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About Wits End - Frequently Asked Questions

We are a house concert venue passionate about providing a place and voice for original live music and those that appreciate it.  

Why attend a Wits End House Concert?

We provide an intimate, attentive, music focused experience without the all-too-often background annoyances one finds at bars and festivals. 

 

What type of music do you present?

We host local and travelling musicians.  While not genre specific, our shows tend to be Roots, Americana, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, etc. 

 

How many shows a year do you present?

Our intent is to host about six to ten shows per year.

 

Where do you present your shows?

We host shows at our home, located at 310 Bartlet Avenue in the South Osborne area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene, and on the homeland of the Métis.

 

We present in our living room for most of the year and our backyard (weather permitting) during the summer.   

Where do I park my car or bicycle?

Parking is on the street.  If you wish to ride your bicycle, we're happy to park them in our garage.  

How does one reserve seat(s) for a show?

Reserve your spots by contacting us directly.  Our preferred method is by email at ian.mattey@gmail.com but text or DM is OK too.

How do I pay for a show?

Payment for shows is by etransfer.  Payment by other means only on prior arrangement.  All proceeds go to the musicians.  

What about beverages and food?

You're welcome to bring your own beverages and snacks.  Please bring your own cups, glasses, containers, etc. as you need.

Do I need to bring my own chair?

We provide seating, so no need to lug a chair with you.

In the case of a backyard show, what happens if it rains?

There isn't one answer to this question; it's situational.  Depending on how many seats have been sold, we may move the show into our living room.  We may move the show to a new date (refunds issued if you can't make te new date).  We may outright cancel the show and issue refunds.  If we decided to proceed with the show and it starts to rain, we may suspend the show and invite folks to wait out the rain in our home, garage, or gazebo.  

Who gets the money?

We host shows for the benefit of the Artists.  That said, the support costs for these shows have increased significantly in the past couple of years, so we have been forced to make the decision to collect just $1 from every ticket sold to help out.  Every other dollar goes to the Artists.  

Is your home wheelchair accessible?

Our backyard is but our living room isn't as there are five steps front or back. 

 

Are children welcome?

Most of our shows are kid friendly, but not all, so please check the listing or ask us. 

Note: In the age-old tradition of troubadours and folk music, performers we host sometimes express strong socio-political opinions, which we may or may not agree with, but we respect their right to express them as part of their performance, as long as they are respectful.

 

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