Folk on the Rocks 2015 – Further Line-up Announcement!

Folk on the Rocks is delighted to add four more fantastic female artists to the 2015 Line-up. As an inclusive festival that has celebrated equality since its inception in 1980, we are delighted to announce that 38% of performers booked for 2015 are women. This is in direct contrast to other festivals around the world that have been maligned for the lack of female representation in their 2015 programming. We are proud to announce four empowered women in the latest instalment of our Line-up announcement.

Tanya Tagaq


Tanya Tagaq is a 2014 Polaris Music Prize Winner and 2015 JUNO Award winning Inuit Throat Singer. A Nunavut native, her collaborations with Björk have gained her international fame, but Tagaq is a very familiar name at the festival, having first cut her teeth at Folk on the Rocks way back in 1999. Her fiercely unique sound has been described as ‘otherworldly’ and ‘primal’, but none of these adjectives do justice to the sheer brilliance of a Tanya Tagaq performance.

Leela Gilday



Leela Gilday needs no introduction as one of Northwest Territories’ best-known artists. A member of the Dene nation and Yellowknife native, Leela creates music that has deep soul with a connection to her native region that is unparalleled. A Juno and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner, Leela brings her crowd-pleasing folk-rock to the shores of Long Lake once again this year.

Terra LightfootHamilton native Terra Lightfoot is a vocal tour de force, performing songs raw with heartfelt grit and emotion. With a brand new album out this week (Every time my mind runs wild), we are absolutely thrilled to welcome her up North. There is no doubt that she is about to do very big things and Folk on the Rocks is glad to be present at this pivotal time in her career.

Mary CarolineSinger/songwriter Mary Caroline has just released her debut album Life on Earth. A frontier woman through and through, Mary Caroline has honed her skills on the regional festival circuit and performed extensively in communities all over the north.

We are very happy to stand out from the crowd in terms of gender representation on our 2015 festival Line-up. FOTR has always promoted equality and diversity within our programming and we are proud to continue this.

-David Whitelock, Executive Director, Folk on the Rocks

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Job Opportunities

Festival Administrator

Do you love events and have strong administration skills? Then this might just be the job for you!

We are looking for someone that has a keen eye for detail and is very organized. We need someone that can juggle multiple priorities and can respond well under pressure. You are required to think creatively, work on your own and with a team. Problem solving is your passion and deadlines are always met. The successful candidate should have a thorough understanding of the office environment, be meticulous with records and have strong customer care skills. Does this sound like you?

Candidates demonstrating the following will be given priority

  • Degree or diploma in a related field preferred and/or significant work related training/experience in administration
  • A thorough understanding of MS Office, budgeting and reporting
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Local knowledge and experience working in the arts is beneficial.

Volunteer Coordinator 

Are you a people person? Do you enjoy organizing events?

Volunteers are our most valuable assets and the volunteer coordinators role is central to the success of Folk on The Rocks. This role involves assessing and understanding our needs and then meeting those needs through the recruitment, placement and training of volunteers.

Candidates demonstrating the following will be given priority

  • An understanding of policies and procedures related to volunteering
  • Experience in delivering training programs preferable.
  • Degree or diploma in an administrative field preferred and/or significant work related training/experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Local knowledge and experience is beneficial.

Both positions are for 4 months and rate of pay is $25 per/hr

For a full job description please email

Closing date – Open until suitable persons are found

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2015 Line-Up


Folk on the Rocks is delighted to dan-manganreveal part of this year’s line-up for the 2015 festival! Our board and staff work hard over the winter months to bring you a stellar program of artists from all corners of the globe. 2015 is particularly special as it is the 35th Anniversary of Folk on the Rocks. The following is just a snapshot to have you wanting more and wishing it was the 3rd weekend in July!

Six-time Bucky Award winner Dan Mangan will be headlining Folk on the Rocks this year! Dan also boasts two JUNO Awards, two Canadian Western Music Awards and has been listed twice as a Polaris musician/songwriter. He is by now a household name and we are honoured to welcome him.

CorbLegendary country singer and proud ‘Berta boy Corb Lund will begracing our main stage as one of our headliners. CMA and Juno Winner Corb needs no introduction, but for those who don’t know – he’s a superstar. Extremely popular both in Canada and throughout the world, Corb has a new album in the works and we can’t wait to see him rock the festival!


With a new album just released, Pan-Canadian Indie-folk band Shred Kelly bring their infectious tunes and soaring instrumentals and will get the crowd going wild! We can’t wait!!!!

We are very proud to present 2015 Grammy Nominees PALO! to the festival. They will entertain with their Afro-Cuban Funk and ensure the dance floor is never empty!


The-Wet-SecretsRock ‘n’ Roll Dance Band The Wet Secrets bring their surreal electric rock sounds to Folk on the Rocks (complete with awesome Band uniforms!). First winners of Alberta’s prestigious Peak Performance Project, we look forward to their set at this year’s festival!

Folk on the Rocks festival excitement continues with electronic duo The Funk Hunters. Fresh off a North American tour with legendary Hip Hop Artist Chali imgres2na, these guys bring the noise. “The Funk Hunters will change your life”, they say. Who are we to argue with such a bold statement?


We are delighted to welcome the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, a renowned traditional Inland Tlingit dance group based in The Yukon. Performers at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, they combine traditional drumming, song and dance to create an experience that will live on in memory.


 The weird and wonderful Fungineers are at Folk on the Rocks for both young and old alike to marvel at! The clue is in the name: FUN! These guys make music, beatbox, DJ and create live shows that will have you entranced, all in the name of Fun.



Sarah MacDougall, winner of a Western Canadian Music Award, is a singer with lyrics that are spiritual and poetic. Hailing from Sweden and now a Whitehorse resident, Sarah’s voice is purely intoxicating. Festival-goers are in for a treat with this one! 

“Canadian North is thrilled to once again be the official airline sponsor of Folk on the Rocks,” said Emmet R. Reidy, Canadian North’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “Folk on the Rocks is one of the great summertime festivals and we can’t wait to see this year’s list of entertainers.”   

“We are thrilled with the acts on our Line Up this year. There are some very talented people on the program, with a dynamic range of genres and styles. Folk on the Rocks promotes diversity in all its forms and I think this is reflected in what we’ve announced today.”

      -David Whitelock, Executive Director, Folk on the Rocks

Let the countdown to the festival begin!

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The Spring Thaw featuring Harlan Pepper


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Folk on the Rocks 2015 Artist Submissions

Thank you to all of the performers who took the time to make submissions as we sincerely appreciate your time.

We receive over 400 submissions a year from artists around the world. We also consider recommendations made by other festival producers, audience members and artists. Programming decisions take into consideration the strength of an artist’s performance and material, the overall variety of the Festival’s artistic program, the artist’s ability to participate in and/or provide ideas for original workshops, and travel and budget fees. The Society also supports northern arts by ensuring that more than 40% of our acts come from north of the 60th parallel.

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Long-time Volunteer of Folk passes away.

Folk on the Rocks would like to acknowledge the passing of Doug Ritchie. Doug was a tireless volunteer and friend of the Festival over the last fifteen years or more. He helped Folk develop our environmental policies and was a strong contributor to the greening of the Festival.  Doug was always warm and cheerful and just rolled up his sleeves and got busy. Our condolences to France and Doug’s family and friends. We’ve lost one of the good ones.


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