Workshops at The Hall

Workshops at The Hall is a partner of Parrsboro Creative's Cultural Campus, a series of workshops and courses designed to help participants learn and experience creativity through the arts. Please visit Parrsboro Creative for more information.

 Songs from the Heart - Singing Workshop
 (Instructor is Stephen Muise, Conductor for Men of the Deeps)

  Saturday April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
 Sunday April 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 followed by a performance from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

$50 (includes 2 lunches)
No experience is necessary.

Participants will spend 1 ½ days working with Stephen Muise learning to Sing from the Heart. Lunch is included in the workshop cost. The workshop will be followed by a performance on Sunday afternoon by the workshop participants. Friends and family can attend the performance with a donation at the door of The Hall. This is a chance to share what you have learned!

STEPHEN MUISE has been a full-time music educator and professional musician for over twenty-five years and holds degrees in both music and education. In January 2017, Stephen accepted the role of Conductor for the world famous Men of the Deeps, North America’s only coal miners choir, after the retirement of long-time Conductor Jack O’Donnell. Stephen also serves as business manager of the group. As one of the busiest working musicians on Cape Breton Island, Stephen lends his production skills to studio projects and live performances for a long list of artists and organizations and performs regularly with the bands The Privateers and High Society. Stephen’s involvement in the music industry has allowed him to work with artists such as Rita MacNeil, The Rankin Family, Bette MacDonald, Bruce Guthro, Matt Andersen, Gordie Sampson,  Fred Lavery and Matt Minglewood.

For more information call 902-728-2144 or email Register online at


Song writing Workshop – Thinking Outside the Genre Box

Saturday May 11 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Performance with the participants and Long Sault Trio - Sunday May 12 at 2 p.m.
Mother’s Day Tea to precede the performance
Cost for the workshop $30 per person payable in advance. This includes your admission to the performance.
Friends and family can attend the Mother’s Day Tea and performance for $10 at the door.

In this workshop, Long Sault Trio (LST) will explore the different genres and influences that each of the three members have had on their journey as musicians, composers and songwriters. Using their own compositions as examples, the group will discuss and demonstrate how they have incorporated these individual influences and interests to create a unique blend of different styles into original works. It is intended that the entire workshop will be interactive.

The first half of the workshop will be dedicated to describing the different influences each band member has had, followed by an explanation of the sounds and rhythms that make different genres of music. LST will do this by focusing on three original compositions and relating how the song was born including how the lyrics, musical phrasing and other elements were used. In the second half of the workshop the workshop participants will participate directly in collaborating with the band to create a new original composition which will debut at the performance on May 12th. Participants are encouraged to join LST in this debut.

LONG SAULT TRIO formed on the grassy banks of Long Sault Creek in McDonald’s Corners, Ontario. Like the creek, their music meanders through Folk with hints of Blues, Jazz and Traditional music. With a multi-generational appeal, they have played festivals and venues throughout Lanark County. As performing songwriters, their three-part harmonies and blend of acoustic instruments (violin, saxophone, mandolin and guitar) place the trio’s repertoire of original songs in high demand.


Screenwriting — From Idea to Screenplay in Ten Easy Steps

Sharon Buckingham - Instructor

Friday July 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.;
Saturday July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Sunday July 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost $50
Class Size 12
Experience Level Beginner to Intermediate

If you want to learn how to write a screenplay or simply want a refresher on the basics of crafting a script and need a jump start to get you writing again, this workshop is perfect for you. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon we’ll cover the fundamentals of screenwriting — story structure, creating characters, dialogue, building blocks, and formatting — as we move through the ten easy steps you’ll need to bring your ideas to life on the page. Participants are encouraged to read Syd Field’s book, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting before we get together, if possible, and to bring a one or two paragraph synopsis of their idea to the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or writing materials.

Sharon Buckingham, a screenwriter, producer, and story editor of award-winning productions in television and features, is well known for creating unforgettable characters and driving plots forward with perfectly timed action and incisive dialogue. Her work has premiered on screens in countries around the world. 

She is the creator, writer, and co-producer on STICKS AND STONES, a television movie for CTV which won prestigious awards including the Shaw Rocket Prize for Best Canadian Family TV program, Best Foreign Film at the Los Angeles International Family Film Festival, Nominations for Gemini and Canadian Indy Awards as best movie for television. 

Sharon worked as a story editor and writer on the long-running television series BEASTMASTER and as a script consultant on the CBC series REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. 

She created and is developing HARM’S WAY, an original medical drama series for television. This fast-paced contemporary, character-driven series set in an inner-city neighborhood features smart, sexy, complex characters working in a dangerous environment. 

Sharon is also working with Evan Price and Fior Capital to develop A POISON TREE, an original drama series for television. In this series, a Wall Street analyst returns home to save his family from ruin by taking a California cannabis company public, only to discover his brother about to publish the company's Russian criminal connections which might kill more than the deal. 

She also holds the option on and is developing a television series based on DRIFTERS, a collection of books set in the world of music and television, written by Susan Rodgers. 

Sharon’s feature film credits include the Genie Award Best Picture nominee TO WALK WITH LIONS (starring Richard Harris) and OWD BOB (James Cromwell). She was an uncredited writer on features NICO THE UNICORN and FOR HIRE. She has also acted as story editor on several feature scripts. 

She is on the faculty of the newly-established Syd Field Academy of Screenwriting and has, for several years, taught Screenwriting and Writing for Film and Television at Algonquin College. She has also led screenwriting workshops for the Summer Institute of Film & Television, Inuit Broadcasting Company, and the PEI Screenwriters Boot Camp. 


A Capella Boot Camp
with Cadence
Friday September 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m
Saturday September 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Cost $70 (includes admission to Saturday evening performance by Cadence)
Class Size 50
Experience Level – No experience necessary

JUNO-nominated vocal group Cadence offers a fun and interactive program designed to engage participants both young and old while being surrounded in their amazing world of a cappella! 

Topics include: Warm-up exercises, vocal tips, tricks, and techniques, vocal percussion and beat boxing, microphone technique, the art of noise-making, group improvisation, rhythms and circle songs, stage presence, learning a song by rote as well as sheet music, as well as learning about life as a professional musician.

There are no pre-requisites for this program. Note-reading is helpful but not essential.

Workshop starts on Friday September 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Hall in Parrsboro. The workshop continues the next day, Saturday September 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch and refreshment breaks are included. Anyone with severe food allergies or sensitivities should bring a bag lunch.

The session concludes with a Cadence Concert and Camp Participant Spotlight - Saturday, September 21 at 7:30pm. 


For more information call 902-728-2144 or email Register online at

The Parrsboro Band Association (The Hall) recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.