Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

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Salmon Arm is the centre of the action in B.C's Interior, hosting the ROOTS&BLUES Festival in mid-August, attracting thousands of music lovers to the quiet little town on the shores of Shushwap Lake.

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Salmon Arm is the centre of the action in B.C.'s Interior, bringing thousands of people to the quiet little town on the shores of Shushwap Lake. From Aug. 16 - 19, the annual ROOTS&BLUES Festival offers a deep pool of musical talent in many genres. With a wide array of acts, including The Paperboys, Cindy Church, Colin James and Martin Simpson taking to the stage, it’s going to be a great weekend.

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Salmon Arm is easy to find and so is the festival. For blues fans from Alberta, Salmon Arm is only six hours from Calgary with no tricky turns — just straight west on the TransCanada Highway. It’s just about the same time for festival fans from Vancouver — five hours east on that same highway.

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Featured Artists

Colin James

Colin James blends the traditions of roots music and step-dancing with his own artistic voice and vision in a high-energy show that puts his award-winning songwriting talents out front.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry.  Get ready to be up on your feet dancing for his entire set.

The Paperboys

It’s been 25 years of stirring the pot for Tom Landa and his group The Paperboys and early on in this most impressive run, this group established itself as one of the most exciting, innovative and sturdy units on the international roots music scene.

The current lineup of The Paperboys features Landa on vocals, guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original member Geoffrey Kelly on flute/whistles (Geoffrey is also a founding member of Spirit of The West), Kalissa Landa on fiddle/vocals, Brad Gillard on bass/banjo, drummer Sam Esecson, and trombonist Nick La Riviere.

For a full list of artists throughout the ROOTS&BLUES Festival, click here.

Tickets/Admission

Purchase a full weekend pass starting at $169, with options to buy full-day and evening-only tickets offered throughout the festival.

Youth/Student 13-(19+) passes $99

Senior (65+) passes $129

Visit the official Festival website to purchase tickets

Tents, RVs or campers are all welcome at the campground. Check the official camping page here for more information.

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WHAT 

From humble beginnings of stand-alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, the ROOTS&BLUES Festival has grown into a major Canadian outdoor event that has gained a loyal and music-loving audience from all over Western Canada and the Pacific North West. 

WHEN

Aug. 17 - 20, 2017

WHERE

Salmon Arm, B.C.

TICKETS

Purchase a full weekend pass starting at $169, with options to buy full-day and evening-only tickets offered throughout the festival.

Youth/Student 13-(19+) passes $99

Senior (65+) passes $129

Visit the official Festival website to purchase tickets

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Add a little recreation time to your stay before or after the ROOTS&BLUES Festival in Salmon Arm.

  • Stroll along the curved wooden wharf – it’s the longest inland wooden wharf in Canada. 
  • Enjoy the lake front – there is enough sandy beach for everyone.
  • Rent a houseboat from Waterway Houseboat Vacations and tour over 600 km of shoreline on Shuswap Lakes.
  • Take to the water with a canoe, kayak, SUP or tube.
  • Go bird watching – over 300 species to spot in the Shuswap region.
  • Take to the skies and go skydiving.
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From humble beginnings of stand-alone folk shows in Salmon Arm community halls, the ROOTS&BLUES Festival has grown into a major Canadian outdoor event that has gained a loyal and music-loving audience from all over Western Canada and the Pacific North West. 

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