The LYNNeS, May 18, 8pm, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville

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Photo: Brittany Gawley

The LYNNeS are Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson. The two Canadian heartbreak poets are multi-instrumentalists (piano, acoustic, electric guitar, mandolin), fusing tight vocal harmonies with hauntingly gritty lyrics.  Individually they have toured North America and Europe, and on May 18th, they come together for what promises to be a great show at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

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Port Cities, April 28th, 7:30pm, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville

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Deep Roots Music Cooperative is thrilled to give their many fans here in the valley a chance to, once again, experience Port Cities live. 


If you have seen them …  you know this is a show you’ll want to catch and if you haven’t as yet had the opportunity … don’t miss this one!   

Tickets – $30 (plus HST and fees)

Online through Ticketpro or at any of their outlets;  in the valley, those are:

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Erin Costelo – SECOND SHOW ADDED – Thursday, February 8th

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This was inevitable!! Friday night’s Erin Costelo Sings Carole King’s Tapestry Concert sold out but we’ve been able to add a second one so don’t delay on this one.  

Al Whittle Theatre, Thursday, February 8th, 7:30pm

See previous post for February 9th concert for all the details on the show or check our Facebook post.

Buy tickets online through  Ticketpro,   or through any Ticketpro outlet (and in the valley, those are Cochrane’s Phramasave, Wolfville; Wilson’s Pharmasave, Kentville and Berwick locations;  Windsor Home Hardware).


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Erin Costelo Sings Carole King’s Tapestry, February 9th, Al Whittle Theatre

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Erin Costelo performs in its entirety, one of the most loved albums of all-time:  Carole King’s “Tapestry.” For those of you old enough to remember, Tapestry was Album of the Year back in 1972, and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide.  Erin will cover these songs, as well as draw from her own repertoire of impressive, award winning, songs.  With a voice unlike any other in Canada, Erin has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story.   

Erin has released four albums.   Her latest (self-produced): “Down Below, the Status Quo,” recently won Solo Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards and is nominated for FOUR ECMAs.  A magical, moonlight-soaked reverie, filled with drama and intensity … in one moment a defiant cry and in the next a desperate whisper, this most recent offering has been described as “embodying the spirit of Nina Simone” and “conjuring the ghost of Donny Hathaway”.

Erin has shared bills with Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Bettye LaVette, as well as appearing on Joel Plaskett’s latest release, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, and joining him for his performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Tickets, $22.00 plus applicable taxes and fees, are available on line through Ticketpro and at the following outlets:  Cochrane’s Phramasave, Wolfville; Wilson’s Pharmasave, Kentville and Berwick locations;  Windsor Home Hardware. 

Doors on February 9th open at 7:00 PM.  Beat those winter blahs and get yourself down to the Al Whittle Theatre for a uplifting night of music! 

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Deep Roots Music Cooperative Annual General Meeting-January 21st

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The Deep Roots Music Cooperative experienced a very successful 2017 and we look forward to much more of the same in 2018.  Please join us for our AGM, Sunday January 21, 2pm to 4pm, at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and join the discussion around what has been and what will be!  

The 2018 Festival will take place September 27th – 30th, so mark those dates on your calendar. For more information as plans develop over the year, visit our website, follow us on Facebook,  Instagram or Twitter

Who Should Attend the AGM?

All members* , as well as  members of the general public, are invited and encouraged to attend.  Voting members** will participate in any required voting

* Deep Roots Member – anyone affiliated with the Deep Roots organization, anyone who has attended a DR event or connected with DR through social media.

** Registered Deep Roots Voting Member – anyone who in the past year has contributed (donation or sponsorship) to DR at a $250 or higher level, anyone who has volunteered with DR a minimum of fifteen hours, has purchased a weekend pass or anyone who has purchased a voting membership for $10.


  • Approval of the agenda
  • Approval of the Minutes from the 2017 AGM
  • President’s Report
  • Financial Report
  • Festival Report
  • Nomination Report and Election of the Board of Directors
  • Other business
  • Motion to Adjourn

Want to Become a Member?

