Acadia University Performing Arts

Wolfville, NS

Acadia University Performing Arts

Wolfville, NS

Every year, Acadia University presents and hosts an amazing variety of cultural and arts events. Included are concerts in a broad range of musical styles, classical and contemporary theatre, stimulating literary events and lectures, unique exhibitions of art, and the Acadia Performing Arts Series. Whether the artists already have an international reputation or if they are developing stars of tomorrow, they are delighted to have the community participate and share their work. There are choices here for every taste and budget. We invite you to look over the selection and mark your calendar today!

Francois Cote
Acadia University Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6 Canada

Acoustic Roots Festival

Marion Bridge, NS

Acoustic Roots Festival

Marion Bridge, NS

In 1995, the newly named Department of Natural Resources decided to cease its operation of the Two Rivers Wildlife Park. Rather than see the Park close, the community formed a not-for-profit group to manage the facility. The Two Rivers Development Association is the result of this change in operation. Early in 1996, the Association secured a lease from the province for the park.The volunteer board raises revenue to operate the park through park admission and holds several events at the park including the Acoustic Roots Festival now in it’s 5th year. The festival books mostly east coast arts in a variety of genre that includes country, folk, celtic, blues and bluegrass.

Sandy MacDonald, Event Coordinator
249 Grand Mira South Road Marion Bridge, NS B1K 1E8 Canada

Antigonish Performing Arts Series

Antigonish, NS

Antigonish Performing Arts Series

Antigonish, NS
Michael Steinitz
Dept of Physics, P.O. Box 5000 Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 Canada

Astor Theatre

Liverpool, NS

Astor Theatre

Liverpool, NS

The Astor Theatre is proud to be the oldest performing arts venue in the province. In 2002 the Astor Theatre celebrated 100 years of entertainment on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.

Andrew Bursey, General Manager
P.O. Box 1148 Liverpool, NS B0T 1K0 Canada

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

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Sydney, NS

Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Sydney, NS
Joe Costello
320 Esplanade Sydney, NS B1P 7B9 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

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

Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre

Dartmouth, NS

Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre

Dartmouth, NS

The CCGH works towards the overall development of the Francophones and the Francophile community of the Halifax Regional Municipality since 1991. In addition of acting as a representative of the francophone community of the Halifax Regional Municipality, to build partnerships and share information, the CCGH develops year after year, programs and services for the Francophone and Francophile community.

Lisa Michaud
201C Avenue du Portage Dartmouth, NS B2X 3T4 Canada

Dalhousie Arts Centre

Halifax, NS

Dalhousie Arts Centre

Halifax, NS

Since 1971, the Dalhousie Arts Centre has been a key feature in Nova Scotia’s arts and culture landscape. The Dalhousie Arts Centre is home to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, which regularly features performances by local talent as well as world-famous national and international entertainers.

Shirley Third-Genus, Executive Director
6101 University Avenue Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Canada

Dartmouth Community Concerts

Dartmouth, NS

Dartmouth Community Concerts

Dartmouth, NS

Dartmouth Community Concert Association was founded in 1957 and has had over 50 consecutive years of successful concert presentation. Most of our concerts would be described with the popular misnomer of “classical”. Our season usually runs from late Sep. to early May, with four (4) concerts, usually 2 before and 2 after Christmas. We use Woodlawn United Church as our venue. – an A-frame building with seating for approx. 500, with enviable adjacent paved parking for over 200 vehicles. We are a subscription-based series, but make individual admissions available at each concert. “Membership has its privileges” so therein lies the best deal! The performance area is limited (about 15′ wide x 20′ deep) but easily holds a 7′ grand, a string quartet, any soloist, duo, trio, choir – but not simultaneously!

Debut Atlantic

Halifax, NS

Debut Atlantic

Halifax, NS

Founded in 1979, Debut Atlantic is one of this country’s most dynamic and prestigious musical organizations. In fact, the Debut Atlantic tour has evolved into a much coveted opportunity for Canada’s up-and-coming talented classical musicians. The impressive list of artists waiting to be added to the roster is a testament to our success as is the caliber of names which comprise our star-studded compendium of alumni. The list includes some of Canada’s most recognizable artists such as pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Louis Lortie, and Angela Hewitt, cellist Shauna Rolston, Canada’s finest baroque orchestra Tafelmusik, and the world-renowned singers Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Wendy Nielsen, and Measha Brueggergosman. Despite its enormous success, Debut Atlantic continues to grow and develop new facets that contribute to Atlantic Canada’s cultural environment. A decade ago, Debut began its Encore series, featuring some of our most celebrated alumni. In 1998, Debut began pairing award-winning authors with Encore artists in its Words and Music series, featuring literary giants such as Mordecai Richler, Michael Ondaatje, Wayne Johnston, and David Adams Richards. In 1999, the Debut Atlantic Award for Musical Excellence was inaugurated and continues to award annual $1,000 scholarships to high school music students from all over the Atlantic Region. In the fall of 2001, New Brunswick composer Alasdair MacLean was appointed Composer-in-Residence to Debut Atlantic making it the first touring organization in Canada to host a resident composer. 2002/03 saw the start of the Classical Musics of the World series – which to date has hosted George Gao, Liu Fang, Aditya Verma, and Vineet Vyas, to name a few. 2007 saw the introduction of Debut’s Encore in the Summer series, featuring pianist Angela Cheng – one of Canada’s most gifted artists. As one of Canada’s most highly regarded classical music organizations, Debut is proud to celebrate 30 years of bringing musicianship of exceptional quality to communities big and small throughout all four Atlantic Provinces.

Erin Sparks, Program Officer
P.O. Box 575 1505 Barrington Street Halifax, NS B3J 2R7 Canada

deCoste Centre

Pictou, NS

deCoste Centre

Pictou, NS
Troy Greencorn
P.O. Box 39 Pictou, NS B0K 1H0 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

Devour! The Food Film Fest

Halifax, NS

Devour! The Food Film Fest

Halifax, NS

Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. The annual six-day festival hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world in Wolfville, Kentville and across Kings County, Nova Scotia. Throughout the year, Devour! hits the road with 15+ satellite events around the world.

Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director
Michael Howell, Executive Director
2706 Northwood Terrace Halifax, NS B3K 3S8 Canada

Evergreen Theatre

Margaretsville, NS

Evergreen Theatre

Margaretsville, NS

The Evergreen Theatre is the sole project of the Fundy Folk Association; a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization with a committed Board of Directors, whose mandate is to offer quality arts programming/cultural enrichment/social and volunteer opportunities to our rural community by presenting professional and amateur acts from a wide variety of performing arts, and by providing a performance venue, meeting and workshop space to the local community. The re-purposed 1860s-era Baptist church on the North Mountain above the Annapolis Valley brings a steady stream of professional artists from Nova Scotia, the rest of Canada and abroad to a rural area otherwise lacking a dedicated performance establishment. In its 15-year history, The Evergreen has developed from a local amateur talent event to a professional venue known across Nova Scotia, and further afield, as a surprising jewel in the travelling performance circuit around the Maritimes.

David O'Leary
1660 Stronach Mountain Road Margaretsville, NS B0S 1N0 Canada

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal, NS

Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal, NS

The Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) is an annual professional contemporary dance festival featuring a blend of current and classic contemporary dance. FODAR features dancers/companies from across Canada (and potentially international) but plans to always have representation from Atlantic Canada on the stage. FODAR is staged at the King’s theatre in Annapolis Royal and is currently Nova Scotia’s only festival of contemporary dance.

Randy Glynn, Artistic Director
Sheila Duggan, Communications Director
PO Box 95, Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0

Full Circle Festival

Halifax, NS

Full Circle Festival

Halifax, NS

Full Circle Festival is a newfangled stringband hootenanny in Newport Landing, NS. We are a homemade non-profit music festival held over the summer solstice weekend. We love music, good food, friendly friends, dogs, children, and dancing in warm summer air.

Louise Hanavan, Festival Coordinator
6530 Edinburgh St Halifax, NS B3L 1W8 Canada

Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre

Tatamagouche, NS

Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre

Tatamagouche, NS

The Creamery Square Arts Society is a nonprofit organization that manages the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre, a performing arts venue in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. Home of live entertainment, visual art, and community events, the Grace features a 170-seat auditorium and gallery exhibition space. We feature year-round performances by local and internationally-acclaimed musicians, artists, and thespians.

Fred Maybee, Operations Manager
31 Creamery Road PO Box 402 Tatamagouche, NS B0K 1V0 Canada

Halifax Pop Explosion Association

Halifax, NS

Halifax Pop Explosion Association

Halifax, NS

HPX is the Halifax Pop Explosion Festival and Conference, an annual five-day Music, Digital, and Culture event that showcases over 150 artists and comedians, and speakers, in more than 15 venues across the city. HPX has a long-standing tradition of presenting the best in new and innovative music from across Canada and the world. HPX bolsters the music presentation with a two-day Music Conference, a three-day tech conference, a zine and record fair, as well as other partnered events.

James Boyle, Executive Director
2169 Gottingen Street Halifax, NS B3K 3B5 Canada

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song Society

Lockeport, NS

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song Society

Lockeport, NS

Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song

Garrett Chetwynd, Box Office & Promotions Captain
Fran Scott, Coordinator
PO Box 249 Lockeport, NS B0T 1L0 Canada

JazzEast & Halifax Jazz Festival

Halifax, NS

JazzEast & Halifax Jazz Festival

Halifax, NS

JazzEast is dedicated to music presentation and education in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Andrea Dawson Thomas, Interim Executive Director
2178 Gottingen St. Box 33043 Halifax, NS B3L 4T6 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 very contemporary theatre is a very historic setting.

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

L’association Le Moulin de la Baie

Saulnierville, NS

L’association Le Moulin de la Baie

Saulnierville, NS

L’Association Le Moulin de la Baie presents a wide range of high quality musical concerts in the Clare region of Southwestern Nova Scotia. Although we don’t have a venue of our own we have two venues at our disposal: the Clare Social Club in Little Brook and the Théâtre Marc Lescarbot on the campus of l’Université Sainte Anne in Church Point.

Paul-Emile Comeau, President/Artistic Director
P.O. Box 142 Saulnierville, NS B0W 2Z0 Canada

Live Art Dance Productions

Halifax, NS

Live Art Dance Productions

Halifax, NS

Live Art Dance is a specialised dance presenter that programs an annual season of works that feature local, national, and international dance artists. While our activities vary in scope from the 200 seat Sir James Dunn Theatre to the 1000 seat Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, the focus is on contemporary dance. Recent artists include Company Marie Chouinard, Le Carré des lombes, Mocean Dance, BJM, and Denise Fujiwara. Evocative and provocative, Live Art Dance highlights the best in contemporary dance performance.

Randy Glynn, Artistic Director
6068 Quinpool Rd Halifax, NS B3L 1A1 Canada

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Lunenburg, NS

-The mandate of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is to promote the preservation and continuation of traditional folk music from a diverse range of cultures and regions, through emphasis on acoustic instrumentation and a capella singing. Also, to encourage the writing and performance of current and timely folk music which contributes to the evolutionary nature of an international folk tradition.

Louis Robitaille, Acting Chair
PO Box 655 Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada

Makin’ Waves Music Festival

Sydney, NS

Makin’ Waves Music Festival

Sydney, NS

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality, including the City of Sydney, is the second largest municipality in Nova Scotia. The municipality presents numerous festivals and events each year including the Makin’ Waves Music Festival and CBRMNYE.

Joe Costello, Recreation Program Coordinator
320 Esplanade Suite 204 Sydney, NS B1P 7B9 Canada

Marigold Cultural Centre

Truro, NS

Marigold Cultural Centre

Truro, NS

Marigold Cultural Centre is in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Lori Holman
605 Prince Street Truro, NS B2N 1G2 Canada

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts

Windsor, NS

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts

Windsor, NS
Danny Everson, General Manager
P.O. Box 2697 Windsor, NS B0N 2T0 Canada

Mulgrave Road Theatre

Guysborough, NS

Mulgrave Road Theatre

Guysborough, NS
Emmy Alcorn, Artistic Director
Box 219 68 Main St Guysborough, NS B0H1 N0 Canada

Musique Royale

Lunenburg, NS

Musique Royale

Lunenburg, NS
Barbara Butler, Artistic and Managing Director
PO Box 238 64 Townsend Street Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 Canada

Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial

Musquodoboit, NS

Musquodoboit Valley Bicentennial

Musquodoboit, NS

We are a 230-seat theatre approximately 60 minutes from Halifax. Our beautiful building has been a fixture in Musquodoboit since 1928. A who’s who of talent has graced our stage, from Loreena McKennit and the Rankin Family to Ron Hynes and Valdy. Quite a feat for a venue in rural Nova Scotia.

