Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Chris Spencer-Lowe: FIN Special Program Featured Filmmaker Countdown

Filmmaker, Chris Spencer-Lowe is one of five NSTT scholarship recipients featured in our special partnership program with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee. 


Transfer (2014), will be featured in the program:


As a technician transfers celluloid images to a digital format, he falls in love with a phantom family and life on the screen.

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane,
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax



As a musician and performer in Halifax in the early 90’s, Christopher Spencer-Lowe was drawn to the use of images to accompany the sounds he imagined. Since then he has attended the film program at Simon Fraser University, projected film loops at raves, played in various bands, performed in media, movement and art performances, worked at The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, created media installations, advocated for arts locally and nationally, taught filmmaking to over a thousand people and drawn awards and recognition for his internationally screened short films. Through this all, CSL has remained an active member of the Halifax artist community and still loves finding new ways to work with old media while doing unusual things in public.


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Bretten Hannam: FIN Special Program Featured Filmmaker Countdown

Filmmaker, Bretten Hannam is one of five NSTT scholarship recipients featured in our special partnership program with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee. 

Two of his films will be featured in the program:

E’sekati (2017)
The shores of E'sekati (Lunenburg) have seen 11,000 years of human life, love, struggle, and change. Hannam weaves shalan joudry’s poem about this special place into the waves and trees and rock.

Deep End (2011)
When Dane’s older brother comes out of the closet, Dane’s loyalty and principles are tested.

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane,
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax


As described on Wildfire's website, which is screening in the festival's Atlantic Shorts Gala, Bretten Hannam is a Two-Spirit filmmaker of Mi'kmaw, Ojibwe, and Scottish ancestry living in Kespukwitk, Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) where he was raised. His films deal with themes of community, culture, language, and tradition with a focus on Two-Spirit and LGBTQ identity. He co-wrote the short CHAMPAGNE which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015 he wrote and directed a Telefilm Micro-budget feature, NORTH MOUNTAIN, a Two-Spirit thriller, which won Best Original Score at the Atlantic Film Festival, and the Screen Nova Scotia Award for Best Feature. He is a Fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters, Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and the CFC writer’s Lab. Brett regularly teaches writing and directing workshops at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, and in Mi’kmaw communities across Nova Scotia. In 2017 he was selected as one of six filmmakers in Canada to attend the Whistler Film Festival’s Indigenous Filmmaker Fellowship.


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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Becka Barker: FIN Special Program Featured Filmmaker Countdown

Media artist, Becka Barker is one of five NSTT scholarship recipients working in film that will be featured in our special partnership program with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee. 

Three of her film will be featured in the program:

And When Alone, Repeat (2017)
The strains of youth choir singing Robert Frost’s “Choose Something Like a Star” soar over animation based on images from weather balloons and dashcams.

Assembled (2006)
Etching each image by hand onto 35mm celluloid, Barker’s cameraless film explores loneliness and togetherness.

BUOY (2017)
Re-envisioning W.G. MacLaughlan's footage of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, this “crowd-sourced” film was traced and drawn by scores of different hands.

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane,
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax


As described on her website, Becka Barker is an artist of settler ancestry who uses moving images, drawing, the English language, participatory performance, and collaboration in her work. Through these strategies, she explores intersections of geography, memory, and mediated communication.

A defining feature of her work is the use of hand-crafted processes, such as hand-processed analogue motion picture film and rotoscoped animation, as a media art methodology. She uses film and video frames as a starting point to develop an intimate relationship with visual increments as a way of considering relationships among knowledge, learning, and experience.

Becka’s work has been exhibited at venues such as the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Seoul’s EXiS (winner 2007, Best International Film), Images Festival (Toronto), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), KunstDoc Art Gallery (Seoul), Echo Park Film Centre (Los Angeles), Toronto Animated Images Society, WNDX (Winnipeg), and Struts Gallery (Sackville, NB). Her work has been supported by the National Film Board of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and Halifax Regional Municipality. She has been regular part-time 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.

Becka’s educational research interests find her at the intersections of discourses on studio-based learning, multiliteracies, and language teaching pedagogy. She has shared her work at KOTESOL Pan-Asian Consortium (2010), TESL Canada (2012), CSEA/CAGE (2013), NSATA (2013, 2014), DCUTL (2016), AWELL (2014, 2016), UAAC (with collaborator Gerard Choy, 2016), STLHE (2017), and SAS (panellist, 2018).

