For forty years, Yellowknife has danced under the midnight sun to local acts and Canadian chart-toppers alike. The community tradition continues this year from July 17-19, as Folk On The Rocks celebrates some of the fan-favourites of recent years.
Kicking off the announcements is the North’s own RIIT. This Nunavut-based singer blends traditional Northern sounds with a captivating contemporary flare. RIIT has been a rising star on the Canadian music scene, and we couldn’t be more happy to celebrate with her this
Homegrown Kilo November will also be spinning tracks at this year’s festival. KiloNovember blew Yellowknife audiences away last year at Folk On The Rocks and at theYellowknife Farmer’s Market. While he may still be a youth act, his talent rivals DJs that have been on the scene for years.
This year, the festival is excited to welcome Celeigh Cardinal, a powerful Métis singer/songwriter from Northern Alberta. Celeigh’s 2017 album ‘Everything and Nothing at All’, earned her multiple awards, including Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2019, Cardinal released her 3rd album ‘Stories from a Downtown’. This latest collection of soulful songs demonstrates her signature knack for crafting hook-laden introspective, confessional tracks that pack an emotional punch, which this year earned her a Juno nomination.
Festival-goers who are looking to dance the night away will be excited to hear that British Columbia’s Shred Kelly will be hitting the Folk On The Rocks stage again this summer. Bringing their high-energy electric-folk sound, Shred Kelly is sure to be a festival highlight
with hits like “Going Sideways” and “Sing To The Night”. 2016’s Beer Garden highlight, Lemon Bucket Orkestra is back for Folk On The Rocks 2020. This multi-award winning ensemble describes themselves as “Toronto's original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive”. Both ground-breaking and genre-bending, Lemon Bucket Orkestra is the act you want to see if a sousaphone gets your feet tapping.
Heading down a nostalgic road for some, and a classic car-trip staple for others is none other than the iconic Canadian children’s musician: Fred Penner. Getting his start on CBC in the 1980s, Fred Penner’s classics like “The Cat Came Back” and “Sandwiches” won
the hearts of kids across Canada and remain there to this day. Folk On The Rocks is beyond proud to be showcasing an opportunity for our kids to discover the legend of Fred Penner.
Named one of XXL’s 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019, Haviah Mighty delivers what her name promises. She has been riding the Canadian charts since the release of her solo project “Flower Girl” in 2017, and has since been building a dedicated fan base with her stellar high energy shows, and fast flows. Last year Haviah Mighty made history by being the first black woman to receive the Polaris Prize for her album “13th Floor”. And finally, the artist who captured Yellowknife’s spirit in song, backed by the full band, is Joel Plaskett Emergency. Joel Plaskett is nothing short of an East-Coast icon. With an inventory of ear-worm hits, and contemporary releases that consistently test the folk-roc boundaries of his sound - Joel Plaskett is a mainstage show that you want to be front row for.
The remaining Folk On The Rocks lineup will be announced on March 19th, and April 2nd with more celebrated locals, and highly anticipated Canadian acts. Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 10, in addition to a limited number of VIP Passes that truly give festival-goers all access, all weekend long. All tickets, including tickets for the pre-event Warm The Rocks are available at folkontherocks.com. Special thanks to Folk On The Rocks’ dedicated mainstage sponsors: Canadian North Airlines. For the friends and family who have been waiting for an excuse to visit the Great White North, the 40th Anniversary lineup is truly something you don’t want to miss.
Further thanks to our dedicated sponsors: 62 Degrees North, Cabin Radio, Canada Council for the Arts, CANNOR, City of Yellowknife, DT Electric, Field Law, Government of Northwest Territories - Department of Investment, Tourism, and Industry, Heritage Canada, NWT Arts
Council, and Yellowknife Community Foundation.