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West My Friend

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Victoria
Languages: English

Steeped in the visual styles of western Canada, West My Friend are veterans of the Victoria music scene. After 10 years as a band, they've recently released their fourth album, In Constellation, in September. On this, their latest effort, West My Friend continues to refine the art of creating achingly poignant folk music, only this time, they're backed by a full symphony orchestra, heavily layered while remaining lighthearted. Intricate yet accessible.


Performances & Workshops

Break It Down, Build It Up

Grade Suitability: K -9
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Three chairs
Fee Range: $915-$1030 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)


West My Friend introduces students to music they've probably never heard but in many ways already know. Through guided listening and lots of participation, students will gain insight into how West My Friend's original songs are put together. They'll also discover that they already have the skills to write songs themselves!

Canadian Folk Rumours

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 mins.
Capacity: 600
Tech Requirements: Three chairs
Fee Range: $915-$1030 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
$985.00
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
$985.00
Vancouver Island Lower
$870.00
Vancouver Island Mid
$900.00
Vancouver Island North
$985.00
Interior
$985.00
North
$985.00
Kootenays
$985.00

West My Friend introduces students to Canada's rich folk-music history from the voyageurs to the present. Weaving together rousing renditions of classic songs from "Big Yellow Taxi" to "Great Big Sea", West My Friend points students to the soul of the music whether it a celebratory, social commentary, or just plain silly. Students will come away from this performance with a knowledge of some of Canada's greatest folk music by such luminaries as Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Stompin' Tom Connors, Barenaked Ladies, and Great Big Sea. West My Friend takes students on a rollicking ride through Canada's proud folk music history.

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