Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Masterworks Arts Awards Nomination 2014 includes Emily Doolittle and Alasdair MacLean

‘I am in need of music,’ the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy recording

Creators: Suzie LeBlanc (soprano); Emily Doolittle, Christos Hatzis, Alasdair MacLean, and John Plant (composers)

Nominator: Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia

‘I am in need of music,’ the Elizabeth Bishop Centenary legacy recording, the brainchild of the Nova Scotian soprano Suzie LeBlanc, is a musical program which commemorates the connection between Great Village, Nova Scotia, and the distinguished American poet Elizabeth Bishop. Ms. LeBlanc commissioned four of Canada’s top composers to set Bishop’s poems for her to sing with The Elizabeth Bishop Players (Dinuk Wijeratne, Conductor) and Blue Engine String Quartet. The program of original compositions was first performed on the occasion of the Bishop centenary celebrations in 2011.

Jury Comments: Suzie LeBlanc’s passion and commitment are obvious, noted the jury. The music is moving, rich and full of small surprises. It has been performed in several venues, affirming its excellence and spreading impact. The eleven compositions may be thought of as a compendium, rather than as a single work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 NSTT Scholarship Recipients

Thank you to all our supporters: 
The many individual donors and the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, The Craig Foundation, RBC Foundation, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, immediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council,, DocaittaDesign, NSTT Foundation, Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, Alderney Landing Theatre, Support4Culture, Halifax Municipality, and Arts Nova Scotia.  The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

The 2014 NSTT Scholarship and 
Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients

  • Shona Duggan, Stellarton
  • Jaeda Alders-Pearl, Coldbrook
  • Dominique D’Arnall, Mineville
  • Andris Kundzins, Hubley
  • Gabrielle Murray,New Glasgow
  • Hilary Knee, Halifax
- Modern/Choreography
  • Aliah Schwartz, Canning
- Modern/Contemporary
  • Brian William Ross, Halifax
  • Chloe Hart, Halifax
- Flamenco
  • Francesca Nardi, Halifax
- Keyboard - Piano
  • Willem Blois, Halifax
  • LaLa Lee, Halifax
  • Kathryn Wagner, Lunenburg
  • Lucas Porter, Port Williams
  • Julia Morrison, Halifax
  • Emily MacDonald, Bedford
  • Ria Kim, Halifax
  • Pierre Riley, Antigonish
- Strings - Double Bass
  • Peter Bull, Halifax
- Strings - Violin
  • Heemin Choi, Hammonds Plains
- Voice - Opera
  • Marcel d’Entremont, Merigomish
  • Brittany Cann, Halifax
  • Rita Wood, Dartmouth
  • Benjamin Shaw, Halifax
  • Patrick Simms, Cole Harbour
  • Jodie Alcorn, New Glasgow
- Voice - Contemporary
  • Andrew Machum, Halifax
- Brass - Euphonium
  • Claire Amiro, Dartmouth
- Woodwinds - Flute
  • Claire Ahern, Dartmouth
  • Emery Van de Wiel, Antigonish
  • Lucas Oickle, Lower Branch
-Jazz Composition/Bass
  • John Janigan-Mills, Mahone Bay
  • Rachel Hastings, Hammonds Plains
  • Katerina Bakolias, Halifax
- Music Theatre
  • Robyn Harrison, Truro
  • Tia Andriani, Dartmouth
  • Katherine Norris, Dartmouth
Film/Media Arts 
- Animation
  • Gwyneth Christoffel, Halifax
  • Sam deCoste, Halifax
Visual/Fine Arts 
- Interdisciplinary
  • Matthis Grunsky, Halifax
- Ceramics
  • Susan McKinnon, Halifax
Literary Arts
- Prose
  • Pearl Chan, Halifax
  • Elisabeth (Lis) van Berkel, Canning
- Fiction/Poetry
  • David Flemming, Dartmouth
- Poetry
  • Andrew Patterson, Halifax
  • Clay Everest, Halifax
Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients

  • Julia Millett, Lunenburg
  • Andrew Son, Halifax
  • Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Dartmouth
Visual Arts: 
  • Cameron Roberts, Halifax
  • Erin Atkinson, Amherst

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sara Coffin, Rhonda Baker, and Lisa Phinney Langley, dancers (former NSTT scholarship recipients) at Improvathon

A Benefit for suddenlyLISTEN and Feed Nova Scotia
Saturday, September 20th
Sara Coffin -
Photo: Joshua Sugiyama 
12 PM – 12 AM
1313 Hollis in Halifax

$10 / $5 with non-perishable food item for Feed Nova Scotia. Tickets available at the door, and allow all-day access.

