Trade School

The StART Festival and The Bus Stop Theatre are proud to present the 2017 Trade School Workshop Series!

A Cultural Braiding Workshop


Date: Wednesday, September 27th
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Debbie Eisan is an Ojibway Anishinabe kwe from Batchewana First Nation, and was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. During her 36 year military career, Debbie served numerous tours of duty, highlighted by her involvement in the close out operation of the United Nations Base in Rwanda, Africa. In 2004, Eisan was the recipient of the National Aboriginal Women in Leadership Foundation Award of Distinction, and in 2012, she was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her work in advocating and bringing Cultural awareness for Aboriginal people serving in the Canadian Forces.

Now working as the community Events Planner at the Mi’kmaw native Friendship Centre in Halifax, she organizes and plans a myraid of events that are of benefit to individuals and groups within the larger Halifax community. It is an extensive and growing list, be it veterans, the homeless, seniors, youth, mothers, fathers and students. Her reach also extends to those who are incarcerated, bringing them culture and spirituality as well as traditional foods.

Deb is a member of the Indigenous Council of Elders at Dalhousie University and a member of the Advisory Committee for care and Compassion to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. As a devoted wife, mother and grandmother of five, and a former board member of Indspire, Deb believes that Indigenous youth must be given the chance of success through Education and maintaining connection to their grass roots.

Originally from Zambia, Martha Mutale began performing poetry on 2007. She is a former 2016 Hali Slam participant, event organizer, former co-founder of Poets for Progress and was also a 4th Wall participant with the Michaelle Jean Foundation in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Martha was also a featured artist at this years StART Festival.


A Musician’s Ex·pe·di·ent


Date: Thursday, May 11th
Time: 6PM – 8PM
Trajectory details below

A 2 1/2 hours resourceful workshop for emerging musicians

We are going on a lil journey and starting this workshop off with a mini tour of 3 studios in Downtown Halifax. Everyone MUST meet at he Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road) for 6pm. This is when the workshop will be starting. We will then walk down to the first 2 studios. During this time feel free to network with other artists in the workshop.

The 1st & 2nd studios are:

– The Sonic Temple Recording Studio (1674 Hollis St)

– TMG Studios (1649 Barrington Street)

(6 min walk between meet up spot and 2 Downtown Studios)

Followed by (8 min bus ride) to:

3rd Studio

– Centreline Studios (2439 Gottingen Street)

A Discussion on how to get paid as a musician with light snacks.

*You are able to purchase what is on the menu in the cafe aswell.

You should Bring a notebook for this one !!!!

@ Halifax Backpackers/Alteregos (2193 Gottingen St) (4 Min walk from Centreline Studios)

ALL FREE (unless your purchasing something from the cafe)

Hosted by Kayla Borden of Paint A Pitcha Productions

Creative Arts Therapy


Date: Monday, April 25th
Time: 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Leena Alawaid was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and got to pursue her artistic studies and explorations at NSCAD University. After graduation in 2014, her main focus was to try and bring forth the concept of Creative Arts Therapy and draw attention to the process in her community. Leena is currently working together with several organizations in the community, including Ronald McDonald House and the Victoria General Hospital, where she offers creative arts sessions to the patients as a form of healing. She also runs Art Therapy HFX, a mobile therapy service and is working towards her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy at Concordia University.