Since our beginning we have had significant financial support from the Canada Council and the Province of Manitoba, joined a few years later by FACTOR, and the Manitoba Arts Council. The artists who tour also contribute to running the organization by way of commissions. Together this provides just enough to pay the rent, to pay our modest wages, printing and mailing costs, the web site and the long distance phone bill. It’s barely enough to operate at our present size. Additional resources would allow us to expand with more concert routes and support the other initiatives we have begun such as:
- The Winnipeg Crankie Festival – Nov 6-8, 2020
The Winnipeg Crankie Festival brings together the best music, visual art, theatre and written word each year by introducing the community to “crankies” at our annual weekend Festival. Crankies are a storytelling art form that was popular in the 19th Century and WCF brings people from all walks of life together to participate, on and off stage, for an interactive and collaborative festival experience over a weekend. Winnipeg Crankie Festival
- The Home Routes Podcast is a production of Home Routes Radio.The weekly podcast is produced to connect the Home Routes hosts, artists and fans under one roof so that we can share music, ideas, and news about our growing Home Routes House Concert Circuits. The podcast is hosted by Tim Osmond, Artistic Director and co-founder of Home Routes and produced by Grant Simpson.
- Home Routes Online was created to provide an online live-streaming stage for Home Routes artists whose tours were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in featuring an artist per day for 17 days engaging with 31,000 people online during this period. Programming now runs Thursday-Saturday and features different genres (Cajun, swing, bluegrass, etc.) broadcasting to a now robust and healthy online audience. Home Routes Live on Facebook – You Tube Channel – Instagram
We haven’t yet even begun to explore Canada for potential concert locations. In the folk music scene alone, with a few more resources, we could double the number of artists getting work from this program each season. We could double the number of communities benefiting.
This touring model would also work beyond folk music, to include jazz and classical music, and literary programs. The cultural opportunities for community supported touring are endless. We now have the experience to deliver these ideas. Help us build a functional and fair infrastructure for everybody.
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