Monday, October 30, 2017

Molly Johnson, Aliah Schwartz, Georgia Skinner and Jacinte Armstrong at Kinetic Studio's Season Launch on Nov 4 and 5, 2017 in Halifax

(text and images below from their press release)

November 4 and 5, 2017 at 8 PM
DANSpace, Halifax

Open Studio will showcase four dance pieces by Molly Johnson, Aliah Schwartz, Georgia Skinner and Dustin Harvey. A post-show discussion on Saturday will be facilitated by Kinetic Artistic Director Jacinte Armstrong.

Toronto-based, Cape Breton raised, Dora Award winning choreographer Molly Johnson will present Me and the Patriarchy. A finalist for the 2013 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Molly also dances for Montréal’s Le Carré des Lombes, performing the work of Danièle Desnoyers nationally and abroad.

Blunder Blunder. Photo by Willie Wilson.
Canning’s Aliah Schwartz, 2015’s Lieutenant Governor's Award and 2014 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award, is in the beginning stages of creating and developing an aesthetic with Montreal’s Guillaume Loslier-Pinard.

Together they are Blunder Blunder and will show their first piece No Need for Blue Jeans Here is “situated in a limbo between life and death, the line between humour and tragedy.” Schwartz is currently completing her BFA in contemporary dance at Loslier-Pinard’s alma mater Concordia University.

Georgia Skinner + Joel LeBlanc. Photo by Joanna Bryson
No stranger to the Open Studio Series, Halifax’s Georgia Skinner’s Clench working title) is an exploration of how particular emotions manifest in the body with a focus on anxiety, stress. Isolated, intuitive, and palpable, Clench is a tribute to habitual motions of  bodies under stress, the trickery of panic attacks and the struggle to feel content. Recently seen at the Bus Stop Theatre in Votive Dance’s EAST MEETS WEST, Georgia is a member of Halifax’s Nostos Collective and The Woods Hip Hop Society.

Tickets $8 student, seniors, artists, $10 regular. ( or at the door)
Location - DANSpace-on-Grafton, 1531 Grafton St, Halifax NS.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Jeff Joudrey Artistic Director Halifax Camerata Singers announces new program

From Halifax Camerata Singers' press release:

Founded by Artistic Director
 Jeff Joudrey in 1986, Halifax Camerata Singers has become one of Canada’s leading chamber choirs, winning the Healey Willan Grand Prize for Canadian choirs in 2010.  Their latest recording, A Time for All Things, won the 2016 Best Classical Recording from Music Nova Scotia and was nominated for an ECMA in 2017.

Music, memories and life in Halifax and the battlefront in France form the backdrop for the choir’s poignant production, Halifax 1917:  

From Dreams to Despair,  

Sunday, December 3, 2017  

7:30 p.m.

Halifax Central Library

This co-production with the Halifax Central Library will take place in Paul O’Regan Hall, and also features actor/narrator Jeremy Webb, archival photographs from the days before and after the Explosion, and Rhapsody Quintet.  Last March this concert sold out and people were turned away at the door, so it is highly recommended to purchase tickets early for this one night only presentation, taking place just three days before the actual 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
Halifax Camerata Singers will once again perform as part of the Symphony NS Chorus in December for two performances of Handel’s Messiah, this year conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia’s Maestro Bernhard Gueller, in the Mozart orchestration of the perennial holiday favorite with Dartmouth native Suzanne Rigden, soprano; Lauren Segal, mezzo-soprano; Owen McCausland, tenor and Brett Polegato, baritone.  These performances take place on 

Thursday and Friday, December 21 and 22 in the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. 

For more information and tickets please go to

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Denise Djokic performs with Symphony NS on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Halifax

Cellist Denise Djokic is back in
Halifax to join Symphony Nova Scotia. She will perform Shostokavich's Cello Concerto No.1.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm 
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax

Her spectacular career has included a performance at the Grammy Awards, a top-15 spot on Billboard’s classical charts, and rave reviews for her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad) and “hugely impressive technique” (BBC Music).

Here's what Denise had to say about the concert:

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to perform the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with Symphony Nova Scotia! I've grown with this concerto since my childhood, and it will be very special to play it with Symphony Nova Scotia for the first time. It is a deeply moving and passionate work that I feel fortunate to share with both an orchestra and audience that are so close to me."

