Roots and Blues Festival

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES artistic director Kevin Tobin will be spending the coming year preparing for the festival’s 30th anniversary. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES’ Kevin Tobin talks festivals, music and all that jazz

New artistic director’s sights set on next year’s 30th anniversary event

  • Oct 22, 2021

 

Peter North and artist liaison Tori Jewell discuss preparations for the 27th annual Roots and Blues Festival. North was the festival's artistic director between 2014 and 2021.  (File photo)

Letter: Former Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES artistic director questions recent praise

Peter North grateful to those who helped get event ‘back on solid ground’

  • Sep 28, 2021

 

Kevin Tobin, longtime artistic director with the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, will be filling the void left by outgoing Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES artistic director Peter North. (Contributed)

New artistic director announced for Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival

Salmon Arm Folk Music Society offers praise for outgoing director Peter North

 

This year’s ROOTSandBLUES event, Altered States II, will be shown free of charge at the Salmar Classic in downtown Salmon Arm on Aug. 13 and 14. (File photo)

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival to play the Salmar Classic

Free event can be watched at the theatre or streamed at home Aug. 13 and 14

This year’s ROOTSandBLUES event, Altered States II, will be shown free of charge at the Salmar Classic in downtown Salmon Arm on Aug. 13 and 14. (File photo)
Festivalgoers enjoy a blues show under the hot sun on Aug. 18, 2019 at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival ponders multi-venue format with streaming in 2021

Festival request four-year grant, format decisions depend on funding, health restrictions

Festivalgoers enjoy a blues show under the hot sun on Aug. 18, 2019 at the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. (File photo)
Circus Kalabanté bring a dazzling display of skill and physical agility to the 28th Annual Roots and Blues Festival, August 13-16. (Contributed)                                Circus Kalabanté bring a dazzling display of skill and physical agility to the 28th Annual Roots and Blues Festival, August 13-16. (Contributed)

Roots and Blues online festival live tonight on Black Press Media

Tune in to Black Press Media to watch the festival live Aug. 14, 15 and 16

Circus Kalabanté bring a dazzling display of skill and physical agility to the 28th Annual Roots and Blues Festival, August 13-16. (Contributed)                                Circus Kalabanté bring a dazzling display of skill and physical agility to the 28th Annual Roots and Blues Festival, August 13-16. (Contributed)
Irish Mythen closes the Roots and Blues Festival’s main stage down for the weekend with an hour long set of emotionally evocative songs on Sunday, Aug. 18. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Roots and Blues festival to kick off virtually on Friday

Watch the festival on Black Press Media website platforms, for free

Irish Mythen closes the Roots and Blues Festival’s main stage down for the weekend with an hour long set of emotionally evocative songs on Sunday, Aug. 18. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Column: Unexpected drum rhythm triggers treasured memories

Column: Unexpected drum rhythm triggers treasured memories

In Plain View by Lachlan Labere

  • Aug 8, 2020
Column: Unexpected drum rhythm triggers treasured memories
Michael Franti’s main stage performance is one of the archived shows which will be streamed for the online 2020 Roots & Blues festival. ( File photo)

Roots & Blues announces ticket giveaway ahead of online festival

The festival is streaming free online this year, but those who pre-register can win passes for 2021.

Michael Franti’s main stage performance is one of the archived shows which will be streamed for the online 2020 Roots & Blues festival. ( File photo)
Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (File photo)

Roots & Blues festival trades Salmon Arm stage for screens province-wide

Although COVID-19 has halted a live festival, it can be watched digitally on Black Press Media sites

Although the festival will be streamed online instead of performed live due to the COVID-19 virus, Roots & Blues favourite Irish Mythen will be back this year. (File photo)
The Agricultural Land Commission approved the Salmon Arm Roots Blues Festival’s application to expand the area it uses for temporary campgrounds. The 2020 festival is cancelled but the approval is good through 2022. (City of Salmon Arm image)

Expanded camping at 2021 Roots & Blues might work if COVID-19 restrictions still required

Salmon Arm staff member suggests approval of bigger campground area could be useful in coming year

The Agricultural Land Commission approved the Salmon Arm Roots Blues Festival’s application to expand the area it uses for temporary campgrounds. The 2020 festival is cancelled but the approval is good through 2022. (City of Salmon Arm image)
Organizers of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival have cancelled the Aug. 13-16 event, but are pursuing alternative options. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues cancels 2020 festival, pursuing alternatives

Organizers looking at ways to share joy, talent of festival through technology

Organizers of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival have cancelled the Aug. 13-16 event, but are pursuing alternative options. (File photo)
Organizers of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival have cancelled the Aug. 13-16 event, but are pursuing alternative options. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues cancels 2020 festival, pursuing alternatives

Organizers looking at ways to share joy, talent of festival through technology

Organizers of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues festival have cancelled the Aug. 13-16 event, but are pursuing alternative options. (File photo)
No decision yet on fate of 2020 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

No decision yet on fate of 2020 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

Music festivals across province working together to ensure they thrive after pandemic

No decision yet on fate of 2020 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
Sue Foley, aka the Ice Queen, entertains crowds at the 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Hydro proposed for the fall fairgrounds where it’s held would do away with the diesel generators. (File photo)

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival hopes to say goodbye to diesel generators

City agrees to chip in to help expand hydro at the fall fairgrounds

Sue Foley, aka the Ice Queen, entertains crowds at the 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Hydro proposed for the fall fairgrounds where it’s held would do away with the diesel generators. (File photo)
Members of the newly elected Salmon Arm Folk Music Society board for 2020: in front, Brook Roberts, Brenda M’Clellan, Valorie Ellis-Peet, Alan Bates and Kimm Magill-Hofmann; back row, Doug Hearn, Joyce Kenoras, Ian McDiarmid, Elaine Holmes, Rob Marshall, Steve Atkins, Bernd Hermnski. (Barb Brouwer photo)

Ticket sales dip but revenue up for 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

741 volunteers credited for making music festival possible

  • Jan 31, 2020
Members of the newly elected Salmon Arm Folk Music Society board for 2020: in front, Brook Roberts, Brenda M’Clellan, Valorie Ellis-Peet, Alan Bates and Kimm Magill-Hofmann; back row, Doug Hearn, Joyce Kenoras, Ian McDiarmid, Elaine Holmes, Rob Marshall, Steve Atkins, Bernd Hermnski. (Barb Brouwer photo)
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Sherman Doucette have a musical valentine in store for Salmon Arm with a concert, organized by Roots and Blues, at the Nexus on Friday, Feb. 14. (File photo)

Share love of music with Salmon Arm Valentine’s Day concert

Roots and Blues welcomes festival favourites Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Sherman Doucette

  • Jan 28, 2020
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Sherman Doucette have a musical valentine in store for Salmon Arm with a concert, organized by Roots and Blues, at the Nexus on Friday, Feb. 14. (File photo)