Kingston, ON - Homegrown Live Music Festival is celebrating its 12th year as a major fundraiser for Joe’s M.I.L.L. on Saturday, July 10, 2021. This year, it will be held as a virtual festival streaming live to Facebook and YouTube from Roswell Rehearsals and The General Wolfe Inn.
This year’s event will showcase six local acts, each of whom are volunteering their time to help raise money for the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.).
The live stream event is free, however, all tips and donations made will go to Joe’s M.I.L.L.
A perennially popular festival, Homegrown Live has raised over $100,000 for Joe's M.I.L.L. since 2008.
“We’ve been working for a while on finding the right way to continue the Homegrown tradition,” says Festival Coordinator Chris Morris. “It will be a while yet until we can do this event the way we’ve always done it. We wanted great production, and we found that Roswell Rehearsals, Kingston Sound Works, and The General Wolfe Inn all have amazing setups that will deliver a very professional live stream. It’ll be a bonus not only for music fans, but also for the artists.”
Terry Snider, President, Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library added that “the pandemic has been tough on the music scene, and but also on charities. We’ve seen a high amount of interest in people borrowing instruments, but we still need to be able to maintain those instruments and keep our library running. We really missed Homegrown Live last year, again we’re excited to see it again in this new format.”
Homegrown Live's Schedule Schedule (subject to change)
Homegrown Live is made possible thanks to the generous support of Kingston Sound Works, HC Concepts, CFRC 101.9 FM, Amherst Island Radio, Kingstonist, Team Ambrose from Royal Lepage ProAlliance Realty, and Skeleton Park Brewery.
More 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. Approximately 6000 loans were issued in the past year alone 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.