2016 Deep Roots News

DRMC Annual General Meeting – January 22nd, 2017


drmc-agm-for-2016Mark your calendars now so you don’t forget …  our AGM and jam social will come up fast after Xmas – Sunday, January 22, 2017 – in the Wolfville Farmers’ Market Community Room.

The meeting is scheduled for 2pm to 4pm and after that … well, of course, it’s music and socializing.  Bring an instrument if you want.  Join in on the jamming or just bring your voice and connect with fellow Deep Rooters (including all wannabe Deep Rooters)!!


  • Approval of the agenda
  • Approval of the Minutes from the 2016 AGM
  • President’s Report
  • Financial Report
  • Festival Report
  • Nomination Report and Election of the Board of Directors
  • Other business
  • Motion to Adjourn

We encourage anyone interested in the Deep Roots Music Cooperative to come and participate.   This is always worth repeating … your involvement contributes to the health and success of this great grass roots organization, and we’re a pretty friendly group!

Registered voting members vote on proposals or motions but anyone can contribute to the discussion.   Becoming a member is pretty easy … check the Membership page for specifics.

Questions about the AGM?  Interested in joining the Board of Directors?               Contact Peter Mowat at 


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Give the gift of music this Christmas

Deep Roots Music Festival 2017 early bird 3-day passes are available at Ticketpro; a great deal at only $75.00 plus HST ($86.25) 

The 2017 Festival will not disappoint -13 years of successful annual festivals – and the tradition of bringing exciting, diverse music to our stages continues! If you are new to the Deep Roots experience, check out previous year festival line-ups under Archives to get an idea of just how many amazing musicians have entertained us.  And yes, 2017 is going to be great!

Why not give someone/everyone the gift of music, an experience to remember rather than yet another dust collector??   

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Deep Roots’ Musicians in Schools Program Grant 2016/17

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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2017 … who do you want to see and hear? Help us plan …

The Deep Roots Music Cooperative has just completed another fabulous year.  Now we are planning for 2017 and we need your help.

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday and we want to help our communities celebrate it in style. Beginning in May with our contribution to the Apple Blossom Festival then with Wolfville’s Mud Creek days, and culminating with our annual Deep Roots Music Festival in September with perhaps other events in between  we intend to have the whole Valley humming tunes from your favourite musicians.  Please tell us who you would like to see.  

If you want to let us know what you think please click on the link below and fill in the on line survey that is on our Facebook page. One lucky respondent will win a pair of tickets to our Blossom Blues event in May. 


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Deep Roots Music Cooperative goes to school …

Music is important as a catalyst for learning; as well, music can support and nurture engagement and self-esteem in children.   Since part of the Deep Roots Music Cooperate vision is about making meaningful musical connections, we see a wonderful opportunity here. One of our new projects this year involves sending a musician into the school system. We call it “Musicians in Schools.” 

Our pilot project is happening at the Coldbrook School, and involves Deep Roots supporting local musician Scott Hupman in using his natural talents to engage with young musicians. The project will continue to unfold and evolve as feedback happens but a lot of excitement exists about the possibilities.  Based on evaluation of outcomes on this pilot, we anticipate continuing to develop and spread the musical connections. 

Stay tuned for more information on this exciting venture! In the meantime, if you are interested, check out this link to one music project in the UK fully supporting this concept that music can rock the world of students in all kinds of positive ways: https://www.facebook.com/BBCmusic-in-school-video.  


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