Birchtown: The Next Verse

Taysia greets her Aunt Margorie & grandmother Ethel on Lockport Beach, NS

Taysia greets her Aunt Margorie Turner-Bailey & grandmother Ethel
on Lockport Beach, NS

Birchtown Video Project, Birchtown Nova Scotia

Birchtown: the next verse
16 min. 2014
Written & directed by
the participants in the
Birchtown Summer Video Camp 2012
a project in partnership with:

• Black Loyalist Heritage Society
• Centre for Art Tapes

Through song, poetry and documentary, six youth explore the historic racial divide and their connection to the community of Birchtown, Nova Scotia, home of the largest settlement of the Black Loyalists and free Africans in all of North America, immediately following the American Revolution. They visit the Black Loyalist Heritage Society’s Museum and discover a display of a relative, Margorie Turner-Bailey, a runner in the 1976 Olympics. They seek her out to learn more about her story.


Production projects take youth through an intensive workshop process to make a short collaborative video. Pieces may combine drama, documentary and music video styles.

Intensive Activities : story development, script writing, video & sound production directing. performance, lyric writing, song recording

Recent Themes: race, love, leaving home, Indigenous language, teen pregnancy, community identity, gang violence, rural experience, democracy

Participants are mentored through the process by a team of professional artists and film technicians. Each Intensive is different. They can be after-school or in-school programs or 1 week full-time. Each video speaks to the concerns and interests of the youth involved. They create imaginative, thought provoking, artistic videos that have the capacity to transform our understanding of the youth are and the world we all live in.