Additional funding for emerging artists

The provincial government is investing an additional $100,000 in the New Brunswick Arts Board to increase the funding to emerging artists.

This additional investment by the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is designed to encourage emerging artists to explore and excel in various disciplines.

“The additional funding allocated to grant programs fits in with our ongoing efforts to support the economic competitiveness and the vitality of the arts and culture sector while showcasing the creativity of our artists,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “Through our partnership with the New Brunswick Arts Board, we are convinced that this year’s additional investment will facilitate the emergence of our New Brunswick artists a little more and thereby contribute to our province’s vitality and economic diversity.”

The New Brunswick Arts Board is an independent body whose mandate is to facilitate and promote the creation of art and to manage funding programs for professional artists on behalf of the provincial government. It also provides advice to the minister on cultural policies and assumes a leadership role in the arts field in New Brunswick.

“The board of directors, executive director, and staff of the New Brunswick Arts Board and I are very pleased to accept this additional funding from the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and we are keen to see an increase in the number of talented artists who can participate in all our programs,” said Carol Collicutt, chair of the board. “With this generous addition to our 2018-19 budget, we will be able to provide more grants to help emerging artists with their infrastructure, equipment, and creation materials; and add to our Equinox Program for emerging indigenous artists. I thank the Government of New Brunswick for helping us reach our objective of allowing more emerging artists to develop their practice and make a strong contribution to the cultural fabric of New Brunswick.”

Emerging artists wishing to obtain more information or to submit a grant application can visit the artsnb website or call 506-444-4444 or 1-866-460-ARTS(2787).

Nel Oudemans Award

The Nel Oudemans Award, established in 2002, celebrates excellence in fine craft in memory of the extraordinary contribution of Nel Oudemans to Canadian applied arts.

This competition is open to all emerging artisans who have lived and practiced in New Brunswick for 5 years prior to application. The winner of the award will receive a cash prize of $2000 and becomes eligible for additional funding to to participate in the SOFA Chicago Educational Mission, sponsored by the Craft Alliance and ACOA through the International Business Development Agreement.

Nel Oudemans Award Applicationsmust be postmarked by May 15, 2018. An independent jury of arts professionals will evaluate all applications.

Please consult sheilahughmackay.cafor details.

Theatre New Brunswick Announce 50th Anniversary Season

t’s going to be a big season for Theatre New Brunswick. Today the company announced plans to stage new work by New Brunswick playwrights including world premiere productions by Mona’a Malik, Ryan Griffith, Kim Parkhill and Norm Foster; a partnership with Ship’s Company Theatre (Parrsboro, Nova Scotia); an epic holiday adventure for the whole family and a trip down the Yellow Brick Road – all as part of its 50th anniversary season.

“It is a rare and extraordinary thing for a theatre company in Canada to turn 50 years old,” said TNB Artistic Director Thomas Morgan Jones. “This milestone was made possible by generations of audiences and artists, as well as a city and province that has supported the live performing arts.  Theatre New Brunswick was created with a mission to provide all of the people of New Brunswick with the highest standard of professional theatre, and as the years have gone on it has deepened its commitment to the province through our Young Company and then our Theatre School.  That’s 50 years of theatre and education in our beautiful province!”

Any Given Moment

by Kim Parkhill | a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre | World Premiere | September 2018

Open Space Theatre + provincial tour


Come Down From Up River

by Norm Foster | a world premiere production by The Foster Festival | November 2018

Fredericton Playhouse


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

by C. S. Lewis | December 2018

Fredericton Playhouse, Imperial Theatre (Saint John), théâtre l’Escaouette (Moncton)


Gretel & Hansel

Based on the Grimm Brother’s story | adapted by Thomas Morgan Jones | World Premiere

TNB Young Company


Sania The Destroyer

by Mona’a Malik | World Premiere | TNB Young Company


A Brief History of The Maritimes and Everywhere Else

by Ryan Griffith | World Premiere | March 2019

Open Space Theatre + provincial tour


The Wizard of Oz

Featuring students from TNB Theatre School | April 2019

The season begins in September with a world premiere production by New Brunswick-born actor and playwright Kim Parkhill. Inspired in part by the prevailing culture of fear that has come to occupy our day-to-day interactions through social media, Any Given Moment helps expose the differences and similarities that define us all. This play is a co-production with Ship’s Company Theatre and will run in Nova Scotia and tour NB before hitting the Open Space Theatre for a week of Fredericton performances.

In November, Norm Foster’s latest work, Come Down From Up River, will make its debut on the Fredericton Playhouse stage with a four performance run. Combining Foster’s razor sharp wit and his gift for crafting lovable, everyday characters, Come Down From Up River is the first world premiere from The Foster Festival to be part of a TNB season.

“Norm Foster began his career at TNB, and has gone on to be the most produced playwright in Canada,” said Jones. “He continues to be a beloved writer here at home in New Brunswick, too.  His last production at TNB was 2015’s On A First Name Basis and since that time we have all been eagerly awaiting his return…and what a return!  Not only is Come Down From Up River a world premiere production, but it is set in Saint John.  What better way to celebrate 50 years at TNB and our long history with Norm than with a hilarious and touching play hot off the press!”

For the holidays, audiences will experience a childhood adventure in Narnina with C. S. Lewis’ epic tale, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe takes to the Fredericton Playhouse stage, December 13 – 15.  TNB will pull out all the stops for this show. Expect elaborate sets and fantastical costumes as some of the country’s best theatre artists bring this story to life.

Ryan Griffith returns for a fourth year at TNB with his latest play, A Brief History of the Maritimes and Everywhere Else. This work, commissioned specifically for TNB’s 50th anniversary, combines Griffith’s love for New Brunswick and his fascination with the unknown with his proven ability to create engaging characters both mysterious and relatable. Guaranteed to be a great night at the theatre!

The season concludes with TNB Theatre School’s production of The Wizard of Oz. In keeping with tradition, this annual cap on the season combines the most experienced musical theatre students with an orchestra, a professional design team and the combined resources of both the Fredericton Playhouse and Theatre New Brunswick to create one of the most elaborate and visually stunning community productions of the whole year. What a great way to wrap up the season.

TNB Young Company

This exciting season also includes TNB Young Company’s 44th provincial tour bringing live theatre to schools across the province. This year’s tour will feature two world premieres developed specifically for TNB Young Company. Elementary school audiences will experience the play Gretel & Hansel, a Thomas Morgan Jones adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Middle and high school students will enjoy a world premiere by New Brunswick author and playwright, Mona’a Malik with her play Sania The Destroyer, all about growing up Muslim in Atlantic Canada.

Subscriptions On Sale Now

TNB Ultimate Subscription: $139 ($75 student) + HST

Any Given Moment, Come Down From Up River, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Brief History of The Maritimes and Everywhere Else, The Wizard of OZ, PLUS a special performance of both TNB Young Company Shows Gretel & Hansel and Sania The Destroyer.


TNB Playhouse Subscription $97 ($45 student) + HST

Come Down From Up River, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Wizard of OZ


Single tickets go on sale July 23.


Subscriptions and tickets for all Fredericton performances available at the Fredericton Playhouse Box Office.


Media: Interviews with the company can be arranged by contacting Matt Carter (Director of Communications and Development) atcommunications@tnb.nb.ca

New Anti-Harassment Initiatives in the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage today announced $550,000 to be directed towards a wide range of undertakings to prevent harassment in the arts. The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) will play a lead role, coordinating this far-reaching series of anti-harassment initiatives in the live performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and literary arts.

Under the rubric “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts”, these initiatives will include holding consultations with equity-seeking communities across the country, developing training and information webinars, delivering discipline-specific workshops, compiling best practices on Board policies and processes and codes of conduct, conducting research on reporting mechanisms, and a broad communications campaign targeted at Canadian audiences and arts supporters.

“Recent events in the cultural sector across Canada have highlighted more than ever that a specific program of resources and training for professional artists, managers and cultural workers to promote safe and respectful workplaces is vital.” (Sara Meurling, PACT)  For the past few months, anglophone arts groups, with a strong push from the Canadian Arts Coalition, have joined their colleagues in the screen-based industries, and their Quebec counterparts, to combat harassment in the sector. A Coordinating Committee of leaders from national arts service organizations in the live performing arts, visual arts and crafts, and literary arts, along with representatives from official language minority and equity-seeking communities will join CHRC in overseeing the 2-year project.

Susan Annis, Executive Director of CHRC, sees the commitment of both government and artists/ arts organizations reflected in government funding and anti-harassment actions already underway across the country, as strong and definitive statements that harassment has no place in Canada’s cultural offerings.  She affirmed: “Respectful Workplaces in the Arts will ensure that artists and arts organizations across Canada have the tools, resources and training to prevent harassment of any kind, and build respectful workplaces as the norm in the cultural sector.”

3rd Annual New Brunswick Book Awards Ceremony, June 8 in Saint John

The 3rd annual New Brunswick Book Awards will be presented at a celebration of writing and book illustration excellence on Friday, June 8 at the Lily Lake Pavilion, Saint John, NB. This free, public event will begin  with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the awards presentation ceremony at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Sussex author Beth Powning, winner of the inaugural fiction award for her novel A Measure of Light.
Awards will be presented in four categories (see 2017 shortlisted titles below):
  • Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
  • Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Award for Non-Fiction
  • The Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction
  • The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
The book awards program represents a partnership betweenCanada’s oldest literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, which has nurtured New Brunswick’s literary culture for 70 years, and the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, which for 30 years haspassionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development.
New Brunswick Book Awards Shortlisted Titles (Published in 2017)
The Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction
Judge: Angie Abdou, author of five books of fiction, most recently In Case I Go
Peter J. Clair, Tobique, Taapoategl & Pallet: A Mi’Kmaq Journey of Loss and Survival
Publisher: Chapel Street Editions
Wayne Curtis, Fredericton, Homecoming: The Road  Less Travelled
Publisher: Pottersfield Press
M.T. Dohaney, Fredericton, Caplin Scull: Chronicles from a Newfoundland Outpost
Publisher: Pottersfield Press
Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing
Judge: Sheree Fitch, one of Canada’s most beloved and celebrated children’s authors
Odette Barr, Petit-Cap, Colleen Landry, Moncton, and Beth Weatherbee, Baie Verte, Take off to Tantramar
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing
Paul McAllister, Fredericton, New Song for Herman
Publisher: Herman’s Monster House Publishing
Alice Whitney, Fredericton, Henrietta’s Nightlight
Publisher: Chocolate River Publishing
The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize
Judge: Susan Gillis, author of three collections of poetry, including Swimming Among the Ruins
Wayne Clifford, Grand Manan, Flying the Truck
Publisher: New Brunswick Museum
Allan Cooper, Riverview, Everything We’ve Loved Comes Back to Find Us
Publisher: Gaspereau Press
Kathy Mac, Fredericton, Human Misunderstanding
Publisher: Roseway

Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction
Judge: Award-winning author, journalist and teacher Andrew Westoll
Rachel Bryant, Saint John, The Homing Place
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Tony Robinson-Smith, Fredericton, The Dragon Run: Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Jan Wong, Fredericton, Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy and China
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Study shows compensation levels for arts managers and administrators have decreased since 2008

The Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage today released the 2017 National Compensation Study – For Managerial and Administrative Positions in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations, an update to a similar study in 2008 and before that, in 2003. The full report is available on both the Canada Council website and at www.culturalhrc.ca/research

The findings show there have been only minimal compensation improvements, particularly for the small and mid-sized organizations which make up the majority of the arts organizations in the sector – and in fact over the nine-year period since 2008, real wages actually decreased.

Trends identified by the study include:

  • Wages: With the exception of organizations with operating budgets of $100,000 to $250,000 and $1,000,000 to $5,000,000, there were no real wage increases from 2008 to 2017 – with an actual decrease by an average of 0.1% when inflation is considered.
  • Benefits: Relative to 2008, the frequency of benefits being offered by arts organizations has increased for certain benefits, such as long-term disability and life insurance. The prevalence of benefits, such as dental and vision coverage have dramatically decreased. Although these findings are similar to what was revealed in 2003 and 2008, the scope and frequency of benefits offered across the cultural sector are disproportionately lower than what is offered in other sectors.
  • Retirement: Retirement savings plans are also now more prevalent in smaller organizations, but the overall prevalence across the cultural sector remains quite low relative to other sectors. Retirement savings plans are clearly a major retention strategy for managerial top talent.
  • Flexible work arrangements: There has been an increase in organizations offering non-health related benefits such as flexible work arrangements, now more commonly found in both small and large organizations.

The study also confirmed that arts organizations continue to lag behind the general not-for-profit and private sectors in many areas of compensation and benefits.

Richard Hornsby, Chair of CHRC, commented that: “Not-for-profit arts organizations will likely continue to struggle with attracting and retaining senior management and executive talent because of a limited ability to offer competitive salaries and benefits. This further highlights a real ongoing challenge for recruitment and retention.”

In November and December of 2017, 436 organizations within the not-for-profit cultural sector participated in this comprehensive compensation study. The study focused on 21 benchmark management and administrative positions, and gathered data on base salary, employee benefits and perquisites, as well as a number of other HR trends.

The study was undertaken by CHRC and Mercer (Canada) Limited with financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.


engAGING Arts

New Horizons engAGING Arts Community Project Grand Finale

The Charlotte Street Arts Centre and Solo Chicken Productions, through the generous support of The Government of Canada, are pleased to announce the grand finale production of “The engAGING Arts & Community Project”. This multidisciplinary, arts-based project, which began in September 2017 has offered youth at George Street Middle School and seniors at Evelyn Grove Manor, the opportunity to explore themes of identity and belonging through artistic expression.

Youth and senior participants have taken workshops in poetry, theatre, movement and visual art and are currently working together to create a performance that incorporates elements from all the workshops.  This production features a multi-generational cast and incorporates poetry, movement, theatre and art.   The public are invited to see this joyous work on Tuesday April 17th at 6PM in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium.  Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Eva George ArtReach Program Manager, Charlotte Street Arts Centre 506-454-6952


Mathieu Chouinard and Marc-André Charron, artistic codirectors of Moncton-based physical theatre company Satellite Theatre, will join a delegation selected by Canada Arts Council to partake in the Market for African Performing Arts. The 10th edition of MAPA will be taking place from March 10th to March 17th 2018 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Africa’s most important arts market

Since 1993, MAPA has become one of the most important performing arts market in Africa. Over a span of eight days, 300 shows will be presented, in a variety of performing arts : music, theatre, dance, storytelling, comedy and street arts. Other activities will take place at the same time : professional meetings, networking, readings, days for young audiences, showcases and more.

For the first time, a theatre company from New-Brunswick will be part of these activities.

An amazing opportunity for networking and exchanges

Satellite Theatre will be promoting its work, notably the Zone Rouge project, created in coproduction with Association Ndam se na (Chad) and Atlas Film (Canada). Since 2013, Zone Rouge brought together six artists from both countries to create a unique show where live performance, multimedia documentary, direct exchange with the audience and workshops collide in one big, ambitious event. In 2017, these six artists spent two months in Chad, working with migrants from Gondjé refugee camp, near the centrafrican border.



Federal Budget 2018 – What About Artists?

The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) is surprised by Budget 2018’s oversight of artists. This budget focuses on women, Indigenous, and marginalized members of the Canadian society, which is commendable. Yet, if the goal was to highlight precarious workers, the federal government missed the opportunity to recognize the role that 650,000 cultural workers play in the Canadian economy. Based on the Statistical Profile of Artists and Cultural Workers in Canada, the average income of artists is 32% lower than other workers. The Coalition is encouraged by new funding to confront gender-based violence and harassment, but would have hoped to see it addressed in the arts and culture sector specifically.


