The Voyage to Shambhala: 7 Reasons to Cross the Canadian Border
In honor of Canada Day, yesterday we were inspired to convince our non-Canadian readers to cross the border in August with us for Shambhala Music Festival. The annual festival, which is a staple in the west coast underground electronic scene, has long been on our “to-festival” list. We finally decided to make the border-crossing voyage to Salmo River Ranch this year in the name of live music, heady art, and thirst for new adventure.
There are countless reasons each and every one of you should voyage to Canada to attend renowned Shambhala music festival, but we managed to make a list out of seven of our most convincing arguments:
1. The festival exemplifies the power of grassroots by maintaining creative freedom.
Shambhala’s origins are as grassroots as can be; the festival began as a 500-person gathering on a farm. Although it has been alive and thriving for 17 years, Shambhala makes a conscious effort to stay true to its roots. Shambhala does not accept corporate sponsors so that they may foster an environment of creative freedom. A deep-rooted family vibe also extends from the fact that the Salmo River Ranch, which is the original and lasting home of the festival, is owned by the gracious Bundschuh Family, who choose to extend that family love to all Shambhalovians.
2. Shambhala is a leader in the transformational festival community.
Transformational festivals are currently a hot topic of discussion, for valid reasons. This type of festival has deep roots beyond just a party; it’s a ritualistic celebration of humanity and all of that which we create together. Shambhala is a leader in the transformational movement for a number of reasons. The festival’s priority on greening is something to be admired, as they have refillable water stations to reduce wastefulness and promote reusing; recycling bins are also dispersed amongst festival grounds. With an emphasis on art, there is always an incredible art gallery located within the grounds. The festival is also located on a farm, which makes organic food options the norm. Additionally, the festival puts a radical emphasis on sexual health education options. These combined conscious efforts are the recipe for transformation.
3. The festival showcases talent from all over the world.
Shambhala is a staple in the west coast underground bass community, because it truly showcases cutting edge talent from all over the globe. If you wish to receive a cultural bass experience, look no further. From Australian glich-hop producer, Goosebumpz, to Swedish future-bass producer, Liquid Stranger, to German spiritual electronica producer, Robot Koch, and plenty of local Canadians, the festival does a fantastic job of representing talent from across the globe and electronic music spectrum.
4. Salmo River Ranch is a breathtakingly beautiful, operating farm.
The festival’s consistent location of Salmo River Ranch is reported to be absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It is actually a well-maintained working farm where cows, horses, and other animals roam freely in the festival’s absence, which adds to the festival’s overall charm and aesthetics. Additionally, due to the fact that Shambhala has consistently taken place at Salmo River Ranch since its inception, the festival has been able to grow exponentially in terms of its production level, resulting in top-notch intricate stage designs. Just browse through a few photos of festival’s grounds to see the astonishing intricacies.
5. Shambhala goes out of its way to provide a safe and secure atmosphere.
The organizers of Shambhala genuinely go the extra mile to provide a safe environment for all attendees by creating different on-site safe havens that encourage mental health and overall comfort through security. The Sanctuary, which is safe haven nestled between trees, provides nonjudgmental support to any festival goer who needs a quiet escape. The Women’s Safe Haven is a 24-hour a day safe spot staffed by women for any self-identified women; it also offers crisis support and post-festival resources. Camp Clean Beats is a sober camping zone for all attendees who commit to staying drug- and alcohol-free for the duration of the festival; no one under the influence is allowed in this camping spot. All of these extra services demonstrate how much the festival truly cares about all festival attendees’ individual needs.
6. An international festival is a perfect way to end festival season.
August marks the peak of festival season coming to a close, and a time which nears when many people have to return to school and other responsibilities. There are few more epic ways to close out an adventurous summer than crossing Canadian borders for one of the most legendary electronic and transformational festivals on the circuit. What better way to get to know a culture than partying down with the most eccentric locals anyway?
7. Adventure is good for the soul.
It’s good for health and well-being to step out of one’s own comfort zone and try something new for a change. “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves, in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide