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 other Outreach activities in the community and area.
We present artistic and cultural events that enrich the fabric of our community.
Heading into it’s 23rd year, the Salmon Arm Roots and 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 and 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. The festival has also hosted legends like Buddy Guy, Bruce Cockburn, Ian Tyson, Buffy Sainte- Marie, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie and Taj Mahal who have wowed Roots and Blues audiences, as have artists who were on the cusp of becoming internationally acclaimed talents. Feist and Serena Ryder sit at the top of that list.
Produced in the picturesque setting Shuswap Lake, Roots and Blues is a three-day event that takes place on the third weekend of every August. It offers audiences multiple stages and diverse choices of musical styles that can either stand alone or be blended into spontaneous collaborative mash-ups that are as inspired as they are unique.
Daytime workshops are renowned for delivering high voltage performances with artists who were introduced backstage before becoming fast friends on Roots and Blues stages. The palpable enthusiasm and good time vibe of the performers becomes contagious not long after the festival gates open.
Produced by the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, Roots and 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 2014, 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.
Outreach has been an important component in the Roots and Blues and Salmon Arm Folk Music Society mandate since it’s inception. Outreach has come in many forms including the Routes and Blues concert series that landed in many smaller communities within a stone’s throw from Salmon Arm, and the annual Music Crawl that is produced the night prior to the festival. The Music Crawl showcases local and touring artists in smaller venues with a “pay what you can” admission fee, allowing everyone in the community access to fine talent. Past and present artistic directors of the festival have made their knowledge of, and insights about the world of music readily available to local and regional artists via one on one and group sessions. Roots and Blues is also in the process of providing new ways of working with audiences and artists in the greater Salmon Arm area.
At the end of the day much of 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-three years and counting, not only the years, but also the ever expanding list of fans, volunteers, and friends of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival.
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Salmon Arm Folk Music Society
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
P: (250) 833-4096
F: (250) 833-4097