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Mike Ford Song WORKSHOP (Les mots qui chantent!)
Workshop by Mike FordUsing games of improvisation, brainstorming, rhyme & rhythm and more, Mike leads students through rapid-fire stages of song creation (a basis for their own curriculum-focused musical pieces). The artist works with up to 30 students per one-hour workshop in a classroom with chalkboard (or similar device). He can coach the same group over two or three sessions for in-depth creation of group projects, or different groups throughout the day.
Flames Across The Border
Performance by Mike FordThe 1812-1814 conflict comes alive in music and words with Mike’s original songs about epic events (the invasion of Little York, Great Lake ship battles), famous characters (Tecumseh, FitzGibbon), and unsung participants (settlers, couriers). Provoking boisterous audience interaction, sampling period marches and ballads, challenging myths, Flames Across the Border is a song-cycle show especially created for the War of 1812 Bicentennial.
Etienne Brule Returns (Le retour d’Étienne Brûlé)
Performance by Mike FordMike’s original and interactive song-cycle explores the life and time of Ontario’s first non-aboriginal visitor, Étienne Brûlé. Through his eyes, 17th Century Ontario, First Nations lore, early New France and contemporary issues of environment and inclusion are brought to life in a variety of musical styles. (Note that this performance is available only in French or bilingual versions.) Mike’s original, exciting and interactive performance (available in French only or in a bilingual version) explores the life and times of Ontario’s first non-aboriginal visitor, Étienne Brûlé. Through his eyes, 17th Century Ontario, First Nations lore, early New France and contemporary issues of environment, consumerism technology and inclusion are brought to life in a variety of musical styles. Mike Ford’s highly engaging, yet intimate style, effortlessly encourages young audience to absorb the exciting highlights of Canada’s history.
Canada Needs You! (Le Canada a besoin de vous!)