Home Routes is a non-profit arts organization that facilitates musicians’ tours by recruiting volunteer hosts, often in rural communities, to create a circuit of venues within a region. This approach provides musicians with secure arrangements and performance opportunities allowing them to overcome many of the risks and expenses of the road -- while expanding the opportunities for people to hear world-class music in their own communities. The organization was inspired to create an Atlantic Region of volunteer hosts as part of their network after attending Nova Scotia Music Week in Truro last Fall. Since putting out the call for volunteer hosts, “The response has been astounding,” says Tim Osmond the Artistic Director, “People throughout the Atlantic region are stepping forward with offers of support and venues to host live music.”
Living room impresarios in Charlottetown, Pleasant Valley, Rice Point, and North Shore have signed on in Prince Edward Island. In New Brunswick, folks in Moncton, Pointe du Chene, and Shediac will be opening up their living rooms as part of the network. Communities on board in Nova Scotia for next year include Round Hill, Charlos Cove, and St. Peters.
Osmond notes that there is still much work to be done in the region, “We’re now building a network of music lovers who are opening up their living rooms and other small venues throughout NB, PEI and NS. We’re on track to begin a new house concert series next fall to include six acts, opened by the Weber Brothers, followed by renowned Canadian guitarist, David Essig.” The Atlantic Series will draw from regional, national, and international musicians included in Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous 12th Annual Concert Season, September 2018-April 2019.
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous programming emphasizes artistic excellence, diverse and entertaining performances that leave audiences breathless and wanting more. “As an organization we are born from Folk Music, and we are very excited to expand our tours of acoustic music to the East Coast,” Says Executive Director Leonard Podolak, “in the hopes of adding our unique house concerts to the perennial mosaic of culture which flourishes in Eastern Canada.”
The organization has been pairing artists with rural volunteer house concert hosts throughout Western Canada over the past decade. More than 7000 performances at nearly 1500 locations in front of 207,000 fans have generated more than four million dollars in artist revenue and royalties since its beginnings in 2007.
If you are a music fan who wants to learn more about becoming part of the series or if you are an artist interested in performing, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: homeroutes.ca
ABOUT HOME ROUTES/CHEMIN CHEZ NOUS:
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous was incorporated as a not-for-profit arts organization in February of 2007 to create new performance opportunities for French and English speaking musicians and audiences in rural, remote and urban, communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues. Follow Home Routes on twitter @homeroutes or “like” on facebook.
Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount