Thursday, July 30, 2015

Claire Ahern at National Music Festival in Edmonton

Claire Ahern
Claire Ahern, NSTT's 2014 Raymond Simpson Award winner will be representing Nova Scotia in the woodwind category at the National Music Festival happening in Edmonton,
August 13-15, 2015

All the best Claire, for a successful Festival!

From the National Music Festival Press Release:
To compete at the National Music Festival, the musicians had to first perform and receive a first-place standing in one of Canada’s 233 local music festivals, and then perform and be recommended to Nationals from their Provincial Music Festival. They will compete for cash awards in nine different categories: voice, piano, strings, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, chamber groups, and musical theatre.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Patrick Simms, tenor to perform in Susannah

Susannah is one of the greatest American operas:  short and packed with accessible, passionate music. Performances take place on 
Saturday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m.

at Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax (The Theatre is part of the Dalhousie Arts Centre)

Halifax Summer Opera Festival and Workshop educates and develops both singers and audiences through the performance of operatic repertoire.  For eleven seasons, HSOF has presented fully staged operas each summer, giving singers from university undergrads to professionals opportunities to learn roles in the context of performing an entire, full-staged opera. Participants are selected from live or recorded auditions and participate in rehearsals and master classes on everything from auditioning techniques to dramatic and musical interpretations by seasoned pros.  HSOF is a not-for-profit society with a volunteer Board of Directors, based in Lunenburg and Halifax.  You can find out all the details at 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ellen Gibling to perform at Music at Three Churches in Mahone Bay

Music at Three Churches ( presents the second concert in their summer series with a Flute, Viola and Harp Trio on 
Photo credit:
Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m.
at Trinity United Church, Mahone Bay

Featured performers are Jack Chen (Flute), Susan Sayle(Viola) and Ellen Gibling (Harp). Featured composers are Bach, Ravel and Debussy, as well as Marjan Mozetich and others.
Ellen Gibling is a classical and Celtic harpist who has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, the World Youth Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. She holds an undergraduate degree in harp performance from McGill University, and is a member of Halifax-based bands The Heavy Blinkers and Zulkamoon. She teaches privately and has taught at Acadia University also.

All tickets to the performances are $20 and free for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the church on the night of the performance or in advance at Kinburn Pharmasave (Mahone Bay), Shop on the Corner (Lunenburg) or Strings and Things (Bridgewater).  To reserve tickets, please call (902) 634-4280 or email
. Visit the website for more information at

Friday, July 10, 2015

Marty Williams performs with his band Ced, Marty & Dave at the Halifax Jazz Festival

Former NSTT Board member Marty Williams will perform with
Photo Credit: Ced Upshaw, Marty Williams, Dave Skinner

Ced, Marty & Dave at the

TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Sunday, July 12 

at 2 p.m.

at the Hydrostone Park (corner of Gottingen and Young Street)

There will be acts on before and after them so you can make an afternoon of it. It's a free concert.

From the TD Halifax Jazz Festival website:
Under the influence of Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and Hank Williams, 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Award Rising Stars play concert halls, living rooms and everything between. Ced, Marty & Dave cover but don’t copy, taking classic heart-filled, grit-soaked songs and arranging them in their unique blues-style, always leaving room for their original material, sharing stories of life and love. Personnel: Ced Upshaw (voice/guitar), Marty Williams (voice/harmonica), Dave Skinner (voice/percussion)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Reeny Smith at the Halifax Jazz Festival, July 12, 2015

Experience Reeny Smith live on

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Main Stage at 5 p.m.

Part of the Free Concert Series

From the Halifax Jazz Festival website:

5:00 PM | gospel
The Hallelujah Praise Choir will bend your ear with over 50 singers from North Preston’s Saint Thomas Baptist Church, performing modern and traditional songs in jazz-influenced four-part harmonies. Reeny Smith is one of Nova Scotia’s most exciting young voices and the winner of 2014’s Galaxie Rising Star Award, and 2015’s African Nova Scotia Music Association’s Artist of the Year. Prepare for goosebumps.

More information about Reeny can be found at her website: