Canadian music icon to rock Deer Lake Park at 2023 Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

Last updated: May 23, 2023


The Burnaby Blues + Roots festival returns to Deer Lake Park on August 12 with free admission and headlining the festival for 2023 is Canadian music icon and multi-JUNO award winner, Buffy Sainte-Marie

This year’s lineup will also feature performances by Allison Russell, The Dip, Boy Golden, The Trade Offs, and a soon-to-be-announced artist from the First Up with RBCXMusic program.

Along with incredible live music attendees will see the return of signature attractions and amenities including a family zone, food trucks and more. Gates will open at 1 pm with the opening act taking the stage at 2 pm.

"Deer Lake Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor music venues in all of Metro Vancouver and we’re so excited to have such a fantastic lineup of musicians for this year’s Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “We’re proud to offer this wonderful event for free this year so everyone in our community will have the chance to experience this unforgettable event.”

The Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival acknowledges its many sponsors and partners including presenting partner Parkland, RBC, GlobalBC, Burnaby Now, Miss604, Delta Hotel & Convention Centre Burnaby, and The Province of British Columbia. 

About Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, social activist, philanthropist and visual artist. She specializes in love songs and music with a political and social-activist focus. She is perhaps best known for her 1964 anti-war anthem “Universal Soldier,” which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. Sainte-Marie also won a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an Academy Award for co-writing the hit song “Up Where We Belong.” She has received the Polaris Music Prize and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, as well as multiple Juno Awards, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, lifetime achievement awards and honorary degrees. She has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

About Allison Russell
Allison Russell is a GRAMMY-nominated artist, activist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of extraordinary power, talent and grace. A founding member of the acclaimed groups Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah), and Birds of Chicago (with her husband/musical partner JT Nero), the Montreal native has begun to emerge as a potent force among creative circles worldwide. Her latest album appeared on the long list for the prestigious Polaris Prize in 2021.

About The Dip
The Dip is a pop, rhythm and blues band that was formed in 2013 by jazz music students at the University of Washington in Seattle. The band combines a typical pop instrumentation with a three-part horn section. They have released three full-length albums as well as two instrumental EPs.

About Boy Golden
Boy Golden, founder and minister of The Church of Better Daze, has a purpose: enjoy each day and make good music. His songs, like hymns, are hopeful, fresh and upbeat. Redefining jam band and stoner cultures by turning dead heads into lively brains, Boy Golden wants to unite us all in a hazy dream under one roof.

About The Trade-Offs
The Trade-Offs' iconic brand, Arctic Soul, is distinguished by the deep brooding voice of Josh Qaumariaq and soulful background of Jeff Maurice set against blues and rock and roll sounds echoing from the depth of the Northern tundra. In a blend of Inuktitut and English lyrics, The Trade-Offs sing the Arctic blues about universal themes of light and darkness and closeness and isolation. While the band is a staple of the Iqaluit music scene, they have played across Canada on big and small stages alike, including mainstage performances at major festivals and at the iconic Cameron House in Toronto

About Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival has been a highlight of the outdoor concert season since 2000 and celebrates the influence of roots and blues music in a unique venue. The festival encourages cultural awareness of musical talent and provides a platform for local and Canadian artists and ensuring that female and BIPOC artists are represented. The Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival is presented by the City of Burnaby, in association with Live Nation. 

Learn More: Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival

For more information contact:
Chris Bryan
Manager, Public Affairs
Public Affairs Office
604-570-3616 | [email protected]

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