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The Wheat in the Barley

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Vancouver-based folk music group The Wheat in the Barley takes students on a whirlwind trip around the world to lands from which the early pioneers emigrated to Canada. Experience the music of Ireland, France, Ukraine, the Mediterranean, Latin America and other lands, that has been passed down for generations as a cherished cultural heritage. Audience participation features singalongs, a percussion orchestra, clapping along and interactive discussions about the many instruments being demonstrated.


We have had The Wheat in the Barley perform for our students on two occasions. Our students range in age from 5 years to 13 years and come from many different cultures. The Wheat in the Barley is able to personalize their music to interest the diverse audience and cultural backgrounds... The Wheat in the Barley gave us a superb musical and cultural performance. We look forward to having them return to Douglas Park and we would highly recommend them to other schools. Wendy Johnson, Principal, Douglas Park Community School
The narration between songs... was informative and entertaining. The multitude of instruments... played so expertly, gave us the pleasure of hearing a sampling of the many traditional forms of music that make up Canada's cultural mosaic. We at Fleetwood would welcome back any time The Wheat in the Barley. Rod MacLeod, Principal, Fleetwood Elementary

Performances & Workshops

The Musical Roots of Canada's Cultural Heritage

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 600 students
Tech Requirements: 1 x 110 VAC outlet. We provide the entire sound system.
Fee Range: $710 - $905 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Through concerts sprinkled with anecdotes and musical instrument demonstrations, the band introduces various aspects of our richly diverse folk music legacy from the Celtic, Slavic, Quebecois, Middle Eastern, bluegrass and folkloric traditions of North and South America. Children are eager to hear the sounds of a wide range of acoustic string and wind instruments from around the world, used in many musical traditions. An interactive multimedia study guide is also available on their website.

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