June 1, 2021
Dear members,

“Reconciliation is not going to be fast, and it’s not going to be cheap. It’s a big thing. We’re all going to have to live together forever. The real challenge right now, with all these reconciliation conversations, is that government is rushing to the end. It feels like they’re saying, ‘If we celebrate now, if we give a lot of money now, then things will get better.’ It’s called truth and reconciliation—and we still haven’t really finished the truth part yet.”

― Clayton Windatt, independent curator and executive director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective


For the entire 2017 article,  The Hard Truth about Reconciliationby Ossie Michelin for canadianart: https://canadianart.ca/features/the-hard-truth-about-reconciliation/

Announcements and Requests
215 First Nations Children

First Nations and Indigenous communities across the country have been paying tribute to the 215 children whose remains were found in an unmarked burial site at a residential school in Kamloops, B.C., this week. 


In Kahnawake, a reserve just south of Montreal , residents placed 215 pairs of children's shoes on the steps of the Francis Xavier Mission Catholic Church this weekend.

Antigonight: Call for Submissions
Calling all artists! The application for our 2021 festival is now open. Use the link below to see the full length call and application form. We look forward to hearing from you!
2021 ACA Artist Survey

At Antigonish Culture Alive, we see the impact of COVID-19 on our local arts community, and we want to do all that we can to help.


We would like to focus on best serving you, the artists and arts organizations, and right now the best way you can help us, help you is by sharing the impact of COVID-19 on your creative endeavours. 

We are compiling this information so we can become better informed on how COVID-19 is impacting the Antigonish arts community. By organizing this data into evidence, then we will be better able to advocate and send this information to Arts Nova Scotia and the provincial government. Your statements would also help to inform us of specific grants, submissions, employment or other opportunities that may be applicable to your practice or organization. 

The information you provide us will be kept strictly confidential and is essential for enabling ACA to properly advocate for creatives during this difficult time. Whether it is for a small gig, an exhibition, sale or a large production, we want to learn the financial consequences of COVID-19 on the arts community in Antigonish.   

Please review, fill out this short survey with the information relevant/applicable to you or what you feel comfortable answering in this survey.  


Survey extended due date: Monday, June 14th 


Art Larks!


Are you a senior living in the community? Would you enjoy a little fun and friendship with other seniors, singing, dancing, creating? Art Larks! is for you! Led by artists from across NS (and beyond, with NS connections), Art Larks! seeks to bring seniors together for music, visual arts, poetry, dance, story and laughter. Under 65 but like to join us? We won't turn you away!


Beginning June 6, free, virtual programs, both live and pre-recorded, will be available for seniors living in the community. Although created for Antigonish seniors (or those with a connection to this area), we will welcome seniors from across the province and farther afield. Registration is required to access the programs. Once registered, we'll share the links with you.


No computer? Need help with using a computer? No problem! Let us know and we'll help you.


We are so looking forward to playing with you! Please join us. 


Contact Rachel Power for more information or register today. 






Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!)

Antigonight: Pet Portrait Fundraiser
We are excited to announce our Pet Portrait Fundraiser! Celebrate your pets by getting a portrait of them by our very own Dan Bray! Check out the link below for more information.

Meet Opera InReach!


AtG is so excited to introduce you to our friends at Opera InReach! If you love what we do, we know you'll love them too. And  weknow  you know how important arts education is - without it, AtG wouldn't be able to engage Canada's most exciting artists and arts workers. Stick around and learn more about how to support Opera InReach!

- Team AtG

Opera InReach was born out of an idea to change the landscape of arts education in our communities, an idea that was in direct response to the increasing lack of access young people have to arts and opera education. Our hope is that through our educational programming we will inspire a new community of opera creators and appreciators to use opera as a vessel of their own creativity, and help them find their own way into the art form.




Our digital outreach program, Helping Opera’s New Existence or HONE, was created to help introduce new communities (aged 12-18) to opera in a way that is much more accessible and relatable. It was researched and developed to present topics the students in our province of origin, Ontario, could relate to.


We are now looking to expand our session library to include content researched and designed by our cohorts in British Columbia, Alberta & Manitoba. Our new sessions will be reflective of the unique needs and interests of their provincial communities. For more information on our current HONE programming, please visit our HONE page.


if interested in making a donation, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/expanding-our-reach-out-west


Congratulations to Shelly Thompson on the premier of Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor at the Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto!

When a young woman with a startling resemblance to her mother arrives home for her mother’s funeral, one family begins an odyssey toward understanding.


Dawn returns home to Nova Scotia to mourn the death of her mother and repair the estrangement with her father, John Andrew. An ancient tractor becomes the focus for the mechanically-minded Dawn, but her father’s long-simmering resentments heighten tensions. Watching his daughter work to restore the tractor, he realises that reclaiming this relationship depends on his own coming out: supporting Dawn publicly and fighting malicious small-town transphobia.


Shelley Thompson’s feature directorial debut follows a father and daughter as they cautiously rebuild their relationship and come to understand the mechanics of the heart.


 Theatre Antigonish  🏹✨AUDITION NOTICE✨🏹

Looking to get involved with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre's production of "Robin Hood: The Great Escape"? Auditions for community volunteer roles as extras, guides, musicians, and small speaking parts are happening soon!
To sign up, email our Volunteer Coordinator at bauertheatrefoh@gmail.com or self-serve with our Google Form:
Introducing the new Antigonight team!
Jessica Mensch (she/her) is white settler artist whose work straddles painting, video, music, stage design and installation, inviting contemplation between these spheres of production and the position of women within them. Mensch received her MFA from Hunter College in 2019 and currently teaches in the Art Department at St.FX University. She has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and was shortlisted for the RBC Painting Prize. Mensch also works collaboratively with artists Emily Pelstring and Katherine Kline to produce Sistership TV, a web series that explores topics such as telepresence and animal communication. Mensch is honoured to be given the opportunity to be Artistic Director for Antigonight, 2021. Her goal is create an inclusive and accessible festival that presents groundbreaking work by artists from diverse backgrounds.
Pictured is a digital portrait of Jessica by Dan Bray. She is depicted from the neck up as a white woman with brown hair, purple eyebrows and lips and brown eyes. The background is yellow.
Dan Bray (he/him) is a multidisciplinary, white settler artist and recent Antigonish import, having moved here last July. He is so happy to be back in a small, welcoming town after spending so many years in bigger cities. Dan is the artistic director of The Villains Theatre, an independent company he founded in 2009, as well as the former Vice Chair of the Halifax Fringe Festival and Outreach & Development Coordinator for Live Art Dance. A multi-Merritt award nominee, Dan has worked with many of the finest theatre companies in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia, including Two Planks & a Passion, Eastern Front, and Shakespeare by the Sea. He also holds an MA from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. Dan has performed at Antigonight, most recently with North Barn Theatre Collective’s puppet show, Late Night Radio. Dan is honoured to be working for this wonderful local festival and will strive to make it the most exciting, most inclusive it has ever been!
Dan is a white man with brown hair and beard, hazel eyes, and dark eyebrows. In this digital portrait, he is portrayed as shrugging and smirking against a textured pink background.
Sophia Lawrence (she/her) was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and is currently working on her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Mount Allison University. As a student she works with a wide range of media, but lately her focus has been on printmaking, painting, and drawing. In addition to her personal art practice, she works as an art-entrepreneur with her business, Marigold Studio that began in 2015. She has a passion for art programming and community arts initiatives. This began with her work at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, where she worked and volunteered for several years as a counsellor and Recreation Director. She has also recently established a physical and digital zine sharing platform for her University community. She is very excited to be back home for the summer and is honoured to be helping out with Antigonight promotion and summer programming.
In a digital portrait by Dan Bray, Sophia is depicted from the neck up as a young white woman with light blonde hair and blue eyes. Behind her is a blue textured background.
 Arts Nova Scotia: Black Artist Recognition Award
New for 2021!
The Black Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists who are members of the historical Black communities of Nova Scotia and the wider African Diaspora within the province, who have emerged from their initial training or gained experience to become recognized, established artists amongst their immediate communities and Nova Scotia.
Sound like someone you know?
Guidelines and nomination form here: artsns.ca/programs/black-artist-recognition-award



Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is gearing up for an exciting return this summer. We are seeking accommodation for 10 theatre artists (actors, stage managers, creative team) who will be in Antigonish to work on our outdoor production of Robin Hood: The Great Escape. These artists require furnished rental accommodations close to StFX (walking distance) from early July until the end of August. All public health protocols will be followed to ensure a safe environment for our artists and our community.


If you are looking to sublet or rent a property, or perhaps billet a professional artist with you, please contact Ashley Pettipas at aepettip@stfx.ca with the following details:


  • Address
  • Number of bedrooms
  • Amenities included (washer/dryer, wifi, etc.)
  • Distance from StFX
  • Dates available
  • Rental cost – Since these are visiting artists who also pay rent/mortgage on their permanent home, the ideal range is no more than $450/month/person. Often artists can share a place if there is more than one bedroom.
  • Is it pet friendly?
  • Contact Name and Phone/Email
  • Any special notes


All available accommodation options will be compiled into a guide and circulated to our company members, who will then contact landlords directly as needed.


If you have a property to rent, or any questions, please contact Ashley Pettipas at aepettip@stfx.ca or (902) 867-3954.

