Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dancers Georgia Skinner and Vivika Ballard at the Bus Stop Theatre, Dec 2-3, 2016


Friday Dec 2 at 8 p.m. 
Saturday Dec 3 at 2 + 8 p.m.
at Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax

From their website:
B Side is a new, cutting edge urban and contemporary dance show performed and choreographed by Georgia Skinner, Olivia Aubrecht, and Vivika Ballard featuring choreography by the Coast's Best Of 2016 gold winning choreographer Alexis Cormier and sound by Jacob Ballard. Filled with powerful imagery, creative exploration, and commitment to the craft, the artists featured in this performance invite you to attend an evening of exciting new work!

Georgia Skinner and Vivika Ballard are former NSTT Scholarship recipients. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Whole Lives Holiday Afternoon of Celebration with India Gailey, Katie Cochrane and NSTT Chair Adrian Hoffman

Chautauqua Atlantic has invited the Nova Scotia Talent Trust to be a part of their launch at the Whole Lives Holiday - An Afternoon of Celebration

An Afternoon of Celebration 
will happen on 
November 26, 2016 
from 1- 5 p.m. at the
Bella Rose Arts Centre, Halifax

Adrian Hoffman, Chair NSTT will give a talk at 2 p.m. and
NSTT Scholarship recipients India Gailey, cello and Katie Cochrane, musical theatre will perform.

We thank Chautauqua Atlantic for including us in their celebration.

This afternoon will the the launch of their project for 2017:
Chautauqua Atlantic and Bedford Players have partnered in joining others commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Local award winning playwright, Karen Waterfield, brings her play “Isabella” to life through the Bedford Players in presenting a series of 5 additional Mini-Dramas during 2017 through the Chautauqua Talks and Entertainment program.

Portia White Gala Concert Nov 25, 2016 with Allison Angelo, soprano

Allison Angelo to perform at the 

Portia White Award Gala Concert on

November 25, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at

Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax (corner of Summit Street and Windsor)

Get your tickets of $15 each today at Eventbrite:

Proceeds will support NSTT's Portia White Award.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Reeny Smith wins African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year

Reeny Smith (
Congratulations Reeny for winning 2016 African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year!

Reeny Smith is a talented, emerging artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia and has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. 

Reeny was selected for the Portia White Award for Excellence in Vocal Performance in 2011, along with a scholarship from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust recognizing her 
outstanding musical attributes.

She has recently opened..... 

Find more information about Reeny on her website at

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Mocean Dance wins 2016 Masterwork Arts Award

Photo credit: Kelly Clark
Congratulations Mocean Dance on winning the 2016 Masterworks Arts Award! 

Their production Canvas 5x5 becomes the first win for “Dance” in the history of the Award.

Congratulation to all and especially to the following dancers and former NSTT scholarship recipients: Jacinte Armstrong, Sara Coffin, Rhonda Baker, and Ruth Ellen Kroll Jackson. 

For more please visit their website at

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Jacinte Armstrong wins 2016 Established Artist Recognition Award

Photo Credit: Kate Hayter-Reid
Congratulations Jacinte Armstrong!
for receiving the
2016 Established Artist Recognition Award given by Creative NS Leadership Council.

Jacinte Armstrong is a Halifax-based dance artist who has worked with many collaborators locally and across Canada. A native Haligonian, she trained at Halifax Dance before studying at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. 

Jacinte is currently the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio, and performs regularly with Mocean dance, SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, filmmakers, and musicians.

Friday, November 18, 2016

LaLa Lee, solo piano recital at the Music Room Chamber Player Series on November 30, 2016 in Halifax

LaLa Lee, will perform a piano solo recital at 

The Music Room Chamber Player Series on 

November 30, 2016
 at 7:00 PM in Halifax

In loving memory of 
Mrs. Bee Huxtable.

The program includes Mozart Sonata in B Flat Major K.333 - Beethoven Sonata No. 26 Op. 81a in E Flat Major - Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 D. 899 in G Flat Major - Liszt Un Sospiro - Chopin Scherzo Op. 20 No. I. 

LaLa Lee is the 2015 Tietje Zonneveld Award recipient given out through the NSTT.

Tickets can be purchased at The Music Room.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jeff Joudrey with the Halifax Camerata Singers win Best Classical CD of 2016

Jeff Joudry (l) & David McKillop
Congratulations Jeff and the Halifax Camerata Singers for winning Best Classical CD of 2016 at the Nova Scotia Music week. 

The winning CD is called A Time for all Things.

The Halifax Camerata Singers is Atlantic Canada’s premier chamber choir. Founded in 1986 by Artistic Director Jeff Joudrey, the Nova Scotia ensemble has distinguished itself by performing exciting choral repertoire that covers all periods and styles, with special attention to Canadian music.

You can find more information on their website at

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Allison Angelo, soprano to perform at the Portia White Award Gala Concert in Halifax on Nov 25, 2016

Allison Angelo to perform at the Portia White Award Gala Concert on
November 25, 2016 at
7:30 p.m. at
Faith Tabernacle Church in Halifax
Get your tickets of $15 each today at Eventbrite:
Proceeds will support the NSTT's Portia White Award.

Allison Angelo is a grant recipient of the Canada Council of the Arts and a two-time winner of the Portia White Award from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She has been heard on CBC Radio and Bravo!Canada and recently released her first professional CD, titled Moon Loves Its Light. 

Hailed as “a fabulous discovery” by The Toronto Star, Canadian soprano Allison Angelo debuts this season with the Elmer Iseler Singers as the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah. She will also be heard in a concert of Canadian opera, operetta and musical theatre on the Music at St. Andrew’s Series (Toronto), and in recital with the Mountain View Connection Series (Calgary). Last season she debuted with Voicebox: Opera In Concert's presentation of Salieri’s Falstaff with the Aradia Ensemble, was heard in recital with the Off-Centre Music Salon, and recreated the role of Mabel Hubbard Bell in The Bells Of Baddeck in Baddeck, Cape Breton, after its hugely successful premiere in 2015.

Ms. Angelo has recently appeared with the Toronto, Edmonton, Niagara, Kingston, Winnipeg, Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Boston POPS, the Tangelwood Festival Orchestra, the Elora Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music and Toronto’s Luminato Festival.

More information about Allison can be found on her website at: 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rhonda Baker performs in 'Burnwater: Alchemy' at the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne from November 18-20, 2016

Burwater:Alchemy 2 min FINAL from Erin Donovan on Vimeo.

Burnwater: Alchemy, an innovative installation/performance will premiere  
November 18-20 at the 
Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne
From Mocean Dance' press release:
'Created by Erin Donovan of Hear Here Productions (Mahone Bay) and Susanne Chui of Mocean Dance (Halifax), Burnwater: Alchemy combines percussion, dance, and poetry and features the extraordinary iron sound sculptures of Nova Scotia blacksmith John Little.

True to its alchemical name, the piece encourages the audience to go through a transformation of their own. For Donovan the piece “invites the viewer to slow down, listen deeply and reflect on their connection to the natural world.” The sound score layers recorded outdoor sounds, poetry as well as music played live on Little’s sound sculptures.

Dancer Rhonda Baker (former NSTT scholarship recipient) and percussionist Doug Cameron animate the indoor landscape by leading the audience through a series of performances and interactive installations. “It’s a very sensory experience” says Chui “The audience is experiencing everything --the set, the performers and the soundscape -- in a fully immersive way; It’s like going on a hike indoors.”

Burnwater: Alchemy runs November 18-20 at the Osprey Arts Centre. There are four performances: 

Nov. 18 at 7pm, 
Nov. 19 at 2pm and 7pm
Nov. 20 at 2pm. 
The show is limited to 30 attendees; advance purchase is recommended.

Tickets are $15 Regular, $7 Students; Tickets and information are available through