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Home County Music and Art Festival

Home County Announces 2014 Festival Performers
Lineup Includes A Band From Whitehorse And A Band Called Whitehorse

London, Ontario CANADA – The Home County Folk League and Artistic Director Darin Addison are thrilled to announce the lineup of musical performers for the 41st edition of the Home County Music & Art Festival which takes place July 18-20, 2014 in London’s Victoria Park. Headline acts include Whitehorse (Friday), Ashley MacIsaac (Saturday), and Nathan Rogers (Sunday).

“We have put to together a fantastic list of local, regional, and national performers for this year’s festival that includes a great mix of traditional and contemporary music,” says Addison. “We are proud to continue the Home County tradition of booking an all-Canadian music lineup. There is something for everyone.”

The complete list of performers includes:

The Allens (London, ON)
The Beauties (Toronto, ON)
The Bills (Victoria, BC)
Blackwood Honeybees (London, ON)
Allison Brown (Windsor/London, ON)
Cold Specks (Toronto, ON/London UK)
Doghouse Rose (London/Toronto, ON)
Elisapie (Salluit, Nunavik/Montreal, QC)
Jenn Grant (Halifax, NS)
Connie Kaldor (Regina, SK/Montreal, QC)
James Keelaghan (Peterborough, ON/Calgary, AB)
Kevin’s Bacon Train (London, ON)
Marty Kolls (London, ON)
The Laws (Wheatley, ON)
Lit’l Chicago (Sarnia, ON)
Lonnie In The Garden (London, ON)
Sarah MacDougall (Whitehorse, YT)
Ashley MacIsaac (Creignish, NS/Windsor, ON)
The Marrieds (London, ON)
Pete Denomme & The Cosmic Cowboys (London, ON)
Rant Maggie Rant (Stratford, ON)
Amanda Rheaume (Ottawa, ON)
Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine (London, ON)
Nathan Rogers (Hamilton, ON/Winnipeg, MB)
Stephanie Cadman Trio (Toronto, ON)
The Schotts (Tillsonburg, ON)
Sweet Alibi (Winnipeg, MB)
Carly Thomas (London, ON)
Trent Severn (Stratford, ON)
Bry Webb (Guelph, ON)
Whitehorse (Toronto, ON)

For detailed information on all of the above performers, click here.

The Home County Family Area will once again include Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo and the lineup for the Children’s Stage includes:

Jack Barnes & Bernie Gilmore (London, ON)
Dickie Bird (Walkerton, ON)
Jake Differ (Peterborough, ON)
Dufflebag Theatre (London, ON)
Jack Grunsky (Toronto, ON)

The complete schedule of concert performances and workshops will be announced in June.

This year’s festival lineup was announced tonight during a Media Launch event that featured performances by Allison Brown with Dan Henshall and Doghouse Rose held at the London Music Club (470 Colborne Street).

Home County Music & Art Festival began in 1974 as the Home County Folk Festival. Home County features more than 26 musical acts on 6 stages, over 120 juried Canadian craft artisans, over 30 food vendors serving a variety of international cuisines, craft demonstrations, a community open stage, and an interactive family area. Admission is by donation.

Top 100 for the 5th Year in a row: On March 2, 2014, the Home County Music & Art Festival was once again chosen by Festivals & Events Ontario as one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.

 

HOME COUNTY UPDATES

The Home County Newsletter: March / April 2014                       

This is an overview of upcoming folk music events in London and Southwestern Ontario gathered from the host organizations by longtime Home County volunteer Phyllis Brady.

Sign up to receive newsletters by email at bradyphyllis@gmail.com

London Music Club 470 Colborne Street, London  519-640-6996 www.londonmusicclub.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Home County Music and Art Festival Launch with Allison Brown, Uncle Dan Henshall and Doghouse Rose

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, Catherine MacLellan

Saturday, April 5, 2014 Ken Yates with Brian Dunne

Saturday, April 19, 2014, Emm Gryner

Saturday, April 19, 2014 Ron Hawkins

Aeolian Hall 795  Dundas Street East, London   boxoffice@aeolianhall.ca  519-672-7950  

Saturday, March 22, 2014 Alex Cuba

Saturday, April 5, 2014, Light of the East Ensemble

Friday, April 11, 2014 Cara Luft (Wailin’Jennys)

Sunday, April 27, 2014 Cindy Church

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Valdy and Nadina

Friday, May 30, 2014, Smales Pace and Change of Pace Reunion

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Judy Collins

Cuckoo’s Nest at Chaucers, 122 Carling Street, London    www.cuckoosnest.folk.on.ca   Advance tickets at:Centennial Hall Box Office (519-672-1967),Chapters North (Music Department), Chaucer’s/ Marienbad Restaurant, Grooves(353 Clarence St.), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village)

Sunday, March 16, 2013  Michael Kelly Caven

Sunday, March 30, 2013   Sean Tyrrell

Sunday, April 13, 2013 Tony McManus

Sunday, April 27, 2014, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith

Sunday, May 4, 2013 Maria Dunn

House Concerts 

Friday, March 28, 2014, Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborn

Saturday, May 10, 2014, Alistair Brown

at the home of Tom and Anne Siess, 458 High Street, London

 

Noteworthy Concerts at Other Locations

Monday, March 31, 2014, Basia Bulat opening for The Head and The Heart, London Music Hall

Sunday, April 13, 2014 Ennis at The Princess Theatre, 40 Princess Avenue, St Thomas  www.elgintheatreguild.ca

Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Matt Anderson at Centennial Hall, London

Saturday, May 10, 2014, Gordon Lightfoot  at Budweiser Gardens, London

 

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Experience Our 2014 Festival - July 20 to July 22, 2014

Home County Music and Art Festival celebrates 41 years of being London’s premier summer festival. Forty years of music, art and food, as always in downtown London’s beautiful Victoria Park. This ‘admission by donation’ event features 25 of Canada’s best roots, traditional and indie folk/pop acts.

