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Welcome to Antigonight 2023 

September 15 & 16

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September 15 - 7pm-9:30pm

The Grind House (294 Main Street)


Join us for the first evening of the festival from 7pm-9:30pm at the Grind House!

This artist and community social will include crafting materials and introduce the project of artists Caitlin Wilson & Nat Cann. Our Neighborhood is an ongoing community oriented workshop where participants will craft their own light based installation through paper homes.

Antigonight 2022, photo by Brent McCombs

September 16 - 7pm - 10pm

St Andrew's Junior High School - 2 Appleseed Drive (NEW venue!)


The Antigonight: Art After Dark Festival is thrilled to be back for its 14th year with an exciting lineup of artists September 15 & 16. The festival will display interactive artworks spanning multiple media, such as dance, music, sound art, and installation art, celebrating the community-minded roots of rural Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia and the artists who make this region home. 

The theme this year is Beyond

Beyond refer’s to Nalikitquniejk/Antigonish’s location from urban art centres, and the importance of having access to innovative and inspiring art in rural spaces. It also refers to the unknown and asks participants who attend to be curious about what they find at the festival! 



Brandon Auger

Hearts and Hands/L'Arche

Interstellar Circus Arts

Jan Martin

Marite Kuus & Lauren Runions

Nat Cann & Caitlin Wilson

Nicole Leroy

Nostos Collectives

Sydney Hallett & Jean-Michel Cliche


Special Presentations

A Tapestry of Tales - Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) in partnership with CJFX, supported at Antigonight by All-of-us Society for Arts Presentation (ASAP)

Thunder Feather Youth Drumming Group from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation

Breaking the Silence Maritimes-Guatemala Solidarity Network (BTS)

Noella Murphy mural - commission by the Town of Antigonish and Arts Health Antigonish

Andy Pumphrey mural - ASAP Residency 


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Meet the Team

Carissa Ainslie, Iris Augustine and Clarissa Pasion make up this year's core coordination team, with big thanks to Amberlee Boulton and Addy Strickland who have joined as Co-Chairs of the festival! 

Carissa Ainslie (she/her) is a Queer maker, community arts organizer and graduate of OCAD University’s Material Art and Design: Fibre program. A member of the Feminist Art Collective (FAC), she is also the founder of the Made by Feminists makers market, and was coordinator of the March 2020 Feminist Art Festival. This event showcased multidisciplinary work from over 75 Canadian and international artists in addition to three days of programming. It was through FAC that she realized her love of fostering creative community partnerships, and supporting artists by providing platforms for their work and development. She sat on the board of directors for East End Arts, a local arts service organization, where she witnessed the importance of community level access to, and support for, the arts. She currently sits on the board of Creative Pictou County as vice-chair.

Carissa returned home to Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia last year after twelve years away to start an artist residency and retreat space in Pictou County. This is her second year as the coordinator for Antigonight and she is excited to be a part of such an amazing community arts event once again!

Iris Augustine is a local Fine Artist with an interest in creating dream-like and mystical works, often using the tool of abstraction to express emotion, fantasy and her own mental landscape. Having been involved with Antigonight throughout her youth, she is excited to play a larger, more hands-on role and connect with and share the magic of art with people in the community.

Clarissa Pasion (she/her) is a fourth year Sociology and Fine Arts student at St Francis Xavier University. Originally from the small rural community of Brookfield, NS, she has been a creative soul since she was a child and is working towards developing her own unique style as an artist. She enjoys painting and sewing, but is always looking to challenge herself with something new. When she is not studying or practicing art, you can find her at the beach (even in the winter), or dancing to some live music with friends. Clarissa is so happy to be working with the awesome team of Antigonight this year!

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