Folksteps Music Conference

African Nova Scotia Folk Traditions

August 7, 2014

Dr_Ronald Labelle

In 2010 the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society decided to include a one-day traditional folk music conference as part of the festivities for our 25th annual festival.  Called Folksteps, the conference aimed to stimulate interest in traditional folk music through a day-long educational event.

The first Folksteps conference was organized by Clary Croft, and proved so successful that we decided to continue and in the future to organize around a theme.

Shauntay Grant has been contracted to curate the 2014 conference on the theme of African Nova Scotian Folk Traditions.  The format provides fun and learning and includes expert presentation as well as audience participation, including questions and answers, performance and dance.  The conference offers a tremendous opportunity for audiences to explore a vibrant facet of traditional folk music of this area, and to further understand its relevance to the music of today.

The 2014 Folksteps conference, to be presented on August 7, will be our most ambitious yet.  We are negotiating to secure well-known Nova Scotian author George Elliott Clarke, current poet-laureate of Toronto, as the keynote speaker.  Other eminent speakers from the African Nova Scotia community will serve on our panel.  Featured musical performers will include, subject to final negotiations: The Sanctified Brothers and the Charles Town Maroon Drummers.

Folksteps takes place from 9:30am to 4pm on the first day of the Festival.  The Folksteps conference is totally integrated within the Festival and therefore is included in the Full Festival Pass.  Single day passes are also available for the conference.   Delegates are on their own for lunch with time to explore beautiful, historic Lunenburg.

The conference will offer a tremendous opportunity for audiences to explore a vibrant facet of traditional folk music of this area, and to further understand its relevance to the music of today.


9:00     Registration
9:30     Keynote Address: TBA
12:00   Lunch Break
3:30     Closing Jam

The full day conference is included in your Festival Weekend Pass; or you can purchase a day-pass for the Conference and Evening Concert; or you can purchase just the conference ticket.  To see prices, follow this link to the About Festival Tickets page.

Folksteps is generously sponsored by FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings and the SOCAN Foundation.


We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.



Supported by a grant from:

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