June 10, 2021
Dear members,

“I love you beyond paint, beyond melodies, beyond words. And I hope you will always feel that, even when I'm not around to tell you so.” 
― Kiera Cass, The One


This is my last newsletter to you all as I am wrapping up my role as the ACA Arts Coordinator next week. Thanks for reading these over the past four and a half years. I hope they kept you informed of the local arts scene and inspired you to attend performances, take workshops, volunteer and much more.



Announcements and Requests

Antigonight Info Session


Antigonight info session this Sunday at 12pm! 2021-06-3 zoom link in our Instagram Linktree. Questions welcome!


@jacinte_a performing in Antigonight 2020


Pictured is artist Jacinte Armstrong wrapped in a paper-like blanket surrounded by rainbow coloured streaks. 

Summer 2021 at The Arts House

The Antigonish Art Fair Society is excited to introduce our 2021 summer student coordinators Madalynn Proctor and Jaclyn Fitzpatrick! We have many COVID-safe summertime activities planned, so be sure to look out for more announcements in the future!

Ah! At Home on the North Shore: At Home with Carol Naveta Rivoire

Melanie Mosher from Ah! At Home on the North Shore wrote a fantastic article about Carol, Rodney and The Old Barn Gallery. You can read it here:



Great things happening at the Old Barn Gallery!

Visit our website for more information


Antigonish Culture Alive Annual General Meeting 


Thursday, June 16, 2021 at 7pm


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year we will host a Zoom AGM. Interested attendees must register by email no later than June 15th. They will be sent a link/password the day before the meeting. (info@antigonishculturealive.ca) 
Any Antigonish residents who wish to stand for nomination may choose to do so at the meeting.

Mural Wanted: Call for Artist Submissions for the New Opthamology Clinic at St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish
A brand new ophthalmology clinic is opening soon at St. Martha's Regional Hospital. The area directly outside the clinic is waiting for an artistic touch and a mural to welcome patients. Art incorporating ophthalmology is encouraged. For your mural submission, please include:
  • Your artistic vision for this space.

    (Also, will you utilize all of the wall space or just the section near the clinic entrance? incl. images)

  • Would you involve others in the community to help with painting the mural? (COVID-19 protocols are required.)

  • Please add a time-line to your process. Beginning date and estimated finishing date.

  • Budget
For more information or to send your submission, please contact mustafakapasi@gmail.com.
Submissions due July 2, 2021 at 5pm.
Antigonight: Call for Submissions
DEADLINE: June 23, 2021
Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival is a free arts festival that aims to be inclusive and accessible to all persons. This year, the festival runs from September 4th-18th in Antigonish, L'nuewa'ki (Mi’kma’ki)/Nova Scotia.
We are inviting artists from anywhere in the world who have roots in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada to create experimental new works for the festival, including but not limited to: video, performance, dance, sound, sculpture, and installation, which can be presented online or in-person in the town of Antigonish.
Participating Antigonight artists will receive CARFAC-mandated artist fees in payment for their work. We strongly encourage members of LGBTQIA2+ communities, non-White communities, newcomers, and persons with disabilities to apply.
Our 2021 curator in residence, Jessica Mensch, has chosen the theme of “connection” for this year’s festival. We seek proposals that transform the way we think about our relationships and connections to one another, as well as to the non-human world; works that re-evaluate social hierarchies and our priorities within them. This may take the form of speculative storytelling: works that envision a world you haven’t seen before.
White scholar and activist Donna Haraway wrote in “Staying with the Trouble” that perhaps there is a better way of framing and being in the world we share not just with other humans but with our animal kin. She writes: “It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories…Like all offspring of colonizing and imperial histories, I – we – have to relearn how to conjugate worlds with partial connections and not universals and particulars…”
In other words, we’re calling on you to offer us your own radical experiments or vision of what sustainable transformation looks like.
The application form can be accessed here: https://forms.gle/zp1zaXb3ta1ZtQ3B9
To learn more about the festival check out Antigonight’s website: https://www.antigonishculturealive.ca/antigonight-2021/
Selection notification: July 10, 2021
If you have any questions feel free to email antigonightartfest@gmail.com
Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon.
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!)

