Roots and Blues Festival seeks volunteers

Here’s a sure-fire way to be a part of Salmon Arm’s Roots and Blues, Aug. 16 to 18.

Those wanting to be a part of one of the largest music festivals in the B.C. Interior now have a chance.

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is currently seeking volunteers for this year’s 21st annual Roots and Blues Festival, taking place at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, Aug. 16 to 18.

“The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a non-profit group that brings in wonderful musical talent every year and puts on, with the help of approx. 900 volunteers, the Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. This festival brings a lot of people to the area and benefits everyone,” said Sandra Huet, assistant volunteer coordinator.

The festival is currently in need of at least 100 volunteers to serve as security/ambassadors (the largest volunteer area), as well as those to help with parking, administration (office skills and money handling), camping, set up/tear down, the volunteer party, performer transport (must have a class 4 license or higher), and merchandising (cashier, sales skills).

Volunteers are required to give a 16-hour minimum commitment, with four hours dedicated to those in the set up /tear down area (new volunteers will do a tear-down shift).

“Twelve hours will be split into three four-hour shifts, one on each day of the festival,” said Huet.

All volunteers will receive three-day entrance to the festival, a volunteer T-shirt, snacks and drinks at the volunteer lounge, one meal each day at one of the food vendors on site, and plenty of time to enjoy the festival and listen to some fantastic music, added Huet.

Some of the artists performing at this year’s festival include Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, City and Colour, A Tribe Called Red, Harry Manx, Berlinski Beat, Ky-Mani Marley, Mississippi Heat, Skatch Bastid, Shred Kelly, The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer,  and so many others.

New volunteers need to fill out an application form, while both new and former volunteers need to fill out a waiver. Forms are available at, or at the office, located 490 5th Ave. SW, Salmon Arm, or call 250-833-4096.