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Our final performer announcement is here!

In the time between our first lineup announcement, and our final one, the world has become a very different place. Our daily lives have been put on hold, and the future remains uncertain. But in this time, we have witnessed communities band together in a way that makes us proud to be Northerners. 

At the time of writing, Folk On The Rocks has not received direction from public health officials with regards to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and its relation to a July timeline. We are cautiously optimistic that the 40th Anniversary of Folk On The Rocks will be able to go ahead as planned, but we are leaning on hope and prepared for all scenarios. Maintaining the health and safety of our festival-goers continues to be our top priority.

With whatever the future holds, we are beyond proud of our 2020 Folk On The Rocks lineup, and are so excited to finally share the full artist list with our community.

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Wave 2 of artist announcements is here!

In what has been two weeks full of concerning news, we are excited to be able to provide our patrons with some very good, and very exciting news. At this time, Folk On The Rocks is optimistic that we will be able to move ahead for our 40th Anniversary festival on July 17-19, 2020. At the time of writing, the risk of COVID-19 is low in our community, and we are confident that the current social-distancing precautions being taken will have alleviated in time for Folk On The Rocks this July. That being said, our staff and board are closely monitoring the situation with the health and safety of our patrons and artists being top of mind, and we are prepared to take direction from the Northwest Territories Public Health Officer closer to festival season. In the event that Folk On The Rocks 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19, patrons would receive an automatic refund on their ticket.        

For the 40th Anniversary of Folk On The Rocks, the board and selections committee have been determined to make this year bigger and better than ever. For this reason, we are beyond excited to this second wave of artists that we'll