The audience takes in a performance during last year’s Home Routes concert series. This year the Home Routes is back, with the first concert taking place Oct. 16 at the Dutch Lake Community Centre. Photo submitted

Home Routes returns to Clearwater

First show takes place Oct. 16 performed by the Old Paint Duo

The Home Routes concert season is making its return to Clearwater, which will see six acts perform at the Dutch Lake Community Centre (DLCC), giving attendees the opportunity to experience some live entertainment in a cosy and intimate setting.

The musical styles of the acts range from old-time classic country, bluegrass, folk and roots with the first show taking place on Oct. 16 performed by the Old Paint Duo.

“They’re all good entertainers, they chat with the audience, so it’s pretty much never going to be a disappointment, no matter what style of music it is,” said Linda Mackenzie, secretary for Wells Gray Lively Arts (WGLA), the group putting on the concerts.

“They’re super accomplished musicians and a lot of them are international. They have to audition for Home Routes so there are just no slouches.”

Cost for the concerts is $20 per show, or $90 for a season pass, and can be picked up at the DLCC reception and can also be picked up at the door. Passes, however, are only available until the first concert on Oct. 16.

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The second concert of the tour takes place on Nov. 10 and features Abby-Jade, who describe themselves as trad-inspired chamber folk, and come from Brandon, Man.

The third concert is scheduled for Jan. 28 with Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan out of Richmond, California providing the entertainment, in the stylings of Eclectic folk, blues, country and pop.

Folk and roots songwriter Brent Mason from Saint John, New Brunswick will take the stage on Feb. 26 followed by Winnipeg, Manitoba’s folk trio Casati on March 26.

The season will cap off with a performance by Two Piano Tornado from Yukon and Manitoba, who describe themselves as an unpredictable vortex.

“People should support efforts of live music because if you don’t support it, you lose it and it’s important to support the performers, this is how they make a living, and you get gifted people coming to our community and performing when ordinarily you’d have to travel at least to Kamloops,” said Bob Mackenzie, chair of WGLA.

“It expands people’s perspectives to attend this kind of thing, whether it’s music or dance or drama, anything done live. There’s a real sense of involvement and it’s like that with this. Besides they’re very engaging performers, they want to relate, so you get a really good feeling from them.”

All shows begin at 7 p.m. and for more information, visit

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