Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Triptych Ensemble Share their Music in the Talent Trust 75th Anniversary Pop Up Series.

Talent Trust alumni, Hilary Brown and Jennifer Farrell, along with Lynette Wahlstrom of the Triptych Ensemble play two concerts in celebration of the Talent Trust’s milestone year. The group and their two performances exemplify what is possible when the artistic talent, potential and skill of emerging artists are nurtured and supported. 

Tuesday, July 23, 
12:15-1:00 p.m. 
St. Matthew's United Church, 
1479 Barrington St, Halifax

Thursday, July 25, 
2:00-2:45 p.m.
Kinross Hall, 
Shannex Residence
122 Baker Drive, Dartmouth 

Both events are free and open to the public. 
As accomplished professional artists and educators, the trio is thrilled to give back to the community that nurtures them. Triptych Ensemble’s repertoire and poetry chosen for the pop-up concerts celebrates the virtues of inclusivity, diversity, excellence, determination, and resilience that always have, and continue to be, championed by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

Through their connections with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, the Halifax All-City Schools Music Programs, the choirs, camps and workshops of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation, the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University, Acadia University, and many other professional ensembles, programs and institutions, they are poised to directly promote the Talent Trust to the next generation of emerging Nova Scotian artists that they interact with on a daily basis.

We thank the Canadian Federation of Musicians in their support of this event. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Making and Mentoring: Artist Talk with Lux Habrich, Dan O'Neil and Pamela Ritchie on July 24..

In conjunction with First You Dream: Celebrating 75 Years of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, MSVU Art Gallery is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of mentorship with artists Lux Habrich, Dan O’Neill and Pamela Ritchie

            Lux Habrich, Borrowed Time (2016), Pamela Ritchie, 25 Red/Yellow (2019),
Dan O'Neill, BlueBoy.01.copy.jpeg (2015).
July 24 at 6:00pm

Seton Academic Centre
166 Bedford Highway

Join MSVU Art Gallery Director Laura Ritchie as she facilitates a conversation about the artists' experiences with mentorship and how it has influenced their respective practices and professional development.

All are welcome and refreshments will be served.


To celebrate the NSTT 75th Anniversary, First You Dream developed out of a call for entries to all scholarship recipients, inviting submissions of recent work. The final exhibition selection resulted in a broad range of media, including drawing, ceramics, fibre, jewellery, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. The generational mix of the artists (indicated by the dates of their Talent Trust scholarships) ranges from 1979 to 2016—a span of 37 years. The exhibition includes work by Jordan Broadworth, Sandra Brownlee, Lux Habrich, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Dan O’Neill, Lucy Pullen, Pamela Ritchie, Despo Sophocleous, Emily Vey Duke, and Charley Young. The exhibition is organized by MSVU Art Gallery in partnership with Cape Breton University Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 

The touring exhibition runs at the MSVU Art Gallery until July 28 before opening at the Cape Breton University on August 16.

American Sign Language interpretation is available for all MSVU public programs – please contact art.gallery@msvu.ca to request.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Congratulations to Rebecca Wolfe in her new position.

Scholarship recipient, Rebecca Wolfe brings an incredible portfolio of professional development and performance credits to her new position as associate producer at Villain’s Theatre

Once hired, Rebecca wasted no time and immediately jumped into both directing and acting in their recent production: Malteasers.

Rebecca’s past performance credits include, principal roles in CBC’s television series Mr. D, Taylor Olson’s Know What I’m Sayin’…? Don’t Forget To Step, and Jonny Thompson’s Guys. She has performed with the Peace Project Alexis Milligan/Transitus, Joan Burrows/Alumnae Theatre, Bard of the Boardwalk, Dalhousie University, Symphony Nova Scotia, Mermaid Theatre of NS, The Stratford Festival-Theatre Performance Intensive, School of The Toronto Dance Theatre, The White Mountain Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, the Leica Hardy School of Dance, and is a member of KiDanCo, the school’s company for young dance artists.

Rebecca won the 2018 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts/Nova Scotia Talent Trust, 2018 Humber College Dean’s Scholarship for Theatre Performance, 2018 Humber College School of Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship, 2017 Theatre Nova Scotia Award/Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Nova Scotia Talent Trust (2015, 2017, 2018), ACTRA Maritimes Certificate of Achievement for Mr. D/CBC, Society of Russian Ballet Advanced Dancer & Associate Teacher, Basic Actor Combatant/Academy of Dramatic Combat.

The Villain’s Theatre is a not-for-profit society based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, that strives to create fresh and dynamic theatrical experiences, telling stories inspired by the dark and poetic language of the past. Sometimes haunting, often unusual, and always engaging, their productions explore the shadow side of the human experience.

Villain’s Theatre create bold adaptations of early-modern plays, produce new work inspired by heightened-language texts, and challenge their audiences to explore contemporary issues through decadent and dusty texts, fuelling new ways of exploring their relationships with each other and the world.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Karen Myatt and Lukas Pearse Showcase at the Halifax Jazz Festival

Talent Trust alumni, vocalist Karen Myatt, and bassist/composer/sound editor/media artist, Lukas Pearse share their love of music in the upcoming Halifax Jazz Festival, performing their respective free concerts as part of the annual series. 

Karen Myatt sings
July 12, 1:15pm
Waterfront TD Main Stage 
Lower Water St. at Salter St. 

Karen Myatt is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC and was named one of Broadway’s Rising Stars in the Broadway Summer Series. Karen made her Symphony NS debut as the featured vocalist in the world premiere of Thorgy & the Thorchestra starring Thorgy Thor of Ru Paul's Drag Race fame. Karen's debut album Enchant√© was recorded at Sonic Temple Studio in Halifax. 

