Creative Campus Schedule (Fall 2023)

Creative Connections Symposium

September 22 and 23, 2023

September 22 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Pit Lounge) – Opening Reception
September 23 – 8:30am to 4:00pm (Yvonne LeVert Suite) – Creative Connections Symposium

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Cape Breton University in partnership with the Atlantic Centre for Creativity will host a one-day Creative Connections Symposium on September 23, 2023, at Cape Breton University. The full day event will bring together the topics of Health and Well-Being, Sustainability, The Creative Eco-System, and Entrepreneurship. How does creativity affect our health and well-being? How can we deal with issues of climate justice and environmental sustainability through creative practice? How do we build a creative eco-system to support a creative economy? How do we tap into the power of design thinking and creativity?

The Symposium will hear from 11 panelists, along with 60 to 70 guests, as they tackle these questions through practical and theoretical analysis. The Symposium is open to everyone interested in the power of creativity.

Creative Campus Film Festival

October 23 to 27 – 10:00am to 4:00pm

A series of short and full-length films will be shown at various locations around campus, including the Cafeteria, Campus Centre Lobby, and the Boardmore Playhouse. Full Schedule (TBA)

Artist on Campus

Drop by the cafeteria to visit with our guest artists as they work. 10:00am to 4:00pm

October 24 and 25 – Sons of Membertou

Sons of Membertou began with just four members and has since grown to include more than 15 members throughout its existence. The group has performed all over the world, always carrying with them the original goal of finding identity and sharing Mi’kmaw songs and culture with others. “The drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth so we come together on one drum, one people,” says member Graham Marshall. “What I hope to achieve during the Artist on Campus session is for CBU students from around the world to come together, so we can learn from one another both.”

November 21 and 22 – Betty Ann Cormier

Betty Ann Cormier is originally from Chéticamp, NS, world capital of the hooked rug. When Betty Ann was but six weeks old, when her mother Isabelle began learning the art of rug hooking as her own mother and grandmother had in the past. Therefore, Betty Ann is the fourth generation who took up the craft of rug hooking. Betty Ann chooses bright colors and hooks whimsical art which she designs herself. As an adolescent, she was already selling her rug in local craft shops. For the last 20 years, Betty Ann no longer sketches on the burlap. Her hook has now become her pencil. Moreover, she is now learning the art of dyeing from her mother.

Participants to her “Artist on Campus” will have the opportunity to meet her, hear anecdotal stories of this cottage industry and more importantly try out the hook, wool, and frame.

Boardmore Theatre

52nd Season of Plays


September 16 – 10am to 5pm
September 17 – 1pm to 5pm

Photograph 51

Written by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Holly Schaller

November 21,22 – 10:00am
November 23,24,25 – 7:00pm (November 24 is Pay What You Choose or Food Bank Donation)
November 26 – 2:00pm

Photogragh 51 is a humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

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Centre for Sound Communities

The Centre for Sound Communities is an arts-led social innovation lab at Cape Breton University involved in: doing research through artistic practices (mainly dance, music, theatre & digital media) as well as standard methods and strategies across a range of disciplines; providing training for students, faculty and community partners; working with communities to develop connections and access resources; and building research teams and networks to meet partners’ needs and solve concrete problems.

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CBU Art Gallery

Fall 2023 Exhibitions and Events

ProletraiART 2023 (Main Gallery)

September 15, 2023 – February 16, 2024
Opening reception: Friday September 15, (6:30-8:30 pm)

The peoples’ exhibition returns to CBU! Our popular community show features work by artists’ of all ages and levels of experience from across Unama’ki / Cape Breton.

Portraits of Cape Breton by Alfred LeBlanc (Rotunda)

October 10, 2023 – November 21, 2023

A presentation of black and white photographs of people from across Unama’ki / Cape Breton, taken over many years Alfred J. LeBlanc, political assistant to former Deputy Prime Minister Alan J. MacEachen.


Artists’ Gatherings:

Wednesday September 20
Wednesday October 18
Wednesday November 15
6:30 – 8:30 pm., at the Eltuek Arts Centre (170 George Street, Sydney).

CBU Art Gallery’s Artists’ Gatherings provide free, monthly critique sessions for local artists of all ages and levels of experience. Come on down and join the fun! Bring along a work of your own to present, if you wish!

Uniqorn Café:

Thursday September 28
Thursday October 26
Thursday November 30
6:30 – 8:30 pm., at the CBU Art Gallery.

The Gallery’s monthly 2SLGBTQ+ social event is free and open to community members and allies of all ages. Refreshments are provided along with games, colouring, art activities, music and an open mic. Guests are welcome to join in the festivities as they wish, or just sit back and relax in our friendly, safe space.

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Music Department/Rotary Music and Performance Room

“The key to our hearts: A musical journey through the Cape Breton University music archives”

Tuesday, October 10, 11:30-1:00, Beaton Institute

Does Cape Breton music tug at your heartstrings and keep your feet tapping?

During an afternoon of music, we will find out with a visit to the Beaton Institute and its music archives at Cape Breton University. Sitting amongst the collections, our host, Dr. Michelle Greenwell, will lead us on a journey of discovery with special guest musicians who share why they have chosen to work with particular tunes from the archives as well as a bit about the tunes themselves.

Highlighting the journey of curating his new album Beul Na Mara, Bradley Murphy shares the discovery of archival music that inspired him. Bradley plays piano, fiddle, and bodhran, and sings.

Màiri Britton has been deeply connected to the Language and Lyrics project as a researcher. She shares her joy in finding hidden gems in the archives and how she has brought them forward in her teaching and presentations. Màiri is a singer, harper, and step dancer, who has been able to explore the power of the archives through these different art forms.

We will finish our gathering with some collaborative connections that have expanded musical possibilities, and finish with a chance for the audience to ask questions and learn more about the archives.

This is definitely an event with a key to your heart. We look forward to seeing you there!

Student Jam Session

Wednesday, October 14, 3-5 pm, Rotary Music Performance Room

This jam session is hosted by our fiddle instructor, Kyle MacNeil, together with our traditional music students and a Celtic Colours guest artist. All are welcome to bring an instrument and play along or simply listen and enjoy the music.

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