Many of our audience members drive more than 90 minutes in each direction to participate in a SHCN event. One February night in 2015, it was -40 C/F and people still came, driving out into the countryside to attend a concert hosted in a log cabin. We have sparked powerful emotional connections to the SHCN experience.
Three years ago (Oct 2014), we decided to invite emerging voices of music to perform in our livingroom - here in the village of Stanstead, Quebec - right smackdab on the border with Vermont. More than 75 concerts later, our network of livingrooms/micro-venues stretches from Quebec to Vermont to Massachusetts to New Jersey to New York to West Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee to Louisiana to California - and to Vietnam.
Shows start at 7:30 pm and consist of two sets. A typical concert winds up (for the audience) at 9:30 pm. We picked a starting time which suits the needs of our audience – many of whom travel more than 90 minutes each way to attend these concerts. We want to ensure they can get home safely at a decent hour.
We understand the value of artists and we wanted to create a network of 'safe' zones for emerging voices where they could perform, reinvent their sound, reconnect with their musical roots - and their audience.
We are proud to be the very first AFM Local 1000 Fair Trade Music participating venue in all of Canada - and among the first 50 in the United States.
We have an educational outreach program - we offer schools without music programs the opportunity to host 'our' artists for an hour-long Songs/Q&A Session on the day of - or morning after a concert at one of our home venues.
Contact Hal Newman via T: 819-238-1470 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHCN is online at www.stansteadhouseconcerts.net