Now in its 8th year, the Canadian Deep Roots Music Festival, held in Wolfville, Nova Scotia is all set to entertain music lovers of all ages again this year.
Over 25 local, national and international musicians will perform Friday September 23 – Sunday, September 25 offering live music featuring folk, blues, pop, country, folk rock, and jazz. The weekend festival features over 20 concerts and musical performances. There are also workshops and a fun outdoor family concert.
Most festival activities take place indoors. Evening main-stage concerts are held in the warm and welcoming ambience of University Hall. Daytime venues, including the Festival Theatre and Al Whittle Theatre hold dance, drumming, singing and puppetry workshops, as well as performances and concerts for all ages.
“Take Root”, Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade and the Family Fare concert take place Saturday with all music lovers of any age welcome to enjoy these free events.
This year the Festival kicks off with two Thursday, September 22 evening events. “The Man of a Thousand Songs” (Ron Hynes) will be showing at the Al Whittle Theatre while Danny Michel entertains at an intimate concert at the Evergreen Theatre in Margaretsville.
On Friday, September 24, the music begins at 2 with simultaneous concerts and workshops at Clock Park and the Irving Centre. Convocation Hall opens its doors for the Main stage Concert MC’d by Shannon Lynch and featuring Erin Costelo, Twilight Hotel, Ron Hynes, Danny Michel and Gypsophila. But the music doesn’t stop then. Late night concerts continue the music with The Lost Tourists, The Hupman Brothers, Ian Sherwood, Caleb Miles, Digging Roots and Kinnie Starr at the McKeen Room, Acadia. And at Paddy’s Pub, Andy and Ariana, Lovestorm, Ryan Roberts, Unisson and Lake of Stew entertain.
Join the Fresh Beat Rhythm Parade on Saturday at noon, while venues start humming at 1pm with events taking place at Clock Park, Festival Theatre and Al Whittle Theatre. Throughout the afternoon at Festival Theatre four workshops take place themed. At the same time Al Whittle Theatre presents performances throughout the afternoon. Meanwhile outside at the Festival Tent on Main Street, Emerging Artists, Mi’kmaq Song & Dance Workshops and My Roots are Showing take place.
At 7pm, Tanya Davis MC’s the Main stage Concert featuring Unisson, Ariana Gillis, Michael Jerome Browne, Kinnie Starr, and Digging Roots. Late night musical performances continue at the McKeen Room, Acadia and Paddy’s in Wolfville.
On Sunday morning, everyone loves to take part in the Sing-along Concert at Festival Theatre. The festival wraps up Sunday with the Closing Concert featuring many Festival musicians.
A printable schedule and details of the festival is at www.deeprootsmusic.ca
Info: Lisa Hammett Vaughan, Festival Committee Chair
Festival Office: 542.7668