Celebrate Nova Scotia’s vibrant improvising community at the Improvathon! 

Featuring 12 hours of performances by Nova Scotian musicians and dancers.

Mocean takes the stage from 
7:00 to 7:45 PM featuring dancers Susanne Chui, Sara Coffin, Rhonda Baker, Gillian Seaward-Boone, Kathleen Doherty, Lisa Phinney Langley, Tammy McLeod, and Elise Vanderborght.

Also on the Roster: 
Members of the Creative Music Workshop, Andrews MacKelvie and Jackson, 

Students from Dalhousie Music’s jazz, and creative music programs, 

Ryan Veltmeyer from Mother of Girl, 

Lukas Pearse from the Crofts Adams Pearse Trio, 

Members of the suddenlyLISTEN Improvisation Workshop, 

Scott MacMillan and many more!

For more information and a schedule of events, go to: suddenlyLISTEN, or call  902.221.0428.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Don Pentz and Wayne Bucher at Yarmouth County Museum & Archives

Don Pentz, visual artist and former NSTT scholarship recipient and Wayne Boucher, visual artist and former NSTT Scholarship Selection Committee member are showing their work at the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives from 
September 20 - November 18, 2014

If you are in the Yarmouth area you have the chance to meet the artists on 
September 20 at 2 p.m.

More about the artists you can find at:
Don Pentz:
Wayne Boucher:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Disappeared by filmmaker Shandi Mitchell - Tonight at the Atlantic Film Festival

The Atlantic Film Festival’s Outdoor Film Experience: 

The Disappeared,
Shandi Mitchell
writen and directed by Shandi Mitchell

7:45 PM Tuesday, September 16 

at the Ferry Terminal Park by the Alderney Ferry Terminal in downtown Dartmouth. 

Admission is free and the film is rated 14A for coarse language.

On Tuesday, October 7, The Disappeared on DVD and Bluray on Amazon will be released in select stores across Canada. The Disappeared on DVD and Bluray includes video extras such as director's commentary, French subtitles and English closed captioning and behind the scenes documentaries. To get your copy of The Disappeared ask at your local video store or purchase it directly from the films team at

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ariella Pahlke's short films at the Atlantic Film Festival

Ariella Pahlke (photo:
Ariella Pahlke's films What you did before you were born and Strategies of Hope will be shown at the Atlantic Film Festival as a part of the Atlantic Shorts 4 on Sunday, September 14 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. at Park Lane Cinemas in Halifax.

From the Atlantic Film Festival's website:
Strategies of Hope is a 26-minute documentary featuring patients, staff, and family at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre's Acquired Brain Injury Program. Participants collaborated with a filmmaker and worked with a variety of art forms to explore the impact of a stroke or brain injury and to share strategies for recovery.

What you did before you were born: A video letter to her son about his prenatal existence, What you did before you were born? links family history--in Serbia and Acadia--to Ariella’s Pahlke’s seaside house near Halifax to complete the journey to birth of her son. Leavened by humour, humility and a sense of community, this is a motion picture diary that translates life into pure delight.

 You can find more about Ariella at

Monday, September 8, 2014

Gwyneth Christoffel's short film at the Atlantic Film Festival

Gwyneth Christoffel's short film
Gwyneth at work.
'The Last Leaf' will be shown at the Atlantic Film Festival 

Friday, September 12 
at 4:30 p.m.
as a part of the Atlantic Shorts 1 and on 
Monday, September 15 
at 12:30 p.m. 
both at Park Lane Cinemas.

You can find the full schedule here:

Gwyneth Christoffel is the winner of the 2013 Shelagh Mackenzie Award and 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award.
More of Gwyneth work can be found on her website:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Susan Stackhouse at the Neptune Theatre

Former Scholarship Recipient Susan Stackhouse,
actress (longtime NSTT board member until 2013) will perform in Under Milk Wood with Jeremy Webb

at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax from September 18 - 28

Webb and Stackhouse will play 40+ characters in this delightful, character-based whimsy from Dylan Thomas. 

More information can be found at: