Introducing: Emerging Wildly

Introducing: Emerging Wildly

As the Northwest Territories has been working hard to follow the Chief Public Health Office’s Emerging Wisely plan, we are excited to be able to celebrate our community starting to get back to the “old normal”. This includes Folk On The Rocks’ ability to bring some top-notch southern artists to our Festival stage. With community safety still remaining a top concern, Folk On The Rocks is thrilled to have developed a special artist residency program out of the Government of the Northwest Territory’s mandatory 14-day isolation period called Emerging Wildly.


Festival artists Cartel Madras, Partner, and Celeigh Cardinal will isolate together in a Yellowknife house where they will live and create new work taking inspiration from their quarantine experiences, Yellowknife, and each other. The new creative works will be presented in the lead up to the Festival during a concert on July 13 at 7:15pm in Somba K'e Civic Plaza. The event will be family-friendly, and free for all to attend.

‘We’re very proud to be able to host these artists and present this once in a lifetime event. This last year has been a difficult one for everyone and we believe this concert will both recognize the hardships we have faced globally while allowing us to celebrate re-opening and the return to normal-ish life.’ - Carly McFadden, Executive and Artistic Director.


Folk On The Rocks will be working with the incredibly talented folks at Western Arctic Moving Pictures to keep our audience up to date on what the artists are up to, and the story of quarantine creation from start to finish. Keep an eye on our social media channels to stay tuned.

Emerging Wildly is a Folk On The Rocks program, proudly funded by Heritage Canada. It means that this year the Festival is able to welcome these incredible artists to our stages, and ensure that they are compensated for their time in isolation.