StART Festival Line Up Announced!

Featuring a diverse array of emerging artists in a wide range of performance and visual art forms, the StART Festival’s 2015 line up offers audiences cutting edge artistic experiences by local creators.

Featured musicians include soul singer Lindsay Misiner, flautist Claire Ahern, and rapper Vadell Gabriel (Seth Glasgow). With songwriting skills beyond her years and a vulnerable, captivating performance style, Misiner is winning fans across the city. A classically trained flautist and composer, Claire Ahern will present new Celtic/traditional tunes. Vadell Gabriel brings an old school vibe to his music. A multi-talented artist, he is a rapper, hip hop/new jack swing producer, and radio personality.

Theatre artists Anne White and Lily Ross-Millard are set to present new scenes based on Georg Buchner’s “Woyzeck”, developed through a collective creation process with eleven local students. Valeska Meyer (whose alter ego, Vincent St. Grace, is renowned in the local drag community) will share a series of intimate and innovative monologues.

The StART Festival is pleased to present two short films this year, including Tyler Messervey’s surreal “ClockRoom” and Rena Thomas’s meditation on a sacred landscape entitled “Celebration”.

For the first time, the festival will feature a new zine by NSCAD student Mary Ketterling. We are also pleased to present new art made from old air conditioners by Hunter Lewis Lake. Paintings by Liz Toohey-Wiese and Kayleigh Shield and photography by Paulina MacNeil round out the festival’s visual arts offerings.

The StART Festival runs from Thursday January 29 to Sunday February 1 at the Bus Stop Theatre. Thursday night’s preview to the festival will include an introduction to featured artists in a casual and welcoming workshop/skill sharing atmosphere. Performances will take place at 8 pm Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31. Tickets are $10 and all artists will be featured both nights.

The festival also includes networking and professional development opportunities for emerging artists, including a grant-writing workshop on Saturday January 31. Anyone interested in learning more about the workshop should contact

Founded by Alanna Griffin and Karen Gross in 2013, the StART Festival is a celebration of work by emerging artists in the midst of their training. Featured artists include university and college students as well as participants in apprenticeship and mentorship programs.

The StART Festival is made possible by support from Clare Waque and the Bus Stop Coop. The StART Festival gratefully acknowledges support from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.