Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of our Baskets of Art!

l-r: Barbara Cochrane, Christopher Henkelmann, Joanne Beauchamps

Congratulations to Barbara Cochrane, Christopher Henkelmann, and Joanne Beauchamps!

Thank you to all of you that bought a raffle ticket. We were able to raise over $3,000 for our scholarship program.

Thank you again to our generous friends from the arts community that contributed original art works, complimentary tickets to film, theatre, and concerts, books, CDs, DVDs, and sweet treats. 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Shauntay Grant's play The Bridge at Neptune Theatre January 22 - February 10, 2019

Writer and storyteller Shauntay Grant.
Writer and storyteller Shauntay Grant.
Shauntay Grant’s play The Bridge will be onstage at Neptune Theatre’s Fountain Hall January 22 - February 10, 2019.

Shauntay received a Talent Trust scholarship to support her studies in music. She is a writer and storyteller who teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.
As Halifax's third poet laureate, she organized Canada's first national gathering of Canadian poets laureate. 

Shauntay has presented her work at events including Canada’s national Word on the Street festivals, the Vancouver Writers Festival, Toronto's Luminato Festival, Australia's National Young Writers’ Festival, and the Jamaica Poetry Festival. 

Her plays have been presented by 2b theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, and Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, and b current in Toronto.

Directed by Anthony Black, The Bridge is a 2b theatre company and Neptune Theatre co-production in association with Obsidian Theatre.

Set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community, The Bridge explores the complexities of a relationship between two brothers strained over 20 years of secrecy, sin and shame. 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.

To purchase tickets, visit Neptune Theatre online.

To learn more about Shauntay Grant, visit her website at

The Bridge by Shauntay Grant at Neptune Theatre.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Announcing the Nova Scotia Talent Trust 2019 Scholarship Application Deadlines

NSTT scholarship deadlines March 1 and May 1 5pm Atlantic time.

We’re pleased to announce that we are ready to receive new scholarship applications for 2019.  

The deadlines are fast approaching!

The scholarship application process will again happen online, thanks to the generous support by Code & Mortar, a Halifax-based web design and development firm, and the Support4Culture program.

We advise applicants to read the submission guidelines carefully and to submit their applications early since there are a number of changes to the submission procedures this year.


Spring/Summer study: 
5:00 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
March 1, 2019

Fall/Winter study: 
5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Saving Time (ADT)
May 1, 2019

For more information, go to or call the Talent Trust at (902) 492-6801.

Please help us spread the word: If you know a Nova Scotian student that is studying in the arts, let them know about this opportunity and our March 1 and May 1 deadlines.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Jennifer King performs at the Open Waters Festival on January 6, 2019

Pianist Jennifer King will perform at the Open Waters Festival on January 6, 2019.

Jennifer King, piano, and Gillian Smith, violin, will perform at the Open Waters Festival on January 6, 2019.

A skilled performer, respected adjudicator, coach, and clinician, Jennifer holds a Masters of Music degree in solo piano performance from McGill University, postgraduate diplomas from the University of Reading in the UK as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. 

In addition to her Talent Trust music scholarships, Jennifer received an Award of Appreciation from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia for her contributions to musical life in the province. 

She’s a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association (NSRMTA) and a private piano instructor and faculty member of the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Halifax.

Jennifer launched her album O Mistress Moon in January 2018.

Hosted by Upstream Music Association, the duo will perform works for solo violin and solo piano as well as violin and piano duos by contemporary Canadian composers, including Derek Charke, Talent Trust music scholarship recipient Emily Doolittle, and Kati Agocs.

Concert details:
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.
MacAloney Room, Dal Arts Centre
Dalhousie University, Halifax


Friday, December 21, 2018

Former NSTT scholarship recipient Ifan Williams in concert January 19, 2019

Cellist Ifan Williams.
Cellist and NSTT music scholarship
recipient Ifan Williams.
Cellist Ifan Williams and violinist Bonnie Romkey will perform DUOS Violin and Violoncello on January 19, 2019 at the Pond Playhouse in Halifax. 