Out and About Antigonish
Out and About Antigonish — Antigonish Town, excursions within 2 hrs, day trips, outdoor recreation, hiking, history, culture, beaches, trails, nature and more. By Denise Davies.
The book includes Antigonish Town and excursions along Hwy 337, 245, 7, 316, HWY 104 East and West and the Eastern Shore. Photos, descriptions, maps, and QR codes to more information online.
Explore Antigonish and the surrounding areas. This is a wonderful gift for newcomers, staff, family and friends. The book will be available in local bookstores and online for a retail cost of $24.95.
Antigonish Town, excursions within 2 hrs, day trips, outdoor recreation, hiking, history, culture, beaches, trails, nature and more
Call for Installations at The Tall & Small Cafe
Hello! We have some recently available space for the summer months for any artists who would like to have a show. Send an email to meghanbenoit@gmail.com if you are interested!
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Looking for something fun and creative the kids will enjoy? Our art kits, inspired by themes on view in the Gallery's exhibitions, have everything you need to do your own art activity!
Hanlon Brothers Quintet NSTX
Pleased to bring to your attention that Hanlon Brothers Quintet's NSTX will be available to purchase and stream beginning June 15th from all your usual suspects.
NSTX features 6 original compositions (4 from myself and 2 from my outstandingly talented brother Josh) and an arrangement of a traditional Irish song.
NSTX will be released on Armored Records and features myself on Guitar, Josh Hanlon on piano, Paul Tynan on trumpet and flugel, James Driscoll on bass, and Stockton Helbing on the drumset.

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre

Robin Hood: The Great Escape is an action-packed immersive outdoor show, coming this August to the trails at Keppoch Mountain. As Dr. Strang has been telling us, outdoors is the place to be this summer. Plan a fun-filled evening with us. Tickets are limited as per public health rules so buy early for your preferred date.
(Poster art by the talented Noella Murphy. Look out for this artwork on some beautiful merchandise coming soon!)

Call for Board Members

Visual Arts Nova Scotia is seeking 1 - 4 creative individuals engaged with the arts in Nova Scotia to stand for election to our Board of Directors, supporting the growth and development of our organization. Board members regularly receive professional development in not-for-profit and financial oversight, and individualized training to support their leadership.

We are seeking new Board Members who wholeheartedly believe in the importance and value of VANS to the community and care passionately about our mission and objectives:

Our Mission:
Visual Arts Nova Scotia advances the visual arts through leadership, education, and communication.

Our Objectives:
OFFER programs, services and resources to individual artists and the visual arts sector
SUPPORT the activity of professional visual art practices
ADVOCATE for individual artists, the visual arts sector and the arts in general

Nova Scotian artists and art supporters who are interested in running for election to our Board of Directors are asked to fill out the form below. Please be advised that filling out this form does not guarantee that you will be selected. The current VANS Board Executive will review all nomination forms and recommend a slate of directors to stand for election by our members at our Annual General Meeting in June.

At this time, VANS is prioritizing contributions from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Acadian, Immigrant, Queer, and/or Deaf or living with a disability. We are also prioritizing artists living in rural communities, and individuals who have financial, board, policy, advocacy, legal, and/or fundraising experience.

Board member terms are a two year commitment. Directors, with the exception of the Past-President, may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms for a total commitment of four years maximum. See the full call and more info on board responsibilities and time commitment on the VANS website

Deadline: June 1, 2021, 11:59pm AST

BOARD NOMINATION FORM: https://forms.gle/FmdUW1gC1gM2xyLj9
ACA 2021 Outreach
With great optimism, we hope this year will prove to be an engaging one for artists and patrons alike. Please let ACA know how we can assist you in your practice or inform you as to what is happening in our community.
Live & Online Events
Scotial Distancing 2021: Scotia Festival of Music

Cameron Crozman LIVE

Thursday, June 3 at 7:30pm ADT (6:30pm ET)
Live from Montreal, QC

Sponsored by Oriel MacLennan and Judith Fingard
Happy Birthday, Judith Grant!

We were looking forward to seeing cellist Cameron Crozman once more at this year's festival, and we're so glad he has agreed to play for us live from his home in Montreal. He takes on two of the most demanding works for solo cello, Britten's elegiac Third Suite, written for Mstislav Rostropovich, and Bach's Sixth Suite, written for a 5-string cello, but now played on the usual four strings by fearless cellists!

  • Benjamin Britten – Cello Suite No. 3, Op. 87

  • J.S. Bach – Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012

Scotial Distancing 2021: Scotia Festival of Music

Kerson Leong LIVE

Friday, June 4 at 7:30pm ADT (6:30pm ET)
Live from Montreal, QC

Sponsored by Gaetan Lang

Live from Montréal's spectacular Salle Bourgie, the amazing 24-year-old violinist Kerson Leong brings us an exclusive recital: showstopping virtuosity and musical depth! Don't miss this.

  • Tarrega/RicciRecuerdos de la Alhambra

  • J.S Bach – Sonata in A minor BWV 1003

  • Barrios/LeongUna Limosna por el Amor de Dios

  • Ernst/Schubert – Grand Caprice on 'Erlkonig'

  • Eugène Ysaÿe – Violin Sonata No. 5

Scotial Distancing 2021: Scotia Festival of Music

Buster Keaton’s One Week with Sageev Oore, plus Saxophone Fireworks

Saturday, June 5 at 7:30pm ADT (6:30pm ET)
Live from Halifax, NS

Sponsored by Sally and JP Camus

Buster Keaton’s silent classic from 1920 chronicles the (mis)adventures of a hapless newlywed couple as they try to build a kit house in one week. Super-inventive Halifax pianist Sageev Oore will revive the fascinating lost art of silent film accompaniment as he improvises live incidental music to accompany the action! And as a bonus, saxophonists Tristan de Borba and Nicole Strum will bring us incredible virtuoso duets by contemporary composers Christian Lauba (France) and Tebogo Monnakgotla (Sweden).

  • Christian Lauba – Ars

  • Tebogo Monnakgotla – Crossing Borders

    • Tristan De Borba, saxophone

    • Nicole Strum, saxophone

  • Buster Keaton's One Week

    • with piano accompaniement by Sageev Oore

Neptune Theatre: In Summer: A Zoom Musical Theatre Class & Video Project
For Ages 8- 12:
Looking for a fun way to be creative and have a little fun before the summer gets into full swing? A way to sing, dance and collaborate while we still can't quite do it in person?
From June 5th - 26th, Neptune Theatre School Presents:
"In Summer: A Zoom Musical Theatre Class & Video Project"
"Join us for a 4-week virtual musical theatre and video creation class where we'll act, sing, dance, and dream about life "In Summer"!
Students will work virtually with their fellow 'cast members' toward creating a group music video from the popular Frozen song, while gaining the skills experience of a musical theatre class! At our final class (June 26th), we'll host a virtual viewing party for students and their families to watch the final product!"
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to school@neptunetheatre.com
Scotial Distancing 2021: Scotia Festival of Music

John Novacek

Sunday, June 6 at 7:30pm ADT (6:30pm ET)
From Baltimore, MD

Sponsored by Mary Lu MacDonald and Elizabeth Precious

Pianist John Novacek needs little introduction to Scotia Festival audiences. For well over a decade, his unique musicianship and panache have made him a favourite with our audiences. We are thrilled he has agreed to play this beautiful and varied program for us from his home town of Baltimore.

  • Aaron Copland – Four Piano Blues

  • Johannes Brahms – Variations & Fugue on a theme by Handel, Op. 24

  • Scott Joplin  – Solace: a Mexican Serenade

  • Scott JoplinThe Easy Winners

PARL Online Knitting Circle
Mondays at 2 pm via Zoom
Join other knitters and crocheters every Monday at 2 pm for a chance to connect over projects, visit, and get inspired! This group has been meeting since May, and we always enjoy it when new people drop in to join us. Simply click the following link at 2 pm on a Monday afternoon to join the conversation!
PARL Online Book Club
The 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 am.
Join us through Zoom on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to meet others and discuss a selection of interesting books. If you aren't familiar with Zoom, don't worry, we can help you figure it out! 
Call the Antigonish Library at 902-863-4276 for more information, or to register for our Online Book Club.
The International Indigenous Music Summit

The International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS) is a unique gathering of artists, knowledge keepers, & community builders, key invited allies & cultural innovators.

The IIMS is the only global event dedicated to creating awareness, sharing resources, and building opportunities for the Indigenous music community. It is the only global event that provides a unique space for Indigenous artists to discuss, exchange, and share and connect with one another, in a culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate space directed at building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between artists and industry professionals.

This year's IIMS takes place June 8-12, 2021, & will be hosted online. 

Learn More!
The Arts House Presents: The Antigonish Drive-In Movie Series
We are working very hard to develop events that meet our standard of awesomeness and still keep us safe in these crazy times. This is just the first release of those events. We hope that you will all join us to in celebrating everyone's favourite pass time going to the movies. Please stay tuned for the release of the featured movies and the many other events we have planned for the summer. Some huge announcements coming soon.
Stay safe and we will together again soon.
The Antigonish Drive-in Movie Series
Two showings each Night @7:00 pm and 10:00pm
July 10th
July 24th
August 14th
August 28th
more dates may be added
Location TBA
Tickets go on sale July 1st
Exhibition Listings
Gallery 78
“Strawberries and Dandelions”
New watercolour at Gallery 78, Fredericton NB in group show “Artist’s Choice“ from June 11 to July 3
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Explore where the worlds of art and architecture intersect in Making Space, featuring a multidisciplinary mix of practices from our permanent collection. Tour the space from the comfort of your couch with our virtual tour.
Because of the COVID lockdown now in effect in NS, Anne Bastedo has published her show – which is presently on display (at a closed) ViewPoint Gallery - online on her website. But remember to see the show in person if the lockdown lifts. Thank you!
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
"Walk" around and explore the colourful and vibrant scenes created in 22 hooked rugs by Deanne Fitzpatrick, in this virtual tour of The Very Mention of Home.
Presented by BMO Financial Group.
Jones Gallery
Nightfall | Exhibition by Mike Gough opens Thursday, May 20th!
This exhibition presents new paintings by Newfoundland & Labrador-based visual artist, Mike Gough. Gough explores the effects of the nocturnal in this body of work - the changing light as daytime fades, how familiar places can become unknowable and mysterious in the dark, how feelings of solitude can lengthen during the hours between dusk and dawn.
StFX Art Gallery - upcoming exhibition, "Sports Illustrated: The Nova Scotia Edition,"
May 6 - Aug. 28, 2021
In accordance with the Nova Scotia government’s provincial lockdown, the StFX Art Gallery is postponing the opening of its spring/summer exhibition Sports Illustrated: The Nova Scotia Edition, featuring a selection of a selection of Bruce MacKinnon’s sport cartoons.  

The gallery staff, along with StFX University, will continue to monitor Public Heath guidelines and announce in due course when it can open to receive visitors.

The People's Place Library
Hearts and Hands is exhibiting his work at the library until the end of June. 
2021 Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary Winners
The StFX Art Gallery is pleased to present its newest online exhibition, featuring art by the 2021 Angus F. Macgillivray Art Bursary winners. Each year, students in the StFX Art Department submit portfolios that are reviewed by a three-member jury. The jury selects the bursary recipients based on the calibre of their studio production and their demonstration of promise in art.
This year’s winners are Sydney Haws, Britt Pigat, and Mila Walst.
ARTWORK 1 of 9
To view the works and learn more about the artists and the bursary award, please visit https://www2.mystfx.ca/art-gallery/exhibitions
Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting 1910–1940
Starting Thursday, March 11, works by the Group of Seven, as well as Emily Carr, Tom Thomson and films by Indigenous artists Lisa Jackson and Caroline Monnet among other contemporary artists, will be on view at the SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT, Germany, as part of the exhibition Magnetic North: Imagining Canada in Painting 1910–1940. Co-organized by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada, the exhibition brings together 87 paintings and five films from several Canadian collections and institutions, and will subsequently be hosted by theKunsthal Rotterdam in fall 2021 🍂
Photo: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
See the colourful and vibrant scenes depicting Maritime geography and architecture in Deanne Fitzpatrick: The Very Mention of Home, on view now.
Image: Deanne Fitzpatrick, Between Two Places, 2016. Gift of the Artist, Amherst, Nova Scotia, 2017, with assistance from the Fred and Elizabeth Fountain Endowment for Contemporary Art
Employment Opportunities

HJF is on the hunt for two enthusiastic, dependable people to join our team this summer! If you know someone who loves music and events as much as we do, tell them to consider applying for either of the Marketing Assistant or Programming Assistant positions we're hiring for. We're lots of fun and it will be an amazing summer experience. 
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Digital Mi'kmaq
Looking for summer 2021 opportunities? Looking to build your skillset and resume? Our friends at Digital Mi'kmaq currently have 5 roles to fill in the coming months, is this you?
"Digital Mi’kmaq is hiring! We currently have 5 Canada Summer Job opportunities we are looking to fill in the coming months.
“If you can hit the ground running and offer a proven track record and expertise in education, communications, science or economic development, please get in touch!”
Here at Digital Mi’kmaq, we deliver integrated programs, projects and initiatives to help build capacity and establish regenerative economies for Indigenous youth and their communities. Digital Mi’kmaq aims to create a new paradigm of social change by building economies of scale aligned with the concept of Etuaptmumk, Two-eyed Seeing.
Our goal is to create a lasting foundational change for a new generation and if you believe you could help make that change, we would love to have you along for the journey."
Check out digitalmikmaq.com/job-opportunities for more details!
Join our Neptune Team!
We are currently hiring for the following position:
Digital Marketing Analyst (term/summer)
You can read the full description HERE!
Present and Display in the Maritimes
A list of presenters/galleries that pay the CARFAC/RAAV Minimum Fee for artist exhibitions was compiled by CARFAC Maritimes to guide the membership in their search for paying venues. You will find public galleries, galleries in other establishments, artist cooperatives and artist run centres. They will update the list on a regular basis. Should you find any information missing or incorrect, kindly let them know at anna.rail@carfacmaritimes.org  with the pertinent information and they will make the necessary changes immediately. Here is the link to the list:  http://www.carfacmaritimes.org/en/exhibition-opportunities-maritimes/
Funding, Grants, Awards, Scholarships and Contests
Do you know a graduating student from Guysborough County? Please share the link to our Fogarty's Cove Scholarship Application with them.
THE FOGARTY’S COVE SCHOLARSHIP was established by Ariel Rogers and Mulgrave Road Theatre; based on a generous donation from Ariel Rogers of the royalty fees for the use of Stan Rogers’ songs in Mulgrave Road Theatre’s 1991 touring production FROM FOGARTY’S COVE. Due to the generous support from Ariel Rogers, the amount of the scholarship was increased from $200 to $500 in 2004.

