Voted one of Canada's top 10 music festivals Yellowknife, NWT Since 1980

About Us

Folk On The Rocks (FOTR) Annual Music Festival has come a long way since founder Rod Russell and his band of folkie go-getters re-booted a small outdoor gig on the shores of Frame Lake, and transported it over to Long Lake in the summer in 1980.

FOTR is one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing performers from the NWT, Nunavut and all across Canada for the North’s biggest party under the midnight sun.

More than 24 hours of programming on six stages, including a children's area and a beer garden, promises fun and enjoyment for all ages. Along with the music, crowds can savour international and traditional cuisine at the food fair, check out non-profit groups and activities, and buy Northern creative works in the artisan tent.

Come delight in this musical offering and be a part of the magic as performers from all over Canada and the world create and collaborate in the biggest artistic jam in the North.

Warm the Rocks

Folk On The Rocks begins on Friday with Warm the Rocks. Warm up your weekend with free, family-friendly musical acts in Somba K'e Civic Plaza during the sunny noon hour. The musical acts take a quick hiatus in the afternoon and resume again in the early evening. The party begins later in the evening for a warm up of what the weekend has to offer at the Lawson Lundell LLP Beer Garden Stage – a sampling of artists to get you ready for the two full days ahead. 


The 2018 FOTR Board of Directors:

The Folk Board of Directors is a volunteer Board who meets regularly to ensure the Festival and its events continue to improve each year. We appreciate your feedback so please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of the Board Members to pass along an idea or suggestion. Your 2018-19 Board is comprised of the following individuals:



Ashley Makohoniuk


Christina Monroe


Connie Lee



Sarah Carr-Locke


Camilla MacEachern


Mike Westwick Director
Mel Leonard Director
Brian Weadick Director

To read and/or download the FOTR Bylaws click here

Folk On The Rocks is supported by various committees that work throughout the year to ensure the organization is working to improve itself and make the Festival better each and every year. We believe input from the community is important, which is why some of our committees have requirements for you to be involved. In addition to being part of the driving force behind Folk, Committee Members are also given a free weekend pass for the Festival. If one of the Committees listed below intrigues you, please contact us to to inquire if they're still looking for volunteers.

Folk On The Rocks Committees:

Human Resources: meets as necessary to carry out the annual performance review of the Executive Producer and manage any human resource issues that may arise.

Finance: meets monthly and is responsible for the financial oversight of the organization, ensuring proper financial controls are in place, assisting in the budgeting process, and brainstorming innovative ways to improve financial systems.

Selections: meets weekly in the Fall/Winter to discuss the performers for the upcoming Festival.

Site Improvements Committee: meets as needed to discuss improvements and safety of FOTR site infrastructure.