A NOTE FOR 2021 SOUTHERN CANADA TICKET BUYERS
Folk On The Rocks 2021 will be like no other in many ways. We feel so grateful for the hard work of our community, and the privilege it is to be able to host a Festival this year, while so many of our southern festival colleagues have had to postpone or cancel. However, this year we will be unable to welcome many Festival goers from Southern Canada.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 public health crisis, we’ve seen jurisdictions across Canada put in place unique measures in order to protect their communities. The Northwest Territories has been no exception. Since March 2020, the NWT border has had strict entry requirements in place in order to keep the territory safe.
Non-residents who wish to enter the Northwest Territories are required to submit an entry request, and a mandatory 14-day isolation plan. See the full regulations here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/travel-self-isolation/arriving-nwt
We strongly urge Southern Canadians who are thinking about attending Folk On The Rocks 2021 to review the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Protocols to determine if they will be granted entry prior to purchasing a ticket to Folk On The Rocks.
We understand the desire to come North and experience live music in the sun once again, and we cannot wait to share our amazing community and Festival with you all once again - but only if it is safe to do so and all Public Health Protocols have been met.
The FOTR Team
COVID RULES FOR THE FESTIVAL:
Everyone must check in and check out of the festival site for contract tracing
People under an isolation requirement cannot come to the festival
Wash your hands regularly
In the Beer Garden, everyone must sit, unless using the bathroom or designated smoking areas. Dancing on the dance ‘floor’ is permitted but we encourage you to wear a mask and keep your distance.
No groups larger than 10 people per table or seating area are allowed
Staff, volunteers and vendors are encouraged to wear masks at all times
We encourage everyone to download the official government COVID alert mobile app
We encourage everyone to physical distance (greater than 2m between household groups)
We encourage social distancing while dancing
We encourage everyone to use card/tap payments instead of cash payments
We encourage everyone to wear a masks while moving about site (including when dancing) unless seated in a designated seating area on site (unless under 6 years old; eating or drinking, or medical conditions precluding wearing a mask)
Good To Know
Surgical masks will be available at key points around site for anyone in need of one
There will be occupancy signage on all multi-person washrooms, and we will limit access to a suitable number of persons per washroom
There will be enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of common touch surfaces
Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will be available throughout the site
No self-service communal food or beverages will be offered
Plexiglass has been installed at every service counter
WHAT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE ON SITE?
A food concession area featuring a wide variety of cuisine for all tastes!
Free Water Tanks across the site (to refill your water bottles)
Washrooms are available throughout the festival site and are marked on all our maps (online, in our mobile app and onsite)
ATM Machines (outside the Main Entrance, in the Beer Garden and at the Merch Booth)
Breastfeeding Tent (see this year's map for location). Please note you are welcome to breastfeed anywhere on our site but we offer this space for those looking for additional privacy or a quieter space.
Information and Lost & Found Tent (inside the gates, near the front entrance)
First Aid Tent (location TBA)
- Mobile Phone Charging Station (in the food concession area)
*Please note FOTR does 'fog' the site to help reduce the mosquito population during the festival.
WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND BEFORE COMING TO FOLK?
Bring sunscreen and something to cover up with if it gets too hot or a little chilly!
Bring a water bottle! We have free water tanks across the site for you to stay hydrated.
Buy your drink tickets at the start of the day to beat the line-ups!
…but pace yourself - there’s a lot of daylight to stay awake through!
There are no lifeguards at the lake. Swim at your own risk.
This goes without saying, but bring bug spray. Lots of it.
- Dance in your bare feet by all means, but watch out for glass. We do our best to clean the site pre-Festival, but smaller pieces might go unaccounted for.
- If you need help or have a question, go to our information booth or ask a volunteer!
IS THERE CAMPING AVAILABLE ON SITE?
Camping is not available at the FOTR site. Fred Henne Park is the closest campground, a short drive down Highway 3 will get you to our site. You can book a reservation at www.campingnwt.ca
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET TO FOLK?
Bus! Buses will run throughout the festival, stopping at multiple locations in Yellowknife. The 2021 Bus Schedule will be published closer to the festival and available in our free mobile application. The bus service will be run using the transits high floor buses. Anyone with a wheelchair or other mobility issues that prevent them from getting on the bus will have to use YATS if they are registered or find alternate transportation.
Bike! We encourage people to bike to Folk On The Rocks! Bikes can be locked by the main gate in the car park, on our big beautiful bike courtesy of Polar Welding.
Taxi - Taxis drop off at the main gate, but pick up out on the Highway. If you have mobility issues, please let our gate volunteers know on your arrival, and our support team will come to meet you at the gate to get you where you need to go!
Car - Parking is limited on-site. We encourage people to use other modes of transportation to get to the festival, such as the bus or biking. Do not park on the highway - you will be towed. Please do not drink and drive!
ARE PETS ALLOWED ON SITE?
We love dogs, but for the safety of our furry friends and our guests, FOTR does not allow pets on site.
