Le conseil d’administration
Le président, Derek Black, cumule vingt-cinq années d’expérience au sein de l’organisation du Winnipeg Folk Festival, dont huit ans en tant que président de son conseil d’administration. Empreint de la tradition du renouveau de la musique folk, Derek joue de la guitare et chante les vieilles chansons avec passion.
Siègent au conseil d’administration de Chemin Chez Nous Chris White, coordonnateur des bénévoles à CKCU FM et excellent auteur-compositeur, Troy Greencorn, directeur artistique du Stan Rogers Folk Festival à Canso en Nouvelle-Écosse, l’auteure-compositrice manitobaine Lindsay Jane, Robert Lyons de Regina (Saskatchewan), propriétaire de boîtes de nuit et de restaurants, parolier plus que respectable, guitariste et vieux routier de la production de concerts maison, Ghislaine Cormier, directrice générale de la Fédération culturelle de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard et Les Siemieniuk, directeur général du Calgary Folk Festival, communicateur de longue date et producteur de l’émission de radio Simply Folk de la CBC.
Administration généraleExecutive Producer and Home Routes co-founder, Mitch Podolak also created the Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals and Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre.
General Manager and Home Routes co-founder Ava Kobrinsky is a knowledgeable lover of folk music. Co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founding General Manager of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, Ava brings a wealth of experience in the arts to Home Routes.
Artistic Director and Home Routes co-founder Tim Osmond has quarterbacked the development of the entire volunteer host component of Home Routes. He has initiated and maintained ongoing relationships, encouraging and coaching presenters on house concert production as well as establishing well running protocols for administration. Tim takes on most of the graphic design duties as well as office tech support! In his spare time he hosts ‘Sunday Drive’, a bluegrass and old-time radio program Sundays at 4:00 pm on CJUM 101.5 FM. He also plays bluegrass banjo around Winnipeg solo, as a sideman for « Pepper Laing and the Lonestar Killers » and sits in with many other groups in town.
Nicole Bremault, Directrice Artistique de Chemin Chez Nous, has been a city girl for 30-some years, but in her mind, she often stands in the middle of her father’s farm yard and endless wheat fields. Singing is Nicole’s first language – her friends gave her her first guitar when she was 16. At age 20, she starred in her first Radio-Canada variety shows and, at age 25, won the Festival international de la chanson de Granby competition. In the past few years, after 12 years with her family band, Nicole took on new babies, Manitoba’s francophone music organization, Le 100 Nons, and now, Chemin Chez Nous and its intertwining of streets and dirt roads.
Program Coordinator Selena Bewsky is a skillful professional folk music worker whose contributions in the short time she has been here are remarkable. She gets it! She understands the human and theoretical goals and she quickly assimilated what we are up to. She jumped in with both feet and has single handedly lifted the productive capacity of the staff team. If there were three or more Selena’s on any team, the result would include small organizational jobs like the building the Trans Continental Railroad, the advent of flight and the Normandy Invasion. Music is Selena’s passion, as a self-professed « ham & egger » musician she can often be found with her guitar or mandolin and a daisy in her hair around the campfire.
Home Routes Classical Artistic Director Mel Braun is a versatile performer, equally at home in oratorio, recital, and opera, always open to new collaborations. He is well-known to Canadian audiences for his many performances and broadcasts of Early Music with Tafelmusik and Opera Atelier, and for his frequent appearances across Canada in the Masterworks of Bach and Handel. These appearances include performances with the Calgary Bach Festival, Edmonton’s Pro Coro, Symphony Nova Scotia, Winnipeg’s Canzona, Guelph Chamber Choir, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. New Music, another of Mel’s interests, has seen him premiere works with the Banff Centre, Winnipeg’s Groundswell, Manitoba Opera and Winnipeg New Music Festival.
As a teacher, Mel heads up the Vocal Program at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, a program renowned for its collaborative and wholistic approach to training singers. He has seen many of his students go on to significant careers as performers and teachers. Among Mel’s many initiatives at the Faculty are the Annual Opera Theatre School Tour, the Contemporary Opera Lab, the Professor Bach Project, and Tuesdays in Winnipeg, a venture that brings together high school age boys who love to sing. He has been awarded Merit and Outreach Awards for his efforts.
As a music director, Mel looks after the operatic ensembles at the U of M, as well as working with Winnipeg’s Camerata Nova, a choir devoted to exploring new approaches to choral music making. He is much in demand as an Adjudicator and choral clinician, and also enjoys teaching many of the young rock singers that make up Winnipeg’s burgeoning Indie Music scene. Mel has a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto and a Degree in Church Music from Canadian Mennonite Bible College.