The Canadian Arts Coalition is reassured to see support for Canada’s official languages, for Reconciliation, and for strengthening multiculturalism – these are values that we share. Notably, Budget 2018 considered intellectual property rights for Indigenous Peoples, but missed the opportunity to recognize the Artist’s Resale Right, which would significantly benefit Indigenous artists.


“Although Budget 2018 is marked by the absence of the Canadian Arts Coalition’s recommendations,” says Kate Cornell, Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly. “We will continue to work with the federal government on issues such as anti-harassment, international market access, and access to the performing arts in Canadian communities.”

The Coalition acknowledges the government’s ongoing work on trade and cultural diplomacy referenced in Budget 2018, especially the upcoming Cultural Trade Mission to China. It’s evident that the government is making transformative enhancements to export programs to help Canadian businesses, including arts organizations. The Canadian Arts Coalition is deeply committed to discussions on opening new markets for creators and creative entrepreneurs. We were pleased to attend the recent China Canada Creative Industries luncheon and hope to hear more from the government of Canada on its efforts to open up new trade opportunities for the Canadian creators in Asia. The government’s negotiating of safeguards for culture in the CPTPP is a significant achievement, as noted in Budget 2018.

Lastly, the Canadian Arts Coalition was pleased to see ongoing support for the Canada Media Fund as part of the government’s Creative Canada strategy. Digital culture is a pivotal file moving forward. The Canadian Arts Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with Department of Canadian Heritage and Department of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development on reviewing the Copyright Act, the modernization of the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act, and the establishment of the Artist’s Resale Right in Canada.

About the CAC

The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations. We are united in the belief that the future of our citizens, their towns and cities, and the nation itself depends on a rich, vibrant and diverse arts and heritage community. Since its inception, the CAC has successfully advocated for increased support for the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Early Spring Passions and Quixotic Adventures for Symphony Audiences March 12, 13, 14.

Quixotic Passion News Release


New Brunswick- After a two-month winter hiatus, Symphony New Brunswick returns to the stage with a program highlighting some of the greatest works of the 18th century. From the tilting-at-windmills romance of Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite, to the distilled passion of Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor, this concert explores the depths and sensitivity of some of the finest music from the Classical era. In addition, two of our Principal String players, Danielle Sametz and Christopher Buckley, will be featured soloists in Mozart’s majestic Sinfonia Concertante, K 364 for violin and viola.


One of the most celebrated baroque composers, Georg Philipp Telemann wrote his programmatic Don Quixote Suite in 1605. At this time, to write music that accompanies a storyline was of extreme rarity. Along with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this music foreshadows a movement that was most prominent in the late romantic period. In this series of short chapters illustrating the adventures of Don Quixote, every movement captures the essence and atmosphere of this chivalric tale.


Performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante are SNB’s own Principal Violist, Christopher Buckley and Principal second violinist, Danielle Sametz. Both members of the Saint John String Quartet, playing together is certainly not unfamiliar. Sinfonia Concertante displays a level of depth unusual for works of the genre in Mozart’s era, which were more generally intended as light music for the aristocracy. A perfect meeting point between a concerto and a symphony, Mozart establishes these two musical worlds as being one layered whole, with bright interplays between the soloists combined with the elegant melodies in the orchestra.


To round out this program of Classical gems will be Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 ‘La Passione’. Haydn’s music, like Mozart’s, stands as an archetypal example of the Classical style. This particular symphony refers to the events of Good Friday, which will be coming up shortly after this series, and is exceptionally somber, dramatic and tragic, as befits its subtitle.


This program will be conducted by SNB Principal conductor Michael Newnham.




“Quixotic Passion” Concert details :


March 12 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm

March 13 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30

March 14 in Saint John at the Imperial Theatre at 7:30


Concert tickets are available at the door or at the Box Offices in each city


Moncton, Capitol Theatre (506) 856-4379, capitol.nb.ca

Fredericton, The Playhouse (506) 458-8344, theplayhouse.ca

Saint John, Imperial Theatre (506) 647-4100, imperialtheatre.nb.ca