Lukas Pearse hosts 
Upstream Music Association’s
Open Company; Free Improvisation 

July 10 -13 
10pm nightly
Art Bar +Projects –
1873 Granville St (in Granville Square)

Open Company is a curated improvisation session where exceptional musicians meet onstage. Hosted by Upstream’s Lukas Pearse, offering a meeting between local and visiting improvisors, followed by a sit-in session that is anything but Standards. Come on in, the water’s fine... Expect the unexpected.

Lukas Pearse is an award-winning film composer and member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Lukas is an acoustic, electric and digital musician and sound artist with professional experience in a wide array of genres and creative forms.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Talent Trust Artist Spotlight Radio with Guests Marc Djokic and Gharret Paon July 4, 2019.

Tune in for the 3rd edition of the Talent Trust Artist Spotlight.

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

July 4, 1 p.m. 

Hear from TT alumni; the 
virtuosic internationally renowned violinist Marc Djokicwinner of the 2017-2018 Prix Goyer as well as actor/producer, Gharret Paon, recently accepted into both the National Screen Institute and Telefilm programs.

Previous Episodes:

2: Charley Young, and Shandi Mitchell (recording coming soon)

1: Jane Archibald and Charlotte Wilson-Hammond

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jennifer Jones Plays in the Opening Concert of Changing Tides July 7 2019.

Violinist Jennifer Jones joins Shimon Walt; cello, his sister, Lorna MacDonald; soprano, and Peter-Anthony Togni; organ, for Togni’s new debuting composition; Elegy for David for the opening concert of the Changing Tides, Halifax Organ Festival.

Concert in Memory of Organist David MacDonald 

Sunday July 7
4-5:30 p.m.

Cathedral Church of All Saints
1330 Cathedral Ln, Halifax

Jennifer Jones has performed as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, NSYO, Dalhousie Chamber Orchestra, Chebucto Orchestra, and Symphony New Brunswick. Over the past three decades, her work as a chamber musician has frequently been recorded by the CBC. She has performed at the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival in Alabama, the Salisbury Summer Institute in England, the Arcadia Music Festival in Maine, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Fredericton Music Festival, and many years at the Indian River Music Festival in Prince Edward Island.

Throughout her career, she has maintained a busy private studio, and is also a faculty member of Acadia University’s Department of Music. One of her greatest pleasures is coaching members of the NSYO. She has adjudicated exams and festivals and has been on the faculty of various summer institutes throughout the Maritimes. Symphony Nova Scotia is where Jennifer devotes most of her energy as she enjoys collaborating with so many fine musicians, along with her collaborations within the Blue Engine String Quartet and the Rhapsody Quintet.

Changing Tides, Halifax Organ Festival, July 7-11, 2019

Hosted by the Royal Canadian College of Organist, the five-day festival includes a series of concerts, workshops and spirited events examining the changing role of the organist while celebrating the pipe organ traditions.

Photo and biographical information drawn from Symphony Nova Scotia website.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mary Fay Coady and Jim Fowler join Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s Summer Cast.

Talent Trust Alumni Mary Fay Coady and Jim Fowler share their theatrical flare in three site-specific productions for Two Planks and a Passion's 2019 summer season. Playing several shows per week from July to mid-September, you can enjoy, In This Light, Frankenstein By Fire and The Ruins. Details below. 

Mary Fay Coady is an actor and Alexander Technique teacher. She has performed with World Tour/ 2b Theatre, Zuppa Theatre, Eastern Front, Chester Playhouse, and Misery, to name a few.

Mary Fay has been nominated for three Robert Merritt Awards, and won in 2018 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Lead. She was awarded Best Theatre Actress in The Coast’s Best of Halifax poll and recently received a Toronto Theatre Critic Award for Best Featured Performance in a Musical. Mary Fay would like to thank her brilliant mother.

Jim Fowler is a graduate of the Dalhousie Acting Program and has worked as an actor in Halifax for the past 25 years. He has taken part in productions with Neptune Theatre, Shakespeare By The Sea, Two Planks And A Passion, Opera Nova Scotia, and Irondale Ensemble Project to name a few. In his work with Irondale, Jim has collaborated with community organizations, educators, and students of all ages across the province, using theatre to delve into difficult social issues and to inspire positive change. He has also been an instructor for Neptune Theatre School, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival, and Atlantic Film Festival. 

About the Plays:

In This Light by Catherine Banks

Adapted from Enemy of the People by Ibsen
Dr. Thomasina Burke is a well-respected medical doctor in a rural village in the Annapolis Valley in 1931. Just as her home is poised to reap the benefits of an important new business- a health spa that will bring people from far and wide- Dr. Burke makes a discovery that will challenge her whole community to choose sides in a battle over the very nature of truth, and the power of one person to be heard.

Frankenstein by Fire

Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley
Haunted by his own loss, Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with harnessing the power to give life. Once he discovers how to create a being, he unleashes an unimaginable power he can no longer control as a creator - a Creature who, although not human, desires to be loved. Torn between protecting his family and unable to shake the responsibility for what he has discovered, Victor’s destiny is intertwined with one of the most compelling characters in all literature- a monster who truly appreciates what it is to be human.

The Ruins- By Gillian Clark

Adapted from the Trojan Women by Euripides.
It’s the night of the annual Spring Fire Hall Dance in New Troy Nova Scotia. The parents are dancing in the hall, and the kids are playing in the field, just like every other year. But this year, something is different. Cassandra has seen the future of her little town, and no one will believe her. 

By Fire you ask? Check out this video to find out.