Homestand ‘23 will return for its third year to Ross Wells Park in early September.
The announcement came from River Street Promotions on Friday that country music artist Corb Lund will headline the Sept. 9 show.
He will be joined by a star-studded line-up of artists such as roots and soul and songwriter Lindi Ortega, folk rocker Mike Plume and country artist Jordyn Pollard.
James Murdoch, the chairperson for Homestand ‘23 says that the work started for this year’s lineup and event following their 2022 show.
“We start talking in a wrap-up meeting a few weeks after of potential artists and started mentioning names,” says Murdoch. “We got a feel for things and then we start reaching out to booking agencies and management to see who might be available. We then narrow down the list and come up with the final decision.”
With River Street Promotions being a not-for-profit organization, the money they raise each year goes back into the community to help southern Saskatchewan’s youth.
Proceeds will go toward mental health and wellness initiatives within the Prairie South and Holy Trinity Catholic School Divisions.
“We all saw through our own children how difficult it was for them over the two years of COVID with the restrictions. We were noticing how it was affecting the youth because those are key years for them for the socializing aspect. We thought it was important to help any way we could.”
Homestand ‘23 will also help with the beautification of Ross Wells Park with the proceeds of the event. In both of their previous two years, River Street Promotions has donated $15,000 to the ballpark.
“It will go towards the upkeep of the ballpark because it’s a grand and majestic facility. Sometimes you hear comments that it’s the best ballpark in western Canada to watch a game in. As important as mental health awareness is for children in our school systems. It’s equally important to give them the opportunity to allow them to step away from their studies and take part in the athletic side of things.”
Since year one back in 2021, the event has grown into what it is today, but it wouldn’t be possible without the community support they have gotten.
“Homestand ‘21 was a little bit of a challenge because things had to come together in an eight-week period. We had close to 1,100 people at the first event. In turn, we were able to donate $65,000. Homestand ‘22 we saw attendance grow to just over 1,300 with the final result being $100,000 that was gifted.”
The event wouldn’t have been able to happen without the support of Moose Jaw and the corporate sponsors that have stepped up for Homestand over the last two years.
Another exciting announcement for Homestand ‘23 is they will be offering a viewing party of the Banjo Bowl between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sept. 9. The festivities get going at 2:00 p.m. CST and then following the game, Homestand ‘23 will kick off with the first act.
Tickets for the event go on sale March 24 at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre Box Office or online at Sasktix.ca.
For more information about Homestand ‘23, or to find out how you can volunteer for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.