The Northland Barbershop Chorus - Life on the Farm

Northland Chorus 56th Annual Show – “Life on the Farm”

The NORTHLAND BARBERSHOP CHORUS of the Sault, Ontario Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society is proud to announce its


Saturday, April 10th, 2021
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
Sault Community Theatre Centre

Featuring a wide variety of music from across the musical spectrum!

This show takes its inspiration from a recent series of performances by local auctioneer Vernon Bailey. Vern’s shows combined his expert recitations of poetry written by Canadian rural poet, Charlie Smith of Massey ON, with music that related to the poem’s themes. The Northland Chorus has taken this premise and expanded the show to include an original play written by Chorus Director BOB SHAMI with assistance from Soo Theatre Workshop president HARRY HOUSTON. Stage direction will be handled by JEANNINE JEFFERSON.

The Northland Barbershop Chorus will present a show that borrows this theme but with a musical twist!

Barbershop is not an era, rather it is a style of singing any kind of music from pretty much any era – so long as it’s got the potential for our particular type of four-part harmony.

The chorus will present 10 songs in this traditional a cappella style. Songs in this show include: a song from the musical Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin’s SUMMERTIME – 1935), and songs from Elvis (CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE- 1961), Eddie Cochrane (SUMMERTIME BLUES – 1958), Bobby Vinton (BLUE VELVET – 1951), Ian and Sylvia Tyson (FOUR STRONG WINDS – 1961), Mommas and Papas (CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ – 1965) and more.

 “Life on the Farm…”

Original play written by Bob Shami (Northland Chorus musical director) with assistance from Soo Theatre Workshop president Harry Houston
Stage Direction by Jeannine Jefferson

Life on the Farm will run as the show’s first act

Set on the family farm of Floyd Gibson (VERNON BAILEY), who took over the farm upon the retirement of his father, Grampa Gibson (BOB TISDALL). Every Saturday night, Floyd and Grampa get together over coffee at the farmhouse to regale each other with their latest poetic efforts. They hope Floyd’s son Brandon (MATTHEW DOHERTY) will eventually take over the farm and continue the family tradition of farming and creating poems that reflect their way of life but young Brandon has other ideas.

There are 11 poems included in this show, nine of which were written by Canadian rural poet, Charlie Smith as well as one epic poem by Robert W. Service is also featured.

The Headline Quartet is a dynamic young Award-Winning Quartet!


Hailing from Toronto, these boys have been singing together since early days at Earl Haig Secondary School and have grown into an internationally recognized group. Having performed in Canada, USA, the UK, Germany, and Sweden, Yonge Guns is no stranger to the world stage. The guys take the opportunity to perform wherever, whenever, and strive to share the joy of music. Let the mantra hold true and keep the whole world singing!

General Admission – $28.00* CDN Funds

Available at: Theatre Centre Box Office* (Station Mall),, Hess Jewellers (Churchill Plaza), Any member of the Northland Chorus, Soo Theatre/STARS (534 Ashmun St. Soo, Mich.)

Tickets may also be available at the door.

Show info can be found here:

** A $4.00/ticket service charge is added by the Mall Box Office to all tickets they sell. Box Office price is $28.00 + $4.00 = $32.00

Come on out and support local music all well helping to raise money for the Speech-Language Pathology Unit at Sault Area Hospital.

DID YOU KNOW.. In 2019, the Northland Chorus reached a major milestone, with more than $100,000 donated to this cause since 1995. Several thousand more has been donated to the Speech Dept at War Memorial Hospital in Soo, MI.

Their support of local Speech Therapy Services is in keeping with their motto:
“We Sing … That They Shall Speak.”

Revenue derived from the annual show is their only source for donations to the Hospitals. More information about the long history of support of the local Speech Therapy services by the Northland Chorus can be viewed on their website here:


Apr 10 2021


7:30 pm


Sault Community Theatre Centre


Sault Community Theatre Centre
1007 Trunk Rd, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K9, Canada
Bob Shami, Music Director Northland Chorus


Bob Shami, Music Director Northland Chorus
[email protected]
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