Friday, April 27, 2018

Weekend Plans: Apply for a Talent Trust Scholarship

5 days to apply for a Talent Trust scholarship

May 1, 2018. 5:00 p.m. Atlantic Daylight Time.

Take the weekend, gather your materials, fire up Google Chrome, and apply for a Talent Trust scholarship.

(We know. We've been reminding people for a couple of weeks now. But we also know this is way better than someone reminding you to eat your broccoli.)

We want to help emerging artists across Nova Scotia, and across disciplines, achieve their creative dreams. We want to hear from you!

Here's the link for all the information:

Don't wait! Apply now!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Lala Lee and Nova Sinfonia in Concert: An Evening of Beethoven and Sibelius

Lala Lee performs with Nova Sinfonia May 6 2018

She played Mozart in her solo debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2017. CBC declared her one of the 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 that same year. 

Now Lala Lee joins Nova Sinfonia to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19, and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82.

Conducted by Mark Shapiro, the concert takes place Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 pm, Faith Tabernacle Church, 6225 Summit Street in Halifax. For tickets or more information, visit the Nova Sinfonia website.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Scholarship Deadline Countdown is On!

7 days to apply for a Talent Trust scholarship

May 1, 5:00 p.m. Atlantic time. That's when our online application portal closes. That's seven days from today.

A few things to keep in mind:
  • Don't wait to apply. (Technology always knows when you're in a hurry.)
  • Use Google Chrome to access the online application form. (It's free to download if you don't have it already.)
  • Emerging Nova Scotia artists across disciplines can apply. 
  • Your studies don't have to be at a university.
  • You don't have to be "young" to apply. It's about where you are in your artistic studies.

If you have questions that aren't answered on our website, or if you run into trouble with the online application, we're here to help: scholarship(at)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Janice Isabel Jackson Performs in International Collaboration CO2 - Cycle de Lieder

It's described as a ". . . contemporary multimedia chamber opera with acoustic, digital, and visual elements". CO2 - Cycle de Lieder is a collaboration between internationally recognized composers Patrick Defossez and Anne-Gabriel Debaecker and performed by French Duo Autres Voix de Piano, French Ensemble Zellig and and Canadian new music diva Janice Isabel Jackson.

The performance explores the merging of flesh and data as sounds created by traditional instruments and the human voice meet digital media. 

CO2 - Cycle de Lieder will be at the Halifax Music Co-op on Barrington Street in Halifax, with shows on May 4 and 5, and an improvisation on May 6. Sound and images from the performance can be found on the CO2 - Cycle de Lieder website; tickets are available through Ticket Halifax

Friday, April 20, 2018

And When Alone Repeat - Short Film by Becka Barker Screens in Halifax

And When Alone Repeat by Becka Barker

Becka Barker's local short film And When Alone Repeat screens at the Museum of Natural History Auditorium in Halifax on Friday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. 

Becka’s work has been shown at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Seoul’s EXiS (winner 2007, Best International Film), Images Festival (Toronto), Festival du Nouveau CinĂ©ma (Montreal), KunstDoc Art Gallery (Seoul), Echo Park Film Centre (Los Angeles), Toronto Animated Images Society, WNDX (Winnipeg), and Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB). She's been on the faculty at NSCAD University since 2005 and was visiting foreign faculty in the Film and Animation Department at SoonChunHyang University in South Korea from 2008-2012.

And When Alone Repeat precedes the feature The Last Family, which documents 28 years of the life of Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski and his family, as seen through the eye of his camcorder. 

The screening of these two films is presented by Carbon Arc Cinema. Tickets can be purchased through their website.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

KiDanCo Presents Studio Sightings: An Open Public Rehearsal

KiDanCo presents Studio Sightings - an open public rehearsal

What better way to mark International Dance Day than an open public rehearsal? Leica Hardy School of Dance invites you to bring a donation on Saturday, April 28 to see rehearsals and performances of six works, including two premieres. 

Among the talented group are a number of Talent Trust scholarship recipients:
  • Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson
  • Ellery Jackson
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson
  • Vivian Macnab

Here’s the lineup:
  • To Pulsate by Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson
  • Retraction by Kendra Armstrong
  • Premiere of new work by Anastasia Wiebe
  • A Tale of Obscure Sorrows (Premiere) by Darryl Tracy
  • Dvorak Serenades by Leica Hardy
  • Upstream by Leica Hardy

Performances run from 4:00 - 6:30pm in Room #5 at the North Woodside Community Centre, 230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Reeny Smith Nominated for Bucky Adams Memorial East Coast Music Award

Reeny Smith is an award-winning R&B and soul artist from North Preston, Nova Scotia. She's adding to her accolades with a nomination for the Bucky Adams Memorial Award at the 2018 East Coast Music Awards.

Reeny's family boasts an impressive group of performers. Her father and grandfather (Wallace Smith Sr. and Jr.) are both former members of the iconic gospel group the Gospel Heirs, and her uncles Carson and Murray Downey are members of the Carson Downey Band. Reeny began singing and playing piano at the age of five. 

Showcasing on the Breakout Stage at the ECMA Awards and Conference in 2016, Reeny performed at the awards show in 2017. She released her first single “Good Girl Swag” in February 2018, and her first full-length album is in the works. 

The ECMA festival and conference runs from May 2-6, with the awards show on May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Breagh Mackinnon Nominated for East Coast Music Award

Port Cities - Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro
Port Cities: Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone, Dylan Gutho
Lucky ticket holders will see singer-songwriter Breagh Mackinnon perform at the 2018 ECMA Awards Show with her bandmates Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro, collectively known as Port Cities. 

The Nova Scotia trio is nominated for Pop Recording of the Year, for their self-titled record Port Cities. Breagh was nominated for the ECMA Rising Star award in 2013.

The ECMA Festival and Conference runs from May 2-6, with the awards show on May 3 at the Scotiabank Centre.

Monday, April 16, 2018

May 1 at 5 p.m. (ADT) Scholarship Application Deadline

Don't wait! Scholarship application deadline for fall/winter studies in the arts is May 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.  

You may have seen reminders popping up in your social media feed over the past few days: if you're an emerging Nova Scotia artist and you're looking for some financial assistance in your upcoming studies, we want to hear from you. 

The Talent Trust provides scholarships to Nova Scotians who demonstrate exceptional potential and commitment to become established artists in their chosen fields.

Our annual scholarships include theatre, film/new media, literary arts, dance, music, voice, circus arts, visual arts, and design.

For all the details and to apply online, visit and follow the scholarship link.

Time is flying: May 1 at 5 p.m. ADT is the deadline. If you're ready to complete your application, here are a few tips: 

  • Start your application early to avoid technical problems. 
  • Use Google Chrome as your browser. 
  • Get in touch with us if you have questions or can't upload a file. 

P.S. If you run into difficulties, Jacqueline Steudler is here to help at scholarship(at)

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Talent Trust Welcomes our New Communications Coordinator

The Talent Trust is thrilled to welcome Stacey Cornelius to the Talent Trust's administrative team as Communications Coordinator. As we gear up for an incredible 75th anniversary year in 2019, Stacey's experience in marketing and communications as well as her dedication to the arts will be critical to sharing our story. 

We are incredibly excited for the festivities to commence, and will mark this platinum year with many special events featuring Talent Trust's prestigious recipients past and present. There has not been a more important time than now to celebrate the incredible talent of Nova Scotia's emerging artists whom we have been fortunate to support for three quarters of a century.

All the best,
Erin Sparks, Chair, NSTT

Friday, April 6, 2018

Congratulations to Mimisu Lee - Graduation Recital

French horn player Mimisu Lee is performing her graduation recital on Tuesday April 17th at 7:30pm at St. Andrew's United Church in Halifax. 

Since her musical debut at the age of 10, Mimisu has become an award-winning musician who is completing her studies at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. She's performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, Scotia Festival Orchestra, Dalhousie University Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler Orchestra, and the San Diego International Youth Orchestra.

Please join us in congratulating Mimisu, and be sure to mark her recital date on your calendar!

Join Jane Archibald, soprano for her recital on Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Halifax

Cecilia Concerts presents Jane Archibald in a one of a kind recital on

Sunday, April 29, 2018
at 7 p.m.
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall
Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Jane Archibald has generated excitement across Europe and North America, debuting many coloratura roles which she continues to perform. Renowned for her extraordinary technical abilities, Jane won the JUNO Award for Classical Album of the Year for her debut solo album. Jane is joined by esteemed pianist Liz Upchurch.

More information about the concert can be found at

Monday, April 2, 2018

Laura Vingoe-Cram wins 2018 Neptune Theatre Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award

Laura Vingoe-Cram (

The Neptune Theatre Chrysalis Emerging Artist Award was presented to Laura Vingoe-Cram at the Theatre NS Robert Merritt Awards in Halifax on March 26, 2018.

Laura is currently participating in the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival.

You can read more about Theatre Nova Soctia's Merritt Awards in the Chronicle Herald at

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Jacinte Armstrong wins 2018 Theatre NS Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Choreograpy

Jacinte Armstrong (photo: live art presents website)
Jacinte Armstrong won the 2018 Theatre NS Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Choreography for Heist theatre company’s Princess Rules, a multimedia extravaganza continuing the adventures of pop star Princess Edward.


You can read more about Theatre Nova Soctia's Merritt Awards in the Chronicle Herald at