WHO WE ARE
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 a series of pre-festival concerts in the Shuswap region under our outreach program, Routes and Blues.
We present artistic and cultural events that enrich the fabric of our community.
Now in its 22nd 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 a pre-festival community outreach program, Routes & Blues, now coming into its fourth year. Routes & Blues offers 8 glorious days of Shuswap exploration. It ties regional communities and stops of interest, hikes and other outdoor activities, regional foods and community meals, all capped with a Roots & Blues satellite concert.
A typical day in the Routes and Blues calendar starts with a hike in the morning organized by the Shuswap Trail Alliance. Then choose from an abundance of possible activities and stops listed in the free Routes & Blues map, all enroute to each day’s host community hall for a gorgeous regional meal. After supper it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and groove to the live music of that day’s concert. With so many options to choose from, visitors are free to tailor-make their own adventure.
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Salmon Arm Folk Music Society
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
P: (250) 833-4096
F: (250) 833-4097
BLUES, WORLD, ALT-ROOTS, FOLK, DANCE MUSIC AND WORKSHOPS – FAMILY FUN ZONE – GLOBAL FOOD VILLAGE – CREATIVE CREATIONS from our ARTISANS – BEVERAGE GARDENS – DANCING – PAINT THE FESTIVAL ARTISTS – SUMMERTIME – RAFFLE