River Street Promotions’ Homestand 23 is just around the corner on Sept. 9 at Ross Wells Park and Saskatchewan country recording artist Jordyn Pollard can’t wait to take part.
This isn’t the first time that Pollard has performed in Moose Jaw, but this will be the first time she will have her full band.
“You can expect lots of dancing. Everyone’s expected to come and dance in front of the stage. It’s going to be lots of fun, super upbeat and I’m very excited,” she said.
Pollard will be performing alongside Lindi Ortega, Mike Plume Band and headliner Corb Lund.
Raising funds for mental health initiatives for local youth, Pollard said she was happy to take part in an event for such a great cause.
“I’m a psychology student. I’m still in college, so that's something that I’m very, very passionate about. I think it’s an important topic that we bring to light. I mean, the youth are the most susceptible. It’s really great that we are putting this event on,” she said.
Since the first Homestand concert in 2021, organizers say that local schools have been taking advantage of the funds raised.
River Street Promotions’ James Murdock said schools have implemented initiatives such as wellness days, peace gardens and study areas where cell phones and social media are not allowed.
“After last year, there were 19 schools that made applications to the River Street Trust Fund and that received funds, which was a large amount. There was lot of rural representation and that was important for us to see that the kids in the rural communities have access to these dollars as well,” Murdock said.
Planning for Homestand 23 started well over a year ago. Jared Mathieson from River Street Promotions said they booked Pollard quite early in the process. They then reached out to the Mike Plume Band last October and Plume got them in touch with Lund.
River Street Promotions wanted one more female act, so producer/director Joel Stewart contacted Ortega and she accepted because the bill was all her friends.
“It's weird how this one came together and it's neat that they all have this connection,” Mathieson said.
Tickets are still available for Homestand 23. The cost is $65 for the entire day and free for children 12 and under with an adult ticket. Tickets can be purchased at sasktix.ca or riverstreetpromotions.com.
Doors open on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. with the Banjo Bowl being shown on the big screens at 2 p.m. Pollard will then hit the stage around 5:30 p.m.
You can hear Pollard performing an excerpt from her new song “Single at a Wedding” in the Country 100 studio below.
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