The mandate of Home Routes Community Workshop Programs is to bring a wide range of music instruction and workshops to community spaces in and around Winnipeg, and other communities across Canada, making them accessible both logistically and financially to youth, adults and seniors in those communities. Working with community organizations, seniors organizations, schools, churches and libraries, our goal is to create more music in the communities and involve everyone who has a desire to learn and play music. Through the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals we are able to bring affordable workshop programs to many communities.
In March 2020, due to COVID-19, and PHO guidelines, all in-person workshops had to be cancelled. Home Routes, together with instructor Kate Ferris, pivoted to presenting workshops online via Zoom and Facebook.
The Hopeful Jammers The Seniors Jam Groups that were taking place in Winnipeg three times per week were immediately moved to online-jam groups. After a couple of weeks of testing and solving problems on how to connect seniors to the live-stream world, we settled on a model that is a private Facebook group “The Online Hopeful Jammers”. Anyone can ask to join and the group is free of charge. The Jams take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 1:00pm CT. This initiative is financially supported by Crescent Fort Rouge United Church 55+ program. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukulele Classes with Kate Ferris Home Routes will be offering group Ukulele Classes online in the fall. All three levels are offered (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). You can follow us on Facebook @homeroutescommunityworkshops. If you would like to register in advance please contact email@example.com
Stories to Songs Stories to Songs is an initiative of Crescent Fort Rouge Seniors 55+ Program and Home Routes. It involves the matching of songwriters with volunteer seniors, and over a period of three or four skype/zoom/facetime meetings gathering enough of the person’s stories, ideas, thoughts to compose a song around that information and inspiration. This project is being launched in August and will continue throughout the coming year. For more information on Stories to Songs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.