Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Thank you Kenneth Elloway and the Elloway Family

We're grateful to Kenneth Elloway's family for creating and sustaining this fantastic and generous special award since 2007.

The Kenneth Elloway Award, named for musician, composer and conductor, Kenneth A. Elloway, will be awarded, if merited, to a recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in classical orchestral conducting or composition; choral music conducting or composition; classical vocal or instrumental performance. The $1,000 award is funded by the Elloway family.

About Kenneth:

Kenneth Albert Elloway was born in the town of Weymouth, Dorset, on England’s south coast, in 1916. 

He married Eva in 1939 at the start of World War II. They would have two children, Mary and Kenneth, and one granddaughter, Tina.

At the age of 16 or 17, he joined the British Army as a band boy. After a number of years, the Army sent him to its own school of music at Kneller Hall - the Royal College of Music. There his classes consisted of music theory, conducting, composing and arranging, etc. After graduation, he was entitled to put the letters A.R.C.M. (Associate of the Royal College of Music) after his rank and name. Eventually, he was posted as second in command to the elite Royal Artillery Band, stationed in Woolwich, just outside of London.

In 1955, Mr. Elloway resigned from the British army one day and enlisted in the Canadian Army the next to become bandmaster of the Royal Canadian Artillery band - joining them in March  while they were stationed temporarily in Germany. In October, 1955, the band returned to Halifax. Kenneth and Eva Elloway and their two children sailed with them, immigrating to Canada through Pier 21.

From then on, Mr. Elloway was always involved in the local music scene:  playing double bass with the Halifax Symphony; conducting the CBC Orchestra on radio; acting as associate conductor of the Halifax Symphony; adjudicating at various competitions.

He was Director of the Maritime Conservatory of Music for 10 years; director of the Dartmouth Choral Society for a number of years until 1980; and he was the founding conductor, in 1975, of the Chebucto Orchestra.

After his retirement from the Army in the mid-1960s, he taught music in the  City of Dartmouth school system. He was assistant Director of Music, and became Director a year or two before he died in September, 1980.

"The Elloway family has been proud to support my father’s award. I intend to continue supporting it as long as possible. The NSTT is a wonderful organization. It is heartwarming to see so many young people from all the arts given encouragement and support", states his daughter Mary (Elloway) Olsen 

Past Kenneth Elloway Award recipients:

  • Taylor MacGillivray (composition) 2020
  • Jessica MacIssac (composition) 2019
  • Jessica MacIssac (composition) 2018
  • Thomas Burton (conducting) 2017
  • Eszther Horwath (conducting) 2016
  • Adam Clarke (composition) 2015
  • Julia Millett 2014
  • Jenna Richards (piano) 2013
  • Evan Mounce 2012
  • Shawn Potter 2011
  • Marielle Groven (composition) 2010
  • Cy Giacomin 2009
  • Angela Miller 2008
  • Margaret Fay 2007
Thank you!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Join the Talent Trust's Blue Nose Marathon Team 2021

The Talent Trust is running and walking for creativity and art education in 2021 at the Blue Nose Marathon November 6 and 7, 2021.

Last year we were able to fundraise $4,765 for our scholarship fund. Let's make an even more significant impact this year. (smile)

We wondered if you are a runner or walker? 

"I'm not a runner, so I will walk 5 km again", says our Executive Director Jacqueline Steudler with a smile.

We are looking for Talent Trust Team members that will participate and fundraise for the Talent Trust by running/walking at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon.

There are various runs that you can sign up for. Although the plans are for some limited in-person runs, there is also a virtual possibility. 
Virtual means that you run or walk safely in your neighbourhood. You'll still get a Blue Nose Marathon T-shirt and medal. This means that you can participate even if you live outside of Nova Scotia (smile). 

Join our team today by using the following registration link. You'll be automatically added to our team with this link.
https://raceroster.com/events/2021/47356/scotiabank-blue-nose-marathon/register?team=316112

Not sure what to expect when going to the page above? Have a look at this video, which gives you the registration information you need. (If you're a minor your parent has to sign you up.)

https://app.searchie.io/watch/Ml2RkMLjDa/

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Thank you Robert George Jackson and Daphne Cruikshanks

We're grateful to the late Robert George Jackson and his wife Daphne Cruikshanks for creating and sustaining this fantastic and generous special dance award since 2011. 

The Robert George Jackson Award
, named for the late Robert Jackson who loved the arts, was established in 2011 by his wife, Daphne Cruikshanks. It will be awarded, if merited, to a NSTT recipient who shows exceptional commitment and potential in dance. The award is $2,000.

Past Robert George Jackson Award winners are:
  • Aidan Vaudreuil (Ballet) 2020
  • Sahara Nyathi (Ballet) 2019
  • Lucie Schmidt (Contemporary) 2018
  • Maggie Oates-Johnson (Ballet) 2017
  • Ellery Jackson (Ballet) 2016
  • Niamh Perrins (Ballet) 2015
  • Cloe Hart (Contemporary) 2014
  • Aliah Schwartz (Contemporary) 2013
  • Francesca Nardi (Flamenco) 2012
  • Bridget Lappin (Contemporary) 2011
Thank you Daphne Cruikshanks, your generous support has made a big difference for so many. We are honoured to celebrate Robert George Jackson's love for the arts annually with our Nova Scotia community. 


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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Don Pentz: Images of the Keji Country

 



Congratulations to Don Pentz, former Talent Trust scholarship recipient, on the release of his new book, Images of the Keji Country!

About the book (from SSP Publications):
Don Pentz’s Images of the Keji Country illuminates the pristine beauty of Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujik National Park and pays homage to the Mi’kmaq’s sacred ground.

Just released is Donald R. Pentz’s latest book, Images of the Keji Country.  The book’s collection of gorgeous watercolours and black and white petroglyph paintings serves, in part, as a commentary on the painting process, with folksy journal notes from a veteran backwoods adventurer.

This collection of images – watercolour sketches executed “en plein air”, studio oil paintings and ink and acrylic petroglyph paintings describe a vast nature retreat that was formerly a native hunting and fishing ground – hallowed territory that the artist shows extreme reverence for.

Pentz’s history with Kejimkujik, a 380 sq. km. tract in the interior of the southwest end of the province and the National Park that was founded in 1968, goes back almost 60 years – as a woodsman, naturalist, park interpreter and artist. He has explored and sketched its farthest reaches and has developed a profound understanding and respect for its physical and spiritual place.

About the author:
Donald Pentz is a Nova Scotia artist (oils, watercolours, acrylics) currently residing in Halifax.

Graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University in 1966, he later completed a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Regina (1979). That was followed by a bursary to take part in a special six-week painting program at the Banff School of Fine Arts. A recipient of Canada Council and Nova Scotia Arts grants, his work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and as far afield as China, England, Cuba, France, Japan and the United States. Pentz has been exhibiting his work since 1967 and is an elected member of the Royal Academy of the Arts (R.C.A.) and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (C.S.P.W.C.).

A segment of Pentz’s art career was spent working as a zoological illustrator for the Museum of Natural History in Ottawa, drawing everything from massive dinosaur bones to miniscule sand fleas (amphipods). After a two year stint in Ottawa, Pentz moved back to Nova Scotia in 1970 and eventually worked as a naturalist/interpreter for Kejimkujik National Park and then as an illustrator/naturalist for the Nova Scotia Dept. of Lands and Forests. His paintings can be seen in over thirty corporate and university collections as well as numerous private collections. In 2007, he was inducted into the Visual Arts Nova Scotia Honour Roll.

Still active as an exhibiting artist, Don continues to go out on solo canoe trips to paint on location.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Renowned violinist Marc Djokic partners with Talent Trust to support the 2021 Scholarship Recipients

 Introducing the DIGITAL PATHS mentorship pilot program

by Marc Djokic, Nova Scotia Talent Trust,
Orchestre classique de Montréal and Ensembl’arts!


