Workshops will be added to line-up as they are confirmed.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR BEING HUMAN? AN EXPRESSIVE ARTS WORKSHOP
Being human is what each of us has in common and we can choose to live our lives authentically while embracing abundance. Using writing, movement and visual art we can enter a world of imagination and possibility to explore and identify what rule for being human most resonates for you.
No art experience is necessary—just bring an open heart and mind. Basic supplies will be provided however you are welcome to bring your favourite art making materials and musical instruments to the session if desired.
Dale Costanzo is an Expressive Arts Therapist working with seniors in long-term care and with women in recovery from addiction. She facilitates and co-facilitates Expressive Arts sessions for various groups and populations.
SHIMMY SHAKE UP with Cathy Stoyko
Come dance! A fun, low impact dance workout class that combines basic belly dance technique, contemporary dance, ecstatic dance, games and exercises to promote body awareness and connection. No dance experience is required, beginners are encouraged to join.
This class will be held at the Abbey Studio.
WELCOME TO THE WEIRD WORLD OF THEREMIN! With Stephen Hamm
Have you ever seen a Theremin? You’ve probably heard one in old sci-fi and horror movies. It creates the eerie sounds that grace the opening theme of The Simpson’s Halloween Specials. It's the only instrument you play without touching. Have you ever wanted to try one? Here’s your chance! Join Stephen Hamm for a talk on this rather strange electronic instrument that was invented over one hundred years ago. After giving you a primer on the history and workings of the Theremin Stephen will lead a jam where you’ll have a chance to not get your hands on one, but you will get to play it! Join us for some fun and mind-bending sounds. Welcome to the world of the Theremin!
CUMBERLAND AFTER DARK DEEP DIVE with Meaghan Cursons
Wander through the darkened corners and shadowy back alleys of the Village for this after-dark heritage walk of the legendary Village of Cumberland. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the land we hold this event on, colonialism, settler culture, class struggle, resource extraction, triumph and turbulence, social change and our ever evolving story of place with story spinner, community organizer and rabble rouser Meaghan Cursons. Meet outside the Museum at 7.
Joanna Finch Integrating a lifetime of classical, jazz, improvisation and World Music study, Joanna creates playful actions in sound and movement in everything she does. Anand David Embry has a B. of Music in flute and is a Certified Clinical Musician. For over 30 years he's investigated our relationship with sound, listening and music.
Together, Joanna and Anand have created Starshine Reverie, a collaboration of live and recorded soundscapes that supports their diverse instrumental and vocal journeys, inspired by Nature, seasons and sensuality. With Joanna's unique gifts in sensory pleasures, and Anand's solid musicianship, Starshine Reverie encourage a deeply relaxing aural journey and active participation in the form of breath work, dancing, and group singing. Bring a blanket, (pillow), yoga mat and water bottle.
MENTAL HEALTH TALKS: ARTISTS DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF COVID
The global pandemic has impacted humans in an unprecedented way; artists are arguably one of the most affected populations due to being unable to gather. Join us for a wide-reaching discussion with Woodstove artists on how they navigated these unprecedented times, how it challenged their creativity and their livelihoods, and strategies that supported them through these difficult times. Panel facilitated by Kristen Gilbert, mental health Occupational Therapist and DJ/performer. www.kristengilbert.com
SONGWRITING WITH CAROLYN MARK
Come write a song with Carolyn! It might not be a hit but at least you will have tickled the flue of creativity.
TRAUMA INFORMED GROUNDING AND SOOTHING TECHNIQUES
Facilitated by Senyuè, Performing Artist and trauma informed Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, this workshop offers the chance to build up strength in the places that need it and to learn how to offer gentleness when we need it. How can we listen to learn more about what we need in the moment? We'll be going through different grounding techniques experientially to help soothe and to explore how gentleness and self-compassion can help our mental health and well-being. No Experience is needed.
HOW TO WALTZ AND TWO STEP IN 20 MINUTES
Ever found yourself on the edge of the dancefloor, just watching the dancers? Now you can join them with confidence. Learn the basics of watlzing and two Stepp dancing in just 20 minutes. Then try out your new skills at the square dance that follows! Taught by musician, flat-foot dancer and square dance caller One Foot Chop, and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Mcnally.
Talented callers will teach the moves, then it's time to dance to a hot old-time band! No experience necessary for this superbly fun group dance. In fact, some say the less experience you have, the more fun you'll have!
There will be two square dances this year with callers One Foot Chop and Paul Silveria.
SPONTANEUOS COMPOSITION-CREATING MUSIC ON THE SPOT
Beau Stocker, of Ultraviolet, will demonstrate concepts used in the band’s live performances that involve their approaches to spontaneous composition, which is the process of creating musical compositions in real time performance. These concepts will be broken down into manageable activities for participants to work on in small groups, who will be guided as they prepare a performance to present to the group at the end of the workshop. These concepts include: unconventional instruments electronic/digital technology rhythmic cells performance techniques. Participants do not need their own instruments.
FUEL YOUR FLOW
A breath based yoga practice rooted in tradition with a playful twist. Warm your body and fuel your soul.
Taught by Kimberly Allen. Featuring music by ReSister.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF MUSIC FOR SELF- AND CO-REGULATION with Erinn Doncaster, MA, RSW, CCC, SEP
You probably already know that music can have a powerful effect on how we feel, but have you ever wondered why? Join Erinn to learn about the interactions between music and our human nervous systems, and to experience first-hand how music can be a powerful tool for regulation. In this one-hour workshop we will learn the basics of polyvagal theory, attachment theory, and emotions, then through this lens we will play with musical elements including shared rhythm, group singing, and deep listening and explore the impacts on our individual nervous systems and the collective field.
This workshop involves participation via listening, singing, clapping, and stomping – all are welcome, no experience necessary!!
Connecting Our Imagination : Theatre Improvisation Meets Clowning With Music
If you are young at heart, willing to play and act with others, here is the workshop you were waiting for. This is where the clown in you will explore mime, improvisation with music and acting games with a fun group of creative peers. Say "yes!" to this opportunity to expand your comfort zone.
Facilitator: Vjeida Boisvert, Drama teacher
BURLESQUE with CARESSE NADEAU
Join us for a fun loving burlesque workshop with Caresse Nadeau focusing on character development and choreography embodiment. No experience necessary, wear whatever you fancy to move in. Sweatpants are welcome and so are glitter, lace and sequins. See you there!
VINYASA FLOW YOGA
Join Denise Malone for a yoga workshop. Vinyasa flow for all levels. Standing postures to build internal fire followed by deeper stretches to get you ready for an evening of dancing. Please bring your own mat and water.
BACKING YOURSELF UP ON GUITAR with ELLA KORTH
Backup guitar can add drive, sweetness or make a song sound dark and moody. It’s a great tool to have as a singer, supporting your voice and the story you’re sharing. Open to all levels, this workshop will explore different ways to approach and shape a song, practical tips to expand your rhythm repertoire, and ideas on how to explore your own sound on the guitar.
INTERDISCIPLINARY PLAYTIME with BETTY SUPPLE
Collaborative song, social experimentation, embodied improvisation and harmony. Think of it as an interdisciplinary insta-choir. No experience necessary. Bring your gifts. Feel free to come and witness before you participate. No pressure.
AN INTRO TO GENDER IDENTITY
Come to this safe space where you can learn more about gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. We’ll explore different pronouns, terms, and conversational tools to help define these themes. There will be some experiential activities to practice and learn how to ask and use pronouns and why this is important.
Participants can ask questions that they have about these topics. There will be ground rules for our time together and how we engage with one another to help ensure safety in this space. This is a place for us all to foster diversity, to provide connection and resources, and help allies better stand with 2SLGBTQIA+ community members.
PRIMORDIAL OOHS- CHAKRA AWAKENING!
Wake up and shake off your sleepiness with a gentle vocal-yoga welcoming to your day. Come to Frelone's Creative Sound Space 9:30 Saturday and Sunday with Sensing Bliss Embodied Sound practitioner, Joanna Finch. Starting slowly and unfurling like a leaf, like a flower, we acknowledge the whole body. Some singing, some chanting and a lot of authentic voice and movement! This is a fun and enlivening way to begin your day. Bring a blanket, yoga mat, and water.
Joanna has made Cumberland her home for over 30 years. In that time she’s explored and developed a multitude of experiences to help people to fall in love with their voice through Vocalease
https://www.facebook.com/jobirdsvocalease. A musical activist, mother, multi instrumentalist/ linguist and elder, Joanna’s inspiration and wisdom comes from listening to trees, ocean and the wind. She loves helping people rediscover the wild within.
THE LONELIEST NUMBER with Johnny Macrae
Why shouldn't poetry be a group activity? A crash course in collaborative creation, "The Loneliest Number" combines movement, writing and heaping doses of silliness to push you to create a spoken word TEAM PIECE!!
Judy Norbury Book Reading/Ableism in the Arts Workshop
There will be a short reading from Judy’s memoir, “Sometimes I Kiss My feet: Wheelchair Adventures in Pakistan & India”, in which she visited with members of Pakistan’s disabled community who work tirelessly to improve wheelchair access, employment, education and societal attitude toward disabled people.
During the second part of the workshop Judy will discuss ableism, i.e. the discrimination of and social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior. She will talk about some of her and others experiences in the art world. There will be discussion afterward if time allows.
Hack/Slash: A Creative Workshop to Embrace the Imperfect and to Explore a Creations Intention Through Collaboration
In 2020, multidisciplinary duo HACKS (aka Chandler and Corey) began passing words, music and video back and forth online. With support from writing coach Daccia Bloomfield, they developed an approach to collective creation which they fondly refer to as the "hack/slash" method. They wrote collaborative poetry, composed a punk song by rearranging words from a David Newberry album, and cut together hypnotizing videos from vintage cartoons and DIY smartphone footage. Hack/slashing invites creators to let go of perfection and move through artistic jams by creative process that proritices playfully embracing absurdity and a lack of control. Artists of all disciplines and levels of experience are invited to join HACKS for a hands-on and experimental workshop. Participants will create a few short pieces in groups and will have a (low-pressure) opportunity to share what they make. This workshop is recommended for anyone who wants to unblock or shake up their creative process. This workshop will likely begin with writing....but you never do know what you all might create from there.
Wildheart Storytelling presents Storytelling and Touching the Compassion within a Dream
Come step into a story and become the world. Touch into the deep compassion of a story well told. Nadine is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist who works with the power of healing imagery for healing the human heart. Her experiences working as a Mental Health practitioner in First Nations communities has helped her experience the deep healing of kindness through story and images that emerge like a dream from within .
Nadine Wildheart has been studying Storytelling for over a decade with World renown Storytellers. She was the female apprentice to Master Haida Storyteller Woody Morrison Jr.