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 a shining reputation for the variety of its top quality presentations and for 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 main goals of the S.A.F.M.S. are to encourage and promote performers from all parts of the world (with a special emphasis on Canadian talent), and to introduce audiences to the world’s incredibly 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 planet.
The Festival takes place on the third weekend of every August at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, a picturesque 18 acre park in the centre of beautiful Salmon Arm, British Columbia. At night, two stages run simultaneously. TD Main Stage is at one end of the grounds and is where you can catch the headlining acts. The dynamic Boogie Barn Stage lies at the other end, pumping out live beats for the dancers in the crowd. During the day, six stages run concurrently featuring 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 loads of things for kids to see and do, including a Family Stage with a line-up geared towards children. Kids 12 and under are admitted 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 serving up an unforgettable experience. With something for everyone, it makes a great rendezvous point for friends and family coming together in the summertime.
Additionally, Roots & Blues presents a pre-festival community outreach program, Routes & Blues, now coming up on its third year. Routes & Blues offers 8 glorious days of Shuswap exploration, tying regional communities, stops of interest, Shuswap Trail Alliance hikes and other outdoor activities, regional food, community meals, and satellite concerts all together in an experiential smorgasbord. Feel free to choose your adventure!
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Salmon Arm Folk Music Society
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
P: (250) 833-4096
F: (250) 833-4097