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Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival announces 2022 lineup

Grammy-award-winner The War on Drugs headlines the Aug. 6 festival after a two-year hiatus.
Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival 2019
The Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival hasn't been seen at Deer Lake Park since 2019 — but it's coming back Aug. 6, headlined by Grammy winners The War on Drugs.

After a two-year break, the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival has announced its lineup for the event on Saturday, Aug. 6 in Deer Lake Park.

Headlining the show is guitar-heavy, Grammy-award-winning rock band The War on Drugs.

Singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards’ effortless lyrics will grace the stage, as will innovative soul-jazz-funk group The Soul Rebels.

Métis and Slovakian singer-songwriter Ruby Waters will showcase her raspy Janis Joplin-like voice, and East Vancouver’s Balkan Shmalkan group will play their acoustic mixture of brass dance beats and Eastern European traditions.

Gates open at 12 p.m., with a family activity area set up from 2 to 8 p.m. (parents and guardians must supervise their children at all times).

Food vendors will be on site, with beer and wine served to those over 19 with two pieces of ID.

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided starting at 10:30 a.m. from select BCIT parking lots and from Brentwood SkyTrain station along Alpha Avenue. 

Early bird tickets are on sale for $40 until June 15. Children age 12 and under have free admission with the purchase of a ticket.