17 things you can only find at BC's Shambhala Music Festival (PHOTOS)

Aug 19 2019, 10:18 am

An eight-hour drive east of Vancouver in August for the last 22 years, thousands have gathered in Salmo, BC for a magical weekend of music and culture known as Shambhala Music Festival.

Shambhala began as a family-run event on the Salmo River Ranch in 1998 and has grown substantially over the years despite operating without any corporate sponsorship. So what makes Shambhala so special? Here are 17 things you can only find at Shambhala Music Festival.

17) Attendee organized events

Shambhala 2019 Magic The Gathering

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Community is at the heart of this festival, as such groups of friends have gotten together to organize events during the 4-day festival. This year’s long list of attendee organized events included:

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Nicer Free Hugs Canada

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Various dress-up events included: Day Onesie (wear a onesie on the first day), Saddle Up Saturday (dress like a cowboy), Panda Party, Toga At The Goda (dress in a toga at the Pagoda stage), Formal Friday, Santa Saturday and many more!

Fractal Forest Naruto Run (run as fast as you can, hands straight back like the Naruto anime character)

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The Giant Group Hug (self explanatory).

Captain Thomas’ Shamb Virgin Train Tour (A guy dressed as Thomas the tank engine creates a conga line of first time Shambhala attendees and leads them on a tour of the grounds)

Magic The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons in the Forest.

For a full list of the events, 2019 attendee organized events you can check them out here.

16) The Wishing Tree

Shambhala 2019 The Wishing Tree 2

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With positivity and kindness hanging from its branches in the form of handwritten notes, the Wish tree invites you to sit down and take a minute to reflect on all there is to be thankful for.

Shambhala 2019 The Wishing Tree 1

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15) The Spirit Animal Wheel

Shambhala 2019 - Spirit Animal Wheel

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Ever wonder what your spirit animal might be? Give the wheel a spin and find out!

Shambhala 2019 - Spirit Animal Wheel

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14) The Wedding Chapel

Just a few steps from the Living Room stage is this beautiful chapel in which attendees get engaged and married year after year during Shambhala.

Shambhala 2019 - Wedding Chapel

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13) ANKORS Drug Testing

Shambhala 2019 - ANKORS

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The AIDS Network Kootenay Outreach and Support Society is on-site all Shambhala long providing free, fast, anonymous drug checking using FTIR Spectrometers and test strips to identify drugs, including Fentanyl.

12) The Village Stage

Shambhala 2019 - The Village Stage

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Shambhala’s dedicated Bass Music stage was graced by the likes of bass legends Excision, Downlink, Rusko, Chase and Status and more in 2019 alone.

11) The Pagoda Stage

Shambhala 2019 - Pagoda Day Time

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Shambhala’s unofficial main stage boasted headliners Black Tiger Sex Machine, Zeds Dead, Kaskade, AC Slater, Grandtheft and more.

10) The Grove Stage

Shambhala 2019 - Pagoda Day Time

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The Grove Stage which hosted the festival’s opening ceremonies had a groovy line up that included headliners: Bonobo, FKJ, and the festival’s biggest hip hop act: Earth Gang.

Shambhala 2019 - Grove Night

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9) The AMP Stage

As the most accessible stage in the heart of downtown Shambhala this stage is a fan favorite that hosted UK trap producer Troyboi, MIJA, 1000 Volts (Redman & Jayceeoh), A Tribe Called Red and more!

8) The Fractal Forest Stage

Shambhala 2019 - Fractal Forest

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Hidden deep in the woods this mysterious stage is the funkiest spot in Shambhala. This year it was host to major headliners: Silk City (Diplo & Mark Ronson), Griz, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Jack Beats and more!

Shambhala 2019 - Fractal Forest 2

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7) The Living Room Stage

Shambhala 2019 - Living Room

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Also known as the beach stage, this stage is the most chill with many live performances including Holly Hoops, Mischief and Mayhem Circus, Spiralynn, I Love HoolaHoops and various day time activities such as Booty Luv Fitness.

Shambhala 2019 - Living Room

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6) Cedar Lounge Workshops

Shambhala 2019 - Cedar Lounge Workshops

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Want to learn how to grow your own weed, learn about the medical studies of MDMA or psilocybin mushrooms, or learn how to produce music? You’ve come to the right place at the Cedar Lounge.

Shambhala 2019 - Cedar Lounge Workshops

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5) Bass Camp Art Gallery

Shambhala 2019 - Bass Camp Art Gallery

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This massive dome in downtown Shambhala is home to visual art of all kinds from artist from around the world available for purchase and visual pleasure.

Shambhala 2019 - Bass Camp Art Gallery

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4) Daily Yoga

Shambhala 2019 - YOGA

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The dedicated yoga garden draws people to stretch, breathe, meditate and take organized classes every morning in Shambhala.

Shambhala 2019 - Yoga

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3) 24-hour Medical Services

Shambhala 2019 - Medical

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From emergency contraceptives to drug overdoses, to broken bones, Shambhala’s medical team of doctors, nurses and volunteers are there to help all festival long.

2) The Sanctuary

Shambhala 2019 - Sanctuary

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Right next to the medical services area is a calm, quiet safe space for those feeling overwhelmed, stressed, isolated or tired. Open 24 hours a day and staffed with volunteers who are trained to care for attendees in need.

1) The Salmo River

Shambhala 2019 - Salmo River

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Respecting the environment is one of Shambhala’s eight pillars, as the festival takes place on a fully functional farm along the Salmo River. River access is open to all attendees to cool off, relax and swim, but bathing even with environmentally-friendly soap is strictly forbidden.