April 20, 2020
Dear ROOTSandBLUES Patrons,
It is with a heavy heart that today the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will be announcing that the 2020 edition of the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival will not proceed in the traditional format. While we had remained hopeful that the healing powers of music and community would have the opportunity to prevail, for the safety of everyone involved, and in accordance with Provincial directives, we will not be able to proceed with the 2020 Festival as planned.
It can not be overstated just how much every festival goer, joining us from near and far, means to all of us as organizers, volunteers, and to the entire Shuswap community. The sincere enthusiasm and loyalty of our festival goers is the backbone of the ROOTSandBLUES Festival and because of that genuine pride and passion, we will return to our traditional Festival format in 2021 and we hope we will see you there!
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 enthusiasm and spirit of the performers becomes contagious when the festival gates open, and long after the festival ends.
Produced by the not-for-profit Salmon Arm Folk Music Society, the Roots and Blues Festival 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.