Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle and podcast

by Pedro Chamale

PTC and rice & beans theatre have declared a company collaboration for 2018-19 or more as Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale develop their newest projects. Derek and Pedro will continue to work with each other dramaturgically in addition to each writing his own work. Heidi and Kathleen will provide dramaturgical and process design consultation and assistance in developing a structured company creation practice for rice & beans.

Where does our food come from? Who grows it? Who is nourished by it?

Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle features 10 songs that centre the voices and realities of the seasonal Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) who have planted, tended, and harvested the food on our tables. Written by Pedro Chamale with music by Mishelle Cuttler, and blending mariachi influences with lyrics sourced from the stories of the seasonal TFWs, news articles, and legal text surrounding the TFW Program, the Made in Canada album cooks up a musical journey that amplifies the narratives of the unseen people working in Canada’s farms. Order yourself a digital or vinyl copy of the album today, or listen to it on Spotify or on Apple Music.

Made in Canada: an agricultural podcast: Written and narrated by Pedro Chamale, this 10-episode audio series dissects the issues faced by the seasonal agricultural workers. You also get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of each song in the Made in Canada album with Pedro and composer Mishelle Cuttler. Click here for the Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts links.

A rice & beans theatre production
In collaboration with Playwrights Theatre Centre

Made in Canada had a reading at the Heart of the City Festival at DTES Neighbourhood House on November 3, 2018


Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle
Lyrics by Pedro Chamale | Music by Mishelle Cuttler
and Esclavitud Moderna composed by Ray Alegria

Vocals by Alen Dominguez, AJ Simmons, Alexandra Lainfiesta and Christine Quintana
Violin – Molly MacKinnon
Trumpet – Mark D’Angelo
Percussion & Bass – Barry Mirochnick
Guitar and Bass – Yamil Chain-Haddad

Dramaturgy by Kathleen Flaherty
Spanish Language Dramaturgy by Daniela Nicole
Album cover by Derek Chan and produced by him with the assistance of Howard Hopehedoesnt Dai and COVID captain Andie Lloyd.