2020 COVID Concerts

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.

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).

For more information: click here.

Deep Roots COVID Concert, September 19th, 3pm ADT

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.

Ryan Robert’s versatility and passion for excellence has allowed him to make a very successful living writing, performing, and producing music in Eastern Canada. His songs have been recorded in the styles of bluegrass, country, jazz, and R&B. He has composed instrumental scores for film, as well as jingles for commercial radio, and has been awarded “Songwriter of the Year” for four consecutive years (2005-2009) by the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards.

Roberts’ songs have been recorded by Rose Cousins, Kevin Davison, The Spinney Brothers, True Blue, Justin Carbone, the Jeanette Williams Band, and The Novelty Salesman, among other contemporaries.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ryan.roberts.353803


Mika Francis is from Acadia First Nation, and Rachel Whitney is from Gesgapegiag First Nation. Though they grew up miles apart, they were eventually brought together in 2017 at NSCC over their shared love of learning and sharing their Mi’kmaw culture.

Together, they now drum with the Melgita’t Women, an all women hand-drum group that has performed on numerous stages, including Deep Roots Music Festival, and opening for JUNO award winners Jim Cuddy and William Prince. Through collaboration, teamwork and passion, they continue to work hard to bring awareness to Indigenous rights through drumming, as well as sharing stories and teachings.

They are joined for this performance by Cristian Quirivan.

  • https://www.facebook.com/mika.francis.1
  • https://www.facebook.com/rachel.whitney.23
  • https://www.facebook.com/cristian.quirivan


The Sing-Along is Take Me Home, Country Roads with Ryan Roberts
Please sing or play along, record yourself on video, and send the video to video@deeproots.ca (email any questions you may have) OR upload to our Dropbox

The cut-off date for submissions is Thursday, September 17th (5:00PM) and the multi-screen performance will be shown at the Deep Roots COVID Concert on September 19th,  3:00pm ADT

YouTube: Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube Channel

For the Here I Am segment we’re asking you to send short videos, or pictures, or simply just an email with your name, where you are, and a quick hello to video@deeproots.ca or upload to our Here I Am Dropbox
We’ll continue to update the interactive Google Map
The first 8 concerts are available on our Deep Roots Music YouTube channel, as are various other playlist options.   Easy viewing and listening, anytime!

If you care to make a contribution to help us in our effort to present local musicians, you can donate to our COVID Concerts PayPal account.

Thank you – enjoy the show!
2020 COVID Concerts
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