Deep Roots News Release – September 11th

2020 Deep Roots News


For Immediate Release – September 11th, 2020 

Contact: Dave Carmichael, Program Director, Deep Roots Music Festival



Valley Arts Award 2020: Fred & Nancy Chipman

Deep Roots announces 17th Valley Arts Award

WOLFVILLE, N.S. A Wolfville couple with a long-time commitment to supporting the arts are this year’s recipients of the 17th Valley Arts Award.

Fred and Nancy Chipman have contributed their time and energy to a number of arts organizations over the years, leading to this latest recognition from the Deep Roots Music Cooperative.

Former members of the Deep Roots membership committee and annual donors, the Chipmans were also involved with the Acadia Performing Arts committee.

Fred served as chair of the group during the 1990s and continued as a member, while Nancy assisted at Performing Arts events. Together they travelled to Contact East representing the committee.  Contact East was a wonderful opportunity to see towns and theatres in the Atlantic provinces, Nancy recalled, and to view a wide variety of “taster” performances at the showcase. They also attended talks on theatre events management.

Fred was on the Acadia Cinema Co-Op board for several terms, including as corporate secretary. Early on they both contributed to the renovations of the building.  “We worked on the upstairs rental apartment when others worked on the theatre itself. We also painted walls, and we are shareholders, of course. Fred participated in the sale of shares for about a decade.”

The Chipmans have been long-time supporters of music performances at Acadia University and attend virtually all recitals and performances. This includes the student recitals that are part of their academic programs, Nancy noted.

The Chipmans donated funds to both Acadia’s percussion program and the Wolfville School music program toward instruments.

Fred and Nancy are also artistic creators; they have turned their hands to gardening at the Festival Theatre and the Wolfville Post Office, among other public spaces.

This year’s presentation of the Valley Arts Award will be a virtual event. Usually the last full weekend of September, Deep Roots brings an awesome blend of up-and-coming, alongside tried-and-true, performers to our festival stages, and the award is presented at the Festival Finale. This year, because of COVID-19, festival organizers had to shift gears.


Program Director Dave Carmichael says, “We’ll be launching a Deep Roots retrospective online on Sept. 26 on our YouTube channel.” The Deep Roots COVID Concerts were presented on the internet bi-weekly from May 30 to September 19 (the Saturday before the Deep Roots Music Festival was to take place). On ‘festival weekend’ this year an online show will feature festival memories, and the presentation of the 17th annual Valley Arts Award. Audience members will also be invited to view any or all of the COVID Concerts series – nine hours of programming!

The Deep Roots Music Festival is a production of the Deep Roots Music Co-operative, a registered non-profit organization, incorporated in 2003 by a group dedicated to developing and promoting the music scene in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The mandate of the organization is to develop year-round musical programs culminating in an annual festival and to encourage meaningful connections between cultures, community groups, artists and audiences.

The Valley Arts Award recognizes someone who is, or has been, a Valley resident; has worked for the development and/or promotion of Valley artists, arts events, or culture; and has made a significant long-term contribution to the Arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

This summer the Town of Wolfville and Deep Roots have been able to present another summer concert series in Waterfront Park, with social distancing. The final one is slated for Sept. 20 and features Sarah Pound and John Ebata at 2 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Carmichael, Program Director

Deep Roots Music Festival

Deep Roots COVID Concert, September 19th, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts

Hope you have been enjoying our online concerts!  Another one coming up … our 9th online concert … and yes, it’s another one you don’t want to miss.   Ryan Roberts, as well as Mika Francis & Rachel Whitney with Cristian Quirivan will take the online stage.  As always, if you miss the live steaming, you can go to our Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube channel anytime, but we hope to see you at the live steaming September 19th.

Ryan Robert’s versatility and passion for excellence has allowed him to make a very successful living writing, performing, and producing music in Eastern Canada. His songs have been recorded in the styles of bluegrass, country, jazz, and R&B. He has composed instrumental scores for film, as well as jingles for commercial radio, and has been awarded “Songwriter of the Year” for four consecutive years (2005-2009) by the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards.

Roberts’ songs have been recorded by Rose Cousins, Kevin Davison, The Spinney Brothers, True Blue, Justin Carbone, the Jeanette Williams Band, and The Novelty Salesman, among other contemporaries.



