35 Years of Folk: An Anniversary Exhibition


As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, Folk on the Rocks is hosting an exhibition of archived memorabilia from the last 35 years, appropriately entitled 35 Years of Folk. Curated by Áine Kavanagh and Alexis Dirks, this event showcases a rich history of one of the most important cultural events of the Northwest Territories and celebrates the immense public involvement since its inception in 1980. FOTR aims to further embolden existing community links by creating opportunities to engage and participate through this event.

Folk on the Rocks came from humble beginnings and has grown over the past 35 years thanks to the phenomenal efforts of thousands of volunteers and staff. The annual festival has long captured the spirit of the local community and this involvement is a distinct point of pride. We will commemorate FOTR Volunteers with a specially commissioned piece of artwork at the show.

Along the way, there have been countless memories made and subsequently, many stories to tell. The exhibition will feature a photographic display of donated and archived images dating back to the first festival in 1980. Audiences will have the opportunity to ‘tag’ the photographs with names, dates and memories, creating an interactive element to the show.

As part of the event, Folk on the Rocks is also holding Visual Art workshops for classes from local Elementary Schools, grades K-6. Each class will work on a collaborative multi-media collage. The resulting artworks will then be displayed in the Kids Zone at the festival.

The exhibition opens to the public Saturday June 20th at 11am until 6pm, in the Centre Square Mall, Yellowknife, in a space opposite the entrance to the Yellowknife Inn. The exhibition will then run until June 25th, opening at 11am until 6pm every day.

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Folk on the Rocks & AFCY release Francophone Act Les Breastfeeders

Folk on the Rocks & Association Francophone-Culturelle de Yellowknife

June 3rd 2015

Folk on the Rocks, along with our good friends at L’Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife, present Francophone Rock ‘n’ Roll outfit Les Breastfeeders as the headlining Francophone Act for the 2015 festival. AFCY and Folk have a long-standing relationship that, over the years, has resulted in both teaming up to bring big-name Francophone Acts to the festival, and this year is no different.


Known for their explosive rock performances, Les Breastfeeders are a Montreal band with a distinct garage sound that have been leaving audiences, both francophone and Anglophone, shell-shocked since they arrived on the scene back in 1999. Singers Luc Brien and Suzie McLelove take the lead on stomping mod-punk anthems that transcend language barriers.

“Folk on the Rocks is delighted to continue to present world-class Francophone Acts at the festival year after year and continue our strong relationship with AFCY. As an inclusive and diverse festival, we are proud to fully represent the Francophone community in Yellowknife. Les Breastfeeders are an act sure to raise the roof this year at Folk and we are delighted all our hard work paid off in securing them for the festival.”

-David Whitelock, Executive Director, Folk on the Rocks Festival


“We at Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife have been working for 30 years (almost as long as Folk!) to incorporate Francophone culture and arts into Yellowknife’s social calendar and fully represent those members of our French-speaking community. This year, we are very excited to welcome Les Breastfeeders to Long Lake as part of the festivals Francophone element and can’t wait to see their live show!”

-Étienne Croteau, Directeur général, Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife

Speaking of breastfeeding, Yellowknife Breastfeeding & Infant support group Moms, Babies and Boobs will be at the festival this year providing information and support on all things breastfeeding and baby-related. They will also be providing breastfeeding facilities in a tent should mothers want to breastfeed while attending the festival.

Find more information on them here: http://momsboobsandbabies.com/

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Folk on the Rocks Songza Playlist 2015

Follow the link below for an exclusive Songza playlist jam-packed with tunes from this years Line Up to whet your appetite for July!

Featuring: Corb Lund, Jon and Roy, Remixes from the Funk Hunters, Dan Mangan & Blacksmith and many many more!


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Jimmy D. Lane and Richard Van Camp

Folk on the Rocks has two more exciting acts to announce this week!

Jimmy D. Lane is a Blues guitarist hailing from Chicago, Illinois. With a strong musical family tree (his father was legendary blues musician Jimmy Rogers) He boasts a long list of esteemed collaborators such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Van Morrison.


Richard Van Camp is a prolific Tlicho storyteller and writer from Fort Smith. Author of The Lesser Blessed which was subsequently made into a movie in 2012, Van Camp has a new collection of short stories coming out in Late 2015. He has won various awards in the literary world including Wordcraft Storyteller of the Year and Up Here Magazine’s Northerner of the Year and is also popular children’s writer.

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FOTR Merchandise 2015 – Request for Tender Services

Full PDF version of this document available here: Merchandise RFP 2015

Folk on the Rocks invites interested and qualified businesses to bid on this tender for services as outlined below. This tender will close on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

Please see:

  • Appendix A: Excel Sheet of Merchandise to be completed by Proponent
  • Appendix B: PDF document of Merchandise Colours for 2015

Tender Purpose

The annual festival sells merchandise during the festival weekend that are screen-printed with various Folk on the Rocks branded designs.

The winning proponent will:

  • Be provided with final press ready files and instructions on sizing and positioning.
  • Source and acquire selected goods chosen for the 2015 festival (as per Appendix A and Appendix B).
  • Deliver the goods on time (to the festival site by Tuesday, July 14th by 5:00pm).
  • Deliver the goods on budget (as awarded by this tender process).

Instructions to Bidders

  1. Tenders must be received by Folk on the Rocks by Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3:00pm. All tenders received after this time will not be accepted.
  2. Tenders can be:
    1. Delivered in person in an envelope to the Folk on the Rocks office – second floor of the Centre Square Mall beside the Yellowknife Public Library.
    2. Emailed to: creative@folkontherocks.com
  3. Tenders sent by email will be replied to as received. If you do not receive a confirmation after your submission, please call the office to confirm receipt BEFORE the deadline at (867) 920-7806. Calls after the deadline will not be accepted.
  4. All tenders must include the proponents contact information (on the letter of interest) and be clearly marked (on the envelope, fax cover sheet or email subject line) as “Folk on the Rocks 2015 Merchandise, Request for Tender Services”
  5. Tenders must include:
    1. Letter of interest.
    2. A complete spreadsheet of costs (inclusive of all costs including project management time, set-up costs, merchandise costs, shipping and GST). The spreadsheet provided in ‘Appendix A’ should be used to calculate and submit this information. Boxes in yellow must be completed.
    3. One page description of three past projects that are of similar nature (each should include information on the project, outcomes of the project and a client reference for the project).
  6. All tenders must be complete in their information as requested. Failure to do so will result in the bid being rejected as non-responsive. Incomplete or illegible tenders will be rejected.
  7. In the event all tenders have material defects, or fail to comply with the requirements of this tender, Folk on the Rocks reserves the right to either cancel the tender call or to accept the tender deemed to be in the best interest.
  8. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. Folk on the Rocks reserves the right to cancel the tender, in whole or in part, at any time for any reason whatsoever.
  9. All unit prices must be extended and totalled, and failure to do so will result in the bid being rejected as non-responsive. The extended price is derived by multiplying the unit price by the quantity of units required. In the event of an error in calculation of the extended price, the unit price will be taken as correct and will govern in the bid evaluation and resulting contract.
  10. The winning proponent shall provide the services outlined above to the full satisfaction of Folk on the Rocks.
  11. The winning proponent shall perform the work to a standard of care, skill, and diligence maintained by persons providing, on a commercial basis, services customary to the work.
  12. If the proponent wishes to supply an amount for sponsorship it should be outlined in the response, it can be added as a line item to ‘Appendix A’.

For details contact:

Áine Kavanagh
Creative Services Coordinator

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More names added to FOTR 2015!

We have added two more fantastic artists to our 2015 Line Up, Kim Churchill and Jon & Roy.

Kim ChurchillKim Churchill

Kim Churchill is an Australian busker-turned-Folk Singer/Songwriter with sun-soaked vocals that would not be out of place in Byron Bay…or Long Lake. Music has taken him all around the globe but Kim has developed a particularly strong following in Canada, having played prestigious festivals on these shores such as the famed Montreal Jazz Festival and Canadian Music Week. An accomplished and classically trained guitarist, he teams elaborate finger work with often-simple percussion and mellow yet soaring tunes. Churchill is one musician who embodies the sound of summer and will fit in nicely at Folk this year, against the spectacular backdrop of the lake framed by the midnight sun.

Jon and RoyJon & Roy

Singer-guitarist Jon and drummer Roy are the core members of a band from Victoria, BC that make folk music that’s not really folk music at all. They produce a soulful sound with distinct reggae and blues influences. Citing inspirations as diverse as Bob Marley and Mississippi John Hurt, Jon and Roy are a bunch of chill guys that just want to make sweet sounds without restrictions, as evidenced in the title of their 2012 album, Let it Go. Their music has been featured in advertisements for big names such as Volkswagen and Scotiabank, but the group are more at home writing organic-sounding tunes in a cabin on Vancouver Island than sitting in a corporate boardroom.

Folk on the Rocks Early Bird tickets are on sale NOW! until May 14th. Get them before they sell out! Purchase online at ticketfly.com or in person at Fiddles and Stix Music Store!

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Three more Acts Announced!

Folk on the Rocks presents THREE more acts on our 2015 Line up:

The Mariachi Ghost, Nua and Mikey Dangerous

The Mariachi GhostThe Mariachi Ghost

The Mariachi Ghost blend rock and traditional Mexican music and dance to create a spiritual experience. Flamboyant costumes, ghoulish makeup and electric riffs make this band a spectacle all of their own. With a 2014 Canadian Music Award under their belts for Best World Music Album, we are very excited to witness the paranormal in action!


Nua is a trio of musicians hailing from Toronto that play original compositions of Irish and Scottish traditional music. Consisting of a fiddle, bodhrán (traditional Irish Drum) and guitar, they compose and perform progressive pieces that being a new flavour to the genre. Fitting, since ‘nua’ is the Irish word for new!

Mikey Dangerous

Mikey Dangerous

JUNO Award Winner Mikey Dangerous brings his Caribbean style to Folk on the Rocks this year all the way from Kingston Jamaica, via Montreal, QC! Mikey has been on the Reggae scene for over a decade. We can’t wait to hear his mellow sounds reverberate off the Rocks this year!

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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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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!!!!

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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Discount Airfares to Folk on the Rocks!

Our generous sponsors at Canadian North are offering travellers to Yellowknife for Folk on the Rocks this year discount airfares! Enter the Promo code FOR47 or use the link below:


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