DIGITH PATHS: 2-Way Learning, Artistic Guidance for Digital Futures
A digital strategy project made possible by 
Canada Council for the Arts 
and the participating partners.

Marc Djokic - violinist, chamber musician, concertmaster and music director - leads this mentorship pilot program to link professional mentors with the 2021 scholarship recipients of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Over one year, ten thematic videos will be created and shared on the partner websites: https://orchestre.ca/, https://www.nstalenttrust.ca/, and https://artcrushshow.com/
 
Marc is a former Talent Trust scholarship recipient and has partnered with the Talent Trust, a Nova Scotia arts organization that has helped propel many young artists to the world stage for 77 years. 

Through the “2-Way Learning - Artist Guidance Using DIGITAL PATHS Project”, the 2021 scholarship cohort of Nova Scotia Talent Trust will have the unique opportunity to be paired with a professional artist mentor in their field of dance, music, and visual arts. They will be guided through a relevant range of digital literacy topics to help develop their professional career. The 2-way learning aspect of this program recognizes young artists as experts in their right in many areas of digital literacy, which will, in return, reinvigorate the knowledge range of their mentors. 
 
The mentors are professional musicians and artists from the Orchestre classique de Montreal and Ensembl’arts (Art Crush). They will provide locally-focused advice on navigating digital platforms, setting strategies, sourcing local resources to advance projects, and building visibility with national presenters. Digital literacy case studies can be geared towards local realities and schedules, available local resources, relevant contact references, knowledge of local audition expectations, among other topics. 

ALL youth who plan on pursuing an artistic career and are interested in applying for competitions, auditions and scholarships will benefit from the Digital Paths videos created throughout this program. The videos will be available for free viewing on the partner sites after the conclusion of the project. We are excited to begin this year-long journey! 

"Marc Djokic has been the recipient of Talent Trust scholarships and special awards throughout his studies to become a professional violinist and musician. He has become a supporter of the NSTT and now a partner for our promising Nova Scotia artists. The 2021 scholarship recipients will have the unique opportunity to be paired with a professional artist mentor in their field to guide them through a range of digital literacy topics for their future success. We’re excited about this collaboration,” states Jacqueline Steudler, Executive Director NSTT

"The OCM has a strong mandate to nurture the young talents of tomorrow. The current pandemic has taught our industry that "digital literacy" is key to maintaining and expanding a professional musician's career." - Taras Kulish, Orchestre classique de Montréal
 
"Ensembl'arts introduces the public to multidisciplinary collaborations and presents unique performances in diverse venues throughout Canada. Today, this includes the virtual stage. We are especially excited that the dance, choreography and visual artist members of our ensemble will be able to share their experiences and expertise in new digital work realities." - Avery Zhao, Ensembl'arts Group (Art Crush concerts)

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

About Orchestre classique de Montréal
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott. The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring to five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Now led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians. The OCM presents concerts throughout the year and is now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in downtown Montreal.

About Ensembl’arts Group
Founded in 2014, Ensembl’arts creates immersive concert experiences set in unexpected settings and spaces. Somewhere between a traditional concert and performance art, our innovative use of the stage - or non-stage formats - allows us to combine dance and visual arts with classical and contemporary music. In 2016 the ensemble travelled to the Atlantic provinces for performances and filming produced by Mécénat Musica Videoclips. The ensemble collaborates regularly with other groups and organizations, and has recently been a part of the festivals Music and Beyond and Festival Classica. Ensembl’arts is currently Artist in Residence at the Barachois Summer Music Festival 2021 and will be premiering a multidisciplinary creation for Tim Brady’s new composition, Trio Toccata.




Thursday, June 24, 2021

Celebrate with us Portia White's 110th Birthday!

