Deep Roots COVID Concert May 30th online

2020 COVID Concerts

Please join us for our first concert, via Deep Roots Music Youtube Channel, streaming May 30th, featuring two wonderful Valley based musicians.    Help us spread the word to get this musical endeavour off to a great start.  Let’s make “we are in this together” really happen!

In preparation for that concert …  send your video clips singing “You Are My Sunshine” to us at, subject line “Sunshine;” link takes you to our Dropbox account where you can upload your video no later than May 27th.   Follow Zakary’s lead on that song and let’s have a great sing-along as part of our first show.

Also, don’t forget the other option –  send us a short video clip, subject line “Here I Am,”  with your name, where you are and a short hello so we can add you to the ongoing community building via the interactive map (link takes you to our Dropbox account where videos will be gathered). 

photo by Mark Davidson
ZAKARY MILLER was born in a city, with the heart of a farm-boy.  In his 20’s, he moved from Toronto to join his now wife working on farms in midwestern Ontario.   After a few years, fate, the wind, or pure chance brought them east, where they landed in the Annapolis Valley, NS, and where Zakary has been sharing his love of yodelling and old time music.  He and his music have been well received.  Called a “local phenom” by The Deep Roots Festival in 2018 (he opened for The Sadies),  Zakary Miller is Nova Scotia’s lost son, returning home to the maritimes to pick up where Hank Snow and Stompin’ Tom left off. 
His new album “I’m New Here” will make you smile, get you giddy with glee and warm your heart. Inspired by a century of serious musicians who didn’t take themselves seriously, Zakary Miller has carried on the tradition by yodelling, hooting and hollering his unique brand of ‘Canadiana Swing’, combining his love for music from Jugband and Western Swing to Jazz and Folk.  Zakary writes songs of odd observation and nonsensical cheer delivered with joy and pure excitement for the music. Improvisation is an important part of his music and he started every take by reassuring the musicians to be as silly as he thinks the song is, which created the wild atmosphere for the record.
photo by Bruce Dienes
HEATHER KELDAY writes in the creative spirit of indie-pop music, while rooting her songs in folk melodies … her style might be considered a blend of folk-roots, blues and bluegrass.  Heather’s strong voice, multi-instrumental talents (including banjo, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano), together with her lyrical passion for the natural world, have carved her a unique place in Canada’s music scene.
Heather spent about 4 years as an emerging solo artist, and then, her interactive live shows included unique compositions and collaborations with talented back-up musicians of varied genres in folk, blues, celtic, world music, bluegrass and more.   For this COVID concert, Heather will be solo, but viewers might be inclined to sing out loud in their living rooms (we hope so).   A new version of interactive participation!

Deep Roots COVID Concerts going online

2020 Deep Roots News

DEEP ROOTS MUSIC goes online with COVID Concerts

Wolfville, NS – May 23, 2020

For immediate release:

The Deep Roots Board of Directors, working closely with the Festival Committee and community stakeholders, have reluctantly decided to cancel the 17th annual Deep Roots Music Festival, scheduled for September 2020.

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative was incorporated in 2003 by a group dedicated to developing and promoting the music scene in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Because of COVID-19, it is more challenging this year to enact the Deep Roots mission: To create meaningful connections between cultures, community groups, artists and audiences by offering music-related events, programs, and an annual festival.

Board chair, Peter Mowat said many people will miss the connections they make at the festival. “We know that this will be sad (but probably not unexpected) news for our Deep Roots community. We are pivoting quickly this year to create physically-distant connections, but we sincerely hope that we will be back presenting the music you love, in September 2021, live and in person in our festival venues.”

For now, the Deep Roots COVID Concerts, will be presented on the internet bi-weekly from May 30 to September 19 (the Saturday before the Deep Roots Music Festival was to take place).

Every show will include two ongoing segments:

  1. The first segment, called “Here I Am” invites folks to email a video clip to say your name, where you are, and a quick hello – whether you’re in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia or not. (Send to with Subject: Here I am)
  2. For the second segment, “The Sing-Along”, email a video clip of you (and your COVID-19 companions) singing a selected song for each concert. The first one is “You Are My Sunshine” with Zakary Miller. (Go to the Deep Roots YouTube channel or Facebook page to listen to it. Then, send your version to with Subject: Sunshine, before May 27, and see yourself and others in the first show.)

The first show, on May 30, will feature performances by two powerful Valley artists, Zakary Miller and Heather Kelday. “People need music. And performers need gigs. We are hoping that the first show will feel like spring tonic to the Deep Roots audience,” says Dave Carmichael, Program Director, who is putting together these online shows. “Please email your suggestions to Feel free to send any pictures as well (there must be lots of funny haircuts out there!) and we’ll include them in the show. We will continue to make concert announcements as we progress, get feedback, adapt and learn as we go.”

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative is committed to creating opportunities for Annapolis Valley artists and beyond – and to paying them! The concerts will also offer a PayPal link so that audience members may contribute too.

You can catch the shows on the Deep Roots Music Videos YouTube channel and through the various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

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If you already have tickets for the 2020 festival, they will be refunded through TicketPro or the money can be donated to Deep Roots. Or hang onto them and they will be honoured at our next festival.

For additional information, email:

Deep Roots Board of Directors Message, May 23, 2020

2020 Deep Roots News

We are living through difficult times. The Deep Roots Music Cooperative board members have watched patiently as most of the major events in Nova Scotia have cancelled for this year. Leaders in the music industry are advising that it may be September 2021 before we can once again gather in groups to sing, dance and enjoy music together. Therefore, the Deep Roots Board of Directors is reluctantly announcing the cancellation of our 17th annual festival, scheduled for this coming September. We know that this will be sad (but probably not unexpected) news for our Deep Roots Community. We want to assure you that we will be back presenting the music you love in September 2021. It is a difficult time for those who work in the arts and we encourage everyone to support artists, by buying their music and merchandise when available, by following them on social media, and by streaming their performances.

It takes many people to put on a festival, and although we are not going forward with this year’s event we want to thank everyone who would have supported us: our incredible volunteers; our sponsors/donors – including all levels of government; our audience; our technical workers; our venue owners; and of course the wonderful musicians. We are hopeful that you are all able to stay safe and positive, and that you continue to look forward to helping us make our 2021 festival a huge success.

For those who have already purchased passes for this year, you will be hearing from Ticketpro in the near future. There are three options that you will be offered: 1. you can receive a complete refund for your ticket; 2. you can hold on to your pass and we will honour it for the 2021 festival; 3. or you can donate your refund to Deep Roots and receive a tax receipt – with all donations being used to support local musicians.

We have decided that, in lieu of a festival, we are going to offer biweekly online concerts beginning soon. Our Programmer is hard at work developing a format for us to present music over a number of social platforms, Facebook and YouTube, etc., and to do so at the highest possible standard. Subscribe to the Deep Roots Music Videos YouTube channel to receive notifications. We hope to see you there!

Stay Tuned!

2020 Deep Roots News

Howdy – we are currently updating our website with information about our 2020 on-line COVID concerts. Stay Tuned!

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