Payne is the first marquee presenter announced for the inaugural Arts Atlantic Symposium set to take place October 14-18 in Saint John.
Nova Scotia-born comedian Nikki Payne has been announced as the first marquee presenter for the inaugural Arts Atlantic Symposium coming up this fall in Saint John, NB.
After years spent honing her craft in Toronto, Payne has recently returned to the east coast to study fine arts at Mount Allison University.
“Having Nikki agree to speak at the conference is a huge win for us,” said Event Coordinator Mark Burnett. “She has such a unique story that I believe has the potential to resonate with our audience of delegates. Regardless of your artistic discipline, you’ll receive something valuable from her presentation.”
Payne is the recipient of three Canadian Comedy Awards, has headlined multiple sold-out national tours and has two Gemini nominations to her credit. Her Comedy Inc. special on CTV was one of the networks most viewed. As well, she has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and is a regular on Much Music’s Video on Trial.
Payne is the first of several marquee presenters to be announced for the upcoming event. Further announcements and details surrounding all the events planned for the Arts Atlantic Symposium are expected in the coming weeks.
The Arts Atlantic Symposium is a multi-day conference and festival, produced by ArtsLink NB. The event, the largest of its kind to take place in Atlantic Canada, has been designed to celebrate the tenacity and creativity of professional artists, and will explore the unique challenges they face in the Atlantic region.
“We’re incredibly excited to add the Arts Atlantic Symposium to our programming, and even more thrilled to have a speaker like Nikki Payne talk to artists about her experiences making a living in the arts in Atlantic Canada,” said ArtsLinkNB Executive Director Julie Whitenect. “It’ll be a great way to better fulfill our mandate to advocate for the arts in the province.”