Prismatic Arts Festival

Program 2015


The Prismatic Arts Festival is a national multi-disciplinary arts festival that showcases and celebrates leading culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists from Nova Scotia and across Canada.

Maggie and Shahin announced the Prismatic lineup on July 2nd, 2015 on Radio 96.5!

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Allysa Flint

August 19 7-9pm, August 21 7-10pm, August 22 630-10pm, August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Theatre, Alderney Landing Mainstage

Allysa Flint, local Halifax spoken word artist, joins us again at the Prismatic Arts Festival! Allysa’s powerful performances at Prismatic 2014 were a highlight of the mainstage performances; this emerging spoken word artist has a bright future ahead. Allysa has been writing poetry since she was 12 and has always…

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Clyde A. Wray

August 19 7-9pm, August 21 7-10pm, August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Theatre, Alderney Landing Mainstage

Clyde A. Wray is a well-known poet, playwright, performer, producer, director, radio host and speaker that currently resides in Saint John, NB with life partner Kelli and their three children Astrid, Shasta and Nikolai. Originally from New York City, Clyde moved to the Maritimes from Los Angeles, California. Clyde has…


Jeff Ward

August 19 7-9pm | Alderney Theatre

Jeff was born and raised in Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (also known as Red Bank) along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. For the past ten years, he has lived in Membertou and at present, is the General Manager of the Membertou Heritage Park, drawing on his vast experience and knowledge in…

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Mariachi Ghost

August 19 7-9pm, August 21,7-10pm, August 22 1-2pm, 630-10pm August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Theatre, Alderney Landing Mainstage

From driving rhythms and soaring melodies to brooding synths and dreamy vocal breaks, Mariachi Ghost fuses traditional Mexican song, progressive rock and a flair for the dramatic, to ignite the world of their namesake’s tenuous existence. The band was formed in 2009, based on a graphic novel by lead-singer Jorge…


Michael Greyeyes – Winter Home

August 19, 830-10pm, August 20, 730-930pm, August 21, 5-7pm | Alderney Theatre

Winter Home is a multi-media installation created by Michael Greyeyes for Signal Installation that examines disconnection through a series of projected and static images.  This performance action destabilizes trans-historical notions of memory, home, and our attenuation to family history.  Iconic photographs of Indigenous people intervene in the space and collide…


Mohsen Sharifian

August 19 7-9pm, August 21 7-10pm, August 22 2-4pm, | Alderney Theatre, Alderney Landing Mainstage

Award-winning Iranian musician, Mohsen Sharifian, brings the traditional music of the Bouchehr region of southern Iran to the global stage. He performs solo and with Lian Music, the band that he formed in 1993. Prismatic is honoured to bring this renown and talented musician to the stage in Nova Scotia.…

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Stephanie Yee – Broken English Karaoke

August 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 10-1130pm | Rotunda

Stephanie Yee is a visual artist and cultural worker originally from Barrie, Ontario, now based in Halifax. Though beginning her academic career in theater, she graduated with a BFA from NSCAD in 2012.  Her practice interrogates concepts of communication and identity. Primarily using performance, video, sculpture, and installation, her works…


Tara Francis

August 19 | Alderney Landing

Tara is an Aboriginal artist, who lives in Elsipogtog First Nation, she is of Mi’kmaq and Irish decent and is inspired by the ancient spiritual practices of her ancestors, searching for common threads in their rich histories and by her own personal connection to Mother Earth. Her art is her journey…



August 19 7-9pm, August 217-10pm, August 22 630-10pm, August 23 630-10pm | Alderney Theatre, Alderney Landing Mainstage

PRICELYS is a spoken word poet, film producer and social entrepreneur. She’s been working with communities across Canada for 10 years strengthening the voice of Indigenous youth. Her passion for community and words meld together in a perfect marriage as she continues sharing the message of hope and resilience.

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Leah-Simone Bowen – The Hallway

August 20 6-730pm | Alderney Theatre

Leah-Simone is a Toronto based theatre practitioner that has worked across Canada as an actor, improviser, playwright, director, and arts administrator. Her play, The Hallway, is set in 1936 during one of the worst heat waves in history, the tenants of a Negro rooming house struggle to cope with daily…


The Debajehmujig Storytellers – Global Savages

August 20 430-630pm, August 22 430-630pm, August 23 430-630pm | Waterfront

The GLOBAL SAVAGES are a small band of family members who have been travelling since the beginning of time to share their story and the teachings of their ancestors. They bring stories for all humankind – for the preservation of humanity. Who will listen? Under the open sky, with cedar…


Asia & NuGruv

August 21 7-10pm, August 23 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Enthusiasm and energy best describe this funky, upbeat dance band. We guarantee that you will be on your feet when Asia & NuGruv hit the stage. The band features an exceptional five-piece rhythm section, two incredible horn players (trumpet & saxophone), two female background vocalists and a lead female vocalist…



