Community & Environment


Through the process of continuous improvement, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will strive to implement policies and practices that strengthen our cultural, financial and ecological sustainability.

Environmental Practices

The Festival has determined that continuing existing practises and the implementation of a number of new initiatives are fundamental to this approach.

Environmental Policy

We will design, organize and implement our productions and operations in a way that minimizes our negative environmental impacts.

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Creating a World-Class Event

They say it takes a village to produce an artistic or cultural event. We say it takes Salmon Arm. Without our community, ROOTSandBLUES would not be possible. To give back to the community that sustains us, we are dedicated to paying it forward and supporting local youth, artists, and artisans.

We, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society’s board of directors and staff, were devastated by the discovery of the 215 children of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and other discoveries across Canada.

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Our support and kindness is with our Secwépemc neighbours and all Indigenous Nations impacted by this unspeakable tragedy that touches the heart of everyone.

We encourage everyone to learn the history of residential schools and educate ourselves and our families on the lasting impact these schools have on Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

May we all see this crisis through understanding eyes and open hearts.

Show your support and honour the lives of the young ones taken too soon by wearing orange shirts, ribbons, and encouraging healing and reconciliation within our community and beyond.

Our hearts are with the 215 children of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and their families.

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Fine Arts Development Scholarship recipient looks to inspire next generation of musicians

4 226x300He’s passionate, he’s accomplished, and this year’s Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Fine Arts Development Scholarship winner Christopher Ollinger is getting ready to turn his dream of teaching music into a reality.

“We congratulate Christopher for his passion and wish him success as he embarks upon a post-secondary education,” says Steve Atkins, scholarship committee chair.

Inspired by his own music teachers, Ollinger will study music education at the University of Victoria.

A graduating student from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary, Ollinger says he desires to “plant roots somewhere and make a program that really inspires them.”

Ollinger is a multi-talented musician and has played the guitar for nearly six years. He picked up the clarinet in Grade 7 and saxophone in Grade 8. In 2018, Ollinger won the Outstanding Performer Award at the Interior Jazz Festival. 

At home in Salmon Arm, Ollinger performs with SASS’s concert band, jazz band, choir, musical theatre, art club, jazz combo, and has undertaken major roles in school plays at both Jackson and Sullivan campuses. In middle school, he was involved with Sorrento’s community theatre group. 

Outside of school, Ollinger has worked with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra, Shuswap Men’s Chorus, the Salmon Arm Community Band, and volunteers with the Salty Dog Street Fest and Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival. 

His application for the scholarship also highlighted the Wednesday on the Wharf random acts of music, where Ollinger played the clarinet throughout downtown Salmon Arm. 

About the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Fine Arts Development Scholarship 

The annual ROOTSandBLUES Festival is only possible thanks to the generous support of our community stakeholders and citizens.

In appreciation of our community and in the spirit of paying it forward, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society partnered with Shuswap Community Foundation to establish the Fine Arts Development Scholarship to reward dedicated students through their artistic educational journey.

The $1,000 scholarship is available to any graduate of School District #83 enrolling in a post-secondary, fine arts discipline. While music, drama, art, and dance are obvious choices for qualification, other creative avenues such as video production and sound engineering are also acceptable.

To learn more about and support the scholarship, click here.

  • We maintain a financial scholarship award program to recognize and support graduating School District #83 students.
  • Each year, we donate Festival tickets and merchandise to an extensive list of charities, community groups, schools, and other not-for-profits to support their fundraising activities.
  • We offer support services by way of equipment loans to various not-for-profits and we partner with other local groups such as R.J. Haney House, The Shuswap Trail Alliance, The Children’s Festival, Relay for Life, Shuswap Tourism, and the Salmon Arm Arts Centre on community events.
  • During the Festival, we support other non-profit and fundraising groups by offering booths at no charge. The application process for selection is open and democratic.
  • We mentor youth through our student documentary program and the volunteer office.
  • As part of our mandate to educate with regards to musical diversity, we offer free admission to all children 12 and under.

ROOTSandBLUES encourages and promotes performers from all parts of the world, with a special emphasis on Canadian talent. We aim to educate audiences and showcase the incredibly diverse genres of music, musical instruments, and the artists who play them. We present artistic and cultural events that enrich both the fabric of our community and by extension, the fabric of the world.

Thanks to the support of Creative BC, we’re in the early stages of researching and developing a shared equipment network.

The BC Equipment Network will connect members from our beautiful province with affordable rental equipment. Members will have access to equipment purchased by the Network and items owned and shared by collaborating festival and event partners. The Network’s resources will work with equipment from current production suppliers to elevate the quality of participating events.

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Protecting the Planet

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is dedicated to reducing the environmental footprint of the annual ROOTSandBLUES Festival. We invest money and resources into implementing green solutions that help to mitigate our environmental impact.

  • Reduction in our carbon footprint through establishing grid-based power
  • Integration of “pedal power” utility vehicles to reduce our carbon emissions
  • Promote the use of and provide safe storage for bicycles while on site
  • Promote the use of public transportation
  • Source locally grown food for our volunteers and performers
  • Composting of all vendor, volunteer, and performer utensils, containers, packaging, and food waste
  • Provide compostable beverage containers for use by our patrons and volunteers in all our various beverage and hospitality areas
  • Recycling of all materials where possible
  • Return of all deposit-based containers
  • Reducing single-use water bottles from circulation on our site by banning their sale
  • Continue to plant low maintenance green spaces and trees at the Fairgrounds with the Fall Fair Board
  • Establishment of underground watering systems, greywater discharge and potable water stations

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior and the City of Salmon Arm for their support with the Generator Reduction Program. This project allows the Festival to reduce the use of diesel generators and move to permanent electricity sources.

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How You Can Help

The SAFMS is a non-profit society that relies on the support of its generous sponsors, donors, and members to continue producing the annual ROOTSandBLUES Festival. Want to help us help the community? Consider becoming a member today!

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