The Centre for Sound Communities is dedicated to supporting diversity on campus through CBU programming as well as championing the careers of BIPOC and emerging scholars; one such initiative is a new online course slated for Winter 2025, developed in collaboration with (and to be taught by) CSC Lab Manager Mark Parselelo:  Black Music Traditions:  Africa & the Atlantic World. Mark invites students and non-specialists alike to “Come join us for a fun journey into the world of African diasporic music!”

A second course, Community Music, coming in Fall 2024, invites students to inquire about an exciting travel opportunity to Turkey!




The Centre for Sound Communities is an arts-led social innovation lab at Cape Breton University involved in:

• Carrying out 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

• Building research teams and networks to meet partners’ needs and solve concrete problems

• Addressing systemic inequities through a focus on research that serves the needs of under-represented and under-resourced populations

How do we advance research?

CSC Director Dr. Marcia Ostashewski works with an expanding network of established and emerging researchers around the world to facilitate a growing number of creative community-engaged research projects, including:

• innovative sound and movement performance pieces

• digital & digitized artifacts such as

-audio/visual materials (CDs, DVDs, documentary films)

– publications for both academic and public audiences

…with a deliberate eye toward new approaches to advancing research.

How to get involved

The Centre for Sound Communities is both a physical place and a conceptual space at the intersection of university, community and industry. The CSC hosts:

• speakers

• workshops

• artist/researcher residencies

• rehearsals and performances

• recording and production sessions.

The on-campus facility – with its specially-designed performance floors and equipment, work stations, meeting rooms, media lab and digital storage – is a collaborative work space for researchers, artist-practitioners, project groups and committees. The centre’s advanced technologies are also portable, enabling work to be conducted in-community, locally and globally.

If you are a creator with ideas for programs & projects, we can work with you to help bring your creative ideas to life!

Generous support and funding provided by…

The Centre for Sound Communities was jointly funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT) in support of the Canada Research Chair in Communities and Culture, Dr. Marcia Ostashewski.