Let's celebrate Portia White's 110th birthday and remember a fantastic Nova Scotia talent.

Internationally recognized in her day and now revered as part of Canadian heritage, Portia White’s legacy is infused with many meanings. For the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, which celebrated 77 years of supporting aspiring artists of all disciplines on May 2, 2021, Portia White represents its catalyst. 

In 1944, members of the Halifax Ladies Club, along with voice teacher Dr. Ernesto Vinci, successfully advocated the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia for unparalleled financial support towards her studies in New York. Portia White ascended to become one of the best singers of the 20th century. The Talent Trust, with the help of the Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, supports her legacy through the Portia White Award for a Nova Scotia voice student.

The province recognized the difference their support made in Portia White’s career and founded the Nova Scotia Talent Trust in 1944, to help other deserving and talented Nova Scotians succeed. 

More about Portia White:

On March 13, 1944, Portia White delivered her breakthrough concert that changed her own life and many more. Portia White became the first Canadian ever to perform at the New York Town Hall. 

The concert initiated her ascent to become one of the best singers of the 20th century, a particularly incredible triumph considering the systemic racism of segregation. 

Internationally recognized in her day, Portia White is now revered as part of Canadian heritage. Her legacy represents the catalyst for the Talent Trust and its 77-year commitment to aspiring artists across the province. Since 1985, many deserving vocalists have been awarded the Talent Trust’s Portia White Award, including Shanice Skinner and Reeny Smith.

Read the Talent Trust editorial “Celebrate Portia White’s Legacy,” published in The Coast in 2019.

You can also here Portia White speaking about life in Toronto in 1958 here. And listen to her here: https://youtu.be/Ibk3DZF-CtY

In 2011, Reeny Smith helped us celebrate Portia's 100th Birthday by singing "Think on Me" at the annual Portia White Award Concert in front of the Honorable Myann E. Francis Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Portia's  family members and a packed church. A special moment! Reeny's rendition can be found here: 
https://youtu.be/Kl49LMLvM8o

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Welcome to the Board Jonathan Wallace Smith Jr.

Our board members play a significant role in executing our vision to support the development of talented Nova Scotians to pursue a professional career in the arts. They dedicate countless hours and support the mission of the Talent Trust with their funds. We're very proud to say that we have a 100% giving Board.

Today, we bid farewell to some of them. We extend our most sincere thanks to these members for their perseverance and the critical level of insight into issues that guide the Talent Trust forward. We will never forget your work. Thank you!

At our Annual General Meeting end of May, we said goodbye to our Treasurer Stephen Bordl. Thank you, Stephen, for two years of fiscal leadership, the execution of our 75th anniversary in 2019 and for steering us through a pandemic. We're glad to know that we'll still be in touch.

Thank you to Natalie Wells for taking on the role of Treasurer. Natalie joined us last year, and we're grateful to her for stepping into her new position. 

We also said farewell to Kay Stanfield. Kay first helped us for two years as a Scholarship Selection Committee member and joined the Board five years ago. She spent many hours fundraising in various ways, opening doors and advocating for our up-and-coming Nova Scotia artists. Thank you, Kay! 

Welcome to our new board member.

We are pleased to announce the newest member of our team, Jonathan Wallace Smith Jr. Wallace, the father of former scholarship recipient Reeny Smith, is eager to help and support our Nova Scotia artists. He knows well what it takes to succeed as an artist. We look forward to incorporating his knowledge and insight and are thankful for his support.

"As the Father of a past recipient of the NSTT scholarship fund, it gives me great delight to become a member of its board. I’m extremely excited to contribute in any way to help cultivate its ongoing commitment to ensure that exceptional talent is not only recognized but supported and that its rich, established history continues to assist our thriving Nova Scotian talent," states Wallace.

Thank you to our board members for their dedication, knowledge, and time.
You can find the full roster of our NSTT board on our website. 


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Amanda Peters: Writers' Trust of Canada Raising Star


Congratulations to former Talent Trust scholarship recipient Amanda Peters for being named one of the Writers' Trust of Canada Raising Stars!

From Amanda:

“I’m honoured and humbled to be chosen to participate in this year’s Writers Trust Rising Stars Program. To be among such talent is very exciting and to get to work with Katherena Vermette, a writer I admire so much, is truly amazing.”

More about Amanda:

Amanda Peters is a mixed-race woman of Mi’kmaq and European ancestry, born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. In 2016, while working full time for her home community of Glooscap First Nation, she completed the Certificate in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. That same year, Amanda was a finalist for the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia Short Fiction Award. 

In 2017, she won the short fiction award for her story Crows. Also, in 2017 the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia awarded Amanda the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship, where she worked with writer and mentor Stephanie Domet.  Amanda was a finalist in 2018 for the Indigenous Voices Award for her short story, “Pejipug.” Also in 2018, Amanda received the RBC Emerging Artist bursary to attend the Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. 

In 2020, Amanda was awarded the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Amanda is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indians Arts (IAIA) in New Mexico. She has recently been shortlisted for the 2021 Indigenous Voices Award for her work of short fiction Waiting for the Long Night Moon. 

Amanda was also selected to participate in the 2021 Writers Trust of Canada Rising Stars Program by Metis poet and novelist, Katherena Vermette. Her short fiction has been published in The Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine and The Alaska Quarterly Review. 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Meet K.R. Byggdin 2021 Talent Trust Ambassador

You might wonder how the scholarship recipients are coping with the changed study situation. You'll be amazed to see how they continue to train, study, practice, exercise with online courses or self-study programs that they invented for themselves. They are dedicated to their craft.

One of the artists who are training from their home's safety is creative fiction writer K.R. Byggdin. K.R. is our 2021 Talent Trust Ambassador. At this time, they are enrolled as a full-time student at Dalhousie University. K.R. wrote the following about their studying experience during a pandemic and the impact that your support makes.

Here is what K.R. Byggdin told us about the last year and what the Talent Trust scholarship made possible: 

"Studying the arts in the midst of a global pandemic is a unique and, at times, stressful experience. 

My Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship helped ease my financial worries to focus on honing my creative writing
practice entirely. 

The artist’s life can be a lonely one in these socially distanced times, and I appreciate the many ways NSTT supports and spotlights their scholarship recipients. 

These efforts are crucial in reminding artists that we are connected to communities that welcome and celebrate our contributions. 

It’s encouraging to know there are many people out there who want to see emerging artists such as myself succeed.
 
As a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, I believe it’s so important that every Nova Scotian feels represented and reflected in our province’s arts scene. The NSTT’s scholarship program is one meaningful way we can ensure that artists from a diversity of backgrounds have the chance to share their amazing work with the world for decades to come. 

Thank you again for investing in this vibrant artistic future. I’m grateful for the support of donors like you.

Sincerely,

K.R. Byggdin
they/them"

You can follow K.R. Byggdin create on their Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/krbyggdin or read more about their upcoming writing projects on their website at https://krbyggdin.com/writing/


Please consider to donate to the Talent Trust in 2021. 
All donations are 100% applied to scholarships and named awards.
We will issue tax-deductible donation receipts for all amounts.
You can donate by cheque, e-transferor online with your credit card at nstalenttrust.ca

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Andre Haines: 30 years of contribution to the arts in NS

Photo credit: Chris Green


Congratulations to visual artist and former Talent Trust scholarship recipient Andre Haines for being recognized by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for over '30 years of contributing to the arts sector in Nova Scotia and helping to teach the next generation of artists and musicians'. What a wonderful achievement! 


About Andre:

In 1985, after attending Mount Allison U, and Acadia U as a student of music (oboe), theatre and fine arts, I received a NSTT scholarship to follow my artistic passions further. I had become more interested in performing in musicals and needed money to go to AMDA in NYC to study with the best in the business. My musical theatre teacher was the first female conductor on Broadway. I spent many years performing, directing and composing for stage, film and television. I taught at Acadia U for 4 years, and the MCPA as well as running my own vocal studio.As time progressed I developed more passion for visual arts and that grew into a parallel career. Now I am a full time painter and continue my artistic journey. NSTT gave me the opportunity to work with brilliant people and set me on a course for a life time working prolifically in the arts.


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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Visual Artist Gill Baldwin: Roodkapje Residency


Visual artist and past Talent Trust recipient, Gill Baldwin, has been creating some amazing things since winning the 
2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award in 2019.

Gill is a resident of the Hamburger Community of Art 2021at Roodkapje. You can learn more about her experience in engaging video.

You can see more of Gill's work by follow her on Instagram or visiting her website.

About Gill:

Gill Baldwin (b. 1992, Canada) is a multi-disciplinary artist. Using analog and digital methods she explores the biases and behaviours of contemporary digital technology. Her background as an interior architect explores the incorporation of digital technologies within the built environment and their effect on the neighbourhood, the self, and human agency.

Her work was selected to be a part of the 2018 Robot Love exhibition in Eindhoven and at Upominki in Rotterdam. Her research has been recognized by the Piet Zwart Institute Alumni Award and in 2019 she received the 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Award. She is a current resident at the HCA Community of Art artist residency at Roodkapje in Rotterdam.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Shauntay Grant: The Bridge


Congratulations to Shauntay Grant for the recent launch of The Bridge, a stunning piece of work!


(From Shauntay Grants website)


The Bridge is now published and available wherever books are sold in print and ebook formats.


The Bridge—which premiered in January 2019 at Neptune Theatre in a co-production with 2b theatre company in association with Obsidian Theatre Company—won the 2020 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding New Play by a Nova Scotian.


Called “innovative and riveting…a brilliant dramatic text” by acclaimed playwright Judith Thompson, the play is set in a rural Black Nova Scotian community as it explores the complex relationship between two brothers strained over twenty years of secrecy, deception, and dishonour. Secrets are revealed one by one from the brothers themselves, as well as a trio of community gossips who provide the musical backdrop for this gospel-infused tale. A story of a family torn apart by betrayal, The Bridge invites us to consider the roads we choose in life, and to wonder whether we can ever cross back over the bridges we burn along the way.


The Bridge already feels like it should be a classic of the Canadian theatre canon…” Amanda “Equity” Campbell writes on TWISI: The Way I See It Theatre Blog. “The intricate way this story is woven is unique and artful, and its layers create a resonant and powerfully emotional experience.”


For questions about the book or review copy requests, please contact Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, at jessica@playwrightscanada.com


For more updates on publications, author readings, and current projects visit shauntaygrant.com.


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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cheers to 77 years! Happy Birthday Talent Trust

Sunday, May 2nd was the Talent Trust's 77th birthday!!!

Thank you for celebrating with us a legacy that keeps giving. 

Internationally recognized in her day and now revered as part of Canadian heritage, Portia White’s legacy is infused with many meanings. For the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, which celebrates 77 years of supporting aspiring artists of all disciplines on May 2, Portia White represents its catalyst. 

In 1944, members of the Halifax Ladies Club, along with voice teacher Dr. Ernesto Vinci, successfully advocated the city of Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia for unparalleled financial support towards her studies in New York. Portia White ascended to become one of the best singers of the 20th century. The Talent Trust, with the help of the Dalhousie Music in Medicine HEALS Program, supports her legacy through the Portia White Award for a Nova Scotia voice student.

The province recognized the difference their support made in Portia White’s career and founded the Nova Scotia Talent Trust on May 2, 1944, to help other deserving and talented Nova Scotians succeed. 

We celebrate our 77th anniversary after supporting over 1,000 Nova Scotian artists during their study years in theatre, music, film, literary arts, circus arts, dance and visual arts.

The scholarship recipients’ dedication to their craft and talent has been amplified during these challenging times. We are proud of their tenacity to continue their studies in a safe environment and excel in their achievements. 

Thank you for believing in the creativity of our Nova Scotian artists for the last 77 years.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Minuet Charron: Accomplishments during a pandemic!


On Sunday, May 2, from 7 - 9 p.m., join Talent Trust recipient Minuet Charron, and others, in a live streamed performance that features choreography performed by members of the House of Eights Training program. Click here for more info.


From Minuet:


'Throughout this year in the training program, we’ve worked on expanding our knowledge and expertise in different commercial styles from contemporary and heels, to popping and waacking. In the past few months we worked on learning choreography for our pieces and then filmed them all. I’m so excited for people to see what myself and the rest of the training program members have been working towards and what we’ve been able to accomplish during a pandemic!'.


About Minuet:


Minuet Charron is a dancer and choreographer currently training at House of Eights, Halifax Dance, and The Conservatory School of Dance. She studies an array of styles from hip hop to ballet.


This past fall, Minuet studied in Bo Park’s online program for choreographers, performers, and leaders in the dance industry.


Her most recent performances include Votive Dance’s “Synced Systems” as part of their Youth Project. She also made an appearance with BreakSpace in collaboration with Unity Charity in their virtual showcase “The Bounce Back”. 


In addition to her two Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships, Minuet received the Sally Brayley Bliss Award for the past two years at the Taking Steps to Fly showcase.


You can keep up to date with Minuet on Instagram @minuetcharron.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Breagh Isabel: GOLD news for Good News

 


A HUGE congratulations to former Talent Trust scholarship recipient and current Talent Trust Board member Breagh Isabel on her first GOLD Record for Good News, recorded with Classified and O'Sound!!

Breagh is a Canadian recording artist, songwriter, and up-and-coming producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has written for Canadian artists including Donovan Woods, Classified, Jocelyn Alice, and Ria Mae.

Breagh was the winner of the Talent Trust's 2013 Chico Berardi Award.

You can visit Breagh's website for more info.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Talent Trust recipients performing with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

 


Congratulations to the current, and past, Talent Trust recipients who are members of this years Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra (NSYO): Abby Hanson (first violin), Indi Tisoy (first violin), Ella Hanson (viola),Priscilla Lee (cello), Sean Sneddon (bass).

The NSYO will be performing The Gaelic Symphony, online, on April 24 at 7pm. Click here for more information.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Adam Vincent Clarke: Prélude


Photo credit: Julia Ballardt


We are excited to share new work from former Talent Trust recipient, composer Adam Vincent Clarke.

You can view the video for Prélude here.

About Prélude:

Prélude for Violin and Piano was composed for Belgian violinist Nicolas Dupont, and Russian pianist Olga Kirpicheva in Autumn 2020. This performance was recorded in the Concert Hall of the Koninklijjk Conservatorium Brussel in February, 2021.

About Adam Vincent Clarke:

Adam Vincent Clarke (b.1992) is an Antwerp-based sound-artist and composer of contemporary music. From Canada to Germany to Belgium, he is a vagabond of Canada’s east coast.

Adam is a former recipient of two NSTT scholarships and the Kenneth Elloway Award. Thanks to the NSTT Adam was able to attend the Iserlohn International Guitar Festival in 2015 which gave him his compositional start in Europe. 

Adam draws inspiration through storytelling and folk tradition, often composing with a tone of gewaltsame Schönheit (violent beauty). Adam is currently composer-in-residence with Ensemble Silakbo and co-founder of the dance-theatre company Âmok/Âmok. ‘Y Tú’ (2018) & ‘I don’t (we) know‘ are ballet pieces created in tandem with choreographer Daniel Domenech for the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Adam completed his Masters at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen with Wim Henderickx. 

