Although the Home Routes house concert series has been cancelled, which included performances here in Kamloops, that doesn't mean living rooms across Canada will be without live entertainment.
Beginning on Saturday, Home Routes artists will perform as part of the National Online Folk Festival, with artists streaming performances from their own living rooms on the Home Routes Facebook page and on YouTube.
Concerts will last about 30 minutes and occur once daily.
Saturday's performer will be Rick Fines, a roots performer from Ontario who plays "a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk and dockside soul," according to his website. Among Fines' accolades are a Juno Award nomination and multiple Maple Blues Awards.
Bands are currently scheduled through April 1, with more to be announced, including:
- Sunday, March 22 – Casati (Man.)
- Monday, March 23 – Sherry Ryan (N.L.)
- Tuesday, March 24 – Sherman Downey (N.L.)
- Thursday, March 26 – Carly Dow (Man.)
- Friday, March 27 – James Gordon (Ont.)
- Saturday, March 28 – Willi Carlisle (Arkansas)
- Sunday, March 29 – Gangspil (Denmark)
- Tuesday, March 31 – The Schotts (Ont.)
- Wednesday, Apr 1 - Annie Avery (of Two Piano Tornado) and Sarah Hamilton (Yukon)
All shows will begin at 6 p.m. pacific time.
Viewers will also have the option of donating to performers — as they would at a house concert — in a virtual tip jar, with details to be announced.
To view the concerts, go online to the Home Routes Facebook page.