After two years of cancellations, Kaslo Jazz Festival set to return – BC News

After two years of cancellations due to the global pandemic, one of BC’s longest-running music festivals is set to return in July.

On Thursday, the Kaslo Jazz Etc. took to social media to announce the festival’s return to Kaslo Bay Park from July 29-31.

“The iconic floating stage will once again be parked in Kaslo Bay over the August long weekend,” the festival posted online. “There is something for everyone with a wide variety of music, vendors, children’s activities, workshops and much more!”

The festival, which has been held annually since 1992, was canceled in 2020 and again in 2021, due to BC event restrictions that were in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions on events were lifted earlier this month, although at present attendees to events in British Columbia are required to show proof of vaccination.

Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival. is unique in that the main stage floats on Kootenay Lake in Kaslo Bay, and attendees can listen to music while swimming around the stage, lounging in floats or anchored in boats in the bay.

With a permanent population of around 1,000 people, Kalso swells in numbers over a weekend.

In 2013, Reuters called Kaslo one of the top 10 places in the world to see outdoor music, while USA today bestowed the festival with similar honors in 2007.

No performers have been announced for this summer’s event, but an early lineup announcement is scheduled at or at 10 a.m. on March 3. Tickets, priced at $285 for the weekend, will also go on sale March 3, while children 7 and under can enter for free.

In December, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues announced that they would also be returning this summer after a two-year absence. Founded in 1991, Roots and Blues is also one of BC’s oldest festivals.

Willie J. Johnson