Nocturne Team

Staff Members

Lindsay Ann Cory

Executive Director

Lindsay Ann Cory is a community organizer, arts programmer, and cultural worker based in K’jiputuk (Halifax). Of settler ancestry, Lindsay grew up in traditional Haudenosaunee territory in Southern Ontario. She holds an MA and BFA in Art History from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) with a focus in public art and social agency. Since moving to Nova Scotia, Lindsay has worked at Ross Creek Centre for the Arts as Community and Artist Programs Coordinator, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects as Communications Director, and The Coast Newspaper as Events Manager.

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Board Members

Sarah-Jo Briand


Sarah-Jo joined Nocturne’s board in 2019 as a Director at Large. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Sarah-Jo obtained her BA from Dalhousie University, her JD from UNB (Fredericton) and is now living and practicing law in Halifax. Sarah-Jo is a member of ACTRA and has been involved in local theatre, film, dance and improv communities since the age of 6. She volunteers nationally with the Loran Scholars Foundation and is a member of the Nova Scotia Insurance Women’s Association. Sarah-Jo is thrilled to be part of Nocturne’s evolving landscape!

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Brianne Bezanson

Vice Chair and Director (Communications)

Brianne joined the Nocturne team in 2016 after many years of being an enthusiastic Nocturne attendee. She comes with an extensive background researching feminist literature, completing her B.A.(H) at Mount Saint Vincent University, and M.A. at Dalhousie University. She has over 8 years of business management experience and works at VERB Interactive with the Accounts team.

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Jessie Wright

Director (Programming)

Jessie Wright, of JAW Pottery, is a Halifax based self taught ceramic artist. She grew up in rural Ontario, but has called Nova Scotia home for over 10 years. Jessie joined Nocturne's Programming Committee spring 2019 and is excited to take on a role on the board as Director of Programming, she is actively involved in the Halifax Crafters Society and is a passionate amateur gardener and a loving foster family for dogs from the Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic rescue organization.

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Diana Walsh


Originally from Newfoundland, Diana came to Nova Scotia in 2000 to attend Dalhousie University to get her Bachelor of Commerce degree. Diana obtained her CPA,CA in 2009 and currently works in public accounting with a local firm specializing in taxation. Diana has been a loyal attendee of Nocturne since its inception and is excited to be involved in this project. In her free time, Diana enjoys time with her German Shepard, Talia, and camping across the Maritimes.

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Stephen Pamenter

Director (Human Resources)

Born and raised in Halifax and currently Director of Client Solutions for Mercer HR consulting in Halifax, Stephen holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation (CPHR) and is the former Chair of the Board for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia (CPHR NS). Stephen was also a Board Member with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Canada (CPHR Canada) and served on a Human Resources committee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax

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Yeha Ahn

Director (Marketing)

Yeha (she/her) joined the Nocturne board as Director of Volunteers in 2016 and sat on Nocturne's 2017 and 2018 juries. She holds a BFA from NSCAD and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC. She hopes to contribute to the growth of diverse art culture by fostering the importance of visual arts here in Halifax. In 2020, she transitioned to the position of Nocturne Marketing Director. She is also working to plan and organize the 2020 North American Indigenous Games, the biggest multi-sport event & cultural celebration ever hosted in Kjipuktuk (Halifax).

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Shya Bond

Director of Volunteers

After graduating from St.FX and moving to K’jiputuk (Halifax), Shya (she/her) joined Nocturne in 2018 as a member of the Volunteer Committee. In 2020, she transitioned to the position of Director of Volunteers. Currently working as a healthcare admin, her main goal is helping others - may that be through her career or volunteering with a variety of organizations. Shya is grateful to be involved in Halifax’s contemporary arts community and can't wait to experience Nocturne 2020 with everyone and lead a group of passionate Nocturne volunteers.

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Cortney Cassidy

Director at Large

Cortney is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer in K’jipuktuk (Halifax). She moved here from Ontario to pursue her studies at NSCAD University, managed a community arts venue and is currently working at Centre for Art Tapes as the Interim Executive Director. Cortney is one of the newer members of the board and feels excited to bring her ever-growing and evolving anti-oppressive framework to the Nocturne board with humility. She is excited for Nocturne 2020 and to be apart of an organization that is looking to adapt, grow, learn and work with this thriving arts community.

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Kiera Sitzer

Director at Large

Kiera (she/her) is a painter and printmaker in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). She obtained her BFAH from Queen’s University, volunteering throughout her studies with local art collectives and student groups. She focuses her practice on deconstructing and disrupting underlying societal groups of thought. Having exhibited previously in events with similar structures, such as Nuit Rose: Queer Festival of Art and Performance and Juvenis Festival, Kiera is excited to be a part of the production and organization of Nocturne 2020.

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James Green

Corporate Secretary

2020 Curator

Lindsay Dobbin

Curator Nocturne 2020: ECHOLOCATION

Lindsay Dobbin is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) - Acadian - Irish artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works in Kjipuktuk in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq). Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley, the traditional territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy, Dobbin has lived throughout Wabanaki as well as the Yukon in Kwanlin Dün territory.

As a passionate educator, Dobbin employs traditional and contemporary land-based practices, creativity, play and improvisation as tools for self-awareness, collaboration, experiential learning and community building — revealing that people and the environment are related in dynamic ways. Dobbin is also an active artistic collaborator, and have worked on projects with musicians, sound artists, dancers, visual artists and filmmakers.

