Globetrotting workshops planned with advanced-pricing discounts available until Aug. 11

It’s the place where people gather, where music lovers of all ages and backgrounds come to experience the Secwepemc ways of knowing and connect with one another. 

Named for the gathering of the people in the Secwepemc language, Plulk’w Place is right at the heart of the Salmon Arm fairgrounds.

The Plulk’w Place stage is set with interactive displays, storytelling, education and, of course, music with performances by Dallas Arcand, DerRic Starlight, Ryley Booth, Rain August, Kuskjammin and more.

dallas arcand
Dallas Arcand

Meanwhile, on the Barn and CBC Blues stages, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is looking to make music history with once-in-a-lifetime musical pairings. 

During Saturday and Sunday afternoons, this year’s workshops bring together musicians from across genres, cultures and languages in a series of thematic workshops.

“Some of the best ROOTSandBLUES memories have been made during these exciting afternoon collaborations,” says Kevin Tobin, artistic director. “This year, we knew we wanted to take audiences on a real musical journey with unique thematic pairings.”

Saturday workshops kick off with Pocket Change featuring Corey Harris, Garnetta Cromwell & DaGroovmasters and Munro & Patrick on the CBC Blues Stage before La Dame Blanche, TEKE::TEKE and Moontricks take festival-goers on a virtual world tour in Globetrotting on the Barn Stage.

After more international travel through Boarding Pass, a Blind Date and a history of Indigenous blues and hip hop in Change Agents, Saturday workshops wrap with a deep dive into The Band’s monumental album, Music from Big Pink featuring Colin Linden, John Dymond, Gary Craig, Hawksley Workman, Heather Gemmell and Boy Golden.

Sunday sees five workshops beginning with Boiling Point on the CBC Blues Stage with Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Crystal Shawanda [top photo] and Colin Linden and an exciting, drum-fuelled Percussion Syndicate on the Barn Stage. Back on the Blues Stage, things get funky with Five Alarm Funk and the Melawmen Collective in Funk Hop Nation before When the Levee Breaks digs into the history and importance of the blues. 

Hawksley Workman, Heather Gemmell, Munro & Patrick, Jake Vaadeland and Abigail Lapell round out the 2023 ROOTSandBLUES workshops with a heartfelt celebration of Gordon Lightfoot in If You Could Read My Mind. 

For a full list of daytime workshops and Plulk’w Place performances, visit ROOTSandBLUES online at Advanced pricing weekend and day passes are available until Aug. 11 online or by phone at 250-833-4096. For more information, follow the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES on Facebook and Instagram.

Confirmed Artists:

Abigail Lapell | Allison Russell | Apollo Suns | Battle of Santiago | Blue Rodeo | Boy Golden | Corey Harris | Colin Linden | Crystal Shawanda | Dallas Arcand | DerRic Starlight | DJ Shub presents War Club Live | Five Alarm Funk | Garnetta Cromwell & DaGroovmasters | Hawksley Workman | JakeVaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys | Jenie Thai | Kuksjammin | La Dame Blanche | Le Vent du Nord | Lido Pimienta | Little Miss Higgens |  Mazacote | Melón Jimènez & Lara Wong Flamenco Project | Moontricks | Munro & Patrick | Oral Fuentes Reggae Band | Rain August | Rick Estrin & The Nightcats | Ryley Booth | Sarah McLachlan | Sue Foley | TEKE::TEKE | The Hello Darlins | The Melawmen Collective |The Salmon Armenians


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. Proudly supported by Trends Magazine.