DUOS is a one-night only concert presented by Theatre Arts Guild.

Ifan Williams is a former Talent Trust music scholarship recipient. 

He has performed with the New Philharmonia of London, London Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, and the Classical Quartet of Montreal. 

He’s been Artist In Residence at the University of New Brunswick, Professor of Cello at Mount Allison University, and is the current Chair of Musique Royale and Opera Nova Scotia.

DUOS is a semi-formal affair to ring in the new year. As Theatre Arts Guild says, who doesn’t love to dress up!

There are only 90 seats available, so don’t wait to buy your tickets, which make a lovely stocking stuffer for classical music fans.

For more information, visit the Theatre Arts Guild website.

Concert Program:
Passacaglia — Handel-Halvorsen
K.424 in B flat Major — W.A. Mozart
Etude (from Gliere Collection) — Reinhold Gliere 
Sonata Op. 7 — Zoltan Kodaly

DUOS Violin and Violoncello 
Saturday January 19, 2019 - 8:00 p.m.
The Pond Playhouse
6 Parkill Road Halifax

General Seating - 90 seat capacity
Cash bar and light refreshments

Ticket prices: 
$15 for members 
$25 for non-members (which includes a membership to Theatre Arts Guild. Forms available at the door)

To buy tickets:
Ticket Atlantic outlets

Atlantic Superstores

TicketAtlantic online 
Or call (902) 451-1221

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Mimisu Lee and Lala Lee in performance January 6, 2019 - presented by Cecilia Concerts

Mimisu Lee and Lala Lee are in concert on January 6, 2019 at the Lilian Piercey Concert Hall in Halifax. 

Tickets are now on sale for the performance, which begins at 2:00 p.m. The event is presented by Cecilia Concerts.

Mimisu received a music scholarship from the Talent Trust to study French horn, and recently received the Raymond Simpson Award at NSTT’s 2018 Special Awards ceremony on December 11.

She also won the 2017/18 Chebucto Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Mimisu has performed with Scotia Festival Orchestra, Dalhousie University Chamber Orchestra, Dalhousie University Symphony, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and the San Diego International Youth Orchestra.

Lala received a music scholarship from the Talent Trust to study piano. She’s a two-time winner of the Titje Zonneveld Award, which recognizes excellence in piano.

In 2017 she was named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. She debuted with Symphony Nova Scotia that same year. 

Lala has also performed with the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra and Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.

Mimisu and Lala have been playing in front of audiences since the age of ten. The sisters both study at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto.

Their January 6 concert features works works from the classical-romantic repertoire including by Beethoven, Schumann and Strauss.

For tickets and more information, visit the Cecilia Concerts website.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Port Cities wraps up 2018 with a show at Casino Nova Scotia December 28

Port Cities.
 Port Cities: Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone

Breagh MacKinnon and her Port Cities bandmates Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone return to Halifax to perform at Casino Nova Scotia on December 28.  

Breagh is a Talent Trust scholarship recipient who received the Talent Trust Chico Berardi Special Award for Excellence in 2013. 

She was a nominee for the Nova Scotia Music Best New Artist award as well as an East Coast Music Association (ECMA) Rising Star award that same year.

We’re very pleased to have Breagh on the Talent Trust Board of Directors.

In 2016 Port Cities won Artist in Residence at Casino Nova Scotia. The following year they released their multi-award winning debut record, “Port Cities”.

They received five Nova Scotia Music Awards, a SOCAN #1 Award (for their song “Back to the Bottom”), and hit #1 on CBC and Spotify music charts. The band is also multiple ECMA award nominees.

They recently performed in two sold out shows with Symphony Nova Scotia and released their latest single “Montreal”.

A new Port Cities album is due out in 2019.

Show details
December 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Casino Nova Scotia

Tickets: $40 from the Casino Nova Scotia website.