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 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 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.
Hamilton 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.
Singer/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