2018 Deep Roots News

Deep Roots 15th Anniversary Festival weekend coming together

Plans are well underway for an amazing 15th anniversary Deep Roots Music Festival weekend this September.  Artist bios are coming together and will be up on the website in the next while, but, in the meantime, check this out … our line up so far:   

  • Jim Cuddy Trio (Thursday opening night headliner)
  • The Bombadils
  • Charlotte Cornfield
  • Dennis Ellsworth 
  • Djuddjug Ensemble
  • The Gilberts
  • Leahy
  • Marilyn Manzer
  • Maritime Marionettes, Red Riding Hood
  • Michelle Willis 
  • Mike Kerr
  • Ryan Cook
  • The Sadies
  • Sarah Jane Scouten
  • Scotty Marsters hosts open mic
  • Shannon Lynch
  • Space Paddy Bog People
  • Terra Spencer
  • Tomato/Tomato
  • Valdy
  • Wee Giant Theatre
  • Winona Wilde
  • Zak Miller

Artists in the Schools:

  • Jamie Junger, Fishin’ For Pickles 
  • David Newland, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song 

Its not too late to get your early bird passes!  On line through  TicketPro.  

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Deep Roots Blossom Boogie, May 26th, 2018

We had so much fun last year, we are going to do it again! In partnership with the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival and the Town of Wolfville, we are excited to host another ripping good time featuring Festival favourites, Ida Red, and Halifax’s The ConquerAlls. Tickets are $20.00 and available at the door. 

Ida Red plays a rowdy fun mix of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, mixed in with original songs created by the brilliant and powerful team of Heather Kelday and Kim Barlow. You will dance!!!

The The ConquerAlls, are Halifax’s danciest ska band! A 6-piece band playing the best of 1st and 2nd-wave ska, with a bit of reggae, rockabilly, and Northern soul thrown in for good measure. 

This is a 19+ event, with a cash bar featuring lots of local favourites

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ASSISTANT FESTIVAL COORDINATOR – 2018 – call for applications

We are excited to announce that Deep Roots Music Festival has once again been awarded funding  in support of an Assistant Festival Coordinator leading up to our 2018 Festival.  Are you a student returning to full time studies in the fall and interested in joining our dynamic team?

The position is only open to students returning to full-time studies in the fall. The work starts May 22nd, and runs for 14 weeks thereafter:  working Tuesdays through Saturdays and including some evening work because of meetings scheduled then.  The wage is $11 per hour.   The Deep Roots office is downstairs in The Box of Delights bookshop so, regrettably, not a workplace accessible to candidates with mobility impairments.

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

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, Festival Theatre, Wolfville

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 – $37 (includes 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

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

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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