August 21 7-10pmpm, August 22 2-4pm, August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

“India” brings the past, present and future of dance rooted in South Asia to the stage. By drawing on traditional dace forms, such as bharathanatyam and koochipoodi and Indian folk dances, mixing in popular Bollywood and Tollywood, and even adding some modern hooping India showcases the vibrant spectrum of dance…


Jaron Freeman Fox – The Opposite of Everything

August 21 7-10pm, August 22 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Jaron Freeman-Fox’s musical roots are in Celtic and bluegrass fiddling, in his electrifying performances, he fuses traditional fiddle with Indian classical music and jazz. Contorting the violin into new traditions, Freeman-Fox and his band The Opposite of Everything, dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while…


Nomadic Massive

August 21 7-10pm, August 22 2-4pm, August 23 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Rapping in English, French, Creole, Spanish and Arabic, Nomadic Massive is Montreal Hip-Hop’s best-kept secret. Spreading their sound across borders and cultures, the group has captivated audiences and critics worldwide. Sharing a message of universal understanding and social justice, the super-group has released two albums and two EP’s. Nomadic Massive…


Sanctified Brothers

August 217-10pm, August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

The Sanctified Brothers are a booming men’s soul gospel group from North Preston. Nova Scotia has a long tradition of fantastic gospel music and The Sanctified Brothers, formerly known as The Deep River Boys, have quickly established themselves as one of the best groups in Canada. The Sanctified Brothers will…


Cristina Magnusson

August 22 2-4pm, August 23 1-330pm, 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Cristina Magnusson is an Indigenous artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who’s powerful and captivating performances blend hip-hop and spoken word. Behind every word in her songs, there is a strong and heartfelt message: being indigenous isn’t a choice—it is a gift. Cristina is of Peruvian, Chilean, Cherokee, and Lakota heritage; she…

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Garret C. Smith – Deadbeats

August 21 2pm | Pier 21

Prismatic presents a staged reading of a new play, Deadbeats, by Aboriginal theatre artist Garret C. Smith. Garret is a proud Blackfoot from the Peigan and Blood tribes of southern Alberta. Deadbeats, takes place 2 years after the signing of Treaty 7 when Blackfoot Nation(s) are starving, sick and desperate…


Nova Dance – Akshongay

August 22 430pm-630pm | Alderney Landing

Akshongay takes its name from the Bengali word for together, and features two of Toronto’s bright lights in the dance scene: Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge- Côté. It is an intimate dance performance that fuses their different styles into something magnificent and truly beautiful. Akshongay takes its name from the…


Raina the Halifax Mermaid

August 22 430pm, August 23 1pm, 530pm | Workshop Tent

Raina the Halifax Mermaid is swimming in to visit kids and kids-at-heart during the Prismatic Arts Festival. Raina performs locally with her troupe the Halifax Mermaids. The mermaids have a special focus on children and empowering people to create a healthy ocean.The Halifax Mermaids recently won the ADP Small Business…


Reeny Smith

August 22 630-10pm, August 23 1-330pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Reeny Smith is an award winning singer/songwriter. Born into a musically inclined family in North Preston, Nova Scotia, Reeny began singing and playing piano at the age of 5. Her roots singing in the church laid a solid foundation for a promising career. She has been awarded several notable awards…

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Roots n’ Rhythm

August 22 2-4pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Roots n’ Rhythm is an uplifting spoken word performance that fuses rhythm and soul into each line and beckons the audiences’ ear. Her poetry has been performed across Canada and internationally in Ghana, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. She uses her spoken word to address cultural, social, and environmental issues and to…

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Sounds of Motown

August 22 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Coaxing bodies to the dance floor with favourites from the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Etta James, The Sounds of Motown is equal parts soothing and electrifying, and much more than a cover band. It takes an unstoppable lineup of performers to do such…



August 23, 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Halifax-based Gypsophilia’s original instrumental music blurs the lines between hot jazz, klezmer, funk, and world rhythms. Their killer live shows and danceable, genre-bending sound have made them an audience favourite all over Canada and the US. With a combination of serious musicianship, humour and showmanship they are capable of enchanting…

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Middle-Eastern Jazz Fusion

August 23 630-10pm | Alderney Landing Mainstage

Four talented and dynamic musicians come together for an evocative evening of Middle-Eastern fusion, mixing intricate compositions with captivating improvisations. Personnel: Dinuk Wijeratne (Piano), Daniel MacNeil (Oud), Nick Halley (Percussion), Chris Mitchell (Saxophone). The Sri Lankan-born composer-conductor-pianist Dinuk Wijeratne has been  described by the Toronto Star as ‘an artist who…