Saskatoon HOME magazine Summer 2020

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Live from your Backyard

How to host a successful house concert Julie barnes Photo Credit: Ryan Holowaty

A few years ago, my husband and I became jaded by the consumerism that coincides with Christmas. We decided that, as much as possible, we wanted to buy experiences as gifts instead of tangible items. One year, we bought my in-laws a cooking class with us at the Local Kitchen, and the next year we wanted to up our game.

We thought about their interests, and music came to mind. They’re big fans of Regina-based musician Jeffery Straker, so we reached out to him to discuss the logistics of hosting a house concert with him at the helm. Last summer, it all came together in our backyard— an unforgettable evening of

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great music, good food and the company of close friends and family. Jeffery’s musical talents and his exceptional stage presence kept us all entertained, but his experience with house concerts also helped make us better hosts. Having performed over 100 house concerts—he’s livened up

living rooms in Mexico, Ireland and the Netherlands, and every Canadian province—he knows a thing or two about what it takes to host a successful show from the comfort of your casa. Be Your Own Impresario If there’s a solo artist or a duo you’ve seen perform at a smaller venue or festival,