas inspired by the natural landscapes of the Highlands, while interacting with scientists, park interpreters and creative leaders.

The Ground Rules residency provided participating artists with the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of working in their medium, connect to their individual heritage and discover how scientific processes shape the natural world.

Other participating artists are:

- Marla Brenton

- Abigail Hann

- Rebecca Hannon

- Wes Johnston

- Laura Kenney

-  Jeighk Koyote

- Frankie MacAulay

- Meghan MacDonald

- Alice MacLean

- Juliana Scherzer

- Alison Uhma

- Kate Ward

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