The Music Bucket

Are you a person with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction?

The Westdale is proud to present: The Music Bucket!

The Music Bucket is a free 10-week online workshop program with artist and sound musician DAVE GOULD.

Through Canada Post, The Westdale will mail you a sealed and sanitized “music bucket” filled with 10 individual instruments that you’ll learn to construct and play through a series of online Zoom workshops or instructional videos. The really cool thing about these instruments is that they’re made out of things that you wouldn’t think could be transformed into musical instruments: plastic cups, bouncy balls, rubber bands, CDs…

When you open your music bucket, you’ll find 10 individually sealed bags, each containing the parts to put together one instrument. Every week, utilizing Zoom, artist Dave Gould will show you how to assemble and play the instrument. If you’re not able to use Zoom, we alternatively can send you a private link to an instructional video. You can also just open up the bucket and have fun assembling on your own!

No previous skills or experience with music or the arts is necessary, and the program is free and open to individuals of all ages! (Adult supervision is required for children.)

Workshops run on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:00 pm, August 25th to October 27th or on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 pm, August 27th to October 29th.

Please note: The same workshop will be held on Tuesdays and Thursday each week; you only sign up for Tuesday or Thursday.

Tuesday Workshop Schedule 7:00-8:00 pm:

August 25th, September 1st, September 8th, September 15th, September 22nd, September 29th, October 6th, October 13th, October 20th, October 27th

Thursday Workshop Schedule 2:00-3:00 pm:
August 27th, September 3rd, September 10th, September 17th, September 24th, October 1st, October 8th, October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th

To sign up or for more information please contact the Program Coordinator, Becca Dowden:

This program has been generously funded by The Government of Canada and The Hamilton Community Foundation and is supported by The Canadian Mental Health Association.

Dave Gould

Since 1992, Dave Gould has enjoyed a continuous and celebrated career exhibiting, performing, facilitating, and instructing in numerous museums, galleries, and festivals. Most recently he presented the Urban Drum Corps program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Hamilton and Environment Hamilton. He has been making his own musical instruments since 1998 and has created a permanent interactive sound installation at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Professionally trained as a percussionist at Mohawk University, Gould currently works as a practicing artist, instructor, program writer, and consultant. He has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Hamilton Arts Award—Established Artist of the Year in Performance in 2013 and the Prince Edward Island Crime Prevention Award, which he received for his work with youth.

Much of Dave’s art explores boundaries of style, both high and low. Balancing form and function intrigues him and inspires him to repurpose objects into unique artworks, whether they be sculpture, wall art, or musical instruments. He seeks a visceral connection with found objects and applies his training as a percussionist and experience as an artist to create spontaneous visual and sonic environments. As an art educator, Gould believes that it is through living moments of discovery that learning is expedited and development occurs on many levels. It is his hope that people will be inspired to perceive their environments in new ways and find art in everyday life.