The festival site is wheelchair accessible and close to Richmond Row shopping and downtown hotels.

Mission:

The Home County Folk League presents a premier summer Music and Arts Festival and related Home County Folk League activities throughout the year. The League engages loyal patrons along with new generations in the appreciation and promotion of Canadian musicians and artisans. The League endeavors throughout the year to include an Artists in the Schools program and a Community Concert Series. The League strives to ensure environmentally friendly choices

Vision Statement:

The Home County Folk League will create outstanding opportunities for the London and area community to celebrate juried Canadian music and hand-crafted art in a premier summer festival. The League will continue to celebrate traditional folk/roots music and will promote emerging Canadian artists. The Home County Music and Arts Festival will be recognized as a leading destination festival. The League will become financially self-sustaining.

Show your support for the 41st annual Home County Folk Festival!

Home County Folk Festival does not charge an admission fee, but needs increasing public support through individual donations in order to continue to produce this great Canadian event.

In 2014, as in past years, we encourage those who enjoy the festival to donate a minimum of $5 per day.

Watch for our donation campaign at park entrances. You may also donate any time at our Information tent located across from the Bandshell. There you will immediately receive a receipt for any donation of $20 or more. On occasion, festival volunteers may be available to collect donations at the stages.

Please support this family-friendly, non-profit event, operated by a community organization and administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and over 300 volunteers!

Donations may be made online through Canada Helps, via cash/cheque or credit card at our Information Booths, or by sending a cheque to:

1017 Western Rd. London, Ontario N6G 1G5

A receipt will be issued for any donation of $20 or more.

Thank you for your support!

2009 Pillar Award for Environmental Impact

2009 London Green Festivals Gold Award

In 2009, Home County Folk Festival was awarded at the Municipal Waste Association’s Annual Promotion & Educations Awards for Best Grassroots Campaign 2009.

2008 Recycling Council of Ontario Gold Award

The environment is a top priority for the Home County Folk Festival. In 2008, a new Greening initiative was introduced between the City of London, Waste Free World and other festivals to reduce the environmental impact festivals produce in waste. Successfully, Home County diverted 70% of the waste from going to landfill. These achievements resulted in the RCO Gold Award being awarded to the greening committee.

2007 Londons Featured Community Organization

In 2007, The City of London honoured Home County Folk Festival with this prestigious award for valuable contributions to the community.

Funding and Sustainability

Funds to operate Home County Folk Festival are raised through the vendors fees paid by craft artists and food vendors, grants from the local, provincial and federal governments, goods sold by Home County (programs and merchandise), donations by the audience and corporate sponsorship as well as concerts held throughout the year.

Our budget is developed annually and every effort is made to pay all expenses in the year they are incurred and to have funds to prepare for the next festival year as well as to cover the ongoing costs (insurance, office expenses, etc).

Our Mission:

Home County Folk League, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1973 to produce the Home County Folk Festival.

The League presents a premier summer Music and Arts Festival and related Home County Folk League activities throughout the year.

The League engages loyal patrons along with new generations in the appreciation and promotion of Canadian musicians and artisans.

The League endeavors throughout the year to include an Artists in the Schools program and a community concert series.

The League strives to ensure environmentally friendly choices.

Our Vision:

The Home County Folk League will create outstanding opportunities for the London and area community to celebrate juried Canadian music and hand-crafted art in a premier summer festival.

The League will continue to celebrate traditional folk/roots music and will promote emerging Canadian artists. The Home County Music and Arts Festival will be recognized as a leading destination festival.

The League will become financially self-sustaining.

Wow!!!  Ten hours on the road Friday and ten hours today, were so amazingly worth the privilege of sharing in your Home County Festival.  You have created a phenomenal, community enriching experience for your neighbors.  It was easy to observe and feel the camaraderie and warmth of spirit among your concert goers as we soaked up as much of the workshops as we could crowd into each day.  Your breadth of offerings was exquisite.  The ease with which everyone could move around, get anything they needed comfortably, and the care and tending exhibited by your staff show great skill, experience, training and attention to detail.  I know the production and promotion ropes, and have the scars and joys to show, so I am very comfortable in praising you to the hilt.  The folks of the London area are extraordinarily fortunate to have you in their midst. Thanks

- Karl and Doris Bittenbender
Orange, Massachusetts
July 18, 2011

Q:Where does the name Home County come from?

A:“Home counties” is an informal phrase used to designate the group of South East England counties that border or surround London, England. The home counties have no official definition but are usually understood as coinciding with the London commuter belt or the London Metropolitan Area. In England in 1926, the Home Counties (Music and Dancing) Licensing Act regulated activities in all parts of Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent and Surrey within 20 miles of the City of London. (source – Webster’s Online Dictionary)

Based on this geographical concept, our founding festival organizers came up with the name H.O.M.E. County in 1974, as an acronym for Huron, Oxford, Middlesex, Elgin — the four counties in southwestern Ontario surrounding the city of London and area.

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