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Cyndi Cain, Portia White Prize

Welcome to a special series of Art Pays Me interviews with the winners of the 2022 Creative Nova Scotia Awards. The awards are presented annually by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. 

The goal is to celebrate excellence in artistic achievement – notably, the Portia White Prize. Winners of the Prix Grand Pré, the Established Artist, Emerging Artist, Indigenous Artist Recognition and Black Artist Recognition awards as well as the Creative Community Impact Award are also honoured. Collectively, the awards are worth $75,000.

Visit to nominate a Nova Scotia based artist or apply for awards and grants for yourself.

On this episode I chat with Nova Scotian music legend, Cyndi Cain about her music, spirituality and winning the Portia White Prize. We also talked about the meaning behind her brand, ‘We Been Here’ and why she’s passionate about working with creative youth.

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A white man and a black man seated across from one another in a brightly lit room.

Inverness County Centre for the Arts, Creative Community Impact Award

Julien Matwawana, Executive Director of ANSMA

ANSMA, Community Impact Award

Duane and Tyshan Wright sitting on a bench in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax.

Tyshan Wright, Emerging Artist Recognition Award