Thursday, December 5, 2019

Conversation with George Elliott Clarke on Portia White: A Portrait in Words

Past scholarship recipient George Elliott Clarke honours his great aunt, Portia White's life and legacy with his art. Join him in conversation about his new book: 

Portia White: A Portrait in Words

Tuesday, December 10
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Free and open to the public. 

Mr. Clarke will read from this new book, illuminate his writing process and tell more of his family’s story. Books will be for sale prior to the event with reception and signing to follow. Presented with the support of Nimbus Publishing.

About George Elliott Clarke 

"The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry. Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia, in 1960, Clarke was educated at the University of Waterloo, Dalhousie University, and Queen’s University. Clarke is also a pioneering scholar of African-Canadian literature. A professor of English at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard. He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada at the rank of Officer. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato. Finally, though Clarke is racialized “Black” and was socialized as an Africadian, he is a card-carrying member of the Eastland Woodland Métis Nation Nova Scotia, registered under Section 35 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He is, at last, a proud Afro-Métis Africadian." Biographical information from Sage Hill Writing 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Talent Trust Artist Spotlight Radio with Ada Denil and Rebecca Wolfe

Tune in for the 8th 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.

December 5 at 1 p.m. 

Gain insights into the world of theatre and visual art with two young and promising artists.

About Ada Denil

Ada Denil is a 2019 scholarship recipient for visual arts and drawing. Ada works in a wide variety of mediums in her practice of sculpture and printmaking, which both inherently include drawing. In addition to being a recent guest artist and facilitator at the Lunenburg Documentary Film Festival, Ada has shown her work at the Corridor Gallery, Argyle Fine Art and the Company House, along with participating in several student showcases at NSCAD University.

About Rebecca Wolfe

Rebecca Wolfe is an actor, dancer and theatre director whose past performances 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 Dalhousie University, Symphony Nova Scotia, The Stratford Festival-Theatre Performance Intensive and the Toronto Dance Theatre. Rebecca graduated with a degree in Theatre Performance from Humber College and has recently been named associate producer at Villains Theatre. Wolfe received the Talent Trust's Lieutenant Governor Award in 2018 and the Talent Trust's 2017 Theatre NS Award. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Invitation to the Special Awards Ceremony on December 11 at Halifax Central Library

l-r: Curtis Botham, Julia Rivard, Claire Campbell
In 2018, visual artist Curtis Botham and Claire Campbell won the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards.

Who will it be this year?

Join us to find out!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 2 p.m.
at the Halifax Central Library

In a Special Awards Ceremony attended by The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Honorary Chair of the NSTT.

We are proud to present two new awards that honour the legacies of Susan Wood, visual artist, teacher and mentor, and Peggy Corkum, avid arts patron and supporter. Community efforts to raise money in their name reinforce our shared cultural impact.

The fifteen Special Award winners were chosen from a field of 59 scholarship recipients from across the province representing the artistic disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, film, dance, circus arts, and theatre.

The Special Awards Ceremony will be held at the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to partner again with the Halifax Central Library to host the ceremony in a space that is open to the public and to celebrate the achievements of our scholarship and award recipients with all Nova Scotians. It will be a wonderful culmination of our 75th anniversary year”, says Jacqueline Steudler, NSTT Executive Director.

For the last 75 years, we've continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Devin Huang Performs Piano Recital Through The Cecilia Concert Series - Free Event

Presented in partnership with the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association, and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Devin Huang promises a perfect musical afternoon hosted by the Cecilia Concert Series.

photo and bio from Cecilia Concerts

Sunday Dec 8, 2 p.m.

Lillian Piercey Concert Hall
Maritime Conservatory 
6199 Chebucto Rd, Halifax

Free and open to the public. Register in advance. 

Devin will perform works by Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Robert Schumann.

About Devin Huang:

Twelve-year-old Devin Huang began studying piano at the age of seven. He’s since gone on to win a bevy of top awards and prizes, at both the provincial and national levels, for his skill and the beauty of his performances. In fact, he’s well on his way to becoming a consummate Canadian performer on international concert stages.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Katherina Bakolias and Julia Topple in Neptune's Peter Pan

Sister organization Neptune Theatre casts NSTT alumni Katerina Bakolias and Julia Topple in their comedic and musical adaptation of the classic Peter Pan

Nov, 27, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

7:30 p.m. weekend 
2 p.m. matinees 

Neptune Theatre
Fountain Hall
1593 Argyle St, Halifax

About Peter Pan:

When Wendy, Michael and John find themselves whisked away to Never-you-mind-land by a mysterious flying boy, they have no idea what awaits them: peculiar pirates, a posse of Underdog Kids, a giant ticking crocodile and a very wicked, show-tune loving Captain Hook. This play is full of pop songs, hilarious jokes and encourages you to play along.

Like Cinderella, Peter Pan continues Neptune’s new tradition of bringing classic stories to life in a family musical format for the holiday season.

Artist Bios:

Katerina Bakolias who plays, the lost boy Eric, is a Halifax based actor, playwright, and screenwriter who graduated from The Fountain School of Performing Arts in 2015. She's been highly involved in various roles in theatre and writing. She was one of five selected participants in FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's Script Development Program, nominated for a Merritt Award, and won Best Performer in the Halifax Fringe Festival.

