CATAPULT 2.0 Arts Accelerator: Call for applications

CATAPULT 2.0 Arts Accelerator

Call for Applications

Saint John, February – April 2018

Deadline to apply: January 26th, 2018


CATAPULT is an intensive accelerator program for ambitious artists and creative entrepreneurs who are ready to bring their work to market. CATAPULT aims to improve the entrepreneurial skills and business networks for its participants, and to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in New Brunswick’s arts sector. This program is specialized for the needs of artists, and includes business skills bootcamps, one-on-one coaching, and mentorships from individuals operating at the top of their field. Participants will be oriented towards export as well as local sales opportunities.


CATAPULT 2.0 will help you:


Articulate your career and business-related goals

  • Find strategic ways to balance creative integrity and commercial viability
  • Become familiar with business basics, like business modelling, marketing, branding, pricing and financial planning
  • Adopt the skills necessary for long-term success, like time management, outsourcing, and augmenting your capacity to monetize your work and/or time
  • Learn about accessing export markets through online sales platforms


Program & Format

CATAPULT 2.0 will include:

  • 8 weekly sessions of 1.5 days each (Saturdays 9-5 & Sundays 9-12)
  • Guest speakers drawn from both the business and arts community
  • Mentor-matching (24 hours offered over 12 months, arranged by ArtsLink NB)


Who Should Apply

Individuals or collectives who are looking to turn (or grow) their artistic practice into a commercially viable career or business.

CATAPULT candidates must have:

– The time to commit to this intensive program. Attendance is mandatory at all weekly sessions, and research and planning is required between sessions.

– A strong desire and intention to commercialize and turn their creative practice into a full time career

– Willingness to participate in peer group discussions, share and receive honest feedback, advice and support



  • Individual artists/cultural works, as well as groups or collectives
  • ArtsLink NB membership (if not already a member, enrol online at


Catapult is free for ArtsLink NB members. Out-of-town participants are responsible for any travel and accommodation expenses. Program materials and meals will be provided during the program.


February – April 2018

Saturdays 9-5 & Sundays 9-12

Dates: Feb 17-18, Mar 3-4, Mar 10-11, Mar 17-18, Mar 24-25, April 7-8, April 14-15, April 21-22



Saint John, NB

How to Apply

Email, subject line ‘CATAPULT Application’, the following:

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the program, and what makes you a high-potential candidate. Please describe any previous entrepreneurial experience (including, but not limited to for-profit arts and culture ventures). Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a history of entrepreneurial activity and attitude. This includes business and commercial initiatives, as well as other ‘start-up’ activity that may not have been profit-motivated. What do you hope to gain from the program? If there is a particular product, business challenge, or commercial opportunity you’d like to explore in the context of the accelerator, please describe it.
  • CV
  • 3 samples of work (you may also include a link to online portfolio or relevant social media)

DEADLINE:  January 26th at 5 pm AST.

SELECTION: Final selection will be completed by early February, and successful applicants will be contacted by this date.



Email Sarah Jones, CATAPULT Arts Accelerator Coordinator, at or call (506) 608-3008.


About ArtsLink NB


ArtsLink NB is a province-wide, membership based organization representing artists of all disciplines. We work to help artists build robust careers in New Brunswick through providing professional opportunities, public programming, specialized training, and advocacy work. We are working to grow the arts sector to meet national standards of excellence and economic output.


CATAPULT 2.0 is an ArtsLink NB initiative, founded in 2015. CATAPULT’s 2017-18 programming will include fall session in Fredericton and a winter session in Saint John. CATAPULT is made possible through the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Province of New Brunswick.

SJTC Celebrates A Successful 2016-2017 Season & Welcomes New Board President at AGM.

The SJTC hosted its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 6 at the company home at 112 Princess Street. Dean Turner, President of the SJTC Board of Directors, presented a re-cap of the company’s activities for the 2016-2017 season, Treasurer Robert Crowley presented a positive financial report for the fiscal year, while Artistic Director Stephen Tobias focused on upcoming projects.

Dean Turner, who has been an integral part of the Board for close to a decade and served as President since January 2011, has stepped down from his role, however, he will remain an active member of the SJTC Board. Former Vice President George Daniel has been elected the new SJTC Board President. The company would like to thank Dean Turner for his many years of outstanding support and leadership.

George Daniel has been an energetic and proactive Board member since January of 2012. His enthusiasm for the success and growth of the company has been a strong asset to the company over the past six years.

The SJTC is also pleased to welcome four new members to the Board: Marketing Specialist Emily Teed, Lawyer and dedicated SJTC volunteer Jon O’Kane, Communications and Community Manager Kate Shannon, and Operational Excellence Specialist and Consultant Nicole Paquet. Board member Dr. Sandra Bell will be transitioning into the role of Vice President.

