Monday, September 25, 2017

His Honour, the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia grants his patronage as Honorary Chair

We are honoured to welcome His Honour, the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia as the Talent Trust's Honorary Chair. 
It is wonderful to see that this tradition since 1944 will continue. 

His Honour sent us the following note:

Nova Scotia is fortunate to have the Nova Scotia Talent Trust support the many emerging artists who wish to pursue a professional career in the arts. With the backing of the NSTT, these fledgling artists will soon enrich our lives and contribute to Nova Scotia’s wonderful arts scene. To that end, I am truly honoured and delighted to serve as the Honorary Chair of the NSTT.

Thank you Your Honour!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Marc Djokic, violinist wins Prix Goyer Canada's largest prize for classical music

Violinist Marc Djokic has been awarded the second biennial Prix Goyer, Canada’s largest prize for classical music. Congratulations Marc!

Awarded to a ‘collaborative emerging musician’ under the age of 33, the prize is worth CAD $125,000, which includes: $50,000 in cash, $50,000 from online classical music video channel Noncerto in the form of production, distribution and marketing of 18 classical music videos; a commission from composer Matthias Maute worth $13,500; and $11,500 of business coaching.

The Prix Goyer was created in 2015 and... Read more at

Marc won the Talent Trust's Raymond Simpson Award in 2002 and the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Award in 2003. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Celebrate with us the 49 Talent Trust Scholarship recipients of 2017!

The Talent Trust supports artists of all disciplines in their formative years with scholarships and special awards. In 2017 we were able to support 49 Nova Scotia emerging artists. Congratulations to all!

Scholarships make a significant difference in the lives of these emerging artists as Rebecca Wolfe from Dartmouth told us: 

I am honoured to receive a Talent Trust scholarship for the second time. Your continued support means the world to me. It is very difficult making ends meet living away from home and going to school. 
The scholarship I have received will ease my mind about financials during this upcoming school year and will allow me to focus on my studies at Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program.
Thank you!
Rebecca Wolfe is in her second year studying Theatre Performance at Humber College, Toronto. 
The Talent Trust has awarded $80,000 in scholarships to emerging Nova Scotian artists in the fields of dance, theatre, media (film) studies, music, visual and literary arts. This is a $5,000 increase from previous years. This increase is only possible because of supporters and individual donors like you. Thank you!
Donate today to support these wonderful Nova Scotian artists.
Thank you for believing in the Creativity of Nova Scotians.

NS Talent Trust, PO Box 575, Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
Congratulations to the 2017 Talent Trust Scholarship
and Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship Recipients!
  • Julia Barkhouse, Dartmouth
  • Kieron Harper, Halifax
  • Claire Campbell, Head of St. Margaret's Bay
  • Carrigan MacDonald, Hammonds Plains
  • Olivia MacLean, Dartmouth
  • Ellery Jackson, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Katherine McDonald, Halifax
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
  • Mollie Oates-Johnson, Dartmouth
  • Niamh Perrins, Wolfville
- Modern/Contemporary
  • Lucie Schmidt, Lakeview
  • Stan Tonin, Windsor Junction
- Keyboard - Piano
  • Vlad Chiriac, Bedford
  • Devin Huang, Bedford
  • Lala Lee, Halifax
  • Chantal Peng, Wolfville
  • Dakota Scott-Digout, Barrington
  • Andrew Son, Halifax
  • Alex (Zixuan) Yang, Bedford
- Strings - Cello
  • India Gailey, Wolfville
- Strings - Violin
  • Lilith Richter-Stephenson, Dartmouth
  • Heemin Choi, Bedford
- Strings - Guitar
  • Matthew Fraser, Inverness
- Conducting
  • Thomas Burton, Wolfville
- Voice - Opera
  • Nickolas Higgs, New Glasgow
  • Breanna Miller, Halifax
  • Morgan Reid, Sydney
  • Benjamin Shaw, Vancouver,  NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Brass - French Horn
  • Mimisu Lee, Halifax
- Brass - Euphonium
  • Ross Macintosh, Truro
- Composition
  • Roland Smith, Windsor
  • Adam Clarke, Antwerpen
- Woodwind - Oboe
  • Julia Millett, Lunenburg
  • Gharrett Paon, Halifax
- Acting
  • Rebecca Wolfe, Dartmouth
Music Theatre
  • Ria Kapur, Bedford
  • Emily Robertson, Oakville
  • Maya Read, Dartmouth, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Directing
  • Luciana Silvestre Fernandes, Halifax
Visual/Fine Arts 
- Interdisciplinary
  • Gabriel Soligo, Halifax, NS Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship
- Design/Applied Craft
  • Jodie Fox, Mosquadoboit Harbour
  • Isaac Fresia, Halifax
  • Andrew Gilmour, Halifax
  • Lee Yuen-Rapati, Dartmouth
- Painting Drawing
  • Nat Chantel, Dartmouth
  • Curtis Botham, Bedford
  • Caterina Slamovits, Halifax
- Printmaking
  • Emma van Zeumeren, Dartmouth
Literary Arts
- Fiction
  • Conor Martin, Dartmouth

Friday, September 15, 2017

Brandt Eisner is a part of Rørpost - International Art Collabroation Exhibition Sep 16 - October 4, 2017 at Discovery Centre Art Gallery, Halifax

Visual Artist Brandt Eisner will show his work at 

International Art Collaboration

September 16 - October 4, 2017

Saturday, September 16
at 5:30 p.m.

