Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Deep Roots festival a spirited celebration

Source:  The Chronicle Herald – Stephen Cooke – Arts Reporter

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.

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2013 Valley Arts Award – Barbara Hansen

Barbara Hansen

Barbara Hansen, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto studying with Pierre Souvarin and accompanying with John Coveart and Anton Kuerti. She also has an ARCT in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a teenager she attended the Banff School of Fine Arts on scholarship studying piano with Boris Roubakine.

Hansen has a long association with Acadia University as an accompanist, examiner, and a staff member of the Summer Piano Camps. She maintains a piano teaching studio and is active as an adjudicator and an examiner. She is a member of the NSRMTA and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers.

In 2008, the NSRMTA awarded Hansen “Teacher of the Year” (the first teacher to receive this honour in Nova Scotia). Many of her students have won awards in local, provincial, and national competitions and several have gone on to Professional Careers in music.

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Old Crow Medicine Show and Matt Andersen

“Rock me mama like a Wagon Wheel
Rock me mama…all the way to Wolfville!”

June 1st Old Crow Medicine Show will take to the stage in Wolfville, with the amazing Matt Andersen supporting!


Old Crow Medicine Show are the creators of Wagon Wheel which is one of the bestselling and most covered songs of the last decade. The song is a true phenomenon, un-paralleled in folk music’s recent history. While Old Crow Medicine Show’s high energy and charismatic stage presence make them a favourite at big alternative festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, their Nashville credentials are just as strong with the more purist bluegrass audiences, with frequent appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

In 2011 Old Crow found themselves embarking on the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This tour had the bands riding a vintage train from California to New Orleans, playing shows along the way. The magic of this musical excursion across America’s vast landscape is captured in the Emmet Malloy directed documentary, Big Easy Express.

In 2013 Old Crow Medicine Show, along with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, won the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film.

It is no accident that Matt Andersen, now recognized internationally as one of the most impressive performers to emerge from Atlantic Canada, will be supporting the show. In 2010, after hearing his cover of Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Show invited Matt to open for them on several dates across the United States.

Proudly presented by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative
and the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossoms Festival:

with special guest MATT ANDERSEN


Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 8:00pm
Convocation Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville
Tickets on sale Friday, April 12th at
and at all TICKETPRO outlets

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Deep Roots Music Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Deep Roots Music Festival (10th year Anniversary) planning is underway and the Kick Off Celebration happens March 22nd, 2013. Join us for an evening of music with Trip A Lady, Ian Sherwood and Kickin’ Mule Blues Band and a silent auction.

See the Poster [PDF format] for more details.

If you have a SILENT AUCTION item that you would like to donate, please contact Elizabeth MacArthur at

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Deep Roots Newsletter

Want to help? Our newsletter co-ordinator is going on a sabbatical. If you think you could volunteer to help us get our monthly newsletter compiled and sent out once each month, please contact our volunteer co-ordinator, Lisa Hammett Vaughan – .

The newsletter goes out every month at approximately mid month. The copy deadline for the next newsletter is Wednesday, February 15th at 5:00 pm. We are happy to include notices of music events with which Deep Roots members are involved. Please send info to .

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Deep Roots Music Cooperative AGM

Annual General Meeting
for the Deep Roots Music Coop
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Studio Z at the Al Whittle Theatre

The annual Deep Roots Music Cooperative AGM will be held on Sunday, January 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Studio Z at the Al Whittle Theatre. All members are invited to attend.

During the AGM the Board of Directors will be presenting two by-law amendments for a vote. The first will be to re-certify the membership policy previously passed in 2008. This is a formality required by the Cooperative Association.

The second will be a change to the bylaw pertaining to the amount of time that a Board Member can serve on the Board. DRM is also looking for DRM members who might be interested in being on the Board of the Deep Roots Music Co-operative.

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Call for Billeting

Want to open your home to a young musician? As part of Mud Creek Days, Deep Roots Music Coop will be hosting their Emerging Artists: UNEARTHED program. Some of the participants (aged between 14 and 25) will be coming from outside of the Valley for the workshops beginning on 28th July with a performance on 31st July.

Please contact Debbie or Malcolm at 542 7668 or email if you are able to help with billeting.

Thank you.

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Festival Update

Deep Roots Music Festival is September 24-26, 2010. The Festival Committee is in high gear now. David has the line-up finalized and the fine details of scheduling are coming together now. We are still looking for a few good managers to be mentored this year and to continue next year, for the Green Team, the Kitchen and the Green Rooms team.

If you can help, please email or call (902) 542-2361 (evenings/weekends).

Deep Roots News & Press 2010-2013

Deep Roots Music Coop Attracts Applications from Outside Nova Scotia for Emerging Artists Unearthed Program

For Immediate Release: (Wolfville, NS – July 7, 2010)

Deep Roots Music Cooperative received submissions for Emerging Artists ‘UNEARTHED’ from as far afield as Winnipeg and Connecticut. Open to musicians’ aged 14 to 25, ‘UNEARTHED’ offers 3 days of workshops with industry professionals, a performance at Festival Theatre in Wolfville as part of Mud Creek Days and a chance to perform on-stage at the 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival.

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Message from COOP President Peter Mowat

Welcome to our new website – we hope you’ll like it.

For starters, let me fill you in on some of the recent activities of the Cooperative. The DRMC Board of Directors, who oversee all of the undertakings of The Deep Roots Music Cooperative, has recently been going through a Strategic Planning Process with assistance from The Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship and funding from ACOA. This project is on-going as we work to develop a multi-year business plan. As well, we have been diligently working to broaden the scope of activities that take place annually under the umbrella of the Cooperative.

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