House Concert FAQ
What is a House Concert?
It is a musical performance by a professional musician with a ticketed paying audience in a person’s home, often their living room, or rec room. Sometimes there is a small PA system, often there is not.
What do I have to do as a Host?
To host a house concert requires 4 basic elements.
- Having a wide social network in your community.
- Having the drive to spread the word in your community through your social network, in concert with our effort through our network, and mainstream media
- Having enough room for 25-100 people to sit comfortably watching a show. And transforming the space
- Hosting your community and the artists
How much does it cost to get involved?
There is no charge to be a Home Routes Host, you would be joining a network of community volunteers across the country, helping Canadian musicians and musicians from abroad have two more weeks of meaningful shows
Do I have to let members of the general public into my house to be a Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous Host?
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous was created to support communities and performing artists. When artists tour Home Routes, they have a reasonable expectation that all efforts are made to fill the seats. We also understand that hosts want their house to be a safe place for everyone in attendance. To ensure a successful show within all parties comfort levels we will work with hosts on a case by case basis regarding the amount of public tickets to be sold.
How many shows do I have to host a year?
The Home Routes Season is 6 concerts a year per host, twice in the fall in October and November, and then in the following spring starting February and going until May.
Hosts will often split up the responsibilities in their community among 2 or three homes, each hosting 2 or 3 shows.
Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous acknowledges that we operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew and Dakota peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis nation. We have produced thousands of concerts across Canada, a land home to well over 600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.