It’s Christmas with David Myles and Symphony New Brunswick

In light of the holiday season, Symphony New Brunswick presents a seasonal concert with singer-songwriter extraordinaire David Myles. This concert, co-commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia and Symphony New Brunswick, will feature an album’s worth of newly arranged Christmas songs by composer and orchestrator Rebecca Pellet. “It’s Christmas”, will be a concert for the entire family to enjoy.  

Described as bringing “genuine humility”, a “pure, natural sound” and a “warm atmosphere” to the stage, David Myles is an artist of superb talent who knows how to lure his audience in his world of undeniable charm. He is widely known for his ability to effortlessly move back and forth between styles. From classic country, doo-wop, modern pop music and jazz, an evening with David Myles brings a little something for everybody. Myles states that the sole reason he performs many different styles is because he loves all sorts of music. “Whenever I am fascinated by a certain sound, I just go with that, without too much concern about what it will do. It allows me to go anywhere.”

Rebecca Pallett, who has arranged all the songs for full orchestra, has been active as a composer and orchestrator in the film industry for more than ten years. She has had the opportunity to work with many distinguished film composers, including Chris Dedrick, Michael Small, Micky Erbe, and Rob Carli.

The concert will include impeccable covers of Myles’ favourite Christmas standards along with his original holiday songs, showcasing his versatility as a songwriter. The entirety of the show will be accompanied by the full, rich and lush sounds of a full orchestra accompanying. Myles says that he is very much looking forward to working with SNB again. “As a songwriter, playing with an orchestra forces you to re-imagine your work. It adds a new dimension, a new special colour. It is like being wrapped in a giant blanket of harmony.”

This holiday concert will be conducted by Principal Conductor Michael Newnham.

“It’s Christmas” Concert details :

December 18 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm

December 19 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30

December 20 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,

Fredericton, The Playhouse (506) 458-8344, SOLD OUT

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

SHMF 2017 Signature Grant Announcement

Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation is proud to collaborate with the University of New Brunswick in the restoration of seven stained glass windows that dominate the auditorium of Memorial Hall. One of five designated heritage building at UNB, Memorial Hall is home to UNB Art Centre, and theatre program, hosting events that attract 8,000 to 10,000 people annually.

Peter Coates, Director of Development and Donor Relations notes that the windows are both works of art in their own right and an important part of the built heritage of New Brunswick.  The restoration of these windows by local artist and restoration expert Ned Bowes will return them to their former brilliance and ensure their future longevity for the people of this province

SHMF salutes UNB for its work in respecting and preserving cultural and historic objects d’art.

For more on our Signature Grants.

Grants Awarded for the October 1 and November 1, 2017 Competitions – New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb)

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) has released the results of its October 1, 2017 (Creation and Documentation) and November 1, 2017 (Career Development) competitions. Grants totaling $292,916.58 were awarded to the following artists to help with their creation projects, with the documentation of art production in New Brunswick, and in the development of their artistic careers.

Creation Grants – A Category
For senior artists who have achieved a superior level of accomplishment and who have made
a nationally or internationally recognized contribution to their discipline or to the arts in general.
Édith Bourget, Saint-Jacques, Literary Arts, $15,000
André Cormier, Moncton, Classical Music, $12,700
Darren Emenau, Saint John, Craft, $15,000
Robert Gray, Fredericton, Media Arts, $15,000
Mathieu Léger, Moncton, Media Arts, $15,000
Colleen Wagner, Village of Gagetown, Theatre, $9,300
Total awarded: $82,000

Creation Grants – B Category
For mid-career artists who have been practicing professionally in their discipline for a sustained period of time and are able to demonstrate their recognized contribution to the arts regionally or nationally.
Julie Aubé, Memramcook, Non-Classical Music, $7,000
Mark Blagrave, St. Andrews, Literary Arts, $7,500
Julie Caissie, Moncton, Visual Arts, $10,000
Chris Colepaugh, Riverview, Non-Classical Music, $4,500
Amanda Fauteux, Sackville, Multidisciplinary Arts, $8,000
Raymonde Fortin, Notre-Dame, Visual Arts, $10,000
Craig Lang, Rothesay, Non-Classical Music, $7,000
Denis Lanteigne, Caraquet, Visual Arts, $7,150
Philip Lee, Fredericton, Literary Arts, $8,000
Donald Levandier, Moncton, Non-Classical Music, $5,000
Robert MacInnis, Riverview, Multidisciplinary Arts, $8,000
Richard MacQueen, Saint John, Media Arts, $7,944
Chris Paul, Sackville, Literary Arts, $7,000
Jared Peters, Fredericton, Visual Arts, $10,000
Sarah Petite, Fredericton, Visual Arts, $9,760
Britany Sparrow, New Maryland, Media Arts, $5,500
Total awarded: $122,354

Creation Grants – C Category
For emerging artists who are striving to achieve a professional level in their discipline and who
can demonstrate their commitment to the development of specialized skills or knowledge in
their discipline as well as their commitment to the achievement of a professional level in their
discipline through training, mentorship or peer recognition, and who are producing a growing
repertoire or body of work.
Jacqueline Bourque, Fredericton, Visual Arts, $5,000
Gabrielle Brown, Saint John, Visual Arts, $2,750
Eric Butler, St-Antoine, Media Art, $5,000
Judith Chiasson, Saint-Simon, Craft, $5,000
Peter de Niverville, Riverview, Media Arts, $4,000
Stephanie Gough, Welshpool, Literary Arts, $5,000
Matthew Gwathmey, Fredericton, Literary Arts, $5,000
Francine Hébert, Cocagne, Media Arts, $5,000
Emily Kennedy, Passekeag, Classical Music, $4,125
Amna Khurshid, Fredericton, Visual Arts, $5,000
Rachel Anne MacGillivray, Scotch Settlement, Craft, $4,750
Jeffrey Mann, Sackville, Visual Arts, $5,000
Annie France Noël, Moncton, Visual Arts, $3,022
Joannie Thomas, Grande-Anse, Theatre, $5,000
Total awarded: $63,647

Documentation Grants
For professional New Brunswick artists and arts professionals for the research, development and execution of original documentation of arts activities, arts products or art history; preference is given to projects addressing New Brunswick art or artists.
Jennifer Bélanger, Moncton, Visual Arts, $7,000
Total awarded: $7,000

Career Development Grants
The Career Development program provides financial assistance to professional artists wishing to enhance their practice through travel, study and promotion. This flexible program has four separate components:
1. Arts by Invitation provides assistance for travel and accommodation to present work by invitation in established arts events.
2. Artist in Residence is designed to support participation in residency opportunities of three months or less.
3. Professional Development provides assistance to pursue short- or long-term studies or mentorships.
4. Professionalization and Promotion provides assistance for professional services to better promote an artist’s work and practice.

Artist in Residence
Julie Caissie, Moncton, Visual Arts, $4,690
Mathieu Léger, Moncton, Media Arts, $5,195

Arts By Invitation
Catherine Bartlett, Salisbury, Classical Music, $1,677
Sophie Lavoie, Fredericton, Literary Arts, $375
Richard MacQueen, Saint John, Media Arts, $1,768.58
Georgia Rondos, Rothesay, Dance, $410

Professional Development
Maegen Black, Fredericton, Craft, $1,000
Nawal Doucette, Saint John, Dance, $800
Todd Fraser, Sackville, Media Arts, $1,000
Anika Lirette, Grand-Barachois, Theatre, $1,000
Total awarded: $ 17,915.58

For information on these and other artsnb programs, visit
or call 1-866-460-ARTS (2787) toll free within NB.

Kathryn Cronin, NBCCD, awarded merit bursary

Congratulations Kathryn Cronin, the 2017 recipient of the SHMF Merit Bursary in Advanced Studio Practice at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. The jury panel praised the jewelry designer for a wide range of creativity in design, refreshing and diversified use of material, all while maintaining a unified aesthetic throughout the work. Miss Cronin was presented with the $2000 bursary at a recognition event at NBCCD.

The SHMF has established merit bursaries for visual arts students at Mount Allison University, University of Moncton and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Annually, each institution selects a deserving second or third year student in a visual arts program to receive a $2000 bursary in recognition of their accomplishments within the program of studies.

Initially a pilot project in 2013, this bursary program has evolved into an annual opportunity at three important centres of artistic excellence in New Brunswick. Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation salutes the teaching staff and administration of these schools for their ongoing mentorship of students.

Return From The Break/ Drama and More Drama:

A multi Media Musical Adventure –  finally makes it to the stage in Fredericton and Saint John

With the SNB Group sonance
featuring Andrew Miller, Danielle Sametz and special guest, Peter Mears on Piano


Symphony New Brunswick Season 2017/18 makes an innovative (late) start in the Virtuoso Series.

After a delay of over 2 months, the pianist’s broken arm is healed and he is back on the ivories, ready to get together with members of Résonance

SNB’s newest ensemble, Résonance,  led by Principal Bassist, Andrew Miller will be preparing  a series of  multi media shows this season to demonstrate some of the more innovative configurations and relationships between the musicians and the various art forms. Andrew is joined for this program by SNB violinist, Danielle Sametz and guest pianist, Peter Mears

In a program of works that spans modernity from 1902 to 2012, this group will entertain, delight and surprise the whole family.

Join us:

 November 30 in Fredericton at 7:30 in Room 101, McCain Hall at STU
December 10 at 2:00 pm in Saint John Arts Centre

Admission is $26 for Adults and $10 for Students; Children and STU Students are free.





The Program

Leibesleid (1910) Fritz Kreisler
Speigel im Spiegel (1978) Arvo Pärt
Duo for Elizabeth (2007) Michael R. Miller
Wager at the Eldorado Saloon (1993) Jon Deak
Czardas (1904) Vittorio Monti

Eggs and Baskets (1987) Tom Johnson
Melodie op. 3 no 1 Anton Rubenstein
Quickening (2012) Jordan Nobles
Trio sur “Lohengrin” (1902) Richard Wagner/Ernest Alder

A few words from Résonance about the program

-This show is called “Drama and More Drama” and each piece of music reflects some aspect of drama, literary arts, films or storytelling.

– One piece “Wager at the Eldorado Saloon” by Jon Deak, has the musicians telling a story (in this case an excerpt from Jack London’s Call of the Wild) as they play it…which can be a strange experience for us all.

-Another piece Eggs and Baskets by Tom Johnson for narrator and violin and bass takes a simple saying to its maximum extreme!

-Spiegel im Spiegel by Arvo Pärt for violin and piano, although was not written for a specific film, has nonetheless been in the soundtrack to many films of all sorts. This is likely because it sets a perfectly calm mood, and it seems to be both classical and contemporary at the same time.


After a one-year hiatus while the Foundation conducted a comprehensive review of its programs, the Developing Artist Grants for young Canadian artists enrolled in qualified performing arts training programs will begin receiving nominations this December for the 2018-19 academic year. Look for more information on the Foundation website starting in December.

Symphony New Brunswick Gets Operatic, with Concerts November 13, 14, 15.

New Brunswick native opera singers Paul Bustin and Sally Dibblee team up with Symphony New Brunswick and conductor Michael Newnham to present an evening of opera favorites.  The program will include selections from two of the most renowned operas- The Marriage of Figaro and Madam Butterfly.

Bustin has been described as “possessing an impressive, resonant baritone voice of wide range and outstanding flexibility”

Sally Dibblee is critically acclaimed as a “tour-de-force of vocal control and expressive flexibility”

“For the first time in many years, Symphony New Brunswick is having a Night at the Opera“ says conductor Michael Newnham. “We are all very excited about working again with Sally Dibblee and Paul Bustin, two of our finest singers, in this special evening of scenes from two of our all-time favourite operas”

The orchestra along with their two soloists will then present selections from the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, his most famous comic opera. It is a work filled with charms of Mozart’s music. In addition, selections from Madam butterfly will be presented. The opera tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover. The famous hit musical Miss Saigon based its plot on Madam Butterfly.Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is one of the greatest comic works for stage ever written” says conductor Michael Newnham. “Full of excitement, joy, and irreverence, it spans the full gamut of human emotions. Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” encapsulates all the colour and passion that we love about Italian opera. If there were ever a list   of ‘must-see’ operas, these two would certainly be there”

Together, their irresistible charisma will certainly make for an unforgettable evening.
“A Song for All Times” Concert details:

November 13 in Moncton at the Capitol Theatre at 7:30 pm

November 14 in Fredericton at the Playhouse at 7:30

November 15 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,

Fredericton, The Playhouse (506) 458-8344,

Saint John, Imperial Theatre (506) 647-4100,

Competition for 3rd annual New Brunswick Book Awards open

The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick and The Fiddlehead are excited to launch the 3rd annual New Brunswick Book Awards. The program will celebrate books published in the 2017 calendar year and in four categories: poetry, fiction, nonfiction and children’s picture books. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony in Saint John in May 2018.
The competition is open to traditionally published and self-published authors who have lived in the province for three of the last five years, including the award year. The Fiddlehead is accepting submissions untilDecember 1, 2017For more information on the eligibility criteria and to download the entry form, visit or here.
The awards are Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction, Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children’s Writing, The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize, and Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Nonfiction Award.  
 The book awards program represents a partnership between the Writers’ Federation, which for 30 years has passionately supported the development of home-grown writers at all stages of development, and The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary magazine, which has nurtured New Brunswick’s literary culture for 70 years.