Winner and Finalists

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Black Cop

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Black Cop

Creator: Cory Bowles Nominator: Nelson MacDonald Produced by Aaron Horton and premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, Black Cop is Cory Bowles’ first feature-length film. A provocative satire, the film implicates audiences in the phenomenon of anti-black racism. Bowles is a well-known African-Nova Scotian screen actor, dancer and choreographer who brought all of his skills to the making of Black Cop. Remarkably, the film integrates material in a variety of formats, including POV shots from chest cams, cell phones and TV...

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Crazy Girl Crazy

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 | 0 comments

Crazy Girl Crazy

Creator: Barbara Hannigan Nominator: Lorna MacDonald Born in Waverley, Nova Scotia, Barbara Hannigan now enjoys an international career as a conductor and soprano. Her 2017 debut recording Crazy Girl Crazy presents a program she devised, including Berg’s Lulu Suite, her new arrangement of music from Gershwin’s Girl Crazy, and Berio’s Sequenza III for solo voice. The pieces are linked in a dramaturgical way, through an emotional theme. Throughout the album, the roles of conductor and soprano soloist are combined in the person of Barbara...

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In The Wide Awe and Wisdom – Choral Works by Paul Halley

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In The Wide Awe and Wisdom – Choral Works by Paul Halley

Creator: Paul Halley Nominator: Barbara Butler The nominated work is a recording released in 2017 of works composed and produced by Paul Halley with young Haligonian choristers trained by him and accompanied by him on the organ in the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax.  The music is grounded in Western traditions of polyphony and counterpoint, enriched with Halley’s knowledge of jazz and the music of West Africa.  The title track sets the poem by Charles G.D. Roberts, a professor at King’s College in the late 19th century. In this and...

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

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Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Creators: Christian Barry, Ben Caplan and Hannah Moscovitch Nominator: Karen Gross, 2b Theatre Company (Self Nomination) Combining music and theatre, Old Stock’s creators have developed a cohesive work of art that does not bend theatre or music to the other’s demands. The spoken text tells the story of Moscovitch’s great grandparents’ arrival in Canada in 1907 as Jewish refugees from Romania—and how they fell in love after meeting by chance. The original music derives from Klezmer, Rock and Roll, Folk and Jewish liturgical music. As the show...

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Call for Nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 | 0 comments

Halifax, N.S. – The nominations deadline for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award is March 1, 2018. The Masterworks Arts Award is the largest cultural award based in Nova Scotia, with up to $37,000 awarded annually. Established by the Honourable Myra Freeman in 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. The Masterworks Arts Award recognizes excellence in all creative media and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement. Up to five...

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Polyphonic Lively Wins 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award

Posted on Nov 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Polyphonic Lively, a 13-minute large ensemble composition by Dinuk Wijeratne, has won the 2017 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The Award, which carries a cash value of $25,000, was presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Gala in Halifax on November 18, 2017. The Sri-Lankan-born Wijeratne is “masterful in his art,” integrating an array of multicultural influences, and his incorporation of North-Indian tabla chakradhar rhythms is particularly ingenious. Wijeratne is also the Creator of...

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Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 comments

You’re Invited! The Winner of the 2017 Masterworks Arts Award will be announced at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala. Presented by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala is a yearly event that celebrates excellence in artistic achievement. In addition to the Masterworks Arts Award, winners of the Portia White Prize, Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist Awards, the Emerging Artist Awards, the Indigenous Artist Award, and the Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award...

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Artists and Conversation with Ashley McKenzie, Donna Morrissey, and Dinuk Wijeratne

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 | 0 comments

You’re Invited! What do a director, author, and composer have in common? On September 20, 2017, you’re invited to find out as Ashley McKenzie, Donna Morrissey, and Dinuk Wijeratne talk about art at this free, public panel discussion and reception. The panelists are Creators of the 2017 Finalists for the $25,000 Masterworks Arts Award: The Deception of Livvy Higgs, by writer Donna Morrissey; Polyphonic Lively, by composer Dinuk Wijeratne; and Werewolf, by director Ashley McKenzie and producer Nelson MacDonald. The Conversation will be...

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Creators of 2017 Masterworks Arts Award Finalists to Discuss “Community” in 6th Annual Artists and Conversation Event

Posted on Sep 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Halifax, Nova Scotia – On September 20, 2017, at 6:00 PM, the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation invite the public to a free panel discussion and reception with Creators of the 2017 Finalists for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. This will be the 6th annual Artists and Conversation event; the first held at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. The 2017 Finalists for the $25,000 Award are: The Deception of Livvy Higgs, by writer Donna Morrissey; Polyphonic Lively, by...

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Donna Morrissey

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 | 0 comments

Donna Morrissey

Donna Morrisey was born and raised in The Beaches, Newfoundland. She finished her Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University where she studied. After she graduated, Morrissey worked as a social worker for a year and a half. Realizing that social work wasn’t her passion, Morrissey decided to complete a diploma in adult education. It is there, that Morrissey’s instructor took notice of Morrissey’s writing potential. The Canadian writer has received awards in Canada, the US, and England and is the author of six nationally bestselling novels....

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