Home Routes HQ


Derek Black, President (Winnipeg MB)

Past President Winnipeg Folk Festival, Board Member of MayWorks. Retired.

Marshall Dana, Vice-president, Treasurer (Winnipeg MB)

Marshall is an experienced volunteer of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and former West End Cultural Centre staff member. 

Troy Greencorn (Canso, NS)

Artistic Director, Stan Rogers Folk Festival and Operations Manager.

Robert Lyons (Regina SK)

Experienced house concert producer, restaurant owner and guitar player.

Les Siemieniuk (Calgary AB)

Calgary Folk Festival General Manager and long time CBC broadcaster.

Chris White (Ottawa ON)

Songwriter and former Ottawa Folk Festival Artistic Director.

Ghislaine Cormier (Charlottetown PEI)

Directrice générale, Fédération culturelle de l’IPÉ

Logan Jax Oxenham (Winnipeg MB)

Musician and Songwriter

Grant Simpson (Whitehorse, YT)

Musician and Past President, Music Yukon



Executive Producer, Mitch Podolak is the founder of the Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals and Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre. Home Routes originated as a concept in his brain and he pursued the involvement of everybody else. Podolak seriously plays old-time Appalachian style banjo. He also sings enthusiastically but without skill and is often heard destroying songs in half a dozen different languages. His ambitions are to age without grace, and then evolve into a curmudgeon.

Whether “generally managing” or tickling our funny bones, Ava Kobrinsky is an experienced non-profit arts manager whose wealth of knowledge makes her the backbone of Home Routes. Ava’s amazing credentials include: Winnipeg Folk Festival Founding Board Member(1974-1986); River Avenue Day Care Centre President (1977-79); Provincial Coordinator, Federal/Provincial Agreement that founded Manitoba Film and Music (1985-1987); West End Cultural Centre founding General Manager (1987-1995); Program Manager, B.C. Festival of the Arts (1996-97); General Manager, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (1997-2001) and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2002-2004).

Tim Osmond is one of the new young leaders of the international Folk Music community. Artistic Director of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, he has, in ten short years, gone from being a trainee in a music agency to being AD of one of the folk music’s most innovative and respected organizations. Tim quarterbacked the development of the entire presenter component of HR/CCN, a non-profit organization aimed at the organization of house concert circuits across Canada. This year alone, as AD that means planning and delivering about seven hundred concerts. Tim is an extraordinary bluegrass musician and is a skilled and wonderful player on the five string banjo. He has played over the last few years as a member of the Doug and Jess Band, Kitcheneers and now leads The Osmond-Davis Band. Tim is a member of the board of the Manitoba Old Time Bluegrass Society. As an arts manager he possesses extraordinary human skills so it’s fun to work with him. He has been actively teaching bluegrass banjo since 2004. From 2005-2015 he hosted Sunday Drive, an old time/bluegrass radio program on 101.5 CJUM University of Manitoba.