2017 Deep Roots News

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.

www.kenshorley.com

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DEEP ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

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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Port Cities Debut Album Release Concert-March 2nd, 2017

Deep Roots Music Cooperative is thrilled to be bringing Port Cities back to the valley as part of their album release tour.  If you didn’t get a chance to catch their amazing performances during this past year’s Festival, you have another chance.  

March 2, 2017, 7:30pm, at the  Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville

Tickets are available now online through Ticketpro® (as well as at any Ticketpro® outlet). 

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