WHO WE ARE
The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a non-profit charitable organization that presents the annual ROOTS&BLUES festival the third weekend of every August. Additionally the SAFMS presents other Outreach activities in the community and area.
Mission Statement: We present artistic and cultural events that enrich the fabric of our community.
Vision Statement : Celebrating Together!
The Festival and Community Outreach
Heading into it’s 24th year, the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival long ago established itself as one of the summer destination spots for fans and lovers of music ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban and Americana to Afro-beat.
From humble beginnings of stand alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, ROOTS&BLUES grew into a major western Canadian outdoor event that has played host to patrons from all over western Canada and the Pacific North West.
Produced in the picturesque setting Shuswap Lake, ROOTS&BLUES is a three-day event offering audiences, multiple stages and diverse choices of musical styles. Daytime workshops are renowned for delivering high voltage performances.
Produced by the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, ROOTS&BLUES has also been applauded for continuing to help inspire emerging artists from the region as well as presenting some of the province’s most respected musical ambassadors such as Colin James, Kiran Ahluwalia, and Jim Byrnes.
As recently as 2015, musicians from Salmon Arm and area found themselves sharing their songs and talents on workshop stages with established artists from across the country. While being mentored by these artists our homegrown musicians also confirmed to audiences and their peers that given the chance they can hold their own with some of the best in the creative world.
Community outreach has been an important component in the ROOTS&BLUES and Salmon Arm Folk Music Society mandate since it’s inception.
The focus remains on the three day festival that ties incredible music into a shimmering tapestry that includes culinary delights from an international food village, a dance stage, a fun zone for children, an artisan market place featuring handcrafted Canadian made originals, and a tranquil camping site within earshot of the festival.
Twenty-four years and counting, not only the years, but also the ever expanding list of fans, volunteers, and friends of the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES.