Workshops are FREE but you must register. Limited capacity due to COVID 19

Cape Breton Style Intermediate Fiddle with Andrea Beaton

FrI AUG 20 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Andrea Beaton for some signature Cape Breton tunes, discussion and technique on the bowing and ornamentation, which contribute to a distinct Cape Breton style and flair. Intermediate level players only, which suggests that you have been playing fiddle for 3+ years and are able to learn a piece of music by ear. Sheet music may not be provided. Only people actually playing the fiddle may sign up for this event. There are no spectators due to limited numbers and COVID regulations. If this changes to allow for spectators, we will make that announcement closer to the date and change the capacity.

Introduction to Canadian Square Dancing with Gordon Stobbe

Fri Aug 20 11:00 Am - noon

Gordon Stobbe of "Up Home Tonight" TV fame will teach you the basics of Canadian Square dance with some favourite dances and movements. This is a beginner class and suitable for ages 5 and up to get moving and have some fun with traditional dance. Due to COVID restrictions, each participant must be registered as we have a capacity for the venue. As Covid restrictions are constantly changing we will assess the types of dance and their proximity to people or staying within family groups only. We will use spacing as required by law at the time. Bare with us as we get creative while staying safe!

Beginner to Advanced Fiddling with Gordon Stobbe

Fri Aug 20 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gordon Stobbe will lead students through an arrangement of a piece with seperate parts for every stage of learner. Students should be able to read music. Beginners should have been playing for at least a year and have basic note reading skills.

Porcupine Quill Bracelets with Ashley Sanipass

Fri Aug 20 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Sharing historial knowledge passed to her from her ancestors, Ashley Sanipass will provide an intro course all about Indigenous porcupine bracelet making. All supplies are provided courtesy of our sponsors. You may select either of Ashley's workshops (basket weaving) but not both, as to allow as many people as possible to share in Ashley's traditional knowledge. Due to COVID restrictions and safe room set up, there are only 10 persons in this workshop. This workshop is suitable for engaged and interested persons 10 years and up, but if you are 10, 11 or 12 years old a parent must register with you. As capacity is limited we suggest you do this at the time of your registration.

Sustainable Family Farming with The LeBlanc Family

Fri Aug 20 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The LeBlanc family (Robin, Rebecca and their three daughters) have unique musical talents but they are also skilled family farmers. They grow everything from mushrooms to apples, as well as housing chickens and making their own cheese. It's an incredible farming operation and a wonderful story of self sustanance and family togetherness. Join them for a very interesting look at their family food sources and how they make it work in their busy lives.

Intro to Cape Breton Square Dance with Andrea Beaton

Fri Aug 20 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

There has been a wonderful resurgence for family set and square dancing in Cape Breton. A real tip of the hat to tradition! Join Andrea Beaton (who plays ALL the dances in Cape Breton) for an intro class on this classic time honoured passtime. Kick up your heels! 

Covid restrictions and safety will be followed to the letter and the space and dances we choose will take into current restrictions. If possible best to register with your partner or a family group so that you can dance together. If this is not possible, we will have creative inclusive solutions that are safe. Don't worry, just shine up those shoes!

Celtic Beginner Guitar with Tom and Karson from Inn Echo

Sat Aug 21 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join Tom and Karson from Inn Echo for an intro class on strumming patterns that will really make your Celtic guitar accompanying stand out. Hear some trends in the genre and build on your knowledge base. Must have own well strung acoustic guitar and a knowledge of chording and basic strumming. Please bring your own guitar picks, tuners, capos etc. You should be able to move comfortably through chords at a proper pace. While the style may be new to you, you should be playing guitar comfortably for a year or two.

Classical Strings to Fiddle Tunes with Tuli from Inn Echo

Sat aug 21 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tuli Porcher from Inn Echo is an accomplished musician on both cello and fiddle. She shares some of her technique, moving between the classical world to the folk and traditional world including bowing and ornamentation. If you play a stringed instrument in the classical world and have always wanted to try or learn more about the folk genre this is the workshop for you! Viola, cello, violin and fiddlers all welcome. You should be familiar with your instrument and able to learn a piece by ear. Advanced beginner to intermediate players.