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Past Curators

Tori Fleming

2019 Curator: Scaffold

Tori Fleming is a media artist, programmer and curator based in Halifax, NS.. Fleming’s curatorial work focuses on media arts, often centering on the space between media art and filmmaking. Fleming is currently the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes, a Media Arts based artist-run centre in North End Halifax. Through her independent curatorial practice, Fleming has recently worked with the Anna Leonowens Gallery, The NSCAD Alumni Association and the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival. Fleming works to promote the status of the artist and Canadian cultural institutions through volunteer work as a director on the boards of advocacy groups including Halifax Ink, a Nova Scotia based artists publication non-profit, and as the Atlantic Canadian Representative for both the Artist-Run Centre Association of Canada and the Independent Media Arts Alliance of Canada.

Working primarily with 16mm Celluloid, Tori's artistic practice also includes painting, installation, and animation. Her works have exhibited in Nuit Blanche Toronto, Art in the Open PEI, the Halifax Independent Film Festival, The Atlantic International Film Festival the Bus Stop Theater, the Khyber Centre for the Arts and more. She has been awarded multiple grants and awards including the Starfish Properties Award for Film, the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative Celluloid Grant, and an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant.

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Raven Davis

2018 Curator: Nomadic Reciprocity

Raven Davis is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, performer, human rights speaker/advocate and community facilitator from the Anishinaabek Nation in Manitoba. Davis was born and raised in Toronto and currently works and lives between K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and Toronto. A parent of 3 son’s, Davis blends narratives of colonization, race, gender, sexuality, Two-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into a variety of contemporary art forms.

anna sprague

Co-Curator Nocturne 2017: VANISH

anna sprague is a performance artist, creative facilitator, and faculty member at NSCAD University. In tandem with a provocative use of sculptural materials, bizarre props, and outlandish costumes, her art practice explores collaborative performance, public intervention, and site-specific installation as a means of critically engaging with site and history. anna holds degrees in English Literature (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB) and Fine Arts (Concordia University, Montreal QC) and has a love for lowercase letters and underwhelming coincidences.

Emily Lawrence

Co-Curator Nocturne 2017: VANISH

Emily is an artist, facilitator, and community organizer. She has curated and coordinated several projects on behalf of arts organizations including Eyelevel Gallery and the PEI Crafts Council. She is currently a member of Eyelevel Gallery’s Engagement Committee, and was a selected artist for the 2017/2018 NSCAD Community Studio Residency at the MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning in Dartmouth NS. Her experiential approach to creating immersive environments, sculpture, and production design hinges on humour, food, and the senses as conduits to the underlying feminist and cultural curiosities that fuels her work.

Michael McCormack

Curator Nocturne 2016: MOTIVE

Michael McCormack is an intermedia artist, curator, and educator of settler ancestry living in unceded territory of the Mi’Kmaq people in K’jiputuk (Halifax). He has worked extensively within the artist-run centre community as Director of Eyelevel Gallery from 2009-2013 and president and representative of the Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic from 2011-2013. He continues to work as an independent curator for exhibitions, festivals and events, most recently as a guest curator for Nocturne: Art at Night (2016), Flotilla Atlantic (2017), and KIAC's Natural & Manufactured exhibition (2018). Michael completed his MFA at NSCAD University in 2015 and has been steadily exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions since 2003.

Rose Zack

Curator Nocturne 2015: FOUND AND LOST AND FOUND

Rose Zack is a Calgary-Halifax transplant and an arts and culture doer, dreamer and volunteer. Calling Halifax home since 2007, Rose is currently keeping company with Atlantic Film Festival, as Regional Outreach Manager and on the boards of Centre for Art Tapes and Business for the Arts - ArtsScene. Past involvement includes as public programmer at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), on the boards of ArtCity (Calgary), Creative Cities Network (National) and as founding Board Member and past Chair of Nocturne: Art at Night (Halifax). Recognition for her contributions include: The Chronical Herald’s Arts & Culture Honour Role (2011), Canadian Progress Club’s Women of Excellence Awards – Arts & Culture (2012), Progress Magazine’s People We Love 2012 and Fusion’s GO Awards – Arts & Culture (2012). As a cultural planner for the past 15 years, Rose’s raison d’étre is to create meaningful connections between artists, their work, and the public.

Eryn Foster

Curator Nocturne 2014: Peripheral Visions

Eryn Foster is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born and raised in small-town Ontario, she spent her childhood in the boonies of Bancroft and her youth in Orillia. She has also spent time living and wandering around Montreal, Toronto, Algonquin Park, New England, Vancouver, the Yukon Territory, and Sackville, New Brunswick.

Eleanor King

Curator Nocturne 2013: SPACE AND TIME

Eleanor King is a Nova Scotian artist based in Brooklyn. She has presented solo exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, and Diaz Contemporary; and two-person shows at 326 Gallery, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, and Eastern Edge. Her site-specific projects have been shown in venues across Canada and the US including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The Peekskill Project, the Spring/Break Art Show and Franklin Street Works, with upcoming works to be presented at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Division Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. She has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, SOMA Mexico, and The Banff Centre; she was the 2016 Canadian Artist-in-Residence at Glenfiddich Scotland and recipient of the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship 2016-17. Her work has been featured in publications including Canadian Art, Art in America and C Magazine. Eleanor is a Fulbright fellow with an MFA from the School of Art+Design at Purchase College, State University of New York, and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has been shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia. Eleanor is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, and her work is held in public, private, and corporate collections. She is Curatorial Manager and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Art+Design, Purchase College, and was formerly Director, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.

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