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Media Release
October 9, 2018
Halifax, NS

Nocturne at the Museum welcomes
Alan Syliboy, Lukas Pearse and more

Artists of Nocturne will interpret this year’s theme Nomadic Reciprocity through the lens of immigration at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Along with Beacon Project collaborators Alan Syliboy and Lukas Pearse, three more interactive installations from local artists and performers will augment and transform the Museum’s spaces, inside and out.

Beginning with the outdoor video installation Petroglyph/Electroglyph presented by Alan Syliboy and Lukas Pearse, visitors will be swept away by Mocean Dance and Hear Here Productions’ presentation Burnwater: Arrival, assist Marla Benton with her creation of The Reflection Room and encounter the wind’s many voices through Justin Buckley and Eskasoni Cultural Journeys' sound-art piece, Wind Stories. Each installation will interpret the boundaries of Canada’s territory, spaces and environment and convey the spirit of the Indigenous land that we occupy.

Visitors and art-at-night fans should begin their Nocturne tour at the Museum to dive into this year’s theme at our national historic site, steeped in stories. Free, waterfront parking is available and as an added bonus, all items in the Museum Gift Shop will be 15% off.

Nocturne at the Museum
Saturday, October 13th
6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Quick Facts:

  • Alan Syliboy is a Mi’kmaq artist born in Truro, Nova Scotia, and residing in the Millbrook First Nations community. His art study began with Shirley Bear and later at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Alan is known for his works of mixed media, illustrations and as percussionist in the band Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers
  • Lukas Pearse is a media artist, composer and sound editor living Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is an award-winning film composer and member of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. Lukas creates digital and electrical sound art and is bassist in the band Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers
  • Mocean Dance, is a dance studio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia that creates and performs athletic, vibrant contemporary dance. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Susanne Chui and Sara Coffin, the company commissions Canadian choreographers and company members to create dance that is highly physical, collaborative, and technically and emotionally rich.
  • Hear Here Productions create site-specific work in the music, dance, theatre and visual art realms that is relevant to a particular time and place. Their work provides a way to tell stories and celebrate culture while welcoming a diverse audience of every age and background.
  • Marla Benton is a clay artist and teacher living in Nova Scotia. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design and Nipissing University. As an artist and teacher, she has worked in the Yukon, Northern Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. She lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.
  • Justin Buckley is a graphic designer by training currently working as a software developer. He has been making music for the past 18 years and creates using electronic instruments, piano and manipulated field recordings of nature. He lives and works in Nova Scotia.
  • Eskasoni First Nation is the largest Mi’kmaq community in the world, located about 50 kilometers from Sydney, Cape Breton. The community developed a multi-cultural tour of Mi’kmaq and Gaelic cultures called Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, which includes two distinct cultures reflecting on the parallels that they share.


"We’ve been looking forward to Nocturne at the Museum since last year! The artists have put so much hard work into this, and we can’t wait for the public to come and be amazed by the installations at the Museum this year. We are delighted to be presenting four projects by seven artists, including a Beacon Project by Alan Syliboy and Lukas Pearse. This year’s Nocturne theme, Nomadic Reciprocity, is a really important one for us here at the Museum and it marries very well with our message. We are so impressed with all of the artists and how observant and respectful they have been in preparing their projects, in developing new collaborations and in conveying the importance of the indigenous legacy of the land. We look forward to welcoming a huge crowd of art-lovers, museum goers, history buffs and everyone in-between to come and experience Nocturne at the Museum!" - Danielle Noble, Public Programs Coordinator, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

"[Alan's] symbols are still recognizable through this digital weathering. I think that’s metaphorical to all of the other erosion both literally and figuratively that the stories [Alan is] bringing have faced to get to this point. The fact we can only ever see them from our perspective, that’s something to be appreciated and not to be mourned. These images have persisted." - Lukas Pearse on Petroglyph/Electroglyph


Media Contact
Beatrice Houston Gilfoy, Communications Specialist
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264 C : (902) 430-3986

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for nearly one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.