Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Scholarship Applications for May 1 Deadline Now Accepted


Applications are now accepted for our May 1 at 5 p.m. ADT deadline for Fall/Winter studies between September 1, 2020 and April 31, 2021. 

Apply early so that we can help you improve your application and avoid last minute technical problems. Use Chrome as your browser. 

Please let the studying artists in your life know about our scholarship program.

Like you, the Talent Trust is taking measures to keep the curve of the COVID-19 infection as flat as possible.
Our staff is working from home and can be reached by email.

For questions about scholarships and applications please get in touch with our Scholarship Program Coordinator Jackie Dowling at scholarship(at)nstalenttrust.ns.ca 


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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Talent Trust Alumna Ariella Pahlke's Documentary 'Conviction' is part of FIN Fridays at the AGNS

Alumna Ariella Pahlke is one
Ariella Pahlke (photo credit: goodpitch.org)
of the filmmakers of Conviction.

The Documentary will be shown at FIN Fridays at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Friday, March 27, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Conviction by Nance Ackerman, Ariella Pahlke, Teresa MacInnes, 2019, 78 minutes

Three filmmakers collaborate with women on the inside to imagine what they would have needed in their lives to avoid incarceration.

Bianca, Treena, Laura, and Caitlin are a stark reflection of the troubling worldwide tendency to criminalize and imprison the most vulnerable in society—those most affected by poverty, addiction, childhood trauma, and mental illness. Together with long-time prisoners’ rights advocate Kim Pate and others, these women collaborate with the filmmakers to answer a deceptively simple question: What would you have needed to avoid incarceration? Through art, photography, filmmaking and poetry, the women inside ....


Read more at 
https://artgalleryofnovascotia.ca/events-programs/fin-fridays-conviction

FIN Fridays is part of the Atlantic Cinematheque, a new partnership by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with FIN Atlantic International Film Festival that focuses on works by Atlantic Canadian filmmakers about Atlantic Canada that screens in the Windsor Foundation Theatre on the last Friday of every month.



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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Congratulations To All Theatre NS Award Nominees Including Talent Trust Alumni


Congratulation to our Talent Trust alumnae for their nominations for a Theatre Nova Scotia 2020 Robert Merritt Award!

Veronique MacKenzie for Outstanding Choreography in Ben Hur with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and The Children with Keep Good [Theatre] Company.

Laura Vingoe-Cram for Outstanding Direction in The Children with Keep Good [Theatre] Company.

Eszther Horvath for Outstanding Musical Direction in Brundibar with Halifax Theatre for Young People. 

Shauntay Grant for Outstanding New Play by A Nova Scotian and Outstanding Production for The Bridge with 2b theatre and Neptune Theatre in association with Obsidian Theatre. 

Congratulations to all nominees! You can find the full list at Theatre Nova Scotia's website: 
https://www.theatrens.ca/robert-merritt-awards/nominations

photo credit: websites of all the mentioned artists above


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Reeny Smith in concert - Inspiring Women In Song - Hosted by CIOE 97.5 FM

Inspiring Women in Song


CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY


Join CIOE 97.5 FM and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women as they launch a week of events and programs to celebrate International Women’s Day with this special concert.

Featuring East Coast Artist: Erin Costelo, Reeny Smith and the THR!VE Children’s Choir.

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.


SPATZ THEATRE in HALIFAX

Tickets are on Sale Now: $25.00 Each

Order online or in person at the Studios of CIOE 97.5 FM
11 Glendale Ave, Lower Sackville – 902-252-7975


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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Artist Talk with Shauntay Grant and Hope Masike (Zimbabwe)

Get a behind-the-scenes look
at the creative process as playwright and Talent Trust alumna Shauntay Grant workshops scenes from a new theatrical work-in-progress. 

February 27 at 7 p.m. 
at the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library. 

She will be joined by Zimbabwean musician Hope Masike for this special event.

Admission is free.
Shauntay’s play The Bridge was produced at Neptune Theatre in 2019 in collaboration with 2b theatre company and Obsidian Theatre.

