1 pm – 4 pm on the last Saturday of the month
Martha Bishop Auditorium, Landon Public Library, 167 Wortley Rd.
These sessions are for songwriters at any level or for anyone interested in the art and craft of songwriting.
open discussion, group writing exercises, song sharing and peer feedback
bring your instrument and your tunes – finished songs or work in progress
or just come to listen
email [firstname.lastname@example.org] for more info
In recent years, Home County has acquired significant resources through various grants:
Tents: Celebrate Ontario funding
Sound system: Ontario Trillium Foundation,
Stainless steel dishes: TD Friends of The Environment Foundation
Ukuleles: Good Foundation Inc
Home County views these as community assets and we are happy to see them used throughout the year rather than only once a year at the festival. For a second year, Home County shared its tents, sound system and production expertise with the organizers at Cross Cultural Learners Centre for their 2nd annual Westmount Community Cup. The festival in turn benefited from CCLC volunteers who assisted with hospitality and dishwashing. Since our last festival, Home County also loaned its sound system to Artfusion, the Grickle Grass Festival, and several Car Free Day Festivals. The festival’s stainless steel dishes were loaned out to many groups who endeavor to have a waste free event, such as the Children’s Water Festival, London Intercommunity Health Centre’s annual turkey dinner at Lorne Ave Public School, Growing Chefs! ON healthy eating programs in schools, Tecumseh Public School Fun Fair, and many others.
If you are part of a non-profit community group that could make use of these resources for events, please email [email@example.com]
Good Foundation Inc. www.goodfoundation.ca is a small private Canadian foundation, started in 1974 by the late Milton and Verna Good, which distributes funds to charitable organizations in the communities of which family members are a part. The Foundation has no professional staff and operates through the voluntary efforts of family members. They fund mainly arts & culture community projects. Since its 1974 beginnings and now part way into its 39th fiscal year, the Foundation has made 513 grants amounting to almost 4.1 million dollars. The Home County Folk League received a Good Foundation grant for $2500 to purchase one dozen good quality ukeleles for community use, such as music & mental health outreach programs (Belong To Song at Old East Studios, My Sister’s Place & Regional Mental Health Care London), in local and regional schools, and at the festival itself. Please visit Home County’s new UKE Tent near the corner of Dufferin & Clarence to have a chance to play and explore with these new community instruments.
Sessions for Songwriters
Starting out as a Culture Days event at the end of Sept 2010, this initiative grew to include monthly artist interviews about songwriting and career development with artists David Essig, Emm Gryner, David Francey, Tom Wilson, Stephen Fearing and Andy White. The sessions also included song-circles for local songwriters to share their songs and to give and receive peer feedback. A core group emerged and several of these ‘regulars’ will perform on the Community Stage on Sunday July 17 at 3 pm. We’ll continue these sessions in the fall of 2011. If you’d like to participate, watch the website for the 2011-12 schedule.
Home County Folk Festival Artists in the Schools Project funded by the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund
Home County received $13,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism & Culture, as well as support from TD Bank Group for this project. Four award-winning artists worked intensively with TVDSB high school students over several days to:
Don Ross worked with guitar students at Arthur Voaden School in St. Thomas. The Creaking Tree String Quartet worked with string and guitar students at Woodstock District Collegiate Institute and Ingersoll Collegiate Institute. The Metis Fiddler Quartet worked with aboriginal students and string students at Lambeth Public School and Saunders Secondary as part of TVDSB’s first Indigenous Arts Festival. Jon Brooks presented songwriting workshops with various TVDSB high schools. Ticket revenue from the evening community concerts was given to the schools as seed money for the schools to fund their own Artists in the Schools programs in subsequent years. The artists, students and teachers all raved about this unique experience – the intensity, the interactivity and the value of this arts enrichment program. Home County is most appreciative of the funding provided by the government of Ontario and TD Bank Group which enabled us to offer these programs at no charge to selected schools.
Hospitality & Greening of the Festival
Home County is excited to be establishing a new partnership with the London Cross Cultural Learners Centre. New immigrants will gain experience in volunteerism in their new community. The festival can provide a local reference on their resumes. Their participation in the dishwashing program also teaches them about environmental practices. The festival is benefiting from the outsourcing of these operations, in terms of not taxing the capacity of our existing volunteer base. Honorariums provided to LCCLC for their greening and hospitality efforts will assist them in special programming beyond settlement services. LCCLC volunteers will be encouraged to enjoy the festival before and after their shifts to be exposed to Canadian arts and culture. LCCLC is hosting their first Community Cup, a soccer tournament with food and entertainment on August 1st at the Jesse Davidson Soccer Fields in Westmount. Home County is assisting with stage production and provision of tents and sound equipment.
Home County also loans out our stainless steel dishes and cutlery to various non-profit organizations throughout the year to enable them to have waste free events. Recently we loaned our sound system to Car Free Festivals to share resources and support new festivals in London. Contact [firstname.lastname@example.org] if you have an event that would benefit from these shared resources.
Youthsongs with Katherine Wheatley
Sponsored by Home County Folk Festival
In 2008 Home County Artistic Director Catherine McInnes worked with renowned singer/songwriter Katherine Wheatley to present a week-long Youthsongs progam at Tecumseh Public School. Students worte the songs collaboratively with their classmates, designed theor own CD covers, rehearsed, recorded and performed the songs for their school community. Each student received their own copy of the school songs. Listen to these great songs below.
In 2009 and 2010 Catherine & Katherine led five day summer camps for 11 – 15 year olds, just prior to the festival. The campers performed their songs on the children’s stage at the festival and rehearsed and recorded the songs. Listen to these campers songs: