It Has Been A Blast

Well, it looks like my time working at the Centre for Sound Communities for Dr. Marcia Ostashewski is coming to an end. This internship has probably been the most interesting and enjoyable thing I’ve ever done as far as working goes. See, this internship never really felt like work, because it was such an enjoyable…

Transcribing Again… this time it’s yoga

For a few days last week, I spent a few hours transcribing interviews conducted for a yoga research project being done at Cape Breton University in the Centre for Sound Communities.  They had classes from Monday to Thursday broken up in to two separate groups. There was a group on Monday and Wednesday and the…

Membertou Spring Gathering

Today, I had the pleasure of filming the Spring gathering in Membertou in the Kluskap room at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. The site was also the finale for the Isle of Story Festival. There were several stories being told here mixed with inter-tribal dancing and drumming music from the Sons of Membertou. The…

Filming Indian Classical Dance

Yesterday I filmed some storytelling through Indian Classical Dance performed by Meera Varghese at the McConnell Library in Sydney, Nova Scotia. She presented the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam telling stories from Hindu epics and scriptures. Meera embodied the gods and goddesses of the Hindu through this form of dance.

Book Launch of Cape Breton Storytelling

Today, I filmed the book launch of “Great Cape Breton Storytelling” with the author Ronald Caplan (pictured here). It is a digital book celebrating storytelling tradition here on Cape Breton Island.

Digital Storytelling

On Monday, the interns went through a digital storytelling workshop with Nathaniel Ostashewski who is in Cape Breton all the way from Alberta. Then, on Tuesday they set out and made their own digital stories.


Myself and Adam helped Lisa Patterson film interviews for the ‘Sustainable Site Remediation’ course that is being given at Cape Breton University over the span of the last few weeks. After the videos were edited and the audio synced, we had to transcribe what was said in the interviews in to text form. Myself and…

Filming Lassana Diabate and his balafon

Since last Tuesday the 21st of February 2017, the Centre for Sound Communities had the pleasure of hosting Lassana Diabaté. He is a french speaking griot from Mali, Africa who is well known for playing the balafon. The balafon is a kind of wooden xylophone which plays beautiful melodic music and is well known throughout…


This week, I began to scan several surveys that were filled out by audience members at the 2016 Celtic Colours festival and digitized them. I managed to scan over 120 surveys which could have been much more but the scanner at the Centre for Sound Communities is incredibly slow.

Quick little Videography training

The Interns all sat in on a brief little explanation by professor Michael McDonald of what videography is and the different types of shots that can be used for added effects when shooting videos.

Live Streaming at the CBU library

Adam and I helped Chris Jones set up for the live streaming for the African Heritage Celebration 2017 talk being given by Canada’s poet laureate George Elliot Clarke at the CBU Library Student Lounge at 5:30 PM this evening.

Camera Work

Well, it’s back to work at the Centre for Sound Communities today finally after two days off because of the storm. We’ve been tasked with learning the ins and outs of the cameras here at work because we’ll be doing some filming at some point.