Our theatre is also home to one of two remaining stage curtains by renowned artist William Gill. It can be displayed for public viewing, though we ask you to make arrangements with the MVBT office beforehand.

We look forward to seeing you all someday soon.

Kerry-Anne Taylor
12390 Hwy 224 Musquodoboit, NS B0N 1X0 Canada

Neptune Theatre

Halifax, NS

Neptune Theatre

Halifax, NS

Now in its 56th Season, Neptune Theatre has something for everyone! Neptune Theatre boasts two stages with a variety of productions ranging from local and Canadian-made plays to story known around the world. Find out more about Neptune on Facebook Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channel NeptuneHFX.

Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director
1593 Argyle Street Halifax, NS B3J 2B2 Canada

Nocturne: Art at Night

Halifax, NS

Nocturne: Art at Night

Halifax, NS

Nocturne: Art at Night is a fall festival that brings art and energy to the streets of Halifax between 6 p.m.-midnight. The completely free annual event showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax. Nocturne, designed and planned by volunteers, is an opportunity for everyone to experience the art of Halifax in a whole new light. The Nocturne Program Guide provides details about exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

The Nocturne program and map guide residents and visitors alike to a variety of exhibitions in galleries and public spaces throughout the city.

Nocturne is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization. We work on building partnerships with the city and area businesses and government organizations to bring the city access to art and wonder with no barriers.

Every year the city of Halifax partners with Nocturne and that year’s curator to bring art and artists to create fixed points for the evening. These projects echo the year’s theme and create gathering spots to which to explore the festival from.

Lindsay Cory, Chair
1546 Barrington Street Suite 104 Halifax, NS B3J 3X7 Canada

Nova Scotia Summer Fest

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Summer Fest

Antigonish, NS

Nova Scotia Summer Fest is a non-profit association that has a mandate to develop Antigonish into a world-class event tourism & eco-tourism destination.

Ray Mattie
Box 50 Monastery Antigonish, NS B0H 1W0 Canada
Box 50 Monastery Antigonish, NS B0H 1W0 Canada

OBEY Convention Music and Arts Society

Halifax, NS

OBEY Convention Music and Arts Society

Halifax, NS

The OBEY Convention presents a festival of contemporary and underground music and art in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia each spring. Incorporating artists from multiple genres and disciplines, our tightly curated programme is like no other in the country. Audiences see the best in electronica, avant-rock, jazz, modern composition, noise, ambient, visual art, spoken word and beyond. Join with us to celebrate the fringes of culture and the power of new ideas.

Darcy Spidle, Creative Director
5557 Cunard St Halifax, NS B3K 1C5 Canada

Osprey Arts Centre

Shelburne, NS

Osprey Arts Centre

Shelburne, NS

The Osprey Arts Centre is a full service theatre with moveable seating. It presents music (classical and popular), dance and theatre, regional, national and international. The Coastline Gallery in its lobby features curated shows by visual artists from the area. Series include the Nautilus Music and Dance Series, Bringin’ It Home sponsored by Music Nova Scotia, a Theatre series, a Youth theatre series and the annual Shelburne Writers Festival the second weekend of August. The Osprey is the performance home of local musicians and theatre groups.

The Osprey may be rented for performances as well as private rentals for conferences, weddings and banquets.

The Osprey has youth outreach programs with the high schools and the community at large, as well as offering arts day camps for youth in the summer.

Hal Brolund, Executive Director
107 Water St. Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0 Canada
P.O. Box 193 107 Water St. Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0 Canada

Pictou Lobster Carnival

Pictou, NS

Pictou Lobster Carnival

Pictou, NS

Established in 1934 The Pictou Lobster Carnival marks the end of the lobster season on the North Humberland shore. The carnival takes place in the historic seaside town of Pictou. The festival is a celebration of maritime culture, history and music.

Ryan Mader, Main Stage
Cathy MacKay, Downtown Jam
71 Front Street Pictou, NS B0K 1H0 Canada

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

Port Hawkesbury, NS
218 McSween Street, Unit 1 Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2J9 Canada

Prismatic Arts Festival

Halifax, NS

Prismatic Arts Festival

Halifax, NS
Raeesa Lalani, Artistic Director
P.O. Box 1603 Hfx CRO Halifax, NS B3J 2Y3 Canada

Re-Jigged Festival

Halifax, NS

Re-Jigged Festival

Halifax, NS

RE-Jigged is a festival celebrating new directions in music and dance based in the rich history of the Celtic musical tradition.

