2017 Deep Roots News

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

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

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 http://deeprootsmusic.ca/get-involved/membership/

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

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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Valley Arts Award 2017 – Ken Shorley

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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14th Annual Deep Roots Music Festival

September 21-24, 2017  –  Wolfville, NS

For Immediate Release – June 21, 2017

The Deep Roots Music Festival is happy to announce its line-up for 2017. The annual festival takes place September 21st to 24th in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and surrounding area. Through partnerships with the Atlantic Presenters Association and RADARTS, and Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Program, the festival will bring in exciting and diverse acts such as Juno winners Alex Cuba, and The Swinging Belles, and to kick off the festival on Thursday, September 21st, Lennie Gallant with his multimedia spectacle, Searching for Abegweit. This incredibly popular show is a fitting introduction to a celebration of our roots, as our region shares the culture, language and traditions of the Mi’kmaq and Acadian people who lived here long before the Canadian confederation. [click to continue…]

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HILLSBURN Concert, June 17th, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville

If you were one of the audience members who put  this dynamic group on your list of “must see again” after their  amazing performance at last year’s Festival or if you missed that opportunity, your chance is coming up real soon. Tickets are available through Box of Delights Bookstore (call them or drop by the store). Tickets will also be available at the door. [click to continue…]

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