Over 130 Kingston musical acts to take the stage for HomeGrown Live 2024

Kingstonist file photo from a previous HomeGrown Live performance.

Next month, over 130 Kingston-based musical acts will show off their stuff on 16 stages across downtown Kingston as part of the 16th annual HomeGrown Live Music Festival.

The one-day, all-local festival raises much-needed funds for The Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library (Joe’s M.I.L.L.), and will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

According to festival organizers, festival wristbands are $10, and available for purchase at each of the participating venues on the festival date. Wristbands grant patrons access to all participating venues throughout the festival. 

“We are thrilled to once again bring together our community and celebrate Kingston’s incredible local talent while fundraising for a community staple,” said festival coordinator Chris Morris.

“This year’s festival promises to be our most exciting yet, with a record number of music venues and performers.”

The HomeGrown Live Music festival is planned, organized, and executed by hundreds of volunteers who donate their time and talent to curating the performance lineups, collecting admissions at the door, and managing the festival logistics, according to the organization. Even the musical acts themselves—all of whom are based in and around the Kingston area—donate their performances to support HomeGrown Live’s fundraising cause.

“Joe’s M.I.L.L. is thrilled to have Homegrown Live back for its 2024 edition,” said Joe’s M.I.L.L president Denis Leroux.

“This event is the main fundraising event for the M.I.L.L., and allows us to continue to provide the Kingston community with the opportunity to borrow and play instruments, and to promote music education via our partnership with Sistema Kingston and area school boards. Once again, I’d like to thank the Homegrown Live team, its volunteers, and musicians for making this happen, and I hope to see you all at the shows.”

Downtown Kingston music venues that are participating in the 2024 HomeGrown Live Music Festival include:

  • Blu Martini
  • Broom Factory
  • Monte’s (inside Tir Nan Og)
  • Musiikki Café
  • R.C.H.A. Club
  • Renaissance Supper Club
  • Royal Tavern 2.0
  • The Buckle
  • The Caesar Company
  • The Embassy
  • The Mansion 
  • The Spire
  • The Toucan

The full festival schedule and venue lineups are available online at www.homegrownlive.ca (lineups are subject to change). According to the release, performers were selected based on an application process.

According to event organizers, the 2024 HomeGrown Live Music Festival is made possible thanks to the support of Downtown Kingston! BIA, Kingston Sound Works, Kingston Live, Kingstonist, Long & McQuade Kingston, Machines for Living In – Mark Sinnett from Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Peter Finnegan BMO Nesbitt Burns, Fractal Workspace, and Waypoint.

The full lineup for Homegrown Live 2024. Submitted graphic.

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