Wolfville’s Deep Roots Music Festival is ostensibly an event that celebrates the sounds of folk, both traditional and contemporary, in all its varied forms.
But downtown passersby on Saturday might have been quicker to think of R&B legends Martha and the Vandellas’ immortal Dancing in the Street as the sun-bathed day wore on.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend, the festival treated the public to rhythmic drums on Main Street in the morning, a colourful costume and giant puppet parade shaking a leg through the town’s core at lunchtime and a Turko-Balkan Folkdance session with Oro! Orchestra taking place outside the Wolfville Farmers’ Market.
On top of all that, Toronto’s 24th Street Wailers brought the afternoon showcases to a wild conclusion with a rocking rhythm and blues stompfest at the Clock Park Tent that had a handful of couples shimmying while saxman Jumpin’ Jonny Wong honked and squonked his way through the crowd with a wireless microphone affixed to the bell of his horn.
Crazy, man, crazy.