Julia Topple is an actress, known for work in Haven, Trailer Park Boys and Everyone's Famous. Read about her stage work this year in Pleasureville, on TWISI.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Alex Yang Featured Soloist with Chebucto Symphony Concert

Scholarship recipient Alex Yang, is celebrated for winning the Chebucto Symphony's 2019/2020 Concerto Competition with a solo performance with the orchestra. 

Photo from Chebucto Symphony 

Thur, Nov 21, 7:30 p.m.

Faith Tabernacle Church,
6225 Summit Street 


Alex Yang Bio:

11-year-old Alex Yang is a grade six student at Halifax Grammar School, and has been a student of Professor Lynn Stodola since 2015. In the 2019 Halifax Kiwanis Music Festival, Alex won First Place in each of his six senior level piano classes, and was invited to perform at the Festival’s Gala, where he received the Gordon Murray Rising Star Award for the second consecutive year. As a result of his outstanding performance in the Festival, he was awarded the Halifax Ladies’ Music Club Junior Award at their annual post-festival recital.

In June, 2019, he won First Place in both piano and violin in the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) National Final in Calgary, Alberta, and he was awarded the Grand Prize for an exceptional mark of 97 in piano.

Alex has been an RCM Gold Medalist (Atlantic Region) in both Piano and Violin, and winner of numerous Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association (NSRMTA) trophies and Scholarship Competitions in piano and violin. As one of the youngest Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship recipients in 2017, 2018 and 2019, he was invited to perform in recital at Government House on their Music on Tuesday Series.

Alex loves music composition as well and he won First Prize in the 2019 NSRMTA Composition Competition.

Alex enjoys musicals, such as “West Side Story” and “The Lion King”, etc. In addition to music, He likes playing tennis and computer coding.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

James MacLean and Laura Vingoe-Cram Pop Up with Theatre

Alumni James MacLean and Laura Vingoe-Cram with Katharine Kyle Vingoe-Cram add original theatre to our 75th Anniversary Pop Up series. 


November 23 & 24
1- 2 p.m.

Lake City Cider
35 Portland St, Dartmouth  

About Headless Barbie Dance Party: 

An immersive show about notions of childhood, nostalgia and rediscovering "play" as adults, Headless Barbie Dance Party takes audiences (or cider goers) on an interactive, delightful journey, with more than a few tears, back into the kaleidoscopic prisms of their youths.

“Katharine Kyle and James have been friends for 25 years. When we were kids, we used to get together and play games - obstacle courses, monopoly, being the Spice Girls - often tagged along by Katharine’s younger sister, Laura. Sometimes, Katharine Kyle and James would even torment Laura by transforming her room into a haunted house and hanging her Barbies up by their hair.

After a while Laura became part of the gang and soon our triumvirate was creating worlds out of plasticine, inventing characters with unstoppable powers and rescuing balls from evil Dobermans. The world was our oyster and creativity was constant.

Now all three have grown up and we are artists in our own right. James is an actor, Laura is a theatre director, and Katharine Kyle is a visual artist. We now get to be creative for a living, which, while awesome in and of itself, can be a struggle when it comes to tapping into that sense of childlike play that came so easily when we were kids. This pop-up performance is about trying to get back to that sense of ‘play.’

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust is highlighted through our real stories. After all the Talent Trust allowed us to pursue our childhood dreams of becoming artists. This piece is about what lead all three of us to pursue careers in the arts.”

Artist Bios:

James MacLean 

James is a Halifax based actor and theatre creator. He is particularly interested in devised and immersive work. His recent show with Tea Time Creation Co saw a sold out run at Good Robot Brewing with the show Romeo & Juliet; A Drink Along, and in September the company received the ‘Fringiest Fringe Award’ from the Halifax Fringe Festival for their show ‘First Date Last Date’. He has worked as an actor with companies like Halifax Theatre For Young People, Shakespeare By The Sea, Eastern Front and Neptune Theatre. In 2008, James received the Theatre Nova Scotia Award through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

It is James’ preference to work collaboratively on shows, where the entire team can contribute to aspects of design, direction, and the overall shape of a piece.

Laura Vingoe-Cram

Laura Vingoe-Cram is a director, playwright, producer and co-artistic director of Keep Good (Theatre) Company. In 2015 she graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a masters in Directing. In 2019, she participated in the Michael Langham Workshop for classical direction at the Stratford Festival. Last year she completed an emerging artist residency with 2b theatre company. Her credits include, Interactions with Art¨ (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Time of Trouble (Opera Nova Scotia), Constellations (Keep Good Theatre Company) and Oh Graveyard you Can’t Hold Me Always (The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In 2015, Laura received the Theatre Nova Scotia Award through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

Katherine Kyle Vingoe-Cram

Katharine Kyle Vingoe-Cram is a visual artist, comic artist and arts administrator, who is working on their first graphic novel, Kettle Harbour. Previously, they have exhibited paintings, drawings and collaborative works at various art galleries, particularly in Kingston, Ontario, where they lived for five years. They hold a BFA (2010) from NSCAD and an MA (2014) in Art History from Queen’s University. Their artistic interests include devising new forms of visual writing, themes of enchantment and grieving, queer kinship, gender identity, and the ethics of storytelling. HEADLESS BARBIE DANCE PARTY is their first time being in a play.

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