News Release -Deep Roots Music Festival cancelled for second year

2020 Deep Roots News, 2021 Deep Roots Music Festival

Wolfville, NS – April 20, 2021

Contact: Steve Peters, Publicity Coordinator,

For immediate release:

After much internal deliberation, and consultation with external partners, the Board of the Deep Roots Music Cooperative has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Deep Roots Music Festival.

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, and the public health measures, it is very difficult 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 “Although the festival is the largest event hosted by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative, it is not the only one. We will continue to follow our mandate and present music in ways that are possible now. Once again Deep Roots will be partnering with the Town of Wolfville to present the Wolfville Summer Concert Series, and we already have a tentative winter 2022 date for the rescheduled Lloyd Spiegel concert. As well, Cooperative members will work on some new projects. We are saddened that we will once again be missing the wonderful in-person contact that our festival has provided for sixteen years, but we are hopeful that it will return in 2022.”

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative is committed to creating opportunities for Annapolis Valley artists and beyond. The Summer Concert Series runs each Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 in the Waterfront Park in Wolfville, beginning in June.

You can also watch concerts and sing-alongs on the Deep Roots Music Videos YouTube channel and keep up to date on Deep Roots projects through the website and the social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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Website: www.deeprootsmusic.ca

Statement from Deep Roots Board of Directors

2020 Deep Roots News, 2021 Deep Roots News

April 20, 2021

Wolfville, NS

It has been a long, long year of uncertainty regarding almost everything, due to COVID-19. Nova Scotia has done an amazing job of keeping the COVID case numbers at a minimum, and although there does appear to be renewed optimism about getting back to socializing together based on the vaccine roll out, this is tempered by the spread of the more prolific strains that are appearing in other areas of the country and around the world. After much internal deliberation, and consultation with external partners, the Board of the Deep Roots Music Cooperative has made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Deep Roots Music Festival.

Although the festival is the largest event hosted by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative, it is not the only one. We will continue to follow our mandate and present music in ways that are possible now. Once again Deep Roots will be partnering with the Town of Wolfville to present the Wolfville Summer Concert Series, and we already have a tentative winter 2022 date for the rescheduled Lloyd Spiegel concert. As well, Cooperative members will continue to work on some new projects.

We are saddened that we will once again be missing the wonderful in-person contact that the festival has provided for sixteen years, but we are confident that it will return in 2022 with a joyous celebration of all the wonderful components that make the Deep Roots Music Festival one of the signature events in Nova Scotia.

The Deep Roots Board of Directors

The Deep Roots Residency – COVID music online continues

2020 COVID Concerts

Deep Roots Music, COVID style, continues with our second offering …  the Deep Roots Residency.

The residency involves agreements with 10 artists to take 5 days to write a song or a tune specifically related to their pandemic experience thus far, giving insight into their thoughts and their process during this strange time.

They will record their daily progress with video, and play a short set at the end of their residency. For each residency, a compilation video will be created by Deep Roots Program Director, Dave Carmichael, and these videos will be presented on the Deep Roots Music Videos You Tube Channel from November, 2020, through March, 2021.

Deep Roots Annual General Meeting goes virtual, January 24, 2021

2020 Deep Roots News

 

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative will hold its Annual General Meeting 

January 24, 2021, at 2pm

 The virtual meeting link will be provided in our newsletter on January 14th

PLEASE JOIN US

 

Deep Roots News Release, November 16th, 2020

2020 COVID Concerts

For Immediate Release – November 16th, 2020 

Deep Roots COVID programming continues

Deep Roots announces residency project and continues Sing-Alongs

WOLFVILLE, NS 

Thanks in large part to our Federal Government’s department of Canadian Heritage, specifically the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, we were able to pivot and create online programming, after having to cancel the 2020 edition of the Deep Roots Music Festival. 

A series of Deep Roots COVID Concerts was presented online, bi-weekly from May through September, as well as a popular Sing-Along, where our audience was invited to “sing along” with chosen artists by submitting videos.  People are invited to view any or all of the COVID Concerts series – over nine hours of programming – as well as a Deep Roots Retrospective of festival memories, the presentation of the 17th annual Valley Arts Award to Fred and Nancy Chipman, and the edited Sing-Alongs. All material can be found on our YouTube Channel: Deep Roots Music Videos, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BIPZRR571DqozUjKDn8Pw

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative is pleased to announce that through further funding from BCAH, the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural Heritage and Sport Organizations, we will continue online programming.

The Deep Roots Residency is our second COVID series. The residency is an agreement with 10 artists to take 5 days and write a song or a tune specifically related to their pandemic experience thus far, giving insight into their thoughts and process during this strange time. They will record their daily progress with video, and play a short set at the end of their residency. A compilation video will be created for each residency, by Deep Roots program director Dave Carmichael, and these videos will be presented on the Deep Roots Music Videos You Tube channel from November through March, 2021. 

The first will be Kirsty Money, a renowned violinist with Symphony Nova Scotia, an enthusiast and budding player of the nyckelharpa – a traditional Swedish musical instrument. Kirsty has chosen to write nyckelharpa variations on an Indigenous melody from the Wolastoqiyik nation, The River Song. The Maliseet called it the Wolastoq, meaning bountiful and good, and seek to restore this name to the river now known as Saint John River (Bay of Fundy). 

We will also reprise The Deep Roots Sing-Along with 1 sing-along per month until the end of March. The first features local stalwart John Ebata, Mary Lou Sicoly and Waleed Abdulhamid, singing their version of James Taylor’s ‘Shower The People’.

Submit your video, via email,  to  

or upload to Deep Roots Google Drive

The deadline is December 4 and then a video compilation will be posted.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notification when new content is available:  Deep Roots Music Videos

These Deep Roots initiatives are productions 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.

For more information, please contact:

Dave Carmichael, Program Director, Deep Roots Music Festival

Deep Roots Retrospective: A Walk Through The Years  (2004-2019) now online

2020 Deep Roots News

Deep Roots Retrospective: A Walk Through The Years  (2004-2019)

The 2020 Deep Roots Music Festival was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Since we couldn’t be together this year, we thought a trip down memory lane might be an enjoyable option … a slideshow of our first 16 years for your viewing pleasure.  Click on the above link to go to our Youtube presentation.

Slides have been chosen from 1000’s of photographs in our archives …  enjoy the work of our many photographers, and the wonderful memories this show might bring back!!   All the background music is by performers who have graced our stages over the years.

Deep Roots Music Retrospective & Valley Arts Award – September 26th

2020 Deep Roots News

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release – September 11th, 2020 

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

514-931-0650

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.

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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.

 

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