THE FOGARTY’S COVE SCHOLARSHIP is awarded annually to a graduating high school student from one of the high schools in Guysborough County who has demonstrated an interest and involvement in the performing arts in a school or community setting and who intends to pursue his/her education at a post secondary level.

Deadline to apply: June 8, 2021
New Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund

On March 2, 2021, the Honourable Steven Guilbault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with Simon Brault, CEO for the Canada Council for the Arts, announced details of the implementation of $181.5 million in new funding for the live arts and music sectors for 2021-2022. These funds were first announced on November 30, 2020, as part of the 2020 Fall Economic Statement.


This new funding will support the planning and presentation of COVID-19 safe events in the arts and music sectors – including both live and digital – and provide work opportunities in these sectors. It includes the one-year renewal of an additional $25 million initially provided in Budget 2019 to help stabilize the overall environment for the arts and music sectors through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program ($7 million), the Canada Arts Presentation Fund ($8 million) and the Canada Music Fund ($10 million).


The Department of Canadian Heritage will deliver $40 million in new funding to stimulate short-term contracting of workers in the live events sector, through the Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund.


For its part, the Canada Council for the Arts will distribute $116.5 million, as follows:

  • $50.5 million in new funding for a new digital innovation initiative (Digital Now), to enable arts groups, collectives and organizations to adapt or create works to be shared with virtual audiences
  • $66 million in new funding to stimulate increased research, creation and production of new work through the Explore and Create program


The Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund aims to:

  • support the arts and music cultural sectors in immediately contracting and employing artists and cultural workers, as part of the federal government’s overall efforts to help Canadians and Canadian businesses weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • provide arts and cultural experiences, both live and digital to Canadians, while restrictions on gatherings and travel continue across the country

Programs delivering the Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund:

We are pleased to inform you that BCAH and CAPF are ready to accept funding applications under the new Support for Workers in Live Arts and Music Sector Fund.  You are invited to read the details about how to access this funding opportunity here.


Please note that there is no deadline to apply for the Fund through the BCAH - Local Festivals component and the CAPF.  Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis for projects to be carried out between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, until all funds are disbursed. We encourage organizations to apply before October 15, 2021, to ensure that the Department has sufficient time to assess their applications and that organizations have enough time to carry out their activities prior to March 31, 2022.


Important: the Department reserves the right to apply its discretionary judgment to ensure a diversity of projects that reflect the many perspectives of Canada’s cultural life. This includes ensuring that priority groups such as Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2, people who are deaf and/or living with disabilities, are provided equitable access to this Fund.


Please make sure to read the funding parameters for the Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund in their entirety and to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. We encourage you to contact the Canadian Heritage regional office nearest you to speak to a BCAH or CAPF program advisor, should you have questions about the Fund or wish to obtain the application material.

Awesome Antigonish is working to help move the awesomeness forward in Antigonish Town and County. They will offer $1000 cash to a successful applicant for an idea deemed awesome by our board of trustees (Note: they reserve the right to not award the grant, split the grant or miss a month). The Awesome Antigonish trustees meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the board room of AA Munro at 219 Main St. Antigonish in the Kirk Building at 7pm. That is also when they invite the top three applicants to join us to present their idea in person. All applications are ideally submitted by the second Wednesday of the month to be voted on by trustees before the following weeks meeting. Finalist will be contacted via email to let them know to come and present in person. If you have knowledge of an individual or a group doing something awesome please ask them to submit an application and they could be awarding $1000 cash towards their awesome initiative if their project is chosen. See more info here.
Artwork Archive just published their Complete Guide to Artist Grants and Opportunities. 

They've compiled a list of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry in the upcoming year and although some of them are US specific, there are several international opportunities as well. You can download a free copy of the guide and start submitting your applications!

Canada Council for the Arts

Grant Deadlines & Notification of Results



Areas include:

Professional Development for Artists

Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Supporting Artistic Practice

Arts Across Canada

Arts Abroad

Access Support Fund

Market Access Strategy for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC) Fund

Communities, Culture & Heritage Nova Scotia


Culture Funding

Artists and cultural communities contribute to quality of life in Nova Scotia. Recognizing the importance of this role, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage offers peer adjudicated funding opportunities in support of artistic works and cultural projects.

Assistance to Book Publishers

Cultural Activities Program

Emerging Music Business Program

Export Development Program for Music

Gaelic Language in the Community Program

Industry Growth Program

Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts offers both self directed and project based residencies to professional artists working in one or more of the following media: visual art, writing, theatre, dance, film, music, performance art, photography, fibre arts and video. Their residencies provide a spectacular rural environment free from distraction. Each season offers a unique and changing landscape guaranteed to inspire artists of all disciplines. They are offering residencies this fall of varying lengths to artists who are within the Atlantic Bubble or who have isolated as per guidelines from NS Public Health. Apply individually or as a collaborative team looking to make some creative explorations in a safe and welcoming space. Ongoing submissions are welcome. 
Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery & NSCAD
Call for Proposals

The new Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery (The Institute) at NSCAD University, under the directorship of Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson is proud to issue its first call for proposals to Graduate Student Fellowships and Artist-in-Residence Fellowships. 


Attached are PDFs with the full program details and requirements for both fellowships.  


Please note the 2021-2022 cohort of fellows will be virtual. Each fellowship lasts 4 months, and each fellow will be awarded $10,000 Canadian Dollars.  


Please note the specific eligibility requirements : 

  • Artist-in-Residence Fellowship (2 opportunities) applicants must be practicing professional artists of African descent who identify as Black and live in Nova Scotia. 
  • Graduate Student Fellowship (2 opportunities) applicants must be graduate Masters students enrolled in a program with a significant written thesis component. Open to Masters students studying any discipline or field and in any geographic location globally.  
  • *more details in attached call for submissions*


Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, 30 June 2021 received via e-mail to theinstitute@nscad.ca 

Lumière Call for Projects
ATTENTION All Artists: Lumière Unama’ki-Cape Breton is proud to announce our call for projects for Lumière 2021 AND our theme: SITES & SEAS. The Guideline and Application is out now too! ⠀
Check it out at Lumierecb.com (link in bio).
Navigation on site, online, or by land and sea can offer more possibilities for connection, mobilization, regeneration and reconciliation. We invite you to interpret our human, trade and industrial histories through material, conceptual and digital exploration with art that increases the interconnectedness of our diverse communities.
Does our relationship to places and space continue to shape our sense of self, of place, and of belonging in an age of data and information?
Are cyberspace and physical space worlds together or apart?
Does living in the dot com bubble or Atlantic bubble inform the narrative of your work?
To highlight its decennial, the festival seeks to facilitate exchange between the local and the global, by providing programming that is accessible and enjoyable through both digital and physical exhibition.
The curated theme of this year's event will focus on honouring and underscoring the importance of land, placemaking, and digital democracy. We offer new and familiar platforms for gathering, connecting, and networking over contemporary art IRL and through URL.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: JUNE 6, 2021 at midnight⠀
2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards Submissions Now Open

(Submissions are now open for the 17th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The 2022 CFMAs will take place the weekend of April 1-3, 2022, in Charlottetown, PEI. Again for 2022, the CFMAs are pleased to announce reduced submission fees (a reduction of $10-$15 per category!).

CFMA is looking forward to heading to Charlottetown, PEI for the 2022 Awards Weekend. This weekend will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the 2022 nominees and the category recipients. 

Submissions are open NOW, and due to the Covid-19 situation, CFMA have decided for this year to again reduce the submission fees for CFMA 2022. Instead of $70 for the first category submission and $60 for each subsequent category, pricing will be $50 per category during the Early Bird period, and $55 per category until submission deadline.