Mika Francis is from Acadia First Nation, and Rachel Whitney is from Gesgapegiag First Nation. Though they grew up miles apart, they were eventually brought together in 2017 at NSCC over their shared love of learning and sharing their Mi’kmaw culture.

Together, they now drum with the Melgita’t Women, an all women hand-drum group that has performed on numerous stages, including Deep Roots Music Festival, and opening for JUNO award winners Jim Cuddy and William Prince. Through collaboration, teamwork and passion, they continue to work hard to bring awareness to Indigenous rights through drumming, as well as sharing stories and teachings.

They are joined for this performance by Cristian Quirivan.



The Sing-Along is Take Me Home, Country Roads with Ryan Roberts
Please sing or play along, record yourself on video, and send the video to (email any questions you may have) OR upload to our Dropbox

The cut-off date for submissions is Thursday, September 17th (5:00PM) and the multi-screen performance will be shown at the Deep Roots COVID Concert on September 19th,  3:00pm ADT

YouTube: Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube Channel

For the Here I Am segment we’re asking you to send short videos, or pictures, or simply just an email with your name, where you are, and a quick hello to or upload to our Here I Am Dropbox
We’ll continue to update the interactive Google Map
The first 8 concerts are available on our Deep Roots Music YouTube channel, as are various other playlist options.   Easy viewing and listening, anytime!

If you care to make a contribution to help us in our effort to present local musicians, you can donate to our COVID Concerts PayPal account.

Thank you – enjoy the show!

Deep Roots COVID Concert, September 5th, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts
Deep Roots COVID Concert #8 features Sarah Pound and Mark Bezanson, both well known and loved musicians in the valley (Nova Scotia) … and beyond!  If you missed the live steaming, go to Deep Roots Music Youtube channel for this concert … and so much more!

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

2020 COVID Concerts

Hope you have been enjoying the Deep Roots COVID Concerts … either when live streaming or by accessing our Youtube Music Channel! 

Deep Roots COVID Concerts have been made possible through  Government of Canada funding, via the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program, and we wanted to take a moment to especially thank them for this ongoing support of arts and culture in our community.


Deep Roots COVID Concert August 22nd, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts

Deep Roots COVID Concert #7 is another offering of amazing talent for your listening pleasure … Sahara Jane and Ken Shorley; Kamila Nasr & Rodrigo Simões.  Catch it here if you miss the live streaming: Deep Roots Music Youtube Channel

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Deep Roots COVID Concert, August 8th, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts

Deep Roots COVID Concert # 6 coming up … live steaming Saturday afternoon, and showcasing Alex Kehler & Andrew Wells-Oberegger, and The Bombadils.  Afterwards, the full concert will be on our Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube channel, along with all the previous concerts, the sing alongs and other playlists if you are unable to take in the live show.  Listen anytime. [continue reading…]

Deep Roots COVID Concert, July 25, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts

Another great Deep Roots COVID Concert coming up … featuring Maxwellton and  The Gilberts.  If you miss the live stream on July 25, this concert will be found alongside the previous concerts, and lots of other great musical choices, on our Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube page.  Let’s keep supporting our musicians!!  If you want to help us in our efforts to do that, contribute via our Paypal account. [continue reading…]

Deep Roots COVID Concert, July 11, 3pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts

Mark July 11th on your calendars and plan to get your Atlantic province’s bubble together for this next Deep Roots COVID Concert!  Sarah McInnis and The Basin Brothers will live stream via  Deep Roots Facebook page and Deep Roots Music Video You Tube channel.    Check out our channel for lots of musical options, including all previous concerts. [continue reading…]

Deep Roots COVID Concert, June 27, 3pm ADT, online

2020 COVID Concerts

Another Deep Roots COVID Concert coming up!  As a reminder, these online concerts are happening Saturdays, every two weeks,  and this one will feature two duos –  John Ebata and Tracey Clements and then, Fisher Akao and Mark Riley.   “Black Lives Matter” will be a focus in this week’s concert.

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Deep Roots goes under cover with National Arts Centre … June 18, 7pm ADT

2020 COVID Concerts, 2020 Deep Roots News

Terra Spencer is bringing her Blanket Fort to the stages of Deep Roots!  Tune in this Thursday, June 18th, 7pm.

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