WHAT ARE THE FESTIVAL RULES?
No outside alcohol - bags will be checked!
Over 19's only in the Beer Garden - everyone's IDs will be checked. We ask EVERYONE to bring their ID.
No illegal drugs or weapons. (Cannabis is allowed on-site, but may only be smoked in the designated smoking areas)
You must wear your wristband at all times. If you are found without a wristband, you will be asked to leave.
No littering - leave no trace!
Upon entering the site you automatically agree to our Safe Spaces Policies. Breaking these rules may result in removal from the festival. Take care of each other!
Recycle and compost wherever possible and help us keep FOTR a green festival!
WHAT ARE THE MERCH BOOTH HOURS?
The merchandise booth will close one half hour after the last set begins each day but get your merch early as we often sell out! Merch Booth opens at Noon each day and closes half an hour into the last set.
WHAT ARE THE BEER GARDEN HOURS?
The 2021 NWT Brewing Beer Garden hours are the following:
- Friday, July 16th - 7:00pm to 2:00 am (for Warm The Rocks presented by Lawson Lundell LLP)
- Saturday, July 17th - 1:30pm to 2:00am
- Sunday, July 18th - 1:30pm to 9:30pm
WHAT IS WARM THE ROCKS?
Warm The Rocks is our Festival kick-off party! This year's Warm The Rocks is in two parts:
- Warm The Rocks at Somba K'e Civic Plaza presented by Field Law, 12:00pm-2:00pm, and 4:00pm to 8:00pm: Free live performances in the park.
- Warm The Rocks at Long Lake presented by Lawson Lundell LLP. Doors at 7:00pm-2:00am. Live performances in the NWT Brewing Beer Garden. Must be 19+ to attend.
(Tickets for Warm The Rocks at Long Lake presented by Lawson Lundell LLP are included in a "Warm The Rocks + Weekend Pass" or $20 at the door.)
WHAT TIME DOES THE FESTIVAL START?
Gates open on site at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The 2021 schedule can be found on the FOTR2021 app!
WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL IN 2022?
Folk On The Rocks Festival is July 15th-17th, 2022.
HOW ARE TICKET PRICES DETERMINED?
When you purchase your ticket to Folk On The Rocks that money goes directly towards the costs to run the festival. Those costs include site repairs and improvements, artist fees and travel, food and supplies for our volunteers, sounds and technical costs, and community outreach programs like RCYK Performing Arts & Queer Justice Camp!
IS THERE WATER AVAILABLE ON SITE?
Yes! Folk On The Rocks has several tanks of clean potable water available across the FOTR site. These tanks have easy to use taps for filling your water bottle. We encourage all Festival attendees to bring their own reusable bottle and stay hydrated!
At the time of writing (June 7, 2021) Folk On The Rocks is scheduled to host our annual event live from July 16th-18th, 2021.
The health and safety of our community is a top priority. All 2021 festival plans are being developed with that in mind, and only with the approval of NWT Public Health officials.
We understand the level of trust in us needed to purchase a ticket for a festival that will be very different from what we're used to. Festival staff are working hard to make 2021 a safe reality, but in the event of festival cancellation or digital version, all ticket holders will be appropriately compensated.
We are dedicated to keeping our community and patrons informed and up to date on festival activities, and advise that everyone take the following Health Canada recommended courses of action:
- wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- sneeze and cough into your sleeve
- avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
- avoid contact with people who are sick
- stay home if you are sick
For more information on COVID-19, and prevention tips, please visit Health Canada's website.
To stay up to date on Folk On The Rock's most recent announcements, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
WHAT CAN I AND CAN'T I BRING TO FOLK ON THE ROCKS?
Basically no illegal drugs, outside alcohol or weapons. It’s totally fine to bring your own snacks if you prefer (our front gate team will check your bags upon entry). Feel free to bring blankets to sit on too.
IS THE FOLK ON THE ROCKS FESTIVAL A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT / AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Yes! FOTR is a family-friendly festival. We have a children's stage and children 12 and under get in free.
Can be retrieved at the Lost & Found during the festival and will remain in the FOTR Office for two weeks following the festival. After two weeks all found items will be donated.
CAN I LEAVE THE EVENT SITE AND THEN COME BACK?
Yes! But please keep your wristband on. Without your wristband, you will not be able to re-enter. For the 2021 Festival, each time you leave and re-enter, you will have to check-in for contract tracing purposes.
HOW DO I GET TO FOLK?
Lots of ways! You can drive, bike, or take public transit on the FOTR Shuttle Service.
Driving or Biking: Head down HWY 3 towards Behchokǫ̀ and the Yellowknife Airport. The Folk Site is located on the right-hand side, on the shores of Long Lake. If you've hit the Yellowknife Gold Club or sandpits, you've gone too far ;)
Public Transit: The City of Yellowknife provides a weekend shuttle service to ensure that Festival-goers get to the site safely. See the image below for transit times and shuttle locations.