Rossland, British Columbia, will once again host the Blizzard Music Festival January 23-26 with acts that include Skratch Bastid and Mat the Alien.

An intense storm characterized by strong guitar riffs will be blasting through Rossland, British Columbia next week as the Blizzard Music Festival is forecasted to be bigger and better than ever.

The curated Canadian music festival now stretches across four days, taking place from January 23 to 26. Multiple indoor and outdoor venues will host performances, including the coinciding Rossland Winter Carnival, which is celebrating its 122nd anniversary this year.

The annual music festival, which started as an extension of the Winter Carnival, has become a community mainstay. Originally it was a three-venue festival but this year it will include 10 venues.  Event coordinator Daniel D’Amour attributes the boom over the last five years to the Festival’s dedication to booking an array of artists that offer an inclusive musical experience. “Festival-goers can expect a robust, eclectic line up; we have everything from folk and bluegrass to breakbeat and hip hop to stoner metal,” he adds. “The mandate is to provide a variety of music from all genres and stylings, with an emphasis on curating Canadian content – there’s something for everyone to appreciate!”


This year’s line-up includes:

  • Arts & Crafts recording artists Zeus
  • Nightseeker (featuring Paul Spence of FUBAR)
  • Skratch Bastid
  • Mat the Alien
  • the Gaff
  • Bison
  • Eamon McGrath
  • Small Town Artillery
  • Joe Nolan
  • Girlfriend Material
  • Miesha & the Spanks
  • Marble Canyon
  • Blessed
  • Circle the Wagons
  • Giant Water Bug
  • Under the Rocks
  • Ruiner
  • Jaded Hearts
  • Church of Twang
  • Sunny & the Dead
  • Leather Apron Revival

“This year we’ve added a Sunday night production with Eamon McGrath as well as a show in the St. Andrew’s United Church, both of which have never happened before,” says D’Amour. “And of course, none of this would be possible without our sponsors, including Tourism Rossland, The Flying Steamshovel, The Josie Hotel, Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. and Steamworks.”

Weekend wristbands have already sold out, but single event tickets can still be purchased while supplies last. For more information visit: