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Early bird passes and camping available Dec. 8 for the milestone year

SALMON ARM, B.C.—The sun dips behind the picturesque mountains as a drumbeat pulsates through the crowd. Lawn chairs dot the green fields of the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds and patrons dance late into the night. It’s a long weekend filled with friends, music and laughter.
 
It’s been two years since the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES community has celebrated together. And, as the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society (SAFMS) turns the corner after performances went virtual, organizers are thrilled to welcome the ROOTSandBLUES community back to Salmon Arm for its landmark 30th-anniversary festival Aug. 18-21, 2022.
 
“We can’t wait to welcome volunteers, musicians, and patrons back to Salmon Arm to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says Kimm Magill-Hoffmann, board chair. “We’re optimistic that our festival friends and families will be able to gather and make our return to in-person events memorable.”
 
Just in time for holiday gift-giving, three-day festival passes and camping for this year’s highly anticipated event go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Purchase tickets before Feb. 28 to take advantage of early-bird pricing and save up to 25 per cent off the regular price.
 
“Right now, we all need hope—a light at the end of the tunnel,” says David Gonella, executive director. “Sometimes we have to search for the light. In this case, we’re flicking the switch ourselves to showcase our resilience.”
 
Now in its 30th year, the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES welcomes world-class performers and local talent to the festival stage that has seen the likes of Buddy Guy, Jeff Healey, Booker T. Jones, and City and Colour.
 
In 2019, the 27th annual festival welcomed nearly 30,000 people and more than 30 performers. After cancelling the 28th annual festival due to COVID-19, the SAFMS brought ROOTSandBLUES to the digital era with created a free virtual festival featuring pre-recorded performances in 2020 and 2021.
 
As organizers prepare for the return of an in-person festival, Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES will follow all Provincial Health Officer and Interior Health orders and employ safety and sanitation practices to create a safe environment for all festivalgoers.
 
As per current PHO policy, attendees ages 12-and-up are required to show proof of vaccination at the gates. Proof of vaccination is mandatory for each entry as staff will not track visitors’ vaccination status. Neither vaccine exemptions nor negative COVID-19 tests results are accepted. Guests from outside of B.C. must show provincially or territorially recognized records of vaccination alongside valid government photo ID. All policies are subject to change to comply with government health and emergency orders.
 
Festival passes range from $75 to $150, and four-day camping starts at $125. For more information, visit www.rootsandblues.ca, call 250-833-4096 or visit the office Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 541 3 Street West in Salmon Arm.
 
ABOUT ROOTSandBLUES 
The Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival is a destination for fans of music ranging from blues to bluegrass, Celtic to Cuban, and Americana to Afro-beat. The festival is presented by the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society—a non-profit charitable organization.