2018 Artists



StART Festival 2018 Artists


 StART Festival 2017 Artist: Solmaz Asheri Photo Cred: Jameelah Rahey

Carmahn McCalla

Carmahn McCalla is a 17 year old visual artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She is self-taught, and has experience creating both traditional and digital art. Carmahn values diversity in her work, and enjoys expressing that creatively. She looks forward to developing her artistic skills in the future.

West of Venus

West of Venus is the solo project of UK born, Canada based, musician Kat Bailey. Using primarily electronic instruments and field recordings to create sonic landscapes, the project reflects on the experience of being absent from home.

Gabrielle Gallant

Gabrielle Gallant is an emerging visual artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working primarily in analogue and digital photography. The majority of Gabrielle’s work explores documents, memories, nostalgia, collection and comparison. A graduate of NSCC’s photography program, she is currently finishing up her BFA Majoring in photography at NSCAD University.

It’s Mackie

Mackie brings true lyricism over high energy instrumentals with a vast sound ranging from boom bap to trap to chopping that’s sure to please most hip hop heads. She currently holds the #1 spot regionally and #7 spot nationally on the ReverbNation Rap charts.

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas a talented dancer from the beautiful island of Jamaica and has been dancing since the age of 3 and trained in modern contemporary, jazz, African and cultural Jamaican dance forms. For Kimberly, dance has always been a great way for her to express herself as well as communicate to and impact others.

Julie Vandervoort

Julie Vandervoort is the author of two books, a biography and a collection of creative non-Kction essays. Four of the essays were Krst published in Grain, Geist, Brick and Prism. Another piece from the collection was chosen as a keynote presentation at a conference in the Netherlands called Imagining Amsterdam: Visions and Revisions. They’ve served on arts panels, grant juries and the Board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. They are a member of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and of the Writers’ Union of Canada. They participated, as a singer and organizer, of three choral CDs, including Widening Embrace, recorded at the Banff Centre in 2011. They wrote, narrated and co-produced Sewing Cabinet, a 2017 SPFF (smart phone Klm festival) selection.

Sebastian Gaskarth

My words, my rhythm, my beat, my voice synthesized, pulsing vibrational mixes, the sound of resilience and fierce playback of a West Coast old growth soul looped over French Canadian roots.” Sebastian Gaskarth is a spoken word artist living in Halifax, whose first book is titled “Disc Jockey Poet.

Israel Ekanem

Israel Ekanem is a storyteller. He was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia and he fell in love with it. Storytelling has been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life. He believes that a story, properly told can change the world, one person at a time.

Jonny Badger Haines

Jonny Badger loves to build and tinker. He has bins of other peoples junk just waiting to be turned into something cool. Who knows what he will find next and what it will become.