Highbury Education Centre awarded 2016-17 Musicians in Schools Program Grant 

The Deep Roots’ Musicians in Schools Program was initiated last year as part of Deep Roots Music Cooperative’s ongoing mission to create meaningful connections between cultures, community groups, artists and audiences by offering music-related events and programs throughout the year, and we are pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s funding.    Local artist Heather Kelday will be supported in a program she is implementing with students at Highbury Education Centre in New Minas, Nova Scotia. “We are very excited about the program this year because of the tremendous relationship Heather has already begun to develop with the students at HEC” said Peter Mowat Chair of the DRMC Board of Directors. 

The program at Highbury Education Centre will unfold over the next several months and will incorporate musical workshops and opportunities for students to perform, and may also include a visit to a local recording studio.

About Highbury Education Centre

Located in New Minas, Nova Scotia, and an institution of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, Highbury Education Centre’s (HEC) mission is to provide a high school educational opportunity for students who, for a variety of reasons, have difficulty coping with the conventional structures, instructional methods and curriculum delivery of the traditional school setting and are unable to achieve success in the traditional school environment.  HEC uses holistic based experiential learning strategies to help students obtain credits towards their high school graduation, while providing them with some of the skills to help them become successful members of their communities. 

For more information visit http://www.hec.ednet.ns.ca/ 

About Heather Kelday

A performer who blends folk-roots, blues and bluegrass, Heather Kelday writes in the creative spirit of indie-pop music, while rooting her songs in folk melodies. Heather’s strong voice, multi-instrumental talents (including banjo, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano), and lyrical passion for the natural world carve a unique place for her in Canada’s music scene. 

After 6 years as a solo artist, audiences have come to expect a Heather Kelday show to include unique compositions and collaborations with talented back-up musicians of varied genres in folk, blues, Celtic, world music, bluegrass and more.    Most recently, she has teamed up with fellow songwriter Kim Barlow to form an old-time band called ‘Ida Red’. 

For more information visit http://heatherkelday.com/home 

Go to the Deep Roots Music Cooperative’s Musicians in Schools Program page for more details on this exciting project.   

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