Deep Roots Music Festival: Main Stage
Saturday September 29, 2018  7pm - 10pm (3 Hours )
Music Festival / Fair Family Friendly

Tomato/Tomato (

Hang onto your hats because this genre-bending power duo is ready to take you on a ride! Tomato/Tomato perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. Their live show includes jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. Stitch these elements together with compelling, heartfelt songwriting and you have an unforgettable musical experience. Whether you say “Tom-ay-to” or “Tom-ah-to” – this high energy duo will have you stomping your feet, clapping your hands, and playing your air washboard with reckless abandon! With two acclaimed albums (So it Goes / I Go Where You Go), Tomato/Tomato is sure to be cooking up something fresh.

Ryan Cook (

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed- in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan's songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape. On stage Ryan has toured as a solo performer opening for Country purists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, & Travis Tritt. His acoustic live show combines thumb- picking guitar styles, original folk & country ballads and vintage music from the 1940ʼs and 1950ʼs.
Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Atlantic Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. He has performed musical tribute shows to Hank Williams Sr. as well as Merle Travis, and Merle Haggard.

Valdy (

Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Texas to New Zealand, he’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life. Remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at the Aldergrove Rock Festival circa 1968, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. Along the way, Valdy has taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia and been an often-invited performer at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas. His past television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard. Valdy has also been a panelist on Front Page Challenge, and played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers original series.

Vishtèn (

For over a decade, the Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture around the world. The Canadian trio has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibilities and indie-folk influences. Hailing from Prince Edward Island's Evangeline Region and the most remote reaches of Quebec—the windswept Magdalen Islands—twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to create a sophisticated sonic signature that combines tight vocal harmonies, layered foot percussion, and virtuosic acoustic instrumentation. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp and percussive dance result in a tour de force of traditional and contemporary music.

Terra Spencer (

Terra Spencer spent her youth in a basement in Summerville, Hants County playing piano and secretly strumming her granddad’s guitars along to Chet Atkins records. Since 2015 she has taken the odd break from her day jobs as a funeral director to tour the province as a vocalist, guitar slinger, and truck driver alongside a host of talented friends accompanying acclaimed folk country musician Ryan Cook. Their friendship began at the Kempt Shore Acoustic Maritime Music Festival while Terra was scooping ice cream, a role that also resulted in a treasured writing collaboration with one of her musical mentors, Canadian folk artist David Francey. Inspired by the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Judee Sill, and Jackson Browne, Terra’s newfound passion for storytelling through songs led to a flurry of lo-fi YouTube posts, co-writing with Ryan for his 2017 album Having A Great Time, and the recent release of her own debut record. Everybody Knows was recorded with co-producer Jake Smith at Moe’s Place in Windsor, NS, where Terra now lives with her sweet family, two dogs, and an empty cotton mill, the subject of a video lovingly made with Analog Songs and featuring Halifax artist Stewart Legere.

Mike T. Kerr (

Mike T. Kerr is a wild flatpicker and ambitious country songwriter of Canadian heritage and American citizenship. In over 10 years of performing, he's lived his life through many historical and contemporary musical styles. Always curious to dig up not only a song's history, but the shape of the world at the time, Mike plays passionately and openly while interpreting the great guitar players of the past.

The main stage shows usually sell out so be sure to get your tickets soon. ‘Early Bird’ passes are available until June 22nd.

Adult: $35
Student: $25
A Festival Pass gets you into all the Festival Theatre main stage shows, afternoon collaborations, and access to the Festival Club as ‘home base’ for the weekend. Passes available for 3 or 4 Days (includes the Thursday night Kick

Festival Theatre
504 Main Street
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

More Venue Info...

Other Events at Festival Theatre
Sat Feb 23  7:30pm
Rolston String Quartet
Festival Theatre 504 Main Street Wolfville, Nova Scotia