2019 Valley Arts Award – François Côté

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Francois Cote VAA 2019

For Immediate Release – August 18th, 2019  

Deep Roots announces 16th Valley Arts Award

WOLFVILLE, NS – First presented in 2004 to Jack Sheriff, founder of Theatre Arts Festival International and the Kipawo Showboat Company, the Valley Arts Award honours individuals who have made a significant long-term contribution to the arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. The presentation of the annual award is a highlight of the Festival Finale at the Deep Roots Music Festival in September.

This year’s honouree is François Côté. A Quebec City native, François calls himself a dilettante, but there are many would deem him more of an impresario. He first came to Wolfville in 1979 when he participated in the Katimavik program as an 18-year-old. He returned to attend Acadia University from 1983-86, where he gained a name for himself as the producer of the Crossroads Coffeehouses in the Michener Lounge – and directed a production of ‘Godspell’ for the Musicadians. Then after five years selling art in Quebec, he moved back to Wolfville to stay. He taught French immersion and later worked for VIA Rail, all the while fostering the Valley musical community in many ways. 

A self-taught musician, François found music becoming an ever more important part of his life. As singer and wind instruments player, he collaborated with fine local musicians Cathy Porter, Ken Shorley, Jude Pelley and Mike MacKay, to form Ensemble à Part, a medieval French music combo. The group’s final performance was at the first Deep Roots Music Festival in 2004. Two years later, he took on the programming of Deep Roots; he programmed four editions, happily bringing some of his favourite musicians to town. François says he’s proud to have witnessed the lasting connections many made with the Valley’s music community. A sold-out concert with Old Crow Medicine Show and Matt Andersen was a highlight of his fundraising efforts for Deep Roots. 

François’s musicality and his love of collaborating have led him to connect with, and support, many local musicians. He has appeared at Night Kitchen and other local events, on his own and with other performers. At house parties and jams the sound of his flutes rises sweetly above the mix. He has promoted the work of local songwriters. Recently François has developed his piano skills, and while leading a walking tour in Wolfville, he would end up at the Waterfront Park gazebo, where he would play and sing Rick MacNab’s beautiful song about the area, “The Ghost of Evangeline”. In 2018, François took over the part-time position of coordinator of the Acadia Performing Arts Series. The series has been bringing a variety of fine musicians to Wolfville for generations and he’s keen about the upcoming line-up. 

Passionate about raising funds for the worldwide landmines cause, François dreams of bringing Joan Baez and Mary Gauthier back to the Valley, along with other iconic songwriters, for a benefit.

The Valley Arts Award presentation will be Sunday afternoon, September 29th, at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville, during the Festival Finale. That afternoon’s program, hosted by Darrin Harvey, includes performances by Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers, Emma Stevens, Gabriel Minnikin, Reeny Smith, and The Vaudevillian. Tickets and Festival Passes are available online at www.deeprootsmusic.ca, or at any TicketPro outlet in the Maritimes (or at the door if there are any left!)

2019 Deep Roots Music Festival – Line Up Announced

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For Immediate Release – June 26, 2019

16th Annual Deep Roots Music Festival, September 26-29th, 2019

WOLFVILLE, NS – The Deep Roots Music Festival (September 26-29, 2019) is preparing for its 16th edition with a focus on the role that music plays in mental health and well-being. On opening night, celebrated Maritime singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will set the tone with a screening of her National Film Board documentary The Song and the Sorrow, directed by Millefiore Clarkes, and a duo performance following. The film captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile a family tragedy, confront the hurtful mystery of her absent father, Gene MacLellan, and embrace his musical legacy, as well as break the silence surrounding mental illness.

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Passes and Tickets to Opening Night Available

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The Deep Roots Music Festival is pleased to announce that regular three-day and four-day passes, as well as tickets to our Thursday Night opening concert and film with Catherine MacLellan, are now available through Ticketpro.ca, Ticketpro Outlets and by calling 1-888-311-9090.

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Blossom Bluesmobile

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8 PM – 11:59 PM
Wolfville Farmers’ Market
Hosted by Deep Roots Music Festival

Buy Tickets On-line

Come celebrate the #87th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival in style and dance the night away with maybe Atlantic Canada’s very best Rhythm and Blues ensemble. The fifteen members of Bluesmobile are guaranteed to get you up on your feet and keep you there. The band features a 6 piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section, and 4 vocalists. Bluesmobile plays music from many musical styles including blues, funk, rock, soul, and R&B. If you like artists such as Chicago, Earth Wind, and Fire, Santana, Tower of Power, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores, and Powder Blues you will love Bluesmobile!

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