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).
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 announces residency project and continues Sing-Alongs
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 1sing-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’.
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
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.
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!
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.
Deep Roots COVID Concert #7 is another offering of amazing talent for your listening pleasure … Sahara Jane and Ken Shorley; Kamila Nasr & Rodrigo Simões. Catch it here if you miss the live streaming: Deep Roots Music Youtube Channel
Deep Roots COVID Concert # 6 coming up … live steaming Saturday afternoon, and showcasing Alex Kehler & Andrew Wells-Oberegger, and The Bombadils. Afterwards, the full concert will be on our Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube channel, along with all the previous concerts, the sing alongs and other playlists if you are unable to take in the live show. Listen anytime.[continue reading…]
Another great Deep Roots COVID Concert coming up … featuring Maxwellton and The Gilberts. If you miss the live stream on July 25, this concert will be found alongside the previous concerts, and lots of other great musical choices, on our Deep Roots Music Videos Youtube page. Let’s keep supporting our musicians!! If you want to help us in our efforts to do that, contribute via our Paypal account. [continue reading…]
Another Deep Roots COVID Concert coming up! As a reminder, these online concerts are happening Saturdays, every two weeks, and this one will feature two duos – John Ebata and Tracey Clements and then, Fisher Akao and Mark Riley. “Black Lives Matter” will be a focus in this week’s concert.