Home concert returns

By Geoff Lee

January 19, 2017 12:00 AM

HOME PARTY William Prince, the 2016 Aboriginal artist of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Regina, will perform at the home of Rhonda and Hal Burns on Feb. 9 as part of the Home Routes Tour. Tickets are $20 each with all proceeds going to the artist.

Rhonda Burns and her husband Hal are at it again.
The music loving Lloydminster couple is selling tickets for their first home concert of the year featuring Aboriginal singer songwriter, William Prince based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Prince was named the Aboriginal artist of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards in Regina in 2016.
He grew up in Peguis First Nation in Manitoba and is described as a wonderful storyteller who brings life to his songs with his beautiful baritone voice.
“I listened to his CD Earthly Days and it is amazing,” said Rhonda who is wowed by his voice.
“It’s a beautiful soft voice—just love him.”
Prince’s newest single called 7 was released last summer for the Peguis graduating class of 2016.
His single, The Carny,  was the No. 1 song on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown in 2015.
The Aboriginal artist will be perform at the Burns’ residence at 5732-51 Street in Lloydminster the evening of Feb. 9 as part of the Home Routes tour concert series.
Tickets can be purchased for $20 each for adults with children 12 and under free by calling the Burns’ at 780-872-1478 or 780-872-1079.
Ironically, the Prince performance takes place the same night that Winnipeg folk roots duo, Roger Roger will be at The Root following their Home Routes concert at the Burns’ house last fall.
“We had a blast with them,” said Rhonda.
“In fact, we are offering them to come and see us that night when they come to town.”
The Burns will host two more artists after Prince to wrap a six-part home concert series that began last September.
Home Routes supports artists’ abilities to make a living; it makes music accessible on a grass roots level, and connects people in communities.
All of the money the Burns collect from ticket sales goes directly to the artists.
“My husband and I get nothing out of this,” said Rhonda.
“We feed them, we give them a place to sleep and we send them on their way the next day to the next town—it helps the artist out because they are not paying out of pocket for their tour.”
The Burns’ plan to host more artists next season on what Home Routes calls the Chataugua Trail of small towns around the Saskatchewan and Alberta border.
“We’re just excited to get some new Canadian artists coming to Lloydminster and we just want to get it out there and share it with people so they can take advantage of it as well,” said Rhonda.
She said she and her husband are music junkies who love the one-on-one experience of home concerts.
“You’re not in a crowded room—during the intermission you get to go up to them and talk to them and share some of their stories,” she said.
The Burns also serve guests and the performers cheese and crackers and homemade chocolate goodies during the break.
The selection of artists on tour is determined by Home Routes, which adds to the surprise factor for the hosts.
“We never know who we’re getting” said Rhonda, who hopes to a sell a lot of tickets for the Prince concert with sales generated by word of mouth or on Rhonda’s own Facebook page.
“We’re averaging between 10 and 20 people, which is good, but we’d like to get a few more,” she said.
Since its inception in 2007, Home Routes, based in Manitoba has received consistent funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Culture, Sport and Heritage.

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