About Us


The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a non-profit charitable organization that presents  the Annual Roots and 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

Now in its 23rd year, the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival is the largest, most musically diverse festival in the BC Interior.  Over the years it has gained an outstanding reputation for the variety and quality of its presentations and for the high standard of its organization.

The Festival began in 1992 as a small indoor festival, a result of the grassroots Shuswap Coffee House collective of the 1970’s and 80’s, which by 1991 had coalesced into the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society.

The mandate of the S.A.F.M.S. includes encouraging and promoting performers from all parts of the world (with a special emphasis on Canadian talent), and introducing audiences to the world’s many diverse genres of music, musical instruments, and the artists who play them.  Supporters of the Roots & Blues Festival are directly helping to foster the growth and development of music in our community, country, and by extension, our world.

The Festival takes place on the third weekend of every August at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, an 18-acre park in the centre of beautiful Salmon Arm, British Columbia.  At night, two stages run simultaneously.  The TD Main Stage is at one end of the grounds and is where you can catch the Festival headliners.  The dynamic Boogie Barn Stage lies at the other end, pumping out live beats for the dancers in the crowd. During the daytime, six stages run concurrently and feature different genres of music including Blues, World, Alt-Roots, Folk, Dance and many others.

Roots & Blues is family friendly with a Family Fun Zone offering many things for kids to see and do, including a Family Stage with a line-up geared towards children.  Kids 12 and under are admitted to the Festival free of charge.  Other amenities include a Global Food Village offering a delectable selection of western and ethnic cuisine, an Artisan Market featuring handmade Canadian originals, shaded beverage gardens with stage views, pre-registered camping, paid parking, and much more.  The Festival is a sonic and visual sampler that serves up an unforgettable experience.  With something for everyone, it makes a great rendezvous point for friends and family to come together in the summertime.

Additionally, Roots & Blues presents other outreach projects, to develop community relationships, and to create awareness of our multicultural event.



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You can  purchase a membership by phone (250-833-4096) or by email: info@rootsandblues.ca


Mailing Address

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society
Box 21
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2

P: (250) 833-4096
F: (250) 833-4097
E: info@rootsandblues.ca