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House party tour may be stopping in city

A group promoting folk music in Canada is looking to team with 5th Ave Cup & Saucer to bring a series of concerts to Yorkton starting this fall.

A group promoting folk music in Canada is looking to team with 5th Ave Cup & Saucer to bring a series of concerts to Yorkton starting this fall.

Vivian Gosselin, volunteer coordinator, with Home Routes said their organization has a simple goal, to "revolutionize the folk music industry in Canada."

Gosselin said most promoters work with musicians organizing what are essentially one-off events.

Home Routes takes it a step farther, organizing concerts into circuits of twelve, over about a two-week period.

"It creates a great opportunity for artists to get into communities they otherwise wouldn't see," said Gosselin.

At the same time, it allows musicians to earn some money by having a group of connected concerts.

The circuits see six concerts a year, three in the fall, and three others running after Christmas and before the snow leaves.

Traditionally the concerts are held in people's homes, with the host inviting people to attend, with audiences ranging from 20 to 50 depending on the space of the home. "We work closely with all the volunteer hosts to sort of guide the concert process," said Gosselin.

People attending pay $15 per concert.

Gosselin said 5th Ave is a slightly different venue for the circuit, but the atmosphere of the coffee house fits with what they are trying to do.

The system had proven successful and is growing.

"We've got 10 circuits going," said Gosselin, adding within the next year that could rise to 15, with their first foray east of Manitoba.

The closest community to be part of a current circuit is Elfrose.

Harold Petkau with 5th Ave Cup & Saucer, said Home Routes was looking for a local host and it appears like a good fit for the coffee house which often has musicians playing there.

"They contacted us by a phone call. They were obviously looking for a coffee house, or something of that nature," he said, adding "maybe they were talking with someone who has been here (a performer)."

Petkau said he believes the venue is one which musicians like for the atmosphere and intimacy of the space.

The idea of being part of a circuit is a good one in Petkau's mind because people can see who, and when the concerts will be, and that helps them plan night outs.

Petkau said the key now is to gauge local interest in the circuit idea. He said patrons can call 890-0184, or email [email protected]

For a look at the talent pool, and more information, check out www.HomeRoutes.ca