During Fall 2020, Prismatic Arts Festival and Neptune Theatre will be offering artists in Nova Scotia free access to rehearsal studios, particularly Indigenous artists and artists of colour.  Artists and groups can use the space for any arts-related activities, such as rehearsals, choreography, compositions, recording, photography, and more. For the time they are booked, artists have exclusive access to the space. Open Spaces provides rehearsal rooms only, and unfortunately cannot offer performance space at this time. Due to COVID-19, neither the public nor live audiences are allowed in the space. To apply to use the space, please fill in these questions with information you can share.
There is no cost to apply and no deadline.
Workshops and Educational Opportunities
Parrsboro Creative
Monika Wright’s course on Creating Powerful Abstracts June 18-20;
Janet Doble’s course on Exploring Clay in the Natural World July 3-4;
Tom Forrestal’s course Drawing in Preparation July 16-18;
Joy Laking’s Watercolour Painting workshop Aug. 7;
The Colours, Rhythm and Spirit of the Bay of Fundy by Marc Grandbois Aug, 13-16;
Carving Large – The Water Column Project with Jennifer Marlow Aug. 20- 24;
Lynn Rotin’s course The Mystery of Encaustic Painting Aug. 28-29;
Figure Painting with Bill Rogers Sept. 10-12;
Plein Air Painting with Bill Rogers Sept. 17-19;
Pat Reid’s course The Art of English Willow Basketry Sept. 24-26;
Painting from the Inside Out with Wayne Boucher Oct. 1-4;
Sculpting Souls – Mask with Jim Morrow Oct. 15-17;
and Introduction to Loom Weaving with Beth and Tom Poirier Oct. 23-24.
More will be added as instructors are lined up, so check it often. For course details and to register go to the Art Lab Studios and Gallery website at www.artlabstudios.ca.
Online Workshops for Kids
We’re thrilled to have a dozen talented artists from our PAINTS roster step up and adapt their workshops to be delivered in an online format.
Check out the full list of online workshops on the PAINTS website. We’re starting by offering 12 workshops through online platforms.  We can’t be physically in the schools, but we can bridge that gap through art and technology. PAINTS has professional visual artists ready to lead students in engaging art making experiences. Workshops are offered in painting, drawing, comic book, stitching, braiding, collage… so many great opportunities!
There are workshops for all grade levels, and they range from 2 – 12 hours. All schools teaching students in grade Primary through 12 in NS are eligible.
Questions? Contact Andrea Ritchie at 902-423-4694 or paints@visualarts.ns.ca.
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia: Studio from Home
Studio from Home is a fun way to connect through art. This series presents fun and engaging art activities that you can do at home with everyday objects. Perfect for all ages, these artmaking activities explore a wide range of mediums and materials that are sure to keep the creativity flowing.
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A free webinar series by Jones Gallery about digital professionalization and online strategies for Atlantic Canadian visual artists - a guide to help you work, connect, and adapt in a digital environment.


Supported by Canada Council for the Arts.



On the page on the link above, or via our ARTwork playlist on YouTube.



A thirty-page pdf guide that corresponds to the webinar video series and includes extra information and documentation.

The Osprey Arts Centre: Songwriting Workshop with Lennie Gallant
We're presenting Lennie Gallant as part of our Ancient River Festival this coming September and he'll be joining us for a special songwriting workshop beforehand. Tickets are very limited so don't delay and register right away for this opportunity to work with PEI legend Lennie Gallant.

Zoom Accordion Lessons with Mary Beth Carty

Hello accordion player!
Whether you are a beginner or looking to brush up your skills, I want to help you achieve your goals while bringing joy to your life! For a FREE 15 minute meet and greet, email me at maryelizabethcarty@gmail.com. Whatever your geographic location, and whatever styles you love - whether it's Klezmer, Irish, Tango, Nova Scotian, Balkan, Scottish, Brazilian, Folk Songs, Popular, Blues, or just learning the basics of reading and playing with both hands, I want to help you achieve your accordion goals!

"You are a great teacher! I am really enjoying this. The lessons couldn't be going better from my perspective!" - Linda, adult learner


I am a classically trained as a piano player through Toronto and Western Canadian Conservatories, Grade 10 performance and Grade 2 music theory. I now work in the folk, traditional, and world genres. I have studied Klezmer with KlezKanada, and I have worked as a session host in the Celtic world. I enjoy adapting popular songs to the accordion as well! I have a B.Ed. from St. Thomas University and 15 years of experience as a performing and recording artist.


Pricing is : Packages of FIVE 30min accordion lessons for $150 CND or FIVE 60min lessons for $250 CND to be paid via PayPal or etransfer.Lessons are suitable for children, teenagers, and adults! I am flexible with scheduling. Ces leçons sont aussi disposable en français!


My goal is to help students find joy in this instrument! Don't hesitate to email me at maryelizabethcarty@gmail.com.
Indigo Shibori Dying
Josephine Clarke is teaching two courses: Indigo Shibori Dyeing, and Dyeing fabric with earth pigments through NBCCD Summer EdVentures online classes. Learn exciting new fibre art techniques right from your home! Kits will be sent out by mail, and group instruction will take place via live webinar streaming.  Since these classes are remote, anyone can join from any location. The instructor, Josephine Clarke is a textile artist from Cape Breton who specializes in the use of natural and plant based dyes for surface design techniques. The courses are July 31 - August 1, and August 7- 8 and registration is open now.

Wishing you a wonderful week,


Rachel Power,
ACA Arts Coordinator
Antigonish Culture Alive (ACA)
P.O. Box 1175
Antigonish, NS, B2G 2L6
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