Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

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Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
GenreMusic festival
DatesThird week in August
Location(s)Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
Years active23
Attendance22,000 (2015)[1]
WebsiteSalmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival is a three-day music festival that occurs every third weekend in August. It has six stages and features an international roster of artists as well as a strong contingent of Canadian talent. The event takes place at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds, an 18-acre site at the base of Mount Ida in Salmon Arm, a town located on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in British Columbia.

The festival features folk, blues, world, alternative, roots, electronica and many other different types of music and fusions. The festival also has food vendors, an artisan market, beer gardens, workshops, a children's area, and camping. It is wheelchair accessible[1] and offers free admission to children 12 years and under as part of the festival's ongoing mandate to educate audiences to the diverse genres of music and musical instruments, and to the artists who play them.


[2] Roots and Blues began in 1992 as a small indoor festival, a result of the Shuswap Coffee House[3] movement of the 1970s and 1980s, which by 1991 had coalesced into the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, the festival's founding body. In 1992, the first Festival was held in a tiny country hall with only a small crowd of several hundred people attending.[4] audiences steadily growing in subsequent years, in 2001 Roots and Blues moved to its current location and became an outdoor festival.[5] From its grassroots beginnings it has grown into the largest and most musically diverse Festival in the British Columbian Interior.[6] It has won many awards including[7] Okanagan, readers' Choice award for 'The most rockin' festival'.

2013 Line-Up[edit]

The Balconies, The Belle Game, Ben Waters, BerlinskiBeat, The Bright Light Social Hour, Bruce Cockburn, Cam Penner, City and Colour, Corvus Corax, The Crooked Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Devon Coyote, Expression World Music Collective, Fatoumata Diawara, Felix Zenger, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Harry Manx, Horse Feathers, Jacky Essombe, Jason Collett, Kelley Hunt, Ky-Mani Marley, Malcolm Holcombe, Mighty Mo Rodgers, Mississippi Heat, Oh! Ogopogo!, Richard Perso, Rita Chiarelli, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Santa Lucia LFR, Selah Sue, Shakura S'Aida, Skratch Bastid, Steve Strongman, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Treble Spot Jams, A Tribe Called Red, Vazzy, Watasun.[8]

Past performers[edit]

Past festival performers include: Buddy Guy, Downchild Blues Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Angelique Kidjo, Natalie MacMaster, Jeff Healey, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Bruce Cockburn, Great Big Sea, Tegan & Sara, Mick Taylor, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blue Rodeo, Colin James, Buddy Guy, Feist, Bedouin Soundclash, Corb Lund, Pointer Sisters, Xavier Rudd, Neville Brothers, Spirit of the West, Sam Roberts Band, the John Butler Trio, Joan Armatrading, K'Naan, Taj Mahal, Trombone Shorty, Kid Koala, Adham Shaikh, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, The Shuffle Demons, Serena Ryder, Broken Social Scene, Current Swell, Raleigh, Johnny Winter, Super Chikan, Hollerado, Hazmat Modine, Five Alarm Funk, and City and Colour.[9]


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  2. ^ "Photos - K'Naan at Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival 2010 | The Snipe News". Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. ^ Cooperman, Jim. "In the Beginning was the Shuswap Coffee House". The Lakeshore News. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  4. ^ Crocker, Scott. "Come Out and Support Your Festival". The Lakeshore News. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  5. ^ McKerral, Teresa. "The Year We Went Big". The Lakeshore News. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ Carter, Laurie (2012). "Community Round Up". Okanagan Life Valley Guide.
  7. ^ "16th Annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  8. ^ "2013 Performers : Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival / Music / Canadian / International / World / Family Event". 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
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