This event is part of TD presents: African Heritage Month at Halifax Public Libraries.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Classical guitarist Dale Kavanagh to perform at Cecilia's Retreat

Cecilia’s Retreat features
Dale Kavanagh
Talent Trust alumna and internationally acclaimed classical guitarist 

Dale Kavanagh on

Saturday, February 22
at 11 a.m.


Originally from Halifax, Dale Kavanagh is now one of the outstanding interpreters of the international guitar scene and Musique Royale is honoured to present her in her native province.

Please reserve a spot by getting in touch with Barbara Butler if you would like to attend. Tickets are $35.

A tasty brunch follows the morning performance.

Cecilia’s Retreat, 1199 Oakland Rd., RR#2 in Mahone Bay


Further information from the Musique Royale:
Dale Kavanagh is a laureate of international competitions - Segovia Competition (Spain, 1987) - Int. Guitar Competition of Gargnano (Italy, 1988) - Neuchâtel (Switzerland, 1986) - Int. Scandinavian Competition (Finland, 1988). She is a guest at major music and guitar festivals worldwide and has performed more than 1,700 concerts as a soloist and in the Amadeus Guitar Duo in over 70 countries. As a soloist in the orchestra, she has performed with many orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Suhl, the Berliner Sinfoniker, the President Orchestra Ankara, Symphony Nova Scotia and many more. Dale Kavanagh is also a composer. Her own compositions appear at Chanterelle, Heidelberg, Hubertus Nogatz, Essen and Edition Margaux, Berlin.


From 1998 to 2003 she was a lecturer at the Musikhochschule Dortmund, from 2003 to 2009 “Musician in Residence” at Acadia University in Canada and since 2003 she teaches as a Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. From 1999 to 2014 she was exclusively under contract with Hänssler Classic, since 2014 her CDs are released with Naxos.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Brooklyn Law will be dancing in Cinderella at the Spatz Theatre on February 16, 2020

Brooklyn Law

Join the dancers of the Maritime Conservatory School of Dance. Wonderful to see that 2019 scholarship recipient Brooklyn Law is one of the dancers.

The performances will be shown

at the Spatz Theatre
on February 16
at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.


The Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope St. Halifax NS, (Citadel High School)

From the Maritime Conservatory School of Dance website:
Cinderella is created and choreographed by artistic faculty of the School of Dance, Diana Rutherford, Alexa Cherrett and Julia Roberts, working in collaboration with costume director Kate Mitchelle and set designer John O'Neil.

A classic fairy tale becomes a truly magical ballet depicting a story of human kindness, perseverance and optimistic spirit.

The Maritime Conservatory School of Dance has been training dancers for more than 50 years. Our graduates are professional dancers and dance teachers, their dedication and their artistry will astound you—from our youngest dancers, prepping to be Cinderella’s mice, to our corps de ballet, who draw on their many years of dance training as they learn hundreds of steps and complex choreography.


Tickets can be purchased at https://spatztheatre.boldtypetickets.com/events/101614956/cinderella

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Wellness and Health are Important to You - Join our Team Talent Trust to Achieve your Goals


You probably had some great ideas how to improve your health this year but it's already February and you wonder where to start. 
Thank you to our 2019 Team!

Don't despair the solution is just a click away. (smile)

Start your wellness program with us and at the same time make it possible for young Nova Scotian arts students to pursue their dream to become professional artists?

Join Team Talent Trust for the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon on the long weekend in May - May 15-17, 2020.

Train with us for a 2 KM run, a full marathon or any length in between and be fuelled by your friends that are sponsoring your run. Last year's team members were able to raise over $2,000 for the Scholarship Fund let's double that this year. All ages welcome!

Team Talent Trust is here to cheer you on, help you with your training, and support you when you need it. 
It's just more fun to be part of a team.

All proceeds raised will go 100% towards the Talent Trust's Scholarship Fund.

Sing up today and join our Team Talent Trust to start your wellness program today.
https://raceroster.com/25342?aff=FGKM7

Our Team Captain for this year is Victoria Hines, NSTT board member and Team motivator. (smile)
Victoria will be glad to connect with you through events(at)nstalenttrust.ns.ca 

Don't hesitate to ask her any questions you might have in regards to Team Talent Trust. 
Thank you for stepping it up for your own wellness and health!

Jacqueline and Victoria

Victoria Hines, NSTT Board member and Team Talent Trust Captain
events(at)nstalenttrust.ns.ca 

Jacqueline Steudler, Executive Director
director(at)nstalenttrust.ns.ca, 902-492-68-01, nstalenttrust.ns.ca

PS: The Blue Nose Marathon is a charity road marathon that has been held each spring in Halifax since 2004. The race is sponsored by Scotiabank, as the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon. This marathon is a standard length at 26 miles. In 2020, the marathon will go over the MacDonald bridge into Dartmouth and back. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Turo Art Society's Annual Sculpture Show features Shauna MacLeod and Brandt Eisner

Congratulations to all the artists involved in this year's sculpture exhibition through the Truro Art Society
Shauna MacLeod (photo Black Crow Pottery)
opening on

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

McCarthy Gallery located at the NSCC Truro Campus

Talent Trust alumni involved are Brandt Eisner and Shauna MacLeod.

Also great to see the names of Talent Trust supporters like artists Terri Whetstone, Dawn MacNutt plus our board member Kay Stanfield.

The exhibition continues until February 27, 2020.

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Participating Artists:
Louise Pentz
Dawn MacNutt
Shauna MacLeod
Maurice Plomske
Terri Whetstone
Brandt Eisner
Carolyn Bedford
Denise Lynch
Pamela Swainson
Frank Parsonage
Kay Stanfield
Marcy McGregor
Jan Hull
Jenifer Houghtaling
Deborah Maurer
Barbara Schmeisser
Katie Huey
Kyle Henderson
Miya Turnbull
Mary Jane Lundy
Athar Quershi
Al Hattie
Danielle Sawada
Andrew Quon
J. Todd Vassallo

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

NSTT Baskets of Arts Winners



Congratulations to (l-r): Kyle and Sue Sparks, Sylvia Barka (her husband David picked up the basket), and Lisa Mitchell!

Thank you to all of you that bought a raffle ticket. We were able to raise over $3,000 for our scholarship program.

Thank you again to our generous friends from the arts community that contributed original art works, complimentary tickets to film, theatre, and concerts, books, CDs, DVDs, and sweet treats. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Highlights from our 2019 Special Awards Ceremony


We celebrated our scholarship and Special Award recipients on December 11, 2019, in the wonderful Paul O’Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library.

Once again, our Special Awards Ceremony was an afternoon of performances, presentations, and a joyful gathering of friends and family. We were grateful to have in attendance His Honour The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and Her Honour Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc, seen above with Minister Leo Glavine, and Talent Trust Chair Erin Sparks.

We’d like to thank everyone who helped make our ceremony a great success, especially a big thank you to Jennifer Fall-Clarke and the staff at the Central Library, Jenna Robar for her opening and closing Mi'kmaq songs, our MC Mike Hirschbach and our stage director Rebecca Wolfe for volunteering their time and knowledge, thank you to Basil AV that made sure that all the slides and videos played at the correct time and Spider Video for the Facebook live stream, and again congratulations to all the scholarship and Special Award recipients.


photo credit: Megan Jansen

Left to right: Peggy Corkum/Musique Royale Legacy Award recipient Devin Huang, Shelagh Mackenzie Award winner Rose-Marie Daniels, and Robert George Jackson Award recipient Sahara Nyathi are presented their Special Awards by The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

photo credit: Megan Jansen

Left to right: Jessica MacIsaac, recipient of the Kenneth Elloway Award, Brooke Mitchell, recipient of the Theatre Nova Scotia Award, Ada Denil, recipient of The Susan Wood Award, and Amelia Bruce, recipient of the Raymond Simpson Award, are presented their Special Awards by The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
More images can be found in our photo gallery. 

Or you can watch all Thank You videos by the award winners on our YouTube channel


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