Canada Needs You! – In-Person Performance
Mike Ford takes audiences on a break-neck tour of Canadian history through explorers’ tales, First Nations lore, the War of 1812, rebellions, early English-French relations, Confederation and a decade-by-decade examination of the country’s explosive 20th century. Journey into the nation’s past, as grade-level curriculum is brought to life across multiple viewpoints in story and song!
Étienne Brûlé Returns – In-Person Performance
Étienne Brûlé Returns takes audiences from 17th century Wendake/Huronia to present-day Toronto, through the eyes of the first European explorer to venture across our country. With his memorable original songs, Mike Ford recreates the amazement and wonder of the ‘’voyageur’’, while questioning what we have become and all that has been lost. A journey of discovery and linguistic and personal rediscovery, Étienne Brûlé Returns is an interactive song-cycle that honors Ontario’s Francophone origins. This performance is only available in French or bilingual versions.
Rapid-Fire Songwriting – In-Person Workshop
Using 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.