The return of outdoor concerts on a grand scale saw thousands flocked to Salmon Arm this past weekend for one of Western Canada’s largest music festivals.

Shuswap locals, music lovers from the lower mainland and Alberta, and thousands from the Okanagan Valley crashed box office records at what could be dubbed the “coming out party for COVID.” 

It’s been two years since Roots and Blues last brought the community together in person, and 2022 marked a milestone for the annual festival.  

“When we started to announce some of the artists, we started to feel the excitement of the community that the festival was coming back,” said artistic director Kevin Tobin on Sunday. “That passion just continued to snowball until here we are today on the final day of the 30th anniversary.” 

See the full article as published in the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald .