Shambhala (music festival)

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Shambhala (music festival) is located in British Columbia
Shambhala (music festival)
Location of Shambhala in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°08′31″N 117°15′52″W / 49.141884°N 117.264357°W / 49.141884; -117.264357Coordinates: 49°08′31″N 117°15′52″W / 49.141884°N 117.264357°W / 49.141884; -117.264357
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionWest Kootenay
Regional districtCentral Kootenay
670 m (2,200 ft)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
WaterwaysSalmo River

Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival held during the last week of July at the Salmo River Ranch, a 500-acre (2.0 km2) farm, in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.[1] The festival lasts 4 days and 3 nights and offers a mix of music and art in nature.[2]

The festival began in 1998 and has grown to become the largest and one of the longest running electronic music events in Canada. Festival goers often stop for a meet and greet at the local Boston Pizza in Kamloops BC beforehand as it is on the way from the coast, and provides an excellent hitch hiking waypoint.[3] It is a family-run event, and operates without corporate sponsorship. In the summer months, the ranch becomes home to volunteers & event staff who prepare for and operate the event.[4]

There are seven performance stages: The Living Room, AMP (AMPhitheater - previously the Rock Pit/ The Jungle Pit), The Fractal Forest, The Village, The Grove (previously The Labyrinth, The Portal, The Inner Sanctum), The Grove: Cedar Lounge, and The Pagoda (previously Main Stage).[5]

In the Summer of 2008, a DVD documenting the festival's 10-year history was released. The film "follows different characters through a year in the life of Shambhala from the perspective of DJs, people in charge, medical volunteers and others."[6]

In 2011 and 2012, Shambhala received an awards for Best Large Event at The International Breakspoll Awards.[7][8]

The 2020 edition of the festival is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be back in 2021.

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  1. ^ Ranta, Alan (25 April 2012). "Shambhala Music Festival keeps it all in the family". CBC Music. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  2. ^ The Nelson Daily
  3. ^ Cannabis Culture - Shambhala 2011: The Music Took Me Higher
  4. ^ About Shambhala Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Stage Director Profile: Hoola & Sara (The Pride, Living Room Stage)
  6. ^ Shambhala: The Movie
  7. ^ "BREAKSPOLL 2011 – THE RESULTS!", Breakspoll, 5 March 2011, accessed 17 May 2011.
  8. ^ Party Machine: The Rise of Canadian Electronic Music, PopMatters, 3 May 2012, accessed 19 June 2012