Shambhala: A Family Owned Festival

Since its very first weekend in 1998, Shambhala Music Festival has grown with excitement by word of mouth, quickly becoming a staple even for the West Coast underground music crowd. Unlike most music festivals, Shambhala, the largest music festival in Western Canada, is run by the Bundschuh family on their Salmo River Ranch. The three kids of the family, Jimmy, Corrine and Anna, organized the first Shambhala. The festival was organized in its early stages as a 500-person party with two stages. Without the help of a music or entertainment corporation, Shambhala has grown under the Bundschuh’s family direction with over 2,000 volunteers and performers, attracting 10,000 festival goers to experience the four day festival spread out amongst six stages.

The land on which the festival takes place belongs to the Bundschuh family, making it possible to reinvest the profits made into infrastructure and art. The festival maintains an organic garden in the middle of the farm to which they wish to expand in order to supply their food venders. One of Shambhala’s sources of pride is a $100,000 independent water treatment facility, one that organizers alleges better than that used by the community of Salmo. Due to the fact that the festival does not accept any corporate sponsorship, the family is able to maintain the true reflection of the people coming to the festival as well as their vision of their community and what it should look like.  The Bundschuh family has worked together to make Shambhala what is it today. With each year, thousands of volunteers gather together in order to prepare the grounds for the weekend. Friend continues to bring friends who then become crew and then later grow into extended “family”.  Shambhala is a celebration of music, art and life but it is unlike any other festival in the fact that year after year it's kept in the family.


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Written by: Taylor Huie