Get your tickets for this concert today! Call 902.494.3820 or click here

More about Denise can be found at her website:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Ian Parsons choreography 'Fugitive Things' was performed by Maritime Conservatory Dance Students - have a look

Ian Parsons (2005 NSTT Pat Richard award) was back in Halifax during the summer to work with Maritime Conservatory dance students during their summer intensive. See below what the students were able to achieve with only two weeks of rehearsals and Ian's guidance. 

Fugitive Things from Ian Parsons on Vimeo.

You can find more information about Ian Parsons at his website:

Monday, October 23, 2017

On Time Podcast: Lee Yuen-Rapati talks about his one-hour-watch designs

Lee Yuen-Rapati was recently interviewed by On Time - The Watch Enthusiast's Round Table Discussion. 

October 4, 2017, on OnTimePodcast, Mike and Chase sat down with Lee Yuen-Rapati and went in depth into watch designs. What inspires original designs, and how one gets into committing to creating one watch-inspired drawing every day?

You can listen to the podcast at:

Lee is currently studying type design at University of Reading in England. 

You can find Lee Yuen-Rapati's one hour watch designs on Instagram at @onehourwatch

Friday, October 20, 2017

Francesca Nardi, flamenco dancer performs in Toronto on November 10, 2017

Francesca Nardi will perform as part of the contemporary dance series Next Steps in Toronto. 
Photo: Maurey Loeffler website of Harbourfront Centre

Flamenco sín limites

Friday, Nov 10, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Studio Theatre

Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Francesca writes:
I have just started my first week of law school at McGill University, and plan to dance as much as I can throughout the course of my legal education at several Flamenco schools in Montreal. I am also preparing for a show in Toronto as part of a contemporary dance series called Next Steps. The show is called Flamenco sín limites, and will be comprised of local contemporary and Flamenco dancers. 
Thank you again for all of your support over the years!

Francesca Nardi 

More information can be found at

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jodie Fox on her experience studying stage design in Hanover, Germany

Dear Board Members, Supporters and Jury of the NSTT,

Jodie Fox, stage design
As a thank you for your support during my past semester I would like to give a short update of what my semester looked like. 

I am studying stage design in Hanover, Germany. This past semester was my second, and it was part of a one year foundation year. My main project throughout the semester was designing a set for Sophocle's Antigone. I started by reading the play many, many times and letting a picture form in my mind. After re-working a few ideas and lots of discussions with my teachers I finalized my design and built a model. 
Stage Design Jodie Fox, Photo: Christoph Enke

I had the opportunity to work with the head of the lighting department in the Hanover Opera House to try out interesting ways of creating new and fitting atmospheres for my design. I worked with a photography student to document my work. 

I feel so grateful that this program allows me to work with many different artists and professionals, and I am so excited to be going back in a few days.

I spent July working as a dresser at a theater in Heidelberg, a city in southern Germany. Although I was not working directly with the set department I loved observing how all the departments come together to pull off an amazing show. I was able to ask lots of questions, and learned a lot about the theater world in the short time. 

I spent the second half of my summer break working in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia with Toshiko MacAdam and her company Interplay. Again I have learned an incredible amount in such a short time about artists working in the real world. Working with Toshiko has taught me to appreciate perfection, and shown me the importance of taking extreme pride in your work.

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. I would like to thank you for your generous support and interest in my journey!

Best wishes,

Jodie Fox

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thank you note for our supporters from Ivy Charles, theatre

Hello Talent Trust supporters, jury and board members,

I am writing to express my gratitude for your financial support of my Master of Arts in Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which I have just completed. I am back in Nova Scotia now, having learned so much about myself artistically and personally, and I can't wait to see what comes next. It has been an incredible year of life-changing experiences, including performing on the Globe stage in London, performing in a Glasgow theatre festival, doing placements at the Stratford and Shaw festivals as part of my program, and developing and performing the work of some amazing Scottish playwrights. I'm so grateful that I had this opportunity and I know that the skills I've gained this year will benefit me greatly in my career.

Thank you so much!

Ivy Charles

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Congratulations Reeny Smith, Helios Ensemble (Eszther Horvath) and Port Cities (Breagh Mackinnon) on your nomination for Music Nova Scotia Awards

Congratulations to all Music Nova Scotia Award Nominees!

Former Scholarship recipients are nominated for the following Music Nova Scotia Awards:

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year
  • Port Cities (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
  • Reeny Smith (Talent Trust 2010 Portia White Award)
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year - Sponsored by the Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee
  • Reeny Smith (Talent Trust 2010 Portia White Award)
Digital Artist of the Year - Sponsored by HAF Skate and Tattoo/Jimolly's Bakery Cafe
  • Port Cities (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Group Recording of the Year
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Music Video of the Year
  • Dave Sampson & Port Cities - "Trouble" (Director: Mat Barkley)
Recording of the Year - Sponsored by My Home Apparel
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)
Classical Recording of the Year
  • Helios Vocal Ensemble - "An Illuminated Christmas" (member Eszther Horvath 2016 Kenneth Elloway Award)
Pop Recording of the Year - Sponsored by Open Hearth Park
  • Port Cities - "Port Cities" (Band member Breagh Mackinnon 2013 NSTT Chico Berardi Award)

The full list of nominees can be found at

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chris Spencer Lowe's film Transfer can now be seen on vimeo

Message from Chris Spencer Low

TRANSFER is now fully
screenshot while watching Transfer
publicly available on Vimeo for your re-viewing pleasure. 

Feel free to check out CSL's other films, performances and installations while you're there.

Congratulations Chris!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wishing you all a great Nocturne art night in Halifax and Dartmouth

Congratulations Nocturne on your 10th anniversary. 

Tonight is the night to enjoy art on the street, on the water, and inside.
Have fun Dartmouth and Halifax! 

Thank you to all the organizers and artists that make this event happen. 

Visit the projects of former Talent Trust scholarship recipients:
Jason Skinner
Alexis Milligan
Ruth Ellen-Kroll
Sarah Mosher
Janice Jackson 
Mike Hirschbach
Lukas Pearse
Veronique Mackenzie

Friday, October 13, 2017

Janice Jackson creates 'Opera From Scrap' at Nocturne October 14, 2017

Opera From Scrap
information and photo:

Janice Isabel Jackson
& Arianne Pollet-Brannen
at Nocturne October 14, 2017
from 6 p.m. - midnight 
RBC Waterside Centre,
1871 Upper Water St

"Opera From Scrap" is an interactive opera by Janice Isabel Jackson, transformed into a phantasmagorical creature in real time by Arianne Pollet-Brannen.

"Opera from Scrap" is an interactive opera. The soloist, Janice Isabel Jackson, transforms into a phantasmagorical opera character while an elaborate costume is constructed onto her by visual artist Arianne Pollet-Brannen. Materials for the costume will be assembled from scraps of fabric, some of which contributed by the audience. In a similar manner, material for the opera will be assembled from live tweets, texts and melodies submitted by the public as well as various sounds extracted from the surroundings. Words, tweets, stories, scraps of paper, fabric, flowers, and other unplanned items will all converge in a manner that completely transforms the vocalist. The singer is required to absorb and create sounds and melodies that will either be concrete stories, unexpected random expressions, or abstract sounds throughout the performance. This project allows the public to experience a continuous transformation throughout the evening. Short recordings of audience comments and singing will also be taken and played back as part of the landscape during the ongoing performance. At the end of the evening, at 11:15pm, the public is invited to return to the scene and experience the fruits of the slow metamorphosis in which the re-envisioned and costumed opera singer presents a newly created 30-minute opera. This manifestation of visual and performance art creates a platform where the audience becomes a storyteller, composer, collaborator, and co-conspirator throughout. Write your words and ideas on scraps of paper and material, tell us your stories, sing your songs, tweet us @jacksonnewmusic

Audience Interaction
Family Friendly

Jason Skinner presents 'Riding the Rails' at Nocturne Halifax October 14, 2017

Nocturne at the Museum
information and photo:

Andrea Tsang Jackson, Jason Skinner
Nocturne October 14, 2017
6 PM - midnight

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21,
1099 chemin Marginal Rd

"Nocturne at the Museum" highlights our tenuous connections to our past: our changing memories of our collective past as we move further away from it, and our reimagining and reframing of our past as we try to capture something that we can no longer quite grasp. Two artists and one organization will each provide unique interpretations of these themes in the context of the Museum’s unique position as a National Historical Site: a point of arrival for over a million immigrants, as well as a point of departure for many of these immigrants to other parts of Canada.

The two artists whose work considers these questions are Andrea Tsang Jackson and Jason Skinner. There will also be a project presented by Library and Archives Canada.

Andrea Tsang Jackson’s proposed work "Georges Island Quilted Over" is a participatory illuminated paper quilt project that becomes an opaque window.

Jason Skinner will animate the colonist car outside the Museum with his work "Riding the Rails" a series of portraits exploring the possible worlds and lives of immigrants who arrived to Canada by Pier 21, but left for other parts of Canada.

Library and Archives Canada will explore "Going Dark: Extinguished Lighthouses of Atlantic Canada," a presentation which exposes the importance of archives to understanding our changing landscape and our understanding of ourselves.

Still Images
Moving Images
Audience Interaction
Family Friendly

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sarah Mosher with 'Inter-Harbor Communication Co.' at Nocturne Halifax October 14, 2017

Inter-Harbour Communication Co.
information and photo:

Sarah Mosher
, visual artist and Ben Mosher

Nocturne October 14, 2017
6 PM - midnight

Halifax Marriott Harbourfront,
1919 Upper Water St

Reimagining and rediscovering early inter-harbour communications through a playful and interactive experience.

"Inter-Harbour Communication Company" connects to a fragment of our partially forgotten heritage; Nova Scotia was home to one of the largest early high-speed communication networks in the world. Visual telegraphy allowed messages to be delivered at speeds unimaginable in a world of letters and post, taking hours not days to reach their destination. By reenacting the methods of these early messaging systems, this project playfully subverts their colonial roots and allows public participation in a communication system built on the foundation of British military communication methods.

In 1795, under the direction of British commander Edward Duke of Kent, troops were made to construct a communication network in our province. The nature of this network was a line of signalling towers using a fiercely-guarded coded language of flags and balls on masts. The extent of the network was one of the largest visual semaphore networks in the world, stretching from Sambro Island to Fredricton. Kent's vision for his visual telegraph network was for it to allow him to relay messages to Quebec City without his need to leave Halifax. This convoluted and costly venture only remained viable for a few years before being discontinued at large with The Duke of Kent's departure from Halifax in the early 1800's.

This system also allowed for inter-harbour communication between commercial and military groups. "Inter-Harbour Communication Company" allows the opening of inter-harbour communications through the use of visual signs and rudimentary phone lines. This playful engagement with communication methods portends a possibility for the distortion and allows an openness of lines of dialogue between the two sides of the harbour.

Audience Interaction
Family Friendly

Alexis Milligan at Nocturne October 14, 2017 at Northwood Senior Care Centre in Halifax


Performances include Prism - a choose your own adventure theatre experience with Alexis Milligan.

October 14 from 6 p.m. - midnight

Where's the Funk?? - Dance, choreographed by Kendra Armstrong - featuring dancers from Leica Hardy School of dance (some Talent Trust scholarship recipients might be in that group too (smile)).

Lisa Cochrane presents: LaHave River Jamboree. Be part of the live audience of a fictitious radio program with cross dressing DJ Harold Anderson spinning vinyl from his private collection of Old Style Country tunes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Veronique MacKenzie and Lukas Pearse at Nocturne October 14, 2017 Central Library Halifax

Depths of Sorrow
Veronique MacKenzie FB screen shot
at Nocturne: Vanish at the Halifax Central Library on
Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 6 p.m. - midnight.

Depths of Sorrow will be viewable from the exterior front courtyard (rear screen video projections against the windows of the 5th floor) with infrared capture of live dance, animation, and original sound score by Motion Activated: 
Lukas PearseVeronique MacKenzie, Susan Tooke.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mike Hirschbach's Halifax Circus at Nocturne October 14, 2017 in Halifax

Halifax Circus
information and photo:

with Mike Hirschbach 
from 6 PM - midnight
October 14, 2017
Halifax Circus,
1479 Barrington St

Halifax Circus presents their annual celebration of circus with the amazing fire show outside, astounding aerials in the sanctuary, and intriguing student demos in the gym. Don't miss this amazing show that is seen by over 10,000 people annually.

Halifax Circus celebrates circus arts, movement, theatre and performance with their annual performances at Nocturne. Included are their astonishing fire show outside, astounding aerials in the sanctuary, and intriguing student demos in the gym. Their performers have performed across Canada and the US, in Europe, Costa Rica, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong and India.

Don't miss this show that is seen by over 10,000 people annually.

Audience Interaction
Family Friendly

Not wheelchair accessible • No washrooms