Home Routes Radio Premieres “The Wednesday Night Folk Show with Mitch Podolak” and Launches Patreon Campaign

A New Podcast from the Creators of the Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous National House Concert Program

[January 31, 2019]  Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, the pioneering Winnipeg-based non-profit organization known for presenting house concerts from major cities to rural hamlets throughout Canada, is pleased to announce the launch of “The Wednesday Night Folk Show with Mitch Podolak.” This weekly podcast connects Home Routes hosts, artists and fans under one roof so they can share music, ideas, and news about the growing Home Routes House Concert Circuits.

The Wednesday Night Folk Show” is a production of Home Routes Radio and is hosted by Mitch Podolak, creator and founder of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous. Now, arts lovers and music fans can get involved supporting the work of Home Routes with a small monthly subscription of $5 via Patreon here.

The show is available for all to listen and can be heard online via Home Routes Radio.  Episode 1  features Annie Avery, a Yukon ragtime pianist. Episode 2, released yesterday, and every Wednesday following, features one of Canada’s top clawhammer banjo players, Allison de Groot.  

About Mitch Podolak

Mitch Podolak is Special Projects Manager and Founding Artistic Director of Home Routes. Mitch is acclaimed throughout Canada with a career in folk music and broadcasting spanning decades, beginning at Toronto’s famous Bohemian Embassy Coffee House in 1961 when at the age of 14 he began to exchange his services as a busboy for free entry into the Sunday night hootenannies. By the time he was 16 Podolak had exchanged the tasks of washing coffee cups for the role of booking artists for the facility. In this capacity he produced his first shows of international stature including performances with the New Lost City Ramblers, Mike Seeger, blues ace Reverend Gary Davis, a young Joni Mitchell, Dave Wiffin, Paul Neary and Robbie Basho. It was at the Bohemian Embassy where Podolak learned his trade.

Mitch has had a long and fruitful experience with CBC Radio and Stereo. As a documentary maker in the late sixties he produced shows for CBC Tuesday Night, Between Ourselves, Five Nights and for a whole period worked with Peter Gzowski as a stringer-documentary maker for This Country in the Morning. Podolak went on to host Simply Folk from 1986 until 1991 on the entire network.

Supported by his CBC connections, particularly, Paul Mills, Producer of the national radio folk show, Touch the Earth, in 1974 Podolak began to create cultural institutions all across Canada. He conceived and implemented the Winnipeg (1974) and Vancouver (1979) Folk Festivals, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival (1982), The West End Cultural Centre (1987) and Barnswallow Records (1975), the label that made Stan Rogers famous. In addition he was instrumental in establishing the Edmonton and Calgary Folk Festivals (1980), and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival (1997) in Canso Nova Scotia. Moreover, he created and served as AD for two travelling folk festivals in Alberta (1980) and in Atlantic Canada (1983).

In the role of Artistic Director, he served for thirteen years at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, two years at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, two years at the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, an emergency fill in at Summerfolk in Owen Sound Ontario (1986), one year at the Stan Rogers Festival (1997) and five years at the West End Cultural Centre (1987-92). In the last few years Podolak has served as a consultant to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Northern Lights Festival Borealis in Sudbury and the Ottawa Folk Festival. Over the years he has produced hundreds of concerts ranging from DOA to Handel’s Messiah.

In 2004, Mitch began managing local singer/songwriter Dan Frechette, serving as Executive Producer of his CD Lucky Day, produced by Bill Bourne. The following year, Mitch founded The Walnut Street Music Company, dedicated to representing roots and folk musicians.

In February 2007, Mitch’s passion and vision led to the establishment of Home Routes Inc. a national professional non-profit arts organization based in Manitoba, mandated to create a unique delivery system for folk and roots music.

Home Routes is very proud to be able to present an icon of Canadian music of the calibre of Mitch Podolak in a weekly  podcast allowing free rein to his considerable expertise and talent to reach out to Canadian music lovers in this dynamic new way.

The cultural life of the country has been discernibly enhanced because of his work.

Help us continue this important work

There are many ways to get involved in the furthering  Canadian music with Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous. One way is through financial support by becoming a monthly subscriber  at our Home Routes project Patreon page, with a contribution of $5 per month you will be helping Home Routes Chemin Chez Nous bring more music with more musicians to more places in Canada.   Becoming a subscriber will also give you access to bonus podcast episodes of private concerts and more!

Home Routes appreciates the many financial demands and obligations of today’s Canadian households and that a monthly commitment of $5 represents a very generous obligation on the part of many of our supporters. That’s why your contribution is very highly valued and Home Routes will show its profound gratitude by working ceaselessly to improve our delivery of valuable content and expanding access to quality entertainment and music to all Canadians no matter where they reside in our vast country.  Our goal is to have 1000 people supporting Home Routes at a level of $5 per month. We believe we have 1000 fans in Canada that will support and help us grow in new ways and directions that up to now, we could only have imagined.

No matter the amount, your support matters. If you love folk music, the scene, the shows, the pickers, the songs in your head, the lonesome harmonica blowers, the cultural life of your country, please consider becoming a subscriber via  Patreon here.

Home Routes/ Chemin Chez Nous thanks our funders and partners for their support. This project is made possible in part by  Manitoba Arts Council, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation, and The Canada Council for the Arts.


LISTEN to Home Routes Radio

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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

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