Prismatic Arts Festival

The Talk 2014

Check out the talk from Prismatic 2014:

Atlantic Network of Artists Roundtable

August 20th, 9am–5pm | Dartmouth Oceanview Hotel

The Prismatic Festival/Onelight Theatre is pleased to announce that we have secured a grant from the Canada Council’s Equity Office to explore the potential formation of an artist network serving culturally diverse (visible minority), Aboriginal, deaf and disability arts communities from the Atlantic region.

We are currently trying to engage as many individuals from these communities as possible in a consultation process. If you are a professional artist or arts professional (arts manager, administrator, presenter, curator, teacher, etc.) from one of the targeted communities, please join us for a daylong community consultation meeting on the proposed network.

The objectives of this first consultation meeting are to:

  • ascertain the level of interest and demand for a network or association that would link and serve diverse artists across the region
  • determine community needs and priorities, particularly in the areas of networking and professional development
  • brainstorm potential models for the proposed network
  • create a space for diverse artists from the Atlantic provinces to meet one another and share their experiences and aspirations

In anticipation of the consultation meeting, artists and arts professionals from the designated communities are asked to complete an on-line survey.

For more information on the consultation meeting, please contact Karen Tisch at

A limited number of travel subsidies are available for non-Halifax residents.

SESSION 1 — The View From Here: Looking Back and Moving Forward

AUGUST 21st, 9:30AM–12PM | Library

Since the early 90s, when diverse artistic communities came together to advocate for increased arts funding, opportunities and recognition, culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists have become an ever-growing force in the Canadian arts sector. This discussion will focus on how the experience of diverse arts practitioners has shifted over the years, the changes that have occurred in the arts ecology surrounding their work, and the ongoing challenges and opportunities faced by equity-seeking artists in the current environment. The role of community organizing in advancing diverse artistic practices in Canada will be highlighted.

Opening speakers will include:

Nova Bhattacharya, choreographer and Artistic Director of Ipsita Nova Dance Projects
Sylvia Hamilton
, filmmaker and writer
Paul Wong, visual and media artist and curator
Liliona Quarmyne, dancer, actor and dance teacher

Session 2 — On Stage, Please: Developing Alternative Presentation Networks for Culturally Diverse and Aboriginal Work

August 22nd, 9:30am–12pm | Library

With competition for production and dissemination opportunities in the Canadian arts sector mounting and access to mainstream presentation venues limited, culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists and presenters are banding together to develop alternative platforms for their work. This discussion will investigate emerging touring and presentation networks, and explore collaborative models for producing, commissioning and disseminating work.

Opening speakers will include:

Majdi Bou-Matar, theatre director, performer and Artistic Director of MT Space
Ryan Cunningham
, actor and Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts
Shahin Sayadi
, theatre director, playwright and Artistic Director of Onelight Theatre and the Prismatic Arts Festival
Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, theatre artist and co-director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts and the Rubaboo Festival

Session 3 — Adventures in Co-Creation

August 23rd, 9:30am–12pm | Library

Whether traversing cultural, geographic or disciplinary boundaries, melding classical and contemporary traditions, mining new technologies or actively engaging audience members in the creative process, culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists are forging new and collaborative models of artistic creation. This discussion will highlight innovative approaches to creating work and building community.


Nova Bhattacharya, choreographer and Artistic Director of Ipsita Nova Dance Projects
Santee Smith, choreographer and Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Adrienne Wong, theatre/interdisciplinary artist and Associate Artist of Neworld Theatre
Stephanie Yee, visual and performance artist

Session 4 — Culture Strike: Transforming Society through the Arts

August 24th, 9:30am-12pm | Library

The arts have the power to extend and strengthen civil society and further democratic values. The Prismatic Festival celebrates this vital link between art and society, while promoting equity as a key principle in Canadians’ lives. This discussion will focus on how culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists are using the arts to engage youth, stimulate public debate on political and ethical issues, further social justice, and build and transform communities across Canada.


Zaccheus Jackson, spoken word artist
Curtis Peeteetuse, performer and Artistic Director of the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
Daniel Thau-Eleff, playwright, performer, and founder/Artistic Producer of the Moving Target Theatre Company
Anne-Marie Woods, playwright, performance artist and educator


Body 13

Aug 21 (8:30pm) & Aug 22 (4pm) | Alderney Landing Theatre | Get Tickets

Three love stories, 
a stretch of Canadian beach, a wedding and a funeral…

Using MT Space’s signature physicality and visually captivating style, Body 13 looks at characters driven by their desires – propelled forward or derailed because of love across difference.

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Broken English Karaoke

Aug 21–24 (10pm) | 10pm | Alderney Landing Rotunda

Broken English Karaoke is an interactive performance installation that explores community, social anxieties and the complexities of translation through karaoke culture. While karaoke pervades everyday life in many Asian countries, the presence of karaoke in North America is usually confined to aspiring celebrities and drinking culture. Adopting the platform of karaoke, and its myriad associations, this piece delves into the state of being lost in translation.


Landline: Dartmouth to Ottawa

Aug 21 & 22 (7-10pm), Aug 23 & 24 (4-7pm) | Dartmouth: Alderney Landing Rotunda
Ottawa: ArtsCourt

Landline is a new kind of theatre. Part radio play, part walking tour, you are the audience, but you are also the actor, and your scene partner is doing exactly what you are doing—a thousand kilometers away.

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Paul Wong

Until Aug 24 | Alderney Landing Craig Gallery and Outdoor Mainstage

Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early video art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, conferences and public interventions since…

Play Reading

Play Reading Series

Anne-Marie Woods: Aug 21 (6pm), Juanita Peters: Aug 22 (6pm), Sherada K. Eswar: Aug 23 (6pm) | The Dart Gallery

New works by Anne-Marie Woods, Juanita Peters and Sharada K. Eswar.

Visual Arts

Visual Artists

Robyn Badger: Aug 21 (4pm); Jayme-Lynn Gloade and Lee Crips: Until Aug 24 | Alderney Landing Craig Gallery

Artist Talk Aug 21 (5:45PM) | Wooden Monkey Featuring Paul Wong, Robyn Badger, Jayme-Lynn Gloade and Lee Cripps. About the Artists Robyn Badger Robyn Badger lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and is currently writing a short film drama. My Right Leg—funded by the Canada Council of the Arts and Arts Nova…


Canadian Primos

Aug 22 (Evening) & Aug 23 (Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

The Los Primos name is well known in Cuba and in Nova Scotia. Local audiences will know the Canadian Primos for the “standing ovation shows” they have given in previous Jazz Festivals and concerts around the province. They are students of music who have learned Cuban music from Cuban musicians…

Photo By: Michelle Doucette

Dinuk Wijeratne

Aug 22 (Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

For an upbeat set of his globally-inspired music at Prismatic 2014, Dinuk leads an ensemble of some of the finest musicians on Canada’s East Coast, also featuring the internationally acclaimed Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh.



Aug 22 (Evening), Aug 23 (Evening) & Aug 24 (Afternoon) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Using just their voices, Eh440 has wow’d audiences across the USA and Canada. Now 2014 brings them to the next step in their journey – the release of their debut album Turn Me Up.


Fireworks FX

Aug 22 (Evening) | Alderney Festival Grounds

An explosive Performance by Fireworks FX featuring fire, pyro and the music of A Tribe Called Red! Fireworks FX celebrates over 30 years as a proud Atlantic Canadian company. From large, turn-key professional fireworks shows in unique and challenging site locations (both in Canada and Internationally) to smaller community fireworks shows or private functions…

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Good People Bad Things

Aug 22 (6pm) & Aug 24 (4:30) | Alderney Landing Theatre | Get Tickets

In this personal-political monologue, playwright and activist Daniel Thau-Eleff wrestles with the question of evil: Adolf Eichmann and the Nazis, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and a couple whose relationship becomes abusive. Why do good people do bad things?


Jason Skinner

Until Aug 24 | Alderney Landing Festival Grounds

Jason’s work playfully and often critically engages the relationships between people, community culture and nation.


Journey of the Sun

Aug 22–24, 5pm | Alderney Outdoor Tipi

Join William Nevin, the Chief of the White Eagle Sundance, and Dr. Jesse Morris for informal conversations about their views on traditional teachings, current spiritual practices, and the future of Aboriginal culture in North America.


JP Cormier

Aug 22 & 24 (Evening), Aug 23 (Afternoon) | Alderney Outdoor MainStage / Kings Wharf (Intimate and Unplugged) | Get Tickets

JP Cormier’s lyrics and melodies illicit every emotion you can muster as he paints picture after picture of loves lost, towns disbanded, fishermen killed by their trade and the most important moments of his own life. As his fingers fly, you get another picture—one of pure joy and boundless energy, bordering in its execution on genius.


Reeny Smith

Aug 22 (Evening), Aug 24 (Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Born into a musically inclined family in North Preston, Nova Scotia, Reeny began singing and playing piano at the age of 5. Reeny is certainly on her way to becoming a familiar sound in the Canadian and American Music Industry.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word Series

Zaccheus Jackson: Aug 22 (Evening), Aug 23 (Afternoon & Evening), Aug 24 (Afternoon & Evening)
Allysa Flint: Aug 22 (Evening), Aug 23 (Afternoon), Aug 24 (Afternoon & Evening)
Hyf the Gypsy Sun: Aug 23 (Afternoon & Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Featuring Zaccheus Jackson, Allysa Flint and Sergio Guerra aka Hyf the Gypsy Sun


The Sanctified Brothers

Aug 22 (Evening) & Aug 24 (Afternoon) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

The Sanctified Brothers are a booming men’s soul gospel group from north Preston. They have quickly established themselves as one of the best gospel music groups in Canada.


Willy Badger: Aug 22–24 (4:30pm)
Liliona Quarmyne: Aug 24 (3pm)
Nova Bhattacharya: Aug 24 (1pm) | Alderney Landing Festival Grounds and Workshop Tent

Willy Badger / Liliona Quarmyne / Nova Bhattacharya

Community Spotlight

Latispánica: Aug 23 (Afternoon), Diaga Dance: Aug 23 & 24 (Afternoon) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Latispánica and Diaga Dance

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Keont’e Beals

Aug 23 (Afternoon) & Aug 24 (Afternoon) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Keont’e Beals sings R&B, Soul and Gospel. His singing roots come from singing in Gospel choirs at his church Saint Thomas United Baptist Church. His style has often been compared to Luther Vandross, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend. Singing smooth oldschool R&B but still keeping that Current R&B vibe. Keont’e’s…



Aug 23 (4:30pm) | Alderney Theatre | Get Tickets

Answer the call for connection, transformation and healing as Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents their World Premiere of NeoIndigenA. A performance of the soul exploring our relationship to all living entities and elements – it promises to be both transcendent and primordial.

Sounds of Motown

The Sounds of Motown

Aug 23rd (Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Who doesn’t love Motown? And who doesn’t love to dance? The Sounds of Motown Band offers a unique, powerful and exciting entertainment experience that brings joy to all who come out to the shows.


A Tribe Called Red

Aug 24 (Evening) | Alderney Outdoor Mainstage

Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture.