Festival Program

2018 StART Festival Program

We are about to heat somethings up to start the summer festivities in Halifax!!!

You can also check out our full line-up in our 2018 StART Festival Program!

This weekend come out and check out our awesome lineup for StART`s 5th Annual Emerging Multi – Artists Festival at the Bus Stop Theatre.


Day 1: Friday, June 1st – Destigmatize It! Talk Series

We will be launching our Destigmatize It! Talk Series with a open conversation for all ages about “Inter-generational Realities and Difficulties of Coming Out in the Q2LGBT Community as Black Artists & Advocates” with Panelists:

– Kate MacDonald from the Magic Project ( Singer, Actor, Community Advocate )
– Tino Fadzwa aka DJ Fadzwa (DJ, Poet, Community Advocate)
– Teo Ferguson (Poet, Community Advocate)
– Mike Davies Cole (Community & Rights Advocate, Law Student, Artists )

Talk will starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

A performance by Disc Jockey Poet – 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”. ( Time TBA )


Ending with a 4 minute 6 second film called We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes is a short film that deals with suicide and mental health challenges by Israel Ekanem.

Israel Ikanem is a storyteller, 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. Check out a bit more about Israel Ekanem https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8937856/

Day 2: Saturday, June 2nd – Artist Showcase ( Timeline TBA)

Sound Installation by 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 that they will be displaying at the StART festival this year reflects on the experience of being absent from home. Here are some other examples of their work on Bandcamp https://westofvenus.bandcamp.com/

Scoop“ a play by Julie Vandervoort ( TBA ) is a author of two books, a biography and a collection of creative non-ficction essays. Four of the essays were first 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. She’s served on arts panels, grant juries and the Board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. She is a member of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and of the Writers’ Union of Canada. She has participated, as a singer and organizer, of three choral CDs, including Widening Embrace, recorded at the Banff Centre in 2011. She wrote, narrated and co-produced Sewing Cabinet, a 2017 SPFF (smart phone film festival) selection.

Scoop, is Julie’s first play, in development. It was one of nine scripts chosen from across Atlantic Canada to be workshopped at the 2017 Playwrights’ Colony and was also selected for a 2017 Script Happens workshop by Theatre St. John. Julie is new to playwrighting but not to the discipline of theatre. The script from Scoop is at the stage now where it needs audience reactions so that we can learn from and integrate.

Dance Performance by Kimberly Thomas a talented dancer from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and have been trained in modern contemporary, Jazz, African and cultural Jamaican dance forms. Dance for her has always been a great way for her to express herself as well as communicate to and impact others. Dancing is her favourite thing to do. In the future, she wishes to become a professional dancer. (TBA)

Photography Installation by 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. Check out some of her work on her website at http://gabriellegallant.com/

Displays by Digital Graphic Artist – Carmahn McCalla 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.

Helmet Art Installation by artist Jonny Badger. He 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.

Get a taste of It’s Mackie with a 15 minute set by this femcee rapper from Pictou County. 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. Also check out her music on another platforms such as Spotify and Soundcloud. https://www.facebook.com/MackieMusik (TBA)