RE-JIGGED showcases and nurtures the best emerging and established local talent alongside national and international independent music and dance in the genre of “new trad” (traditional) Celtic music.

Mark Gillis, Board Member
6240 Summit Street Halifax, NS B3L 1R7 Canada

Savoy Theatre

Glace Bay, NS

Savoy Theatre

Glace Bay, NS

Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay Nova Scotia.

Pam Leader
116 Commercial St, Glace Bay, NS
P.O. Box 339 Glace Bay, NS B1A 5V5 Canada

Ship’s Company Theatre

Parrsboro, NS

Ship’s Company Theatre

Parrsboro, NS

Ship’s Company Theatre is a professional theatre company located in the coastal community of Parrsboro/Awokun, Nova Scotia/Mi’kma’ki, Canada. Now celebrating its 38th season, Ship’s Company Theatre is a prime centre for the production and development of Canadian and Atlantic Canadian theatre serving a local, regional, and tourist audience. Our seasons annually include one or two Mainstage plays, a Second Stage play, a Kid’s Stage production, our Concert Series, and Youth Theatre Camps.

Richie Wilcox, Artistic Director
PO Box 275 18 Lower Main St. Parrsboro, NS B0M 1S0 Canada

Stan Rogers Festival

Canso, NS

Stan Rogers Festival

Canso, NS
Troy Greencorn
P.O. Box 339 Canso, NS B0H 1H0 Canada

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre

Mabou, NS

Strathspey Performing Arts Centre

Mabou, NS

Strathspey Place is a 488 soft seat theatre, nestled in amongst the hills of Cape Breton in the scenic and picturesque village of Mabou, Nova Scotia approximately 45 minutes north of the Canso Causeway on Route 19. Strathspey Place and the High school, Dalbrae Academy combine to form the Allan J. MacEachen International Academic and Cultural Centre.

The emergence of Celtic music on the world stage has led to a focus on Inverness County, Cape Breton as a major repository of pure Scottish culture. Acadian and First Nations communities complement and enrich traditional Cape Breton Island music, dance, and folklore.

The need to preserve and promote this unique and diverse cultural heritage brought community groups together to envision a facility which would be appropriate for the performance, production, and training requirements of the region. The result is the beautiful facility of Strathspey Place, officially opened in December, 2000.

Mabou, along with numerous surrounding communities, has been home to world renowned talent and The Rankin Family of Mabou is certainly a shining example of such acclaim. In honour of one of the founding members of the band and the traditional music qualities he embodied, the stage at Strathspey Place is dedicated to the memory of John Morris Rankin who passed away January 16, 2000.

Tracey MacNeil, Interim General Manager
Jim MacLean, Board Chair
P.O. Box 235 Mabou, NS B0E 1X0 Canada

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

Th’YARC Playhouse and Art Centre

Yarmouth, NS

Th’YARC Playhouse and Art Centre

Yarmouth, NS

“Th’YARC Playhouse and Arts Centre built in 1979 was the first multi-function performance centre in Southwestern Nova Scotia. With a mandate to educate, entertain and promote both the performing and visual arts, the centre provides a venue for local and visiting performers and artists including professional and amateur . The centre contains a 335 soft seat theatre complete with fly tower. The facility also features an art gallery, artist studio, etching studio, costume studio, green room, a set construction area, several dressing rooms, and administrative offices. Th’YARC operates year round with a full time staff of three and approximately 500- 600 volunteers.”

Judy Snow, Executive Director
76 Parade Street Yarmouth, NS B5A 3B4 Canada

Town of Shelburne – The Guild Hall Summer Arts Series

Shelburne, NS

Town of Shelburne – The Guild Hall Summer Arts Series

Shelburne, NS

The Guild Hall Summer Arts Series strives to provide free or low-cost exposure to the Arts for residents and visitors to the Town of Shelburne. We are funded through revenue generated from Guild Hall rentals, contributions from municipal units, donations, and outside funding. The Guild Hall Summer Arts Series runs from July-August each summer.

Julie Ferguson, Town Clerk / Guild Hall Summer Series Committee member
168 Water Street Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0 Canada