For information on membership please visit our web site

If you have any questions about the AGM, or if you are a member and would like to volunteer to join the board of directors please contact Peter Mowat at 

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DANCE PARTY – December 1st, 9PM, Wolfville Farmers’ Market

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A dance party for everyone.

Although we don’t really need a reason to party, Deep Roots want to acknowledge the volunteers who keep this organization going, and we want celebrate with Dave Carmichael, our Program Director,  as he turns 50.  He’s coming here from Montreal, where he lives, so we can do that celebration properly!

Spread the word and let’s fill that dance floor.

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Deep Roots Music Festival 2017 … what a weekend that was!

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Great music.  And stories.  And musical discoveries.

Great weather.

Friendly, engaged participants at shows, in the streets, at the workshops.  Smiling faces everywhere.

Dancing, and camaraderie. 

More great music.

Were you there?

Someone usually says … this one was the best one yet!  Was it?  Do you have any comments/suggestions that didn’t get written down on a festival survey, the paper version?  Some people requested that we post the survey online so they could fill it out that way.  We are happy to accommodate since we are always eager to hear about people’s first hand experiences … any and all critical feedback is gladly received. 

If you didn’t get a chance to complete the survey during the weekend or you are one of those preferring this online method,  download the survey and email completed form to … the sooner, the better.

Let the planning for 2018 begin …

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Valley Arts Award 2017 – Ken Shorley

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The Valley Arts Award is presented to someone who has made a significant, long-term contribution to the Arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. This year’s winner is Ken Shorley – a diverse percussionist who specializes in the hand drumming traditions of the Middle East and India. Though he’s been based in Wolfville for over 20 years, his musical passions have taken him around the globe. Ken is also an avid player and teacher of Indonesian gamelan music. His ensemble, Mindful Flower Gamelan, is the first of its kind in the Maritimes and performs traditional and contemporary music for gamelan degung. The group’s first recording, featuring new gamelan music by Canadian and Indonesian composers, is currently in post-production.

In recent years, Ken has been a featured performer at the Halifax Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Prismatic Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Sunfest, Mosaiq Festival, here at the Deep Roots Music Festival, and on national broadcasts for CBC Radio 2. Ken is also the co-director of World in Wolfville, a community organization that has, for more than 10 years, focused on presenting world music concerts, workshops, and happenings in the greater Wolfville area. (Watch for a return of their popular “Drum Night” happening this November!).

 Some of Ken’s current projects include teaching Gamelan and World Music courses at Acadia University; leading the 10-piece Turko-Balkan dance party band, ORO! Orkestra; composing and touring with his hand-drumming group, Ken Shorley Trio; collaborating with cellist India Yeshe Gailey in the chamber music duo, Bonsai; and sharing the stage with the amazing Nasr sisters (Ariana, Sahara, and Kamila) in the world music ensemble, ASHK.

 Ken will receive the 2017 Valley Arts Award at our Festival Finale on Sunday.

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2017 Deep Roots Music Festival News

Deep Roots Music Festival 2017 is fast approaching.  Have you got your tickets?  

To start the whole wonderful weekend off, and with thanks to the support of Atlantic Presenters Association, RADARTS, and Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Program, Lennie Gallant brings his show Searching For Abegweit from a  three year runaway  theatrical hit in PEI to our Deep Roots’ stage.  We’re thrilled and so looking forward to this year’s festival kick off.  

And then there is the rest of the weekend!  Check the schedule.  It’s going to be a good one …

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2017 Deep Roots Music Festival Schedule now available

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This year’s Deep Roots Music Festival  two page, downloadable schedule is now available.  

If you have been waiting to buy tickets until you had more specific details, the time has arrived!  Check it out.  Download it.  Make copies.  Pass along the good news.  Pass it along to friends. Put it up on your fridge.  Anticipate and look forward to another great festival.  

Don’t wait to buy tickets and risk a sold out show. Tickets on line through Ticketpro.   You can also drop by any of their outlets … in the valley, those would be Wilson’s Pharmasave, Berwick and Kentville; Cochrane’s Pharmasave, Wolfville; Home Hardware, Windsor.

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