Meet Les Bucherons
For 30 years, Les Bûcherons has been bringing Canada’s past to life using music, myths, movement and mentoring, drawing on long-standing folk traditions and Canada’s explorers, voyageur, pioneer and Métis history. Through participatory, hands-on performances, your students experience chapters of Canadian history dating back to 1534. They will feel as if they’ve magically stepped back in time! Through music, stories, dance, props, workshops and audience participation your students will journey “in a canoe” across French Canadian history.
Their fun, interactive show and workshops encourage students to understand the traditions and cultural diversity that render Canada a truly unique country. They also help to build the children’s awareness and appreciation for Canadian culture, music, folklore and values. In addition, students’ self-esteem is built up as performers, public speakers, artists, dancers and musicians in a way that can last their lifetime.
Les Bucherons Quick Facts
• 30 years of touring, reaching over a million students
• Fun, hands-on, interactive show and workshops
• Your students participate and perform, not just observe
• Builds an appreciation for Canadian culture and folklore
• Fosters self-esteem and respect
• Can present in French, bilingual, or mostly English if you prefer
• Themes: Canadiana, Social Studies, Music, Dance, French language/culture
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• Half-Day/Full-Day Workshops plus Presentation
Your students will experience French Canadian culture and keep it in memory forever! The Half-Day Program includes selections of two-four workshops (wooden spoons, square dance) while the Full-Day Program includes a selection of six-eight workshops (circle dance, round dance, wooden spoons, dancing wooden men and more).
Both options include the grand finale performance of Stories of Canada, where your students showcase what they have learned.
In order to be prepared for the big day; students must have watched the online program and learn the song that they will performed the day of the presentation
Parents are welcome to watch the final presentation!!
Grade Suitability: K–12
Capacity: 65 Students/Workshop
• Stories of Canada – Avant que j’oublie
You may book just the presentation without the workshops. Through a French Canadian perspective, Les Bûcherons bring Canada’s past to life through song, story, dance and celebration. Meet a real Voyageur and get ready for a great adventure at the fort for a “Rendez Vous” to take part in some traditional festivities. This one hour presentation is the Story of our Canadian heritage and culture with storytelling, music and history.
Grade Suitability: K–8
Duration: 60 mins.
These fee ranges include a $100 discount for casting your vote in our short artist survey. If you have not already done so, click below to rank the top three artists you’d like to see tour to your area. There‘s no obligation to book, doing so will simply register your school for the discount and help us co-ordinate artists’ tours where there is the most interest for them.
Fees are listed as a range because the exact fee is determined by your area and number of shows in a tour. Once you’ve cast your vote, we can let you know the exact fee and possible dates for your preferred artists.
If your school is facing severe budget challenges please inquire about qualifying for our assistance program.
Register your school to receive the discount.
$1295 + GST
$2195 + GST
Stories of Canada with no workshops
$995 + GST
I have had the pleasure of working with Les Bûcherons for over 10 years now. Being Junior High, it is often difficult for some students to get past the “I am too cool for French attitude”, but from the moment Les Bûcherons walk through the door their enthusiasm and willingness to put themselves out there is so infectious that it soon has my students stepping outside their comfort zone and getting fully involved. What an amazing sight to see. Les Bûcherons definitely hold a place of honour at Mary Butterworth School. We look forward to many more fun-filled experiences with them.
Rachelle Cyr, Mary Butterworth Junior High School – Edmonton, AB
Their program promotes the French Canadian culture through dance, songs, stories and the playing of spoons. In a half day, they rotated nine classes of Grade 4 and 5 students through one of four workshops. In these workshops, the students learned how to square dance, line dance, play the spoons and sing the songs. The performers then presented a one-hour concert in which all the students presented what they had learned. As a teacher, I really appreciated the online resource, Avant Que J’oublie which comes with over 70 videos of songs, dances, wooden spoon percussion and a guideline for celebrating in schools.
Amrit Das, Teacher
Les Bucherons have been to our school many times, and never fail to deliver a beautiful French Canadian Culture celebration!
Kelly Simons, Ecole Edwards Elementary – Airdrie, AB