Established as part of the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair awarded to folklorist Richard MacKinnon, the Centre for Cape Breton Studies is committed to promoting and preserving intangible cultural heritage. Unique in Atlantic Canada, the Centre is a valuable addition to Cape Breton University. The Centre for Cape Breton Studies reaches into our community and extends into national and international arenas through visiting scholars, research, workshops, and programmes of study. The Centre’s capacity has been expanded and updated through Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs Heather Sparling and Lachlan MacKinnon.
The Centre for Cape Breton Studies houses both the Rotary Music Performance Room and the state of the art Digitization Lab. These rooms are used for ethnographic and performance research, provide a venue for the dissemination of that research, and prepare young scholars for graduate research in ethnomusicology, folklore, history and intangible cultural heritage. The Centre includes seminar and research space for the Folklore, Ethnomusicology and History programmes as well as offices for faculty and researchers.
The Rotary Music Performance and Analysis Room is a multi-functional space that can be used to:
For booking inquires, please contact:
Christopher Jones (Digitization Lab Technician)
Cape Breton University
Centre for Cape Breton Studies’ Digitization Lab was designed by Pilchner Schoustal, a firm specializing in acoustic design. The lab supports research into Cape Breton’s cultural heritage, conducted by faculty, research assistants, graduate students, undergraduate students, and is further supported by a technician who works on a variety of preservation and digitization projects, using the latest in audio and video digitization hardware and software.
The digitization lab is capable of recording performances, audio and video, and can digitize photos and other records. It is outfitted with sound equipment such as microphones, speakers, monitors, mixing boards, reel-to-reel machines, cassette decks, adn record players. It is equipped with video cameras, stereo equipment and playback units in a variety of formats. It also houses computers, CD and DVD burners, older format audio and video machinery, audio and video editing software, as well as encoding hardware and software. The Centre has 300 terabytes of server storage to maintain the digital archives. The Centre has transcription hardware and software to facilitate musical analysis and transcription. This state of the art facility complements Cape Breton University’s degrees in Folklore, Ethnomusicology and History.