Music Nova Scotia’s “In Conversation With” Series


Join us as Membership, Education, and Investment Program Manager Darryl Smith speaks with industry professionals to unpack their careers, day to day, and when/how to engage their services. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A at the end of each session.

Music Supervision with Mikaila Simmons of Instinct Entertainment

June 17th - 6:30pm
What does a Music Supervisor do? What are the "dos" and "don'ts" of submitting music for sync? Join Music Nova Scotia as we chat with Mikaila Simmons from Instinct Entertainment to discuss the ins and outs of Music Supervision and submitting music for sync licensing.


Publicity with Trevor Murphy of Acadian Embassy  
June 22nd - 7:00pm
What is the role of a publicist? When is the right time to hire one? What are the realities of today's media landscape? Can press coverage “break” an artist today? Music Nova Scotia hosts a conversation with an award-winning publicist to better understand the ever-changing world of public relations.


Record and Publishing Contracts with Matt Gorman of Ocean Town Music
June 24th - 7:30pm

What should you look out for in a record and publishing contract and how do you negotiate them? When do you need to hire a lawyer and what can they do that you or your manager can’t? Matt Gorman has been in the business for nearly a decade; get your questions answered to help demystify the legal space in the music industry.

Sign up here!

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.
Getting to Know Theatre Antigonish
"Thank you Theatre Nova Scotia for this beautiful video, featuring some beautiful people. Watch to learn more about our company and some of the people who make it so special!" - Theatre Antigonish
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.

The Curious Cat, Books & Tea: Opening Soon!

Here is our beautiful sign designed by André Myette from Sid Sells Signs Inc. in Truro. He told us that he was very excited to make something that will be going up in his home town. We're very excited that he did such an excellent job with it!


We've got a bit of work ahead of us before opening day but things are progressing smoothly and we are incredibly excited to start sharing some amazing books with Antigonish!


Some of those amazing books and other publications are published by Antigonish publishing house HARP The People's Press. Look for authors Celeste Snowber Kyla Heyming Eve Mills Nash John Graham-Pole Author Dorothy Lander Francis Christian, Denise Davies Cathy Napier Erin Richard

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.
Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia ~ Call for Proposals: Anti-Opression Workshop Facilitator

This past summer, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) issued a Statement of Solidarity with equity-seeking communities and all people who are engaged in the crucial and difficult work of both confronting and overcoming racism and injustice.


In this context, the WFNS is seeking a facilitator to deliver an anti-oppression training workshop to its members who offer presentations and workshops through WFNS’s Writers In The Schools (WITS) program.


Through WITS, visiting Nova Scotia writers provide presentations, workshops, and readings for students of every grade. The program encourages students’ enjoyment of reading and writing and engages them in the development of literacy skills. WITS is our most public educational outreach program, investing more than one quarter of our resources and much of our organizational energies.


The facilitator would deliver a two-hour interactive workshop in September 2021 to WITS writers via Zoom. This workshop would be repeated two to three times that month, depending on the number of participants and the maximum number for effective sessions, which will be determined in consultation with the facilitator. Approximately 40 to 60 WITS writers are expected to participate.


The facilitator must have experience delivering anti-oppression training and working on equity and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Providing practical advice pertaining to visiting school-aged children is expected.


How to submit a proposal: Please send your CV; a 100- to 150-word description of the type of workshop you propose to deliver; several references; and your proposed rate of pay for workshop development and delivery to Executive Director Marilyn Smulders at director@writers.ns.ca


Proposal deadline: July 30, 2021

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!)
Visual Arts Nova Scotia: Survey
Have 15 minutes? Are you an artist, of any discipline, living in Nova Scotia? If yes, we want to hear from you!
Calling all dancers, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, theatre performers, craft artists, musicians, and all other creative workers living in this province. Visual Arts Nova Scotia has launched the Artists in Mind survey to better understand the mental health experiences of artists. The information gathered in this survey will inform a report to the provincial government outlining the mental health care needs of artists. Your feedback will also help us recommend mental health pilot programs, and identify organizations that can offer artist-specific mental health supports.
Your responses to this survey will be anonymous unless you would like to be contacted for follow up research, or to enter the draw for one of our fabulous prizes (to be announced soon)!
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for taking part. If you can, please share this survey with others in your network. A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/artists-in-mind.
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
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
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 Arts House presents Monster Yard Sale!

The Monster Yard Sale has been rescheduled from this weekend for Saturday, June 26th, 2021. The rain date has been set for the following day, Sunday, June 27th!
Donations will be accepted at the Arts House Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 4:30PM, please leave items on the front deck. Someone will be located at the old Eastern Nova building (15 Central Ave, Antigonish) on Saturdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, receiving donations up until the 19th. All COVID-19 regulations will be followed accordingly.
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

Art in the Open



28 Aug, 4 PM - Midnight

Exhibition Listings

ArtWorks East: AWE Summer!


ArtWorks East on the Waterfront

23 participating artists and crafters!

A 2-month gallery in the Guysborough waterfront marina building

Grand Opening, Canada Day, July 1, 10 am - 4 pm

Centre for Craft Nova Scoita & Mary E. Black Gallery


We are delighted to be hosting, with the support of Arts Nova Scotia and the HRM the work of sculptor Gordon Sparks in his first Solo Exhibition, Finding My Roots Through The Art of Sculpture. Running June 18 - July 17 at the Mary E. Black Gallery⠀

Sparks is a mentee of renowned wood carver Ned Bear and has carried Bear's legacy into his own work, finding his own unique form. Sparks' work is created through a rich process of building relationships with elders throughout Mi'kma'ki searching with them for trees to source his wood respectfully, thereby forming a relationship with community, land, and his material. His mask carving is an act of bringing forth stories within the wood to share generously with the world. Further programming in conjunction with this exhibition will be announced soon. We are so thrilled to be able to reopen to the public with this highly anticipated show. ⠀

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,"

The StFX Art Gallery is pleased to present “Sports Illustrated: The Nova Scotia Edition” featuring a selection of Bruce MacKinnon’s sport cartoons, organized and circulated by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame.


This exhibition is generously sponsored by the MacLeod Group, the Town of Antigonish, and the Municipality of the County of Antigonish.


Stay tuned for the official opening date!

The People's Place Library
Hearts and Hands is exhibiting his work at the library until the end of June. 

Sharron Villanueva and Eric Hundert Photography and Oil Paintings will be on exhibit in July.

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
Music Nova Scotia is Hiring: Events, Marketing, and Communications Manager

All applications must be submitted no later than 5pm AST this Friday, June 11.


The Marketing, Communications, and Event Manager reports to the Executive Director. This position is a full-time, permanent position, with the intention of starting as soon as possible. Fee is commensurate with experience. 


Job Description

Communications: Responsible for developing and implementing a communications strategy for both internal and external communications that is in keeping with the organization’s mandate, brand and policies. 
Marketing: Responsible for developing a long-term marketing strategy for the Association and cohesive marketing campaigns for individual Association activities and projects that are keeping with the organization’s mandate, brand and policies. 
Event Management: Responsible for the management of all MNS events including Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) and international conferences and showcases. 

How to Apply


Send your CV/resume and a cover letter no later than June 11th, 2021 5pm (AST) to: allegra@musicnovascotia.ca with the subject line “Application: Events, Marketing, and Communications Manager.” Applications without a cover letter will not be accepted. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Music Nova Scotia is working to provide equal opportunities in employment and to reflect the diverse communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from all diverse populations, including Indigenous people, people of colour, persons with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We recognize the value of non-traditional education and work experience. If you feel that your experiences position you to excel in this role but do not meet the requirements above, please highlight this in your cover letter. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility throughout the hiring process please email Executive Director Allegra Swanson:  allegra@musicnovascotia.ca.

Click here to view full job description!


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
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.

