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  • published Thank you! in Folk News 2017-07-17 15:59:21 -0600

    Thank you!

    Thank you everyone for a wonderful Folk on the Rocks 2017! None of this would have been possible if it weren't for the hard work and support from our community, sponsors, volunteers, and board! 

    Masi Cho.

  • Please join us for by-stander intervention training with Calgary Sexual Health

    We would like to welcome all interested members of the community to join us in an extremely important and informative (but fun!) workshop called “Creating a Culture of Respect: Being an Active Bystander.”

    It will be held tomorrow (July 8th) and Sunday (July 9th) from 12-3 at The Champagne Room. No need to sign up- please just show up ready to learn!

    For more information please read below:


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  • published Looking to purchase tickets in person? in Folk News 2017-06-29 11:55:02 -0600

    Looking to purchase tickets in person?

    You can stop by our office anytime during these hours to get your tickets:

    • Friday, June 30th: 11:30am-1:30pm

    • Wednesday, July 5th: 3:30pm-6pm

    • Thursday, July 6th 3:30pm-6pm

    • Friday, July 7th: 11:30am-1:30pm

    • Wednesday, July 12th: 3:30pm-6pm

    • Thursday, July 13th 3:30pm-6pm

    We’re located on the 2nd floor of Center Square Mall (5022 49 St). Across from the Public Library. See you there!


  • published Folk on the Rocks Safe Space Policy in Folk News 2017-06-16 13:43:59 -0600

    Folk on the Rocks Safe Space Policy

    We have a new safe space policy created in collaboration with NWT Pride that we are so excited about. Please read and support an open and safe space for all people! Download the PDF here.

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  • published Yellowknife Dene Drummers in Artists 2017-06-15 21:37:24 -0600

    Yellowknife Dene Drummers


    The Yellowknives Dene Drummers are from the communities of Ndilo and Dettah, and include all ages. The drummers can be booked for Northern style celebrations, event opening prayer songs and celebration songs, drum dances and hand games demonstrations.


  • published Veronica Johnny in Artists 2017-05-25 22:33:20 -0600

    Veronica Johnny


    From humble musical beginnings, Veronica Johnny has emerged as a dynamic force in the Indigenous arts industry across Canada, working as a performer, producer, manager, promoter, Cree language advocate and entrepreneur. Veronica is an Ontario-based, Cree, two-spirit artist from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.

    Creatively, she pursues two paths. One is as a traditional & contemporary hand-drummer and arts-educator facilitating participatory workshops. Her most public profile is as the front-woman, rhythm guitarist and manager of the multi-award nominated rock band The Johnnys, which she co-founded with husband, Dave Johnny. Veronica co-produced all of The Johnnys recordings, with two singles reaching #2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown charts.

    Veronica has become a seasoned performer as both solo artist and a member of groups, amassed studio experience on either side of the mixing console and facilitated fundraisers & music showcases. She studied Engineering at Trebas Institute, took Music Industry, Arts & Performance at Centennial College and Decolonization training at Dechinta Bush University.

    Every benefit of increased name-recognition has consistently been channeled back into community projects, reflecting Veronica’s ongoing passion for helping youth, women and developing artists. Veronica has worked with thousands of students and youth on issues of music, health, self-esteem, language and cultural identity.


    (2003) Veronica McNeill (independent)

    (2007) I Like It A Lot by The Johnnys (independent)

    (2009) Veronica featured on Medicine Song by Brenda MacIntyre

    (2010) Louder Faster More Fun by The Johnnys (independent)

    (2013) ROCK by The Johnnys (independent)

    (2016) Fostering Open eXpression among Youth Recording Project (independent)


    (2011) Ne MaMa (independent)

    (2013) Shift in Light (independent)


    (2003) O’Canada - 10 official languages (Legislative Assembly of the NWT) - Veronica was selected to sing the Cree version, Ka Kanatak, and assisted on the translation with Cree Elder Dorothy Desjarlais.

    (2015) Nehiyaw Nikamonak: Oyoyowin ohci Nanaskomowin - Cree Songs: Howls of Gratitude (Cree Language Program, NWT Metis Nation) - Veronica co-wrote and/or produced four Cree tracks with youth.


  • published Justin Nozuka in Artists 2017-05-25 22:12:17 -0600

    Justin Nozuka


    With his new album Ulysees, Toronto singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka crafts a world that fully explores the space and vibrancy that resonates within the purity of minimalism.

    There is a deeply-rooted calmness to Ulysees that echoes like a sustained note held through the 10 tracks of the album— a natural grace tempered with passion that creates an ambiance of delicate space around the music. “To me the songs feel generous and spontaneous,” he explains. “I wanted to create a world with this album, an experience that is unique and unified.”

    It is a new perspective for Nozuka, who says that finding the heart of Ulysees was a winding process. A marked departure from his previous work, the journey of creating it was a slow transformation and free-flowing experiment of sorts that began in 2011. 

    Following his debut album Holly, and the follow-up You I Wind Land and Sea, Nozuka took his time to create his third work. “Making this album was really quite a long process, during which some key things happened. I was urged to get into production by a good friend, so I took his advice and decided to learn to produce. I was also able to work together with an aesthete, a friend with whom I created Ulysees,” says Nozuka. 

    The bold move to produce on his own brought a depth and instinct to his music that was previously untapped. While he looks back fondly on his previous work, this evolution in his creative process heralds a departure into new territory that he now relishes. 

    With the new freedom of working from a home-based studio, and the experimentation of sitting in the producer’s chair for the first time, as Nozuka pursued songs and refined them a specific aesthetic emerged within the music he was writing that would eventually become Ulysees.

    “Dreaming/Eyes Changing Colour” symbolizes the journey the album takes listeners on, enveloping them in a gentle night. The lead single “Right By You” evokes a languid, sensual feeling while delving further into a unique and soothing dream-like world Nozuka so deftly weaves together through the album. Listeners can almost feel the raw and transformative experience it has been for Nozuka.

    And so with Ulysees, Nozuka’s artistry is ready to be embraced anew as a cherished pause and an intention for balance in an otherwise frenetic world.


  • We're recruiting Team Coordinators for this year's festival!

    A good candidate for a Folk on the Rocks Team Coordinator would be someone who is reliable, organized, can meet deadlines, is quick on their feet, and has good interpersonal skills.



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