For more about Adam you can visit his Facebook page or his website

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Art Exhibition: Ground Rules: Before and After


Running March 1, 2021 through to April 24, 2021 the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design group show: Ground Rules: Before and After, will feature former Talent Trust recipient Letitia Fraser and other well known artists.

Letitia Fraser was the 2018 winner of the RBC Emerging Artist Award.

From the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design website:

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, in collaboration with Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the opening of Ground Rules: The Before and After, an exciting collaborative exhibition based on an experiential learning residency program in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

The four-day residency program took place in spring 2019, in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Fourteen Nova Scotia artists with diverse backgrounds explored new ideas inspired by the natural landscapes of the Highlands, while interacting with scientists, park interpreters and creative leaders.

The Ground Rules residency provided participating artists with the opportunity to explore new ideas and ways of working in their medium, connect to their individual heritage and discover how scientific processes shape the natural world.

Other participating artists are:

- Marla Brenton

- Abigail Hann

- Rebecca Hannon

- Wes Johnston

- Laura Kenney

-  Jeighk Koyote

- Frankie MacAulay

- Meghan MacDonald

- Alice MacLean

- Juliana Scherzer

- Alison Uhma

- Kate Ward

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Violinist Marc Djokic: Solo performance with Orchestre classique de Montréal


Join former Talent Trust recipient Marc Djokic as he performs a solo concert with Orchestre classique de Montréal on March 30 at 8.30 p.m. (ADT). You can find more info about the performance here.

Marc was the recipient of the 2002 Raymond Simpson Award and the 2003 Lieutenant Governor's Award.

About the performance:

The concert will begin with an Italian delicacy, Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, under the baton of Xavier Brossard-Ménard, the OCM’s current assistant conductor. Maestro Boris Brott will then take to the podium to lead two songs by Indigenous Canadian composers: Barbara Croall's Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost) for mezzo-soprano and solo flute, and Tomson Highway’s Some Say a Rose. Both pieces will feature the sumptuous voice of internationally renowned Quebec mezzo-soprano, Julie Boulianne.

The heart of the concert will be a celebration of Astor Piazzolla’s 100th birthday, as the OCM presents the composer’s renowned Cuatro estaciones porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) featuring talented violinist and OCM concertmaster Marc Djokic. To round out the season-themed evening, the OCM will perform La primavera (Spring), the first movement of Vivaldi’s beloved Concerto No. 1 in E major, better known as The Four Seasons.

About Marc (from his website):

Marc Djokic is a Canadian violinist and winner of the 2020 ECMA Classical Recording of the Year, the 2017-2018 Prix Goyer. Among other distinctions, he is a Prix Opus laureate and former Canada Council Instrument Bank recipient. Djokic is concertmaster of l’Orchestre classique de Montreal. His recently released collaborative albums, Andre Mathieu musique de chambre and The Spirit and the Dust, garnered glowing reviews upon their release.

Originally from the Maritimes; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Djokic first and foremost studied with his father Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the master Ivan Galamian. He continued his studies with David Russell, Donald Weilerstein and Jaime Laredo.

In summer 2019 Marc Djokic embarked on his second European tour with solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and masterclasses. From BC Contact to Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic, Djokic has toured several times throughout Canada as an accomplished chamber musician. As a soloist, Marc Djokic has performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Quebec Symphony Orchestra.

From 2015 to 2017, Mécénat Musica Videos produced more than 45 music videos featuring Djokic and his collaborations, filmed in unique locations across nine provinces.

Marc Djokic has commissioned several compositions with the support of Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Mécénat Musica. In 2018 Djokic co-sponsored and launched the inaugural CAMMAC Composers Competition, and is currently Artist-in-Residence at CAMMAC.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Scholarship Applications for May 1 Deadline Now Accepted


Applications are now being accepted for Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarships for studies between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. The deadline is 
May 1 at 5 p.m. ADT.

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

We advise applicants to read the submission guidelines  carefully and to submit applications early since there are a number of changes for film, music, visual arts, dance, circus arts, literary arts, and theatre this year.

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

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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