Festival Information Copy

General Information

  • ROOTSandBLUES Festival dates – August 13 to 16th 2020
  • Phone: 250-833-4096 | Fax: 250-833-4097
  • General inquiries: info[@]rootsandblues.ca
  • Mailing Address: Box 21, Salmon Arm BC V1E 4N2
  • Office Location: 541 3rd Street SW, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1V4
  • Festival Location: 490 5th Ave SW, Salmon Arm, BC
  • Main festival gates open Thursday 7:30 pm | Friday 3 pm | Saturday & Sunday 10 am
  • Performer schedules will be available on-line Monday, July 29th
  • Programs available in August at the office and during the festival at the box office and the merchandise tent
  • We accept Visa, Mastercard, Debit and Cash – NO AMERICAN EXPRESS, sorry!
  • ATM’s are located on site for your convenience
  • Festival Camping is directly behind the festival grounds, 10th Ave SW, Salmon Arm
  • We are a non-profit organization
    Contact info? Go here
  • Interested in volunteering? Go here 
  • Interested in sponsoring the festival? Email sponsor[@]rootsandblues.ca
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  • ALL TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE
  • IMPORTANT – bring your tickets with you, you will need your tickets for check-in at the box office at the main gate, Do NOT Forget them at home! BE SURE you arrive before 10 pm to pick up your tickets!
  • Choose a 3 day festival pass Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or a 4 day festival pass this includes Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Or choose a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday festival pass, available on June 1st.
  • Purchase tickets or pick up your tickets from December 1st 2019 up to August 12th at 5 pm. After that you can purchase or pick up at the festival main gate.

Check-in hours at the Festival Box Office

  • Thursday 10 am – 10 pm | Friday 10 am – 10 pm | Saturday 10 am – 10 pm | Sunday 10 am – 10 pm
  • For those who have their tickets with them on arrival go to the main gate, to the booths where they say ticketholders get wristbanded here.
  • For those picking up their tickets go to the main gate and claim your tickets with ID, the purchaser must pick up, and you will be wristbanded at the ticket pick-up tents. Your party must be with you to be banded. We do not hold tickets for anyone.
  • Purchasing tickets at the festival go through the main gate.
  • Children 12 and under are FREE!

2020 ROOTSandBLUES Tickets

December 1st to January 31st December 1st to January 31st
Holiday 3 day Festival pass Holiday 4 day Festival pass
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$139 $119 $40 $79 $149 $129 $49 $85
February 1st to May 31st February 1st to May 31st
Early Bird 3 day Festival Pass Early Bird 4 day Festival pass
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$159 $129 $59 $89 $169 $139 $69 $95
June 1st to August 7th June 1st to August 7th
Advance 3 day Festival pass Advance 4 day Festival pass
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$179 $139 $69 $99 $189 $149 $79 $105
June 1st to August 7th – Advance Day passes
Friday Saturday and Sunday
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$79 $69 $50 $69 $85 $75 $55 $75
August 8th to the festival August 8th to the festival
Gate 3 day Festival pass Gate 4 day Festival pass
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$199 $149 $79 $110 $209 $159 $89 $115
August 8th to the festival – Gate Day passes
Friday Saturday and Sunday
Adult Senior Youth Student Adult Senior Youth Student
$85 $75 $60 $75 $92 $79 $65 $79

Paid parking across from the festival $10 daily. Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Only cash accepted.

  • ROOTSandBLUES camping is across from the festival site,  steps away
  • 4-day check-in time is Thursday 2 pm – 8 pm
  • 7-day check-in time is Monday at 2 pm – 8 pm
  • 4 Day Camping – 20 by 20 sites  $129 or 20 by 40 $159
  • 7 Day Camping – 20 by 20 sites $210 or 20 by 40 $280
  • Sites are pre-assigned for you by ROOTSandBLUES in advance, we will notify you with your campground # and site# by August 1st.   If you would like to camp by other campers you will have to arrange by May 31st.   We will assign the sites before your arrival,  there is no selection of campground or site numbers.
  • Go directly to the campgrounds located behind the festival site and check-in to receive your camping bands and parking pass for the campgrounds.  Only the purchaser’s name is on the reservation list for check-in. Campground-Directions-to-ROOTSandBLUES-festival
  • We provide portapotties and potable water.  NO PETS, NO FIRES
  • Camping sites are limited,   please book in advance to secure a spot
  • To purchase camping and read the rules and more details go here
  • Looking for other accommodations?  We have provided you with a detailed list here

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES is proud to offer our festival goers a world-class festival experience, including:

  • Over 45 bands, performers – with over 80 performances over the festival week!
  • 6 stages
    The TD Main Stage – evening and night
    Mott’s Canada Dry Barn Stage – day and night
    CBC Blues & Beyond Stage – day
    Shade Stage  – day
    Engage Stage – day –  located next to the Family Fun Zone day stage featuring a African drum and dance event. Aerial circus and musical performances.
    Pop-Up stage located in the merchandise tent.

*schedule is subject to change

  • MERCHANDISE TENT – Be sure to check out the merchandise tent to see all our NEW stock for 2020.  Quantities and sizes are limited!   Performer CD signings are held at the Merchandise tent check for posting of performers and times at the Merch tent.   Programs will be available for purchase for $5 at the main box office and at the Merchandise tent.
  • PLAYZONE – For your inner child to be discovered.  Located between the Engage and Main Stages.  Interactive and engaging games, hula-hoops and other play items are placed on the field to encourage random acts of fun.  All ages welcome!
  • HUB INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S ZONE – Family fun?  The play zone includes a circus type activity, bouncy houses,  a climbing wall, face painting,  pet rock painting by Inclusive Arts and other interactive events. Interactive Art Experience by Meikle Studios. View the visual arts as the art is being created during the event.  Open Saturday and Sunday
  • ACUITY GLOW PARADE AT NIGHT – Follow the glowing crusade through the event at night.
  • MAIN BEVERAGE GARDEN – Choose from Mott’s premixed cocktails,  Summerhill wines,  Scenic Road ciders,  Craft brews from Crannog Ales,  and Mount Begbie.
  • SUMMERHILL WINE LOUNGE 19+ (located in the main beverage garden) –  Enjoy a mini Okanagan/Shuswap wine tour without leaving the festival grounds.   Wine tasting events and sales are located at the Summerhill Wine Lounge in the Main Beverage Garden.   Participating Vineyards include: Summerhill, Sunnybrae,  Monte Creek, Recline Ridge,  Marionette, Indigenous World.
  • CANADA DRY BARN BEVERAGE GARDEN– family friendly location  – Choose from Mott’s premixed cocktails,  Summerhill wines, Scenic Road ciders,  Craft brews from Crannog Ales,  and Mount Begbie.
  • HAMMOCKS – Hammocks are placed in pods all over the event grounds to chill while enjoying the relaxed vibes.   Hammocks courtesy of Elevations Industries.
  • RECHARGING STATION – This lounge offers a device self-charging service,  wifi hotspot, and sofas to make this area useful for recharging your mind and device while relaxing in the shade on a comfy couch.  Supported by ThinkMonkey and Mascon.
  • 50/50 DRAW – Participate for a chance to win!  Sellers located throughout the site.
  • PANCAKE BREAKFAST – The Rotary will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 11 am with live music, performers to be announced.   Located at the Hucul Printing parking lot on the corner of 5thSt and 5thAve. Across from the festival.
  • INTERNATIONAL FOOD VILLAGE – Hungry?  Enjoy the food from over 25 food vendors with something for everyone!  Just yum…
  • ARTISAN VILLAGE – Visit the Artisan area,  with over 25 Artisans,  all crafted wares are inspired by the finest in Western Canada,  unique jewelry,  art,  festival wear,  leather crafting, henna tattoos,   art,  cigar box guitars,  pottery, tie-dye clothing and many other crafted items.
  • NON-PROFIT ALLEY – ROOTSandBLUES presents non-profit booths from our community to support and increase awareness of other organizations.
  • SEATING in the TD Main Stage and CBC Blues & Beyond Stage audience areas have specific sections for festival (low backed) and taller chairs.   Chair type examples can be viewed at the Main and West Gate entrances. LAWN CHAIR HEIGHT – 32″ and under will go to the front of the stage,  33″ and over will go to the back.
  • TARPS are only allowed on the ground and to be placed in the designated tarp zone in the TD Main Stage audience area.  No tarp larger than 8’x10′ will be allowed.
  • DANCING – We request patrons to be courteous of one another and attempt not to block the view of those seated. For those who prefer to sit,  please be understanding that some patrons come to music festivals to enjoy the experience while dancing.
  • WATER BOTTLES – We are working hard to reduce our environmental footprint.  Please help us in this effort by bringing your own water bottle.  The festival has eliminated plastic water bottle sales and single use plastic items in an effort to be more sustainable.  Water stations will be available throughout the site.
  • LOST CHILDREN – If your child wanders off, they will be sent to the Event Central building.  Please make them aware of the location, should they require assistance.  Tip:  please leave your phone number on your children’s wristbands,  in order for us to contact you!
  • EVENT HOSTS – If you need help or information, our event volunteers are wearing matching T-shirts and are happy to assist you with any concerns.
  • SMOKING & VAPING POLICY – The Festival grounds follow a no smoking/vaping policy unless a patron is in one of the three designated zones.  The Smoking & Vaping zones are located in a specific section in the Main Beverage Garden and in the back area of the Shade and Canada Dry Barn Stage areas.  Please pinch and pocket,  or place in one of the sand buckets located in the smoking areas and next to the waste receptacles. Our friends from Brain Garden will be on site distributing pocket ashtrays by donation,  and collecting cigarette butts for recycling.
  • FIRST AID – If you require medical assistance we provide First Aid on site,  located by the grandstands.
  • LOST AND FOUND – If you have lost or found, please go to EVENT CENTRAL located at the centre of the grounds and report or turn in lost items.  (By the grandstands)
  • COMPOSTING – We provide stations located all over the site, please compost.   All of our vendors are using compostable items,  and all the beverage cups are compostable.  Please use the appropriate receptacles on site.
 
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN FESTIVAL WEEKEND,  we will see y’all soon!
 

From all the ROOTSandBLUES Staff,  Board of Directors,  our dedicated volunteers and all our Festival Friends and Sponsors!

Pre-festival events are open to the community and festival patrons in the week leading up to the event. Some of these events are free, by donation only. Downtown and Uptown stores and restaurants and pubs partner with the ROOTSandBLUES to bring a week-long concert series to the community. Super Crawl series finale is held on the Thursday night at the Canada Dry Barn Stage,  $25 per ticket, or if you have  a 4 day festival pass you have access into this event.

***Lineup subject to change


When

Where

Time

Performers

 

Tues. Aug 11

Askew’s Uptown

12:00 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Askew’s Uptown

5:00 PM

TBD

FREE

  

7:00 PM

TBD

FREE

     

Wed, Aug 12

Wednesday on the Wharf

6:45 PM

TBD

FREE

Thurs, Aug 13

Shuswap Pie Co

5:00 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Shuswap Theatre

5:30 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Shuswap Theatre

7:10 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Salmon Arm Legion Branch 62

6:00 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Salmon Arm Legion Branch 63

7:20 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Marionette Winery

7:00 PM

TBD

FREE

 

Barley Station Brew Pub

7:30 PM

TBD

FREE

     
 

Canada Dry Barn Stage, Festival Grounds

8:30 PM

TBD

$25 or FREE with 4 Day Pass

  

10:00 PM

TBD

 
     

Sat, Aug 15

Pancake Breakfast – Hucul Printing Parking Lot

8 – 11 am

TBD

 
     
 

Downtown Salmon Arm – Ross St Plaza

9 am -1 pm

TBD

FREE

     

Sun, Aug 16

Pancake Breakfast Hucul Printing Parking Lot

8 -11 am

TBD

 
 

Gospel Show – Shuswap Theatre

11:00 AM

TBD

FREE

PATRON ACCESSIBILITY POLICIES

  • The ROOTSandBLUES Festival is committed to meeting the needs of those with disabilities. The festival prides itself on being small enough to attend to the individual needs of such individuals, while being large enough to provide the amenities they need. The following policies will be put into practice. The festival reviews its practices annually. Any that do not respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities are modified or removed.
  • INFORMATION – We will have a guest/information booth on site where visitors can access one-on-one support from our volunteers to provide any necessary communication guidance.
  • NOTICE OF TEMPORARY DISRUPTION – In the event of a planned or unexpected disruption to services or facilities for people with disabilities (including, but not limited to, on-site facilities, accessible parking, and volunteer assistance), ROOTSandBLUES Festival will promptly up-date all affected people by announcements from the Main stage and the Barn Stage. Complete copies of the Emergency Plan, including all Emergency Response Procedures, will be kept at the Guest/Volunteer booth for distribution at the start of the Festival.
  • PARKING – Due to limited availability, only those patrons with an official accessible pass recognized by the BC Ministry of Transportation will be able to park on 5th St. Individuals with a temporary disability due to injury, etc., are advised to contact the BC Ministry of Transportation to enquire about their eligibility for a parking pass. We would be happy to provide transportation (i.e., gators) to & from the causeway for those passengers with temporary injuries. Please inquire at the Main Gate Guest/Volunteer Booth or West Gate.
  • SERVICE ANIMALS – ROOTSandBLUES Festival welcomes people with disabilities who are accompanied by certified service animals. Certified service dogs are the exception. SITE ACCESSIBILITY – The site itself, mostly is a level grassed area with access from the ( West Gate and Main Gate). There are washroom facilities for persons with disabilities.
  • SITE TRANSPORTATION – ask our volunteers at the gates to contact site transport to assist you.
  • SUPPORT PERSONS – If an individual with a disability has a support worker employed for hire (i.e., Special Service at Home workers, or other paid contracts) and they wish to attend the support person will get entrance at no charge. All other support persons, i.e., family members and friends, will be charged the same rate as other patrons.