The Arts NS Establish Artist Recognition Award
Know an artist who deserves recognition? The Arts NS Established Artist Recognition Award recognizes artists who have emerged from their initial training and development to become recognized, established artists in Nova Scotia. The awards help showcase the recipients’ work to residents of the province and to people beyond our borders. This visibility will encourage artistic and economic well-being for the recipients and contribute to the health of Nova Scotia’s artistic sector in support of a well-rounded community. 

The Artist Recognition Awards are presented annually at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala funded from the Nova Scotia Arts Endowment Fund and the award carries a cash value of $5000. Check out the guidelines and nomination form and nominate someone today! Deadline: June 15. 
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. 
NSCAD: The Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery
NSCAD University’s Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery (‘The Institute’) has issued calls for applications from artists-in-residence and graduate student fellows.
The successful candidates will work with the Institute to conceptualize and produce work that supports its vision and mandate. These fellowships are open to practicing professional artists of African descent who identify as Black and live in Nova Scotia. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in various genres, media, and art forms are welcome to apply including (but not limited to): conceptual artists, craft artists, film makers, land artists, painters, performance artists, photographers, sculptors, and textile artists. These fellowships are not for traditional writers like novelists, poets, or playwrights. Applicants must demonstrate that their artwork engages with at least one of the Institute mandate areas. Furthermore, the artwork must adopt an anti-colonial, de-colonial, post-colonial and/or anti-racist methodology/approach which challenges the nature of European and Euro-American imperialism and colonialism, and interrogates the racist logic of the institution of Transatlantic Slavery.
Each artist-in-residence fellowship will last one academic semester in the 2021-2022 academic year from either: 1) September 1st to December 17th, 2021 or (2) January 3rd, to April 29th, 2022.
Each fellowship is worth $10,000.00 Canadian Dollars.
To learn more about the Institute and how to apply for artists-in-residence or research scholarships, please visit http://www.nscad.ca/the-institute.
Deadline: June 30.
Mulgrave Road Theatre: Call for submissions to our Interval Writer's Retreat

For writers based in Mi'kma'ki who self identify as Indigenous, Black or Person of Color.



Mulgrave Road Theatre, based in the Eskikewa’kik District of Mi’kmaki, is seeking two writers/creators who identify as Indigenous, Black or Person of Color. We are hoping to support your creativity and your story – oral or written – within the realm of live performance. Preference will be given to stories that reflect rural life.

We are offering up to two weeks of private accommodation in the Guysborough area and a $600 weekly honorarium. You will also be given access to a small performance space if that is conducive to your process; as well as access to office supplies and equipment. We will assist with travel expenses to and from Guysborough. Please note that your stay will be more comfortable if you have access to your own vehicle.


Following the two weeks there will be a discussion with the Artistic Director to determine future development, if suitable to both parties.


First session: June 28 – July 11. Second session: July 12-25.


Deadline for applications: 5:00pm, Saturday, June 12


If you are selected in the first round, we will ask you to take part in a phone call or Zoom chat with our Artistic Director to discuss your application; consultation to take place on or before June 15.  


You are eligible if you:

  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color
  • Are based in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.)
  • Are creating performance-based work.

What to include in your application:

  • a video (up to 5 minutes) OR up to 3 pages that describe the work you would like to develop
  • excerpts of previous writing, if available
  • a resume or bio that includes previous experience in theatre or live performance
  • anything else that you think will strengthen your application.

Please send your application to emmy@mulgraveroad.ca


This program is subject to change, dependant on Nova Scotia Government Covid-19 restrictions.

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 

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

Carving the Water Column by Jennifer Marlow


Check out Carving the Water Column by Jennifer Marlow. The first session of this project is August 20-24.

See more information about the workshop here: https://www.parrsborocreative.com/.../carving-large...

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia: Workshops, Sessions, and Panels

Our offerings include creative writing workshops (focused on the craft side of writing), professional development sessions(focused on the business side of writing), and free writers’ panels (highlighting authors who’ve mastered both).


Click on a specific workshop, PD session, or writers’ panel below for more details or to register online. You may also register by phone (902 423 8116).


We encourage you to register for workshops & PD sessions early, as they have limited space and registration is subject to availability.



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.
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.

Farewell, and I wish you a glorious weekend,


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