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What’s a house concert all about?

How it works

The hosts hire a performer or performers for the event and invites friends, neighbours, relatives – anyone they wish – to attend a concert in their home. The host often provides accommodations and meals for the performer and usually supplies light refreshments such as tea and coffee for the audience. Guests are welcome to bring another beverage of choice if they prefer. Your potluck finger food to share at intermission is optional but always appreciated but, please, no peanuts. The host also collects the donations in advance from the audience and pays all proceeds directly to the performer.

The audience

You provide a donation to the performer, paid in advance and in an amount based on a recommendation that is either in line with or less than you would pay to see the same performer in a public place. If you wish, you may bring snacks or drinks that you might enjoy or wish to share. You get an uncommon opportunity to meet and hear performers that would not normally be available in a small community nor in such an intimate environment.

Your hosts

We (Don and Paulette) are Grey Highlands residents, folk music fans, very active volunteers in the arts. Paulette is past president of a famous folk festival and former artistic director of a decades old folk club. Together, we are pleased to bring you great performances in a livingroom near you. We have a smoke-free rural home that is currently pet-free. We will email driving directions from Markdale, Flesherton or Durham to all who reserve. We are at a dead end and there is plenty of parking on the road, in the school bus turnaround and in our driveway.