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Ann Verrall: FIN Special Program Featured Filmmaker Countdown

Award-winning media artist, Ann Verrall is one of five NSTT scholarship recipients working in film that will be featured in our special partnership program with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia curated by Dr. Shannon Brownlee. 

In the program, we return to Rain (2000), 
a short about a children’s game that turns ugly when an older brother tries to force his sister to play and see the world his way.

Then, Now, Change:
Visions of Nova Scotia

Thursday, September 19
at 9:10 p.m.

Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane,
5657 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax


Ann Verrall is a Halifax-based, award-winning media artist who’s work spans genres of drama, experimental and documentary. A graduate of NSCAD University, Ann’s films have been screened at festivals in Canada, USA, England and Australia, broadcast on CBC, Movieola, MTV Logo, Super Channel and screened on Air Canada.

She has taught at NSCAD University and the University of Regina where she was the Filmmaker-in-Residence in 2009. Ann also does community-based video collaboration projects in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan working in partnership with the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, cultural organizations in Regina, community groups and schools, as well as a team of professional artists from various disciplines – music, dance, theatre, visual arts and media arts.

In 2011, Ann received the Vision and Accomplishment award from Women in Film & Television Atlantic. Ann is currently in production on a feature documentary 500 Days in the Wild and a short documentary series The Beacon Project.



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Violinist Gillian Smith Launches Her Album with Jennifer King

Past recipient Gillian Smith launches her upcoming album Into the Stone, featuring music for solo violin by women Canadian Composers Kati Agócs, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Veronika Krausas, Chantale Laplante, and Ana Sokolović on the Leaf Music label. Her Halifax launch includes special guest, NSTT recipient, Jennifer King on piano. 

Image and Bio from https://gilliansmithviolin.com/
Wedn, Sept 25, 7 p.m. 
Paul O’Regan Hall 
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road 

Admission is free.

Saturday, October 5, 7 p.m.
Glenn Gould Studio 
250 Front Street West


Artist Bios:

A dynamic and intuitive performer, Gillian Smith enjoys a varied and exciting performance career as a violinist. Deeply committed to performing music by contemporary composers, she has recorded two CDs with members of the Acadia New Music Society on the Centrediscs label: Live Wired, which features the music of Derek Charke, Jérôme Blais, and Anthony Genge, and In Sonorous Falling Tones, which features the music of Derek Charke and which was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year in 2018. She can also be heard on a recording of the chamber music of Carmen Braden that will be released in November 2019.

Gillian Smith has appeared at such series and festivals as the Acadia Performing Arts Series, the East Coast Music Awards, Inner Space Concerts, the Music Room Chamber Players, Open Waters Festival, Shattering the Silence Festival, and Sunday Music in the Garden Room. She has also performed and recorded as an orchestral musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia.

A dedicated teacher, Gillian Smith serves as instructor of violin and viola at the Acadia University School of Music and as head of the upper strings department at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. Her students have won top prizes and awards in regional and national competitions.

Gillian Smith holds degrees in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.Mus.), the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.Mus.), and the University of Minnesota (D.M.A). Her teachers have included Jorja Fleezanis, Camilla Wicks, Peter Salaff, and Philippe Djokic.

As described on Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, the energetic and insightful, Jennifer King is a versatile pianist who is equally at home on the concert stage, in the classroom and teaching studio. She is in high demand as an adjudicator, coach, and clinician and has firmly established herself as a sought-after talent across Atlantic Canada.

Jennifer worked as staff pianist and part time faculty member at Acadia University’s School of Music from 2003. She currently works as a private piano instructor, coach and free-lance pianist based in Halifax. She is excited to join the faculty at MCPA in 2017. Ms. King has performed in hundreds of recitals and concerts as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician and as a soloist. Jennifer can be heard in concert alongside some of Canada’s most respected singers and musicians.

Ms. King holds a Masters of Music degree in solo piano performance from McGill University, postgraduate diplomas from the University of Reading in the UK as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Her accolades include two scholarships from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and an Award of Appreciation from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in recognition of her contributions to musical life in the province. Recently Jennifer performed outside for 6 hours on the Halifax waterfront with artist Holly Carr for Nocturne Art at Night Festival. She has her first solo recording of all night inspired music – O Mistress Moon! due for release this Spring/Summer 2017.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Letitia Fraser Shows Her Proud Paintings at MSVU Art Gallery

Winner of the NSTT’s 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award Letitia Fraser shows her paintings at our 75th Anniversary partner organization, the MSVU Art Gallery, with work curated by Laura Ritchie. 

Photo and Bio from https://www.newscotlandblack.com/

Exhibition runs
Sept 14 - Nov 3

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, September 14, 
2 p.m.

MSVU Art Gallery
166 Bedford Highway

As described by the MSVU Art Gallery, this exhibition showcases a selection of works by Halifax painter and recent NSCAD graduate, Letitia Fraser. A proud descendant of North Preston, Letitia weaves faces from her life into textiles, both literal and figurative. Her recent accolades throughout Nova Scotia are many and this project allows a closer look at and meditation on her intimate work. 

Artist Bio:

Letitia Fraser is a figurative artist born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia. Letitia is a proud descendant of North Preston. Coming from a long line of Artists. Her artistic interest was shown early in life. Her interest matured during her high school years driving her desire to continue to NSCAD, where she is a recent graduate.

​Her art work has been featured in exhibits at the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, the Freedom Festival Art Exhibit coordinated by the African Nova Scotian Music Association; and several exhibits by the Black Artist Network of Nova Scotia (2014-2017). In 2011 she illustrated images for “The Journey Continues; An Atlantic Canada Black experience.” Written by Craig M. Smith.

In 2018 Letitia had the opportunity to have her art work published alongside other women in Understorey Magazines 12th issue dedicated to African Nova Scotian Women. In 2018, she received the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund Scholarship and the 2018 RBC Emerging Artist Award from Nova Scotia Talent Trust.

​In February of 2019 Letitia was featured on the cover of The Coast, and interviewed by CBC for her first solo, graduate exhibition Mommay's Patches, at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, where her piece "Rested" was currently on display in the Graduation exhibition, Along the Way.


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Chantal Peng Brings Her Piano Passion to NSTT’s Pop Up Series in Wolfville & Kentville

In celebration of our 75th Anniversary, award winning virtuosic piano player and scholarship recipient Chantal Peng, promotes the work of the NSTT through two Pop Up recitals in rural Nova Scotia. 



Sunday, September 15, 2019
2:30 p.m.
K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre
Acadia University, 32 University Avenue, Wolfville


Sunday, October 20, 2019
2:00 p.m.
St. James Anglican Church
18 Prospect Avenue, Kentville 

Free and open to the public. 

In her own words:

“I have been involved in my community and surrounding areas since I began playing music. Whether I’m giving concerts on large stages across North America or performing for a senior’s home my purpose is to ensure the audience is engaged in the wonders of music making.

That’s why I believe the Nova Scotia Talent Trust is so crucial to Nova Scotia. Whether through words of encouragement or monetary scholarships their help allows studies and careers across the globe.

The Talent Trust scholarships have been the backbone of my career and I want to give back to the organization through my pop-up concerts and also rejuvenate community support for the arts as well as corporate support for charities like the Nova Scotia Talent Trust.”

Chantal Peng

Artist Bio:

19-year-old Chantal Peng is a classical pianist based in the Annapolis Valley, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with Professor John Hansen at Acadia University.

She continues to receive numerous accolades through her piano career. Apart from being interviewed for a feature on CBC Radio One Peng has performed for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2018 and won 1st Prize at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals as well as Great Composers’ International Concerto Competition in 2016. In 2017, she won the Tietje Zonneveld Award through the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. 

It's been three years since this video, just imagine Chantal now.

 


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Talent Trust Artist Spotlight Radio with Becka Barker and Gwyneth Christoffel

Tune in for the 5th edition of the Talent Trust Artist Spotlight.

Every first Thursday of the month with your host, past scholarship recipient and current board member Breagh MacKinnon.

September 5 at 1 p.m. 





Hear from two of the five NSTT alumni filmmakers showcased in the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival's special partnered 75th Anniversary program Then, Now, Change: Visions of Nova Scotia. I
nterdisciplinary-multimedia artist and academic, Becka Baker and animator and filmmaker Gwyneth Christoffel discuss the life of an artist in their chosen field. 

Previous episodes included:

Gina BurgessMarcel d'EntremontGharrett PaonMarc DjokicCharley YoungShandi MitchellJane Archibald and Charlotte Wilson-Hammond


You can listen to former episodes here.


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In 2019, the Talent Trust is celebrating its 75th  anniversary featuring former scholarship recipients with a travelling art exhibition, pop-up events in theatre, music, and dance, film screenings and more.

The 75th anniversary activities are supported by the province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, The Craig Foundation, Canadian Federation of Musicians, and Margaret and David Fountain.