Veronica Simmonds Artist Presentation

Veronica Simmonds Artist Presentation

In celebration of CFAT’s 40th anniversary, we’re pleased to announce Veronica Simmonds as our next artist in residence. Veronica is the second of four artists who will be visiting us this summer for two-week residencies. Each artist has been commissioned to create a work in response to one decade of CFAT’s history. Veronica will be focusing on 2009 – 2019.

Location: BMO Community Room in the Halifax Central Library
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

Event is welcome to all, free of charge and accessible.

About Veronica:

Veronica Simmonds is a radio documentarian/podcast producer/audio artist based in Toronto, Canada. She works at the CBC producing the critically acclaimed podcasts Sleepover, Alone: A Love Story, and Tai Asks Why.

Described by THIS Magazine as a “Sonic Sorceress,” her documentaries have aired on CBC, ABC, BBC and Radiotopia. Veronica’s audio art work has aired in a weather observatory in France, a hair dryer in Pittsburgh, and a grain silo in Norway. Her work has featured internationally at: Hearsay International Audio Festival, Third Coast International Radio Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Bivouac Radiophonique, and Megapolis Audio Art Festival.

She got her start on air in Halifax at the community radio station CKDU 88.1 where she embraced the liveness of the medium through her show Braidio, where she braided hair live on air. Through the intimacy of touch, Braidio got people to unwind, slow down and reconnect with themselves.

Veronica has received multiple honours and awards for her work including – Webby People’s Choice: Tai Asks Why (2019), Gold Award New York Festivals: Alone: A Love Story (2018), Finalist Third Coast International Audio Award: The Idea of Wadhams (2017), Finalist Prix Italia Golden Award in New Radio Formats: Dr. Clock (2015), Silver Atlantic Journalism Award Best Multimedia Feature: Fort Mac to Halifax (2015), First Runner Up White River Indie Film Festival Transmedia Award (2015), National Community Radio Association Special Programming Award: StackStories (2014).

In all her work, Veronica seeks to provide space for old questions, new voices and resonant sounds. She believes beauty is the sharpest tool in our arsenal and has dedicated her life to listening out for it.

Power Lines Animation Project – FREE ARTIST TALK!

Power Lines Animation Project – FREE ARTIST TALK!

FREE Artist talk and Animation Presentation!!

Tuesday September 1, 2015

CFAT project room
2238, Maitland Street | Halifax


The Centre for Art Tapes’ Power Lines Animation Project, facilitated by Animator Sam DeCoste, led participants through an 8-week animation training and mentorship opportunity. The goal was for each participant to create a short animated works as either figurative or literal interpretations on the theme of ‘power lines’. These following are the results.

Tori Fleming
Robyn Badger
Jessica Murwin
Deanna Sparks
Lorna Kirk


Herbert by Tori Fleming

Herbert is a heart-warming hand painted animated short film by film artist Tori Fleming. Based on the true story of the artist’s grandfather, Herbert presents themes of trust, ageing and vulnerability.

Who we are in the Forest by Jessica Murwin

Who we are in the Forest follows a young woman as she flees in search of something better for herself.

LIGHTNING BABY by Robyn Badger

Based on a true story. Ever wonder where your strengths come from? Or think you know? This short animation is front row centre when it comes to the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Lucinda’s Magical Locket by Deanna Sparks

Lucinda and GiGi take you on adventures through Lucinda’s magical locket. Lucinda’s locket is magical in the way that it glows, and shows children that are in need of help. With the help of GiGi, Lucinda ventures off to help save the day.

Brian & Peg by Lorna Kirk

Brian & Peg is an animated short that brings to life the nocturnal sounds and images that surround the lives of an elderly woman and her son. Using charcoal drawings and stop motion animation this film encapsulates a mother and son’s tender moments together, as they navigate a life nearing its end.


Presented in collaboration with Halifax Public Libraries



6 Classes, 6 Students ages 12-14, 1 Animated Film about Sugar, Food Waste and/or Healthy Bodies

Instructor: Sam Decoste
Saturday afternoons, 1-4 PM, starting September 12th, 2015
Register by Sept 4 | $250 (bursaries available)

The Centre for Art Tapes is hosting a workshop where youth will create a short animated film (3min or less) that will be submitted to a competition in the Devour! The Food Film Fest sponsored by Nourish Nova Scotia. The best will be screened at the festival in November.

To register, please contact Kristy

or register online here:

More information about Devour! The Food Film Fest Challenge here:

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June at the Centre

June at the Centre

There are lots of events at CFAT this month and we hope you can join us for all of them!!

1. D’Arcy Wilson – LAIR

Andrew Downs and Rotary
Every Tuesday afternoon, D’Arcy Wilson, our Local Artist-in-Residence (LAIR) will be at the Centre working away on her project. She invites you drop in and say hi!

More about D’Arcy’s project here:

2. Halifax Independant Filmmakers Festival – HIFF

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June 9-13, 7PM and 9PM

CFAT has several members participating in this years festival.

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Neptune Studio Theatre

Buy a Festival Pass for only $30!!


3. Beck Gilmer-Osborne at OutEast Film Festival


June 12th, 5:30PM

Artist talk with Beck Gilmer-Osborne, OUTeast Artist-in-Residence
Out of Your Seats Program Kick-off
Museum of Natural History – Festival Lounge


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4. Lisa Lipton at HIFF


Saturday June 13, 9PM
Screening and presentation by Lisa Lipton
Neptune Studio Theatre

Buy Tickets here.


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5. Power Lines Animation Project


Tuesday June 16, 2015 until August 4th, 2015

An 8-week animation training and mentorship opportunity for
5 individuals to create short works on the theme of ‘power lines’.

Mentor/Trainer Sam Decoste.




Wednesday June 24th, 6PM
CFAT Project Room


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6. Artist Talk: Dee Whalen


Thursday June 25th, 7PM
CFAT Project Room

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CALL: Nocturne 2015

CALL: Nocturne 2015

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Nocturne – Art at Night 2015

Saturday October 17th, 2015
The theme this is year is Found, Lost, Found.

Are you submitting a project to Nocturne or have you conceived of a project that would work well in Nocturne? We’d like to hear about it! We’re looking to support a larger scale media art project.

Please send your project description and/or Nocturne applications to the CFAT Programming Committee by Friday, May 29th, 5PM, for consideration. Please include a detailed description of how CFAT can help support your project – gear, technical support, facilities, sponsorship.


Send your proposal to:


Read more about the Nocturne curatorial theme here:

Read more about Nocturne here: