Over the past decade, The Advent Show has raised over $150,000. Through generous sponsorship and sold-out performances, we will continue to mentor and showcase young, local talent, while making a meaningful impact on those who are homeless and marginalized in our community.
In 2017, we are proud to support these three charities who help the homeless and marginilized in our midst:
ARK Outreach | arkoutreach.com
A drop-in centre for street-involved and homeless youth ages 16-24 in Halifax. ARK provides shelter, weekly Sunday Suppers, clothing, showers, and other services such legal advice, health care, & addiction services.
Daily Bread Outreach | halifaxyarmouth.org/cathedral
Lead by Sister Jovita MacPherson, the program provides food, beverages, socializing, and art classes, in a welcoming and supportive environment. A team of volunteers welcomes an average of 100 guests per day into the church hall at St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica.
Souls Harbour Rescue Mission | shrm.ca It’s a home for the homeless in Halifax. It’s hope for the hopeless. It’s food for the stomach and food for the soul. It’s friendship for the lonely. It’s Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission. If you haven’t a friend in the world, you can find one here, where we strive to offer welcome, hope, and dignity to each of our guests.
“We are fed real food, there’s an art space, & we can make music. We can have a shower & do our laundry. We got new boots & gear. I cried--I was being treated like a human being.” - young guest at ARK Outreach
Under the supervision of director Geordie Brown, our young singers, dancers, actors, and musicians are given a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in a professional performance setting on our stage. From rehearsal to closing night, our young artists are mentored and encouraged by professional performing artists and technicians, gaining knowledge from all aspects of the performing arts. We are also happy to provide monetary grants to our young artists in hopes that they will continue to pursue an education and career in the performing arts.
Geordie and Judy, I can't thank you enough for including me again in this year's show. I really feel like I've grown as a performer since last year and I have you Geordie to thank. I know I have a long way to go but to have had the opportunity you both have given me to be coached by you and all the others, I am so greatful. There are not many opportunities for someone my age to perform on a stage like the Spatz Theatre in a production like The Advent Show. I am truly thankful!
-Molly Kirk, 13, Bedford NS
We are proud to provide opportunities to performance groups in our community through our outreach program. We reach out to groups such as the Team Possibles dancers, an arts exploration group for young people with Down Syndrome, organized by the Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society, and the Nova Scotia Suzuki String Ensemble, a musical education group for violin students aged 4-12. These groups benefit from performance opportunities in front of our audiences prior to our show, and at intermission.