Friday, February 22, 2019

Lydia Zimmer Preforms Feb 23 & 24 at Kinetic Dance's Open Studio

Image from The Coast. Picture by Tim Agler.
Lydia Zimmer performs new original choreography, in Kinetic Studio's Open Studio Series.

Feb. 23 & 24, 8 pm
1531 Grafton Street
Downtown Halifax

Talent Trust recipient Lydia Zimmer has pursued professional training at the Boston Conservatory, Canada's National Ballet School and Springboard Danse Montreal to emerge as an original and daring dancer and choreographer.

Her solo piece SONDERLING explores mental illness, eccentricity and unusual movement.

Read about Lydia Zimmer in The Coast & meet a younger version of the artist on Dance Channel TV 2015.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cecilia Concert's presents Marc Djokic on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Marc Djokic at
photo credit: Marc Djokic at
Cecilia Concerts presents
Trio Tangere with
Marc Djokic
Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. 
Lilian Piercey Concert Hall, 
Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Halifax

The concert opens with a special performance by prize-winning young Halifax pianist Devin Huang, who is also a Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipient.

From Cecilia Concert's press release:

Violinist Marc Djokic, originally from Halifax but now residing in Montréal, has been praised for his rhythmic sense and natural musical phrasing. Known for his masterful and virtuosic performances, Djokic recently won the Prix Goyer, which is the biggest prize in Canada, and one of the largest in the world, for a collaborative artist emerging in classical music.

Djokic, who is a Nova Scotia Talent Trust multiple scholarship recipient, returns to his native Halifax for a special concert on February 24th with distinguished classical guitarists Jérôme Ducharmen and Louis Trépanier. Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Ducharmenholds a diploma from the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique de Montréal and a doctorate degree in music from Université de Montréal.

Trio Tangere will perform works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Astor Piazzolla, Claude Debussy, Christine Donkin, Matthias Maute, Béla Bartók, and Clarice Assad. 

“This collaboration is special because it combines the sounds of two types of string instruments, plucked & bowed,” says Djokic, who appears frequently as soloist with Canada’s top orchestras and in chamber music festivals around the world. 

“Having two guitarists in the group exchanging lead and rhythm really expands on the potential of the guitar sound. It allows the group to explore more music and arranging possibilities. We play music originally written for our instrumentation, but we can also arrange and play other music with multiple voicing.”

The performance marks the trio’s first performance in Nova Scotia. 

“I’m really excited to show the Tangere lads my hometown and introduce them to our audience,” says Djokic. “I always feel honoured to come back home to perform in Halifax. The city has become a highlight destination for musicians from all over the world and our audience is always welcoming of visiting talent. I never take for granted the opportunity to perform in my hometown.” 
The violinist was Cecilia Concerts’ Musician-In-Residence in 2009/2010.

Presented by Cecilia Concerts, the concert takes place Sunday, February 24th at 2pm at Lilian Piercey Concert Hall within the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Tickets ($35 Adult, $25 Senior, $15 Students, $10 Children) are available online at, by phone at 902-423-0143, and at the door while they last.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Meet Mocean Dance NSTT's 75th Anniversary Ambassadors in Annapolis Royal on Thursday, Feb 14, 2019

Talent Trust scholarship alumni: Sara Coffin, Lydia Zimmer, Georgia Skinner
King's Theatre
Annapolis Royal
Thursday, February 14 at 6:00 p.m. 
the public is invited to an Artists’ Talk and Mini-Performance.

Halifax-based contemporary Dance Company MOCEAN DANCE will be in residence at King’s Theatre from February 10-15, creating a new work.

The Mocean creation residency series is part of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. Coffin, Skinner and Zimmer - past program alumnae, will be ambassadors of the Talent Trust program, to help inspire young dancers across the province, inform students of the training scholarship program, as well as offer workshops for the local high school and community members to take in a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of Inside Wild.

From King's Theatre website:
King’s Theatre is pleased to announce the creation residency of Atlantic Canada’s leading contemporary dance company, Mocean Dance from February 10-15, 2019. 

During this time, Mocean’s Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin will work on a new creation, Inside Wild, while experimenting with new multimedia elements and set design possibilities for the new, original work.

Joining Sara are dance artists Anastasia Weibe, Julie Robert, Lydia Zimmer & Georgia Skinner as well as collaborators multimedia artist Nick Bottomly & composer/multidisciplinary artist Brian Riley as they experiment with multimedia elements and set design for the new work.

King’s Theatre patrons are invited to join some of Nova Scotia’s most innovative dance and theatre artists for a work-in-progress sharing for an intimate behind-the-scenes look at how contemporary dance is made along with an artist talk that will explore the working progress when incorporating multimedia elements to help tell a story.

King’s Theatre, 209 St George Street 
PO Box 161, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, B0S 1A0
Box Office I 902.532.7704
24-hour Info Line I 902.532.5466

General Manager

Thursday, January 31, 2019

75th Anniversary Launch on February 7, 2019

February 7, 2019 from 
1-3 p.m.
at the 
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 

10 Cherry Brook Road
Cherry Brook, NS

We are launching our 75th Anniversary Celebrations, setting off a series of events across Nova Scotia marking the significance of our organization’s impact.

“One only needs to look to the long list of notable alum and their accomplishments to see the impact on our own communities. The Talent Trust is a catalyst for vibrancy, a family to our artists, a community for its supporters and a commitment to Nova Scotian artists of the future.” - Erin Sparks, NSTT Chair

Hosted by CBC’s Portia Clark, the launch will honour the people and organizations that contributed to this rare milestone, reflecting on the compelling ideas and creative values that ensured its legacy. Dancers Maggie Oates-Johnson and Veronique MacKenzie, musicians Devin Huang and Reeny Smith, circus arts performer Mike Hirschbach, and textile artist Sandra Brownlee will share their stories and talents with live performances. 

The Talent Trust’s Honorary Chair His Honour, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Her Honour Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc will be in attendance as well as The Honourable Myra Freeman, Minister Leo Glavine and Minister Tony Ince.

Since 1944, the Talent Trust has provided more than $2 million to over 1,000 Nova Scotians, primarily young people, who have demonstrated talent and potential to become professional artists in theatre, dance, fine craft and design, music, circus arts, media, film, literary, and visual arts. There is no other comparable organization in the country. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, go to or call the Talent Trust at (902) 492-6801.

The NSTT is supported by the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, RBC Foundation, The Craig Foundation, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, Support4Culture, NSTT Foundation, Cecilia Concerts, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, Craft Nova Scotia, immediaC, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Symphony Nova Scotia, Neptune Theatre, FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Radio Oui98.5, Mocean Dance, Art Gallery of NS, CBU Art Gallery, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax Central Library, Halifax Municipality, and Arts Nova Scotia.  

The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Letitia Fraser, visual artist and 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award winner, shows her solo exhibition, Mommay's Patches, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.  

Opening Reception:
February 4th, 5:30 - 7:00pm 

Exhibits runs Feb 5th - 9th. 

1891 Granville Street. 

Kieron Harper, Olivia MacLean, Mollie Oates-Johnson in Alice the Ballet at the Spatz Theatre Feb 17

Kieron Harper, Olivia MacLean, and Mollie Oates-Johnson are in the cast of Alice the Ballet, hosted by Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and The Conservatory School of Dance. 

The ballet takes place February 17, 2019 at the Spatz Theatre in Halifax. There are two performances, at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Kieron Harper, second from left.
Kieron Harper, second from left, will play
the Mad Hatter in Alice the Ballet.
Kieron Harper will play the Mad Hatter in Alice

He received a Talent Trust dance scholarship in 2017 and attended the School of Alberta Ballet.

Kieron was one of the winners of the Collective Creation Award for choreography in the 2018 Dance Nova Scotia Taking Steps to Fly competition.

Dancer Olivia MacLean.
Olivia MacLean recently received a pair of Talent Trust dance scholarships to support her studies. 

She attended the four-week 2018 Summer Intensive at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) in Toronto, and in the fall of 2018 Olivia studied dance at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts in Halifax.

Dancer Mollie Oates-Johnson.
Mollie Oates-Johnson received Talent Trust dance scholarships in 2017 and 2018. 

She’s studied at the Leica Hardy School of Dance and attended summer intensive programs at the School of Alberta Ballet, Dallas Conservatory, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and National Ballet School. 

Mollie was in the lineup for KiDanCo’s spring 2018 season and more recently appeared in the beloved holiday favourite The Nutcracker at the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax.

Alice the Ballet features 35 dancers ages eight to 18 from the conservatory’s award-winning School of Dance, including senior students from the professional program dancing the lead roles.

This adaptation, filled with elaborate costumes, outlandish characters and vivid sets, combines elements of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The ballet is set to the score of Edvard Grieg.

The School of Dance’s annual children’s production provides students and the community with a rare opportunity to experience a full-scale classical ballet.

Children of all ages are welcome to attend a pre-show Alice the Ballet craft event at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of Spatz theatre. 

During intermissions the audience will be able to have posters signed and photos taken with the dancers from the ballet.

For more information, see the Alice the Ballet Facebook event page.

Alice the Ballet
Sunday, February 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Spatz Theatre, Halifax

Tickets $20 and $15
Purchase tickets online from the Spatz Theatre.

Alice the Ballet at the Spatz Theatre.