Kingston, ON - Homegrown Live Music Festival will celebrate its 13th year as a major fundraiser for Joe’s M.I.L.L. on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The one-day festival will showcase 23 artists at four venues across Kingston and Wolfe Island, while providing much-needed support to the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.). Tickets are $10 for each venue.
Since 2008, Homegrown Live has raised over $100,000 for Joe’s M.I.L.L. While this year’s festival is a return to in-person performances, the festival format will be altered from the traditional Homegrown Live format. To reduce the opportunity for exposure to Covid-19 for musicians, volunteers, and venue staff, the venues (BLUMartini, Hotel Wolfe Island, The Mansion, Overtime) are strategically spread across the city, there are no all-access passes, and the operating hours and number of bands has been drastically reduced.
“We’re really excited to be back to in-person events,” says festival coordinator Chris Morris. “This festival won’t look quite as it did pre-Covid, but we’re just really glad to have an opportunity to present these amazing bands and to also expand to some venues that normally aren’t part of Homegrown Live. We know that venues, musicians, and charities like Joe’s M.I.L.L. have been hurting in the last two years, and we hope that even in our reduced format, we can still make a difference to the Kingston music scene.”
“Joe’s M.I.L.L. continues to operate and provide musical instruments to people of all ages in the community through the generosity of our donors and through sponsored events like Homegrown,” says Joe’s M.I.L.L president Denix Leroux. “We’re thrilled that Homegrown is back live, and appreciate the impact of the Homegrown Live team, its volunteers, and musicians in helping the M.I.L.L. reach its fundraising goals.”
Homegrown Live is made possible thanks to the generous support of Kingston Live, Visit Kingston, Kingston SoundWorks, and Kingstonist. Full festival details are available at www.homegrownlive.ca
The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.) is a registered charity in Kingston, Ontario founded by musician, Wally High, in memory of his friend and band member, the late Joe Chithalen. Joe’s M.I.L.L. operates in tribute to Joe’s love of music such that everyone who wants to can enjoy playing music as he did. Pre-COVID, approximately 7000 loans were issued per year from an inventory of over 1000 instruments. More than 200 of those are signed out to students enrolled in school music programs, camps, and community groups in the Kingston area.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our lending and teaching program fosters music appreciation, knowledge, community enrichment and provides opportunities for youth and adults to meet their full potential. www.joesmill.org
Homegrown Live Music Productions is a registered not-for-profit responsible for organising the annual Homegrown Live Music Festival, a music festival celebrating live music in Kingston.