The Burnaby Blues + Roots festival has announced legendary musician Buffy Sainte-Marie as this year's headliner.
Sainte-Marie, a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and activist, known for her 1964 anti-war anthem "Universal Soldier," was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and has won multiple awards including an Academy Award.
This outdoor festival will have food trucks (including the Brownie Bakers, the Jerk Shack, Shameless Buns and more) and a family zone. Beer and wine service will be available for the 19+ crowd.
With more performances by Grammy-nominated artist Allison Russell; pop, rhythm and blues group The Dip; hymn-jammer Boy Golden; Arctic soul band The Trade Offs with lyrics blending Inuktitut and English; and more, this year's festival promises to be one to remember.
This is the first year that the festival will be free to attend.
The event has a capacity of 9,000 attendees and will not be ticketed.
For more information, see the event website.
Burnaby Blues + Roots festival
When: Saturday, Aug. 12, gates open at 1 p.m., opening act at 2 p.m., event runs till 10 p.m.
Where: Deer Lake Park festival lawn (6450 Deer Lake Ave., Burnaby)
Cost: Free admission