Home Routes

Folk musicians Mirja Klippel and Alex Jonsson performing at a Home Routes concert at Brubacher House

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous to host a folk and roots music event series together with Emmanuel United Church in Waterloo. Show details will be updated here as they become available. Thanks to the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for making this series possible!

2023-2024 Season

Fri, Oct 20 | Mirja Klippel & Alex Jønsson concert | Brubacher House
Fri, Nov 17 | Emerald Rae Celtic fiddle workshop + jam | Brubacher House
Sat, Nov 18 | Emerald Rae concert | Brubacher House
Sat, Jan 27 | Taylor Abrahamse concert | Emmanuel United Church
Sun, March 3 | Tragedy Ann concert | Emmanuel United Church
Wed, April 3 | Crys Matthews concert | Brubacher House
Thurs, May 9 | Lindy Vopnfjörð* concert | Emmanuel United Church | Details + Tickets
**Note: This was originally advertised as a Beau Wheeler & Jesse Waldman concert, but unfortunately that show has been postponed. We are now excited to be hosting Lindy Vopnfjörð.
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Home Routes 2023/2024 season poster

About Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous

Winnipeg based non-profit organization Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous was initiated by the founders of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre, Mitch Podolak and Ava Kobrinsky, alongside Tim Osmond with a start-up grant from Canada Council For The Arts. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Leonard Podolak, the organization operates with a full staff alongside the support of a nationally based volunteer Board of Directors.

The organization was created to champion artists and volunteer concert hosts in communities nationwide. This has grown into a group of people and organization of almost 200, who each host 6 shows a year in houses and small halls in their communities

In recent years they have expanded their mandate to include a series of Community Workshops and Jam Groups, and in 2018 they founded the Winnipeg Crankie Festival, which is a participatory and collaborative event celebrating 18th century Moving Panoramas.

In March 2020, they pivoted to add an online series of free live stream shows, Home Routes Online, which they have expanded to include a platform that engages their hosts and audience with a curated and ticketed online series, featuring the finest musicians on the Canadian and international folk music scene. They are now partnering with other nonprofits and cultural organizations to present unique and interactive online events.

Since its inception in 2007, Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous has received consistent funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, FACTOR, SOCAN Foundation. They are proud to now receive the support of Heritage Canada for the Winnipeg Crankie Music Festival and our community concerts series.  They are eternally grateful for the generous support of music lovers across Canada. Without this support Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous would not be possible, and has resulted in over 10,000 shows, in over 1500 locations to 210,000 plus fans. This venture has generated over 4 million dollars in artist revenue and royalties since 2007.