Main & Station Nonesuch is an independently operated arts and residency centre based in an abandoned government (a former post office, customs house, and armoury) building which has been transformed into an art space and secondhand bookshop.
The project began with the ambition to save a derelict building, the old post office, which had been boarded up for over 40 years and had been ransacked and left to rot. In 2011, when we started, the roof leaked, there was no plumbing or electric or heat. The space is now fully functional. The top floor of this heritage building is now a large apartment for visiting friends, artists, travellers, and volunteers. It has views over the Main St and the water. The second level is a multifunctional space used as a gallery and for performances, workshops, and studio space. The main floor is home to a secondhand bookshop and coffeeshop where we host poetry nights, lectures, musical acts, etc. The basement has a kiln, storage space, and lots of potential. In May 2017 a former united church in danger of demolition was added to the operation. The church building is 2 blocks away from the former post office. We mostly use it as performance space and studios.
Outside of the village we also have some big land, a couple of cabins, and many places where it is possible to camp. There is good access to beach and forest.
Hosting artists, scientists, volunteers, and others is at the core of much of what we do. AIRs (artists in residence) are given opportunities to exhibit, to teach workshops, and to connect with other creative people. There is an ongoing call for outdoor sculpture and public art. In 2016 and 2017 M&S organized and hosted an international Art of Paper Awards & Exhibitions, Over the years there have been regular poetry evenings and other literary events, performances, artists’ talks, lectures, et cetera
The philosophy behind it centres on 3 areas: (1st) making the old new again by preserving and/or repurposing old buildings, old furniture, old clothes, and all sorts of other abandonned or discarded materials (2nd) providing space, opportunity, and support for artists, scientists, and others, to initiate, engage, and participate in creative acts (3rd) having fun.
We host visitors in all of the indoor spaces and also allow the pitching of tents in the fields and forest overlooking the water. From the house or cabin it is an easy stroll down to the beach where you can witness the highest tides in the world changing every 6 hours. From in town it is never a far walk to be at water's edge and, with a vehicle or a longer walk, there are many beaches to explore.
The village itself has a population of around 1000 and is home to a summer theatre, a geological museum, and a historical museum. The last weekend of October there is an Atlantic film festival in town which is small but excellent. At all times of year there are regular open mic and music events. The town is famed for its annual gem and mineral show which has been happening for over 50 years and has also been the site of some important fossil finds.
Everyone (AIRs, volunteers, friends, et cetera) who stays here is expected to help with the general cleaning of the spaces and to keep their own space clean and neat as well as the bathrooms and kitchen areas.
We offer a place to stay and the opportunity to participate in various creative activities and events. If there are workshops, volunteers can take them at half price (the other portion of the fees goes to the artists giving the workshops). If you teach something and want to offer a workshop or event, this is possible (make a proposal :-) . If you charge $ for the workshop, the centre takes 50%.
We do not currently provide meals. Although meals are oftened cooked and/or shared, everyone here is responsible for themselves and that includes food so sometimes we cooperate to have group meals and sometimes everybody makes their own. Each kitchen is provided with some staple fare to start... seasonings, rice, beans, lentils, cereal, pasta, flour, et cetera. No one who stays here goes hungry but ultimately everyone is responsible for their own food and we appreciate if people replace things before they leave.
Bilingual in English and French. Some Dutch, some German.
Please message with any questions.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide à la maison
You may have the opportunity to meet artists, poets, musicians, writers, and more from both here and elsewhere. We have hosted many visitors from all over Canada and the world: poets, dancers, sculptors, shipbuilders, geologists, papermakers, etc. You may be invited to participate in poetry evenings, art projects and other programming that happens while you are here. If you are an artist, you will have access to space in which to work on your practice.
You will experience the phenomenon that is the Minas Basin of Fundy Bay and see the awesome power of these highest tides in the world (the difference between high tide and low tide is often as much as 44 vertical feet (13 metres) or more. The landscape is spectacular and there are many beautiful beaches to explore and places to hike.
Bilingual in French and English plus some Dutch and German.
We always have lots to do and are looking for help with everything and anything ranging from general maintenance, gardening, repairs, and cleaning. If you have a project to propose, suggestions are welcome.
In pre-pandemic times help with events and hosting would also be needed but since COVID the Café is not open and there are very few events or residencies.
Instead there is plenty of outdoor work at a large piece of land… fields, forest, sky, beach… or in town cleaning and repairing and maintaining both indoors and out.
Some projects may include: digging vegetable / herb gardens, planting trees, building raised beds, yard work, tidying up around the outside of the buildings and doing small repairs, help to plan and build an outdoor oven; help to plan and build outhouses, building a grape arbor; help moving furniture around and keeping the living spaces in order; help with art projects, and cleaning trash from the beaches; clearing brush, trimming pathways, et cetera
In your message, please indicate which tasks appeal to you most.
We offer accommodations in one of the following: the 3rd floor apartment of the main building (waterview), bedrooms in the former church. The main building has wifi. 11 km out of the village there is also a 3-season one bedroom cottage perched on a cliff overlooking the water plus a one room cabin adjacent to the main house. The main house has ok wifi and there is wifi available a short walk from both cabin and cottage. Purchased last summer, there is also a large acreage in Lower Economy (25 minutes drive from the village) where we set up a campsite and spend much of the good weather. Visitors who are happy to camp can do so there. There is access to stunning beaches, fields, and forest. A great place to fly a kite.
To see more photos of our spaces and learn more about what we do, look us up online... Main & Station Nonesuch in Parrsboro.
There is much to see and do for the nature enthusiast. We are also a 2 hour drive from Halifax and an hour and a half to the Halifax or Moncton airports. Volunteers who come with their own vehicle will have more independence and be better able to take advantage of all the area has to offer.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
The main building (old post office) has a 60mbps connection.
Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.
Cet hôte a dit qu’il acceptait les personnes voyageant avec un animal.
Plus de 2
Maximum 15 hours a week (Food not provided)