Wilsons Featured Exhibit Gallery at the Discovery Centre

24 Nova Scotian artists (Art Focus Group) collaborated with 24 Danish artists from Esbjerg (Blå Døre Group).

Each started a painting then sent it to their collaborator in Denmark to finish it and vice versa. After the exchange each artist created a response piece to reflect our project experience. In total 96 works were created.

You can enjoy the exhibition in Halifax until October 4, 2017 before it travels to Denmark. 

Wilsons Featured Exhibit Gallery at the Discovery Centre,
1215 Lower Water Street in Halifax from
September 16 - October 4, 2017.  

You can find more information about the show at:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ariella Pahlke's documentary about Suzanne Gauthier screens on September 20, 2017 at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

Ariella Pahlke's film Suzanne Gauthier: one thing leads to another screens as part of Program 7 at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival on
Photo: FIN website

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 9:15PM 

Park Lane, Theatre 3 

Encore: Thursday, Sept. 21, 8:30PM
Park Lane, Theatre 2

From the FIN website:
Filmmaker Ariella Pahlke weaves the life and work of Suzanne Gauthier into a poetic narrative that encapsulates the curiosity, joy and perseverance underlying the creative impulse of an artist.

For more information and tickets go to

Monday, September 11, 2017

Chris Spencer-Lowe's short film 'Aleatoria' will show on September 18, 2017 at FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

Chris Spencer-Lowe's short film Aleatoria will screen as part of Program 5 on 
Photo: FIN website

Monday, September 18 
at 9:00 PM 
Park Lane - Theatre 4


Wednesday, September 20 
at 8:30 PM
Park Lane - Theatre 2

From the FIN website:
Aleatoria, disorder incarnate, the lady of the wheel. Spinning and churning the stuff of chaos. Created through random processes, chance and the unpredictability of being are at her command.

For tickets please go to:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Elinor Whidden is part of a group show at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, ON until October 29, 2017

Elinor Whidden is a part of Re-enact at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, ON.  
July 6 - October 29, 2017
Janice Laking Gallery

She is showing her buffalo pile: Head-Smashed-In-Engine-Block-Buffalo-Jump in conversation with a group of amazing artists. This show is a critical look at myths of Canadian nationalism.

You can find more information and images of the show at:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Gwyneth Christoffel shows her short film 'Torture by Sound' at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival - September 17, 2017

Photo: FIN website
Gwyneth Christoffel's short film Torture of Sound will be shown on

Sunday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Reel East Coast Shorts Gala

at Park Lane Cinemas, Halifax

From the FIN website:
For people with misophonia, everyday sounds can leave them in immense pain. Torture By Sound explores the emotional and psychological impact this condition has on the lives of its victims..

Tickets can be purchased at:

Gwyneth Christoffel won the 2013 NSTT Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Award and the 2013 Shelagh Mackenzie Award. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jennifer Jones, violin: David Parker, French horn will perform at Prismatic Arts Festival September 17, 2017

Prismatic Arts Festival presents Cris Derksen and her Orchestral Powwow Project

Jennifer Jones (photo: website Symphony NS)
Sunday, September 17 

David Parker (photo: website Symphony NS)
at 7 p.m.

Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 

Joining Derksen on stage will be eleven Indigenous dancer and musicians, and members of Symphony Nova Scotia:  Mark Lee and Jennifer Jones, violins; Susan Sayle, viola; Richard Simoneau, trumpet; David Parker, French horn and Eric Mathis, trombone.

Tickets are on sale now at the Cohn Box Office; please call (902) 494-3820 or 1-800-874-1669 ($15 and $20).

For more information go to:

Monday, September 4, 2017

Reeny Smith to sing at Opening Gala for Prismatic Arts Festival on September 14, 2017

Prismatic Arts Festival Opening Gala
Reeny Smith
(photo: website Prismatic Arts Festival)

Reeny Smith

September 14 at 6 p.m.

Halifax Central Library 

Event is Free.

Reeny Smith is a talented, 25 year-old R&B/Pop artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia who has been singing and playing the piano since the age of five. She credits her inspiration for music ... 
Read more at:

Friday, September 1, 2017

'Uncle Podger's Hat' by Mike Hirschbach at the Halifax Fringe Festival August 31 - September 8, 2017

Uncle Podger's Hat    
By Mike Hirschbach     
Halifax, NS

Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street
(wheelchair accessible with all-gender washrooms)    
Photo: Halifax Circus

September 2, 11:30am

Sunday September 3, 7pm

September 6, 8:30pm

Thursday September 7, 7pm

Friday September 8, 10pm            

Mike Hirschbach, a former clown with the Cirque du Soleil, brings to life the story of his mentor, his eccentric Uncle Podger. 

The Daily News gushed that Uncle Podger’s Hat is, “a wonderful vehicle for this versatile and charming performer. He juggles, he plays the musical saw, he can ride a unicycle. With a rubber face made to bring on laughter, Hirschbach endears us to Uncle Podger, a clumsy old man who may not be able to hang a picture without inciting disaster, but who can balance a peacock feather on his chin or play two flutes at once.”  

The Chronicle Herald said, “Hirschbach has created a sophisticated, beautifully structured show that combines his skills at juggling, unicycling and physical comedy with story. Hirschbach is at the peak of his powers in this finely crafted piece of work."

For tickets go to:
Circus and Theatrics • For All Ages
60 Min

More about Mike Hirschbach can be found at