We are honoured to live and work on the ancestral and unceded territories of several Indigenous peoples:
the Mi’kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik, Passamaquoddy, Beothuk, Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan.

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ATLANTIC PRESENTERS ASSOCIATION What we do

The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is the non-profit regional performing arts presenters’ organization for the four Atlantic Provinces.

Respectful Events & Spaces

The APA is dedicated to providing space that is accessible and free from oppression, harassment, and discrimination. At our gatherings, we will treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of age, race, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion and all our other diverse identities.

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Atlantic Canada's only Performing Arts Festival Conference.
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Atlantic Moves

Curatorial development for contemporary dance presenters, audience development for their communities and the presentation of Canadian dance artists.
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Contact East is our hallmark event and Atlantic Canada's premiere performing arts booking conference.
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Membership

The Atlantic Presenters Association offers programs that are valuable to our members and to the betterment of the field.
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Symphony Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS

Symphony Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS

Symphony Nova Scotia is truly Nova Scotia’s orchestra. With a home base in Halifax and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia reaches more than 50,000 Nova Scotians of all ages each year with some of the most innovative concerts and educational offerings in the country.

Though Symphony Nova Scotia had its origins with the Halifax Symphony (1897-1908, 1955-1968), the Halifax Sinfoniette (1947-1955), and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (1968-1984), the orchestra as we know it began in 1983 with only 13 full-time musicians.

Today, under the thoughtful and dynamic leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, it is the largest employer in Nova Scotia’s cultural community, employing 37 musicians and ten administrative staff, along with over 150 contracted artistic, production and technical personnel. Its talented team has won many awards, including four East Coast Music Awards for classical music.

The orchestra has repeatedly been praised for its versatility and flexibility, performing everything from baroque to pops to jazz with equal finesse. International music veteran Howard Cable calls Symphony Nova Scotia “the most versatile orchestra in Canada,” and the Chronicle Herald says, “They can play it all: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Hatzis and Current, as well as Tommy Dorsey, Scott Macmillan, Rose Cousins, Buck 65 and Natalie MacMaster. We are, in this province, exceedingly fortunate to have them.”

Symphony Nova Scotia also places a high priority on community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Its education programs reach over 15,000 elementary, junior, and senior high school students each year – students who may not otherwise have access to symphonic music. The Symphony also conducts many accessible community programs, including pre-concert chats, performances in local public libraries, and free community concerts.

Eric Mathis, Director of Operations
Suite 301, Box 218 5657 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS B3J 3R4 Canada

Chester Playhouse

Chester, NS

Chester Playhouse

Chester, NS

The Chester Playhouse is a warm intimate 176 soft seat theatre in the lovely south shore village of Chester. Our motto is “world class entertainment with home-made cookies”. Our summer festival includes four professional theatre productions, a youth theatre show, musical artists from across Canada, as well as films and special events.

Roma Dingwell
P.O. Box 293 22 Pleasant Street Chester, NS B0J 1J0 Canada

Beyond The Overpass Theatre Company Inc.

Gander, NL

Beyond The Overpass Theatre Company Inc.

Gander, NL

Beyond The Overpass Theatre Company, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to providing new and established artists with an opportunity to develop their craft while producing contemporary theatre in a rural environment. Beyond is passionately committed to advancing opportunities and experiences for artists through the presentation of plays from around the world and through the development of new, indigenous work.

By promoting and encouraging the unique potential and talent of each artist, and by presenting material that is current and moving, the organization aims to continually develop artistic practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Jamie Harding

Bella Rosa Arts Centre

Halifax, NS

Bella Rosa Arts Centre

Halifax, NS

The Bella Rose Arts Centre Society was created in order to fill the need for a performing arts venue and cultural space in the Clayton Park neighborhood of Halifax Mainland North. The society is a registered, not-for-profit charity whose function is to operate the Bella Rose Arts Centre theatre and its programs. The mission of the Bella Rose Arts Centre is to foster appreciation and understanding of the arts within the school and community through an inclusive approach to fine arts programming.

Located at 283 Thomas Raddall Drive in Clayton Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Bella Rose Arts Centre is a 600-seat professional theatre designed for the performing arts. We welcome rental inquiries from booking agents, non-profit organizations and commercial businesses. Our venue is capable of handling a wide variety of events from conferences to concerts, theatrical performances to fundraisers and dance shows.

Madeleine Tench, Interim Theatre Manager
Gary O'Hara
283 Thomas Raddall Drive Halifax, NS B3S 1R1 Canada
P.O. Box 25136 Halifax, NS B3M 4H4 Canada

Chedabucto Place Association

Guysborough, NS

Chedabucto Place Association

Guysborough, NS

The Chedabucto Place Performance Centre (CPPC) was officially opened on July 20, 2007. This marked the culmination of the diligent efforts of the volunteer group and the support of the community. The CPPC stands as an excellent example of people and government agencies working toward a common goal. All levels of government, the Strait Regional School Board, the Guysborough County RDA, and the citizens of Guysborough County as well as many people from outside Guysborough County, supported this project. The CPPC is an important addition to the cultural, educational, and economic assets of our region.The CPPC is operated by the Chedabucto Place Association, under the guidelines of a written use agreement with the Strait Regional School Board.

Objectives of the Chedabucto Place Association

  1. Promote the cultural heritage of Guysborough County, with particular emphasis our founding and diverse cultures.
  2. Enhance learning and networking opportunities for students and adults in the performing arts, the visual arts, stage and multi-media production, and cultural entrepreneurship.
  3. Provide a performance venue that will attract world class entertainment to our area, as well as provide a venue for local performers to display their talent.
  4. Enhance the cultural infrastructure in Eastern Nova Scotia, increasing the area’s attractiveness for both tourists and the local population.
Jim Muise, Chairman
Miles MacDonald, Secretary Treasurer
P.O. Box 10 27 Green Street Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0 Canada

Souris Show Hall

Souris, PE

Souris Show Hall

Souris, PE

The Souris Show Hall’s rich history makes it the oldest theatre on PEI. The Hall provides a beautiful, historic space with wonderful acoustics for live music and theatre. Red seats donated from The Confederation Centre creates a rich, comfortable interior accommodating 150 guests. Souris Show Hall has been rejuvenated in the last 5 years and provides Islanders and Visitors a wonderful venue for live music and theatre.

Kier Kenny, Executive Director
5 Church Avenue, Souris, Prince Edward Island
PO Box 672 Charlottetown, PE C1A 7L3 Canada

Deep Roots Music Festival

Wolfville, NS

Deep Roots Music Festival

Wolfville, NS

Set in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, the Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival is an annual September event enjoyed by music lovers of all ages. With this picturesque university town and its beautiful natural surroundings as the backdrop, the Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival brings together some of the finest folk and roots singers, songwriters and musicians in the world for a weekend of concerts, workshops and celebration.

Peter Mowat
466A Main Street Wolfville, NS B4P 1E2 Canada

King’s Theatre

Annapolis Royal, NS

King’s Theatre

Annapolis Royal, NS

Presenting a diverse range of live performance and film year-round, King’s Theatre is a 220-seat venue that has been an integral part of the Annapolis Royal community since 1921. Offering state-of-the-art LED stage lighting, digital sound, on-stage and cinematic projection, and a video recording system, it’s a very contemporary theatre in a very historic setting.

Janet Larkman, Executive Director
209 St George St, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0

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