Skana Gee

Skana Gee

Past Member of Board of Directors

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Skana Gee has worked in journalism and communications for the past 20 years.

For many years she was employed as a reporter and editor at The Daily News in Halifax, including six years in the newspaper’s arts and entertainment department.

When The Daily News folded in February 2008, she changed gears and began working as a communications consultant, specializing in writing, editing, research, publicity and media relations.

Much of her work since then has been in film and television, on productions including Canada’s Super Speller, A Drummer’s Dream, Cloudburst, Seed, Call Me Fitz, Haven, and, currently, This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Skana also has an array of clients in the non-profit, business, and government realm, and occasionally writes for publications including Halifax Magazine, Our Children, and Dal Magazine.

She lives in Dartmouth with her partner and two (mostly) wonderful kids. She loves running, reading, and a good vanilla latte.

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Sobaz Benjamin

Sobaz Benjamin

Past Member of Board of Directors

Sobaz Benjamin is an independent documentary film writer, director, producer, and picture editor. For over 18 years, Sobaz has used video and audio production as tools of identity and community development in diverse educational and community settings. Sobaz is the founder, Executive Director, and past Program Director of In My Own Voice (iMOVe), an innovative arts-based youth engagement, empowerment, and reintegration program run in partnership with the Community Justice Society and funded by the Federal Justice Department. Sobaz is also Vice President of Sankofa Films and Program Director of Bridge Centre for Arts and Technology.

His work has been screened across Canada and in venues and Festivals in New Zealand, Bermuda, and New York. He has completed documentaries for the National Film Board (NFB) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Sobaz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production from York University in Toronto. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was born in London, England.

Norman Adams

Norman Adams

Past Member of Board of Directors

Norman Adams is Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN music. A student of Hans Jørgen Jensen, Bernard Greenhouse, and American new music pioneer Pauline Oliveros, Norman has been a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and Les Jeunes Virtuoses de Montréal. He has been guest principal cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, and improvised music throughout Canada, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. His performances have also been heard across the country on CBC Radio. As an educator, Norman has served on the faculty at Acadia University, at Scotia Festival of Music, and the Acadia Summer Strings Festival.

In addition to his work as a classical cellist, Norman is well known as an improviser and electronic musician, playing free and creative music across North America and Europe. Norman has collaborated with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Buck 65, Jerry Granelli, Marilyn Crispell and Evan Parker.

Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, an organization that both presents an annual series of concerts of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists; and produces a wide range of other performance projects and public workshops.

Norman is dedicated to the arts community, and serves on the national board of The Canadian New Music Network, as well as on the boards of The Canadian Circuit, The Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation, and Strategic Arts Management. He is a former board member of Symphony Nova Scotia, and has served on juries for the The Canada Council for the Arts and various Nova Scotian arts funding bodies and organizations.

In 2010, Norman was awarded an Established Artist Award by the Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council for his varied work.

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Rose Allen

Rose Allen

Past Member of Board of Directors

A marketing and communications professional with a love of the cultural landscape on the East Coast, Rose Allen has worked with organizations including the East Coast Music Association, OUTeast Film Festival, The Disappeared, the Halifax Jazz Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, Neptune Theatre, and Eastern Front Theatre.

Rose has volunteered in leadership roles with Outlier Film Festival, Gottingen Street for Scott Jones, the Halifax Pop Explosion, WetSpot Halifax, Women in Film & Television Atlantic, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and LunaSea Theatre Company, to name a few.

Rose is a devourer of news, art, books, second hand stores and social media, and is always looking for new organizations or projects to get involved with.

It’s probable to find her with a dog or three, carrying a newspaper, a Steinbeck novel and an Archie comic at the same time. Rose is a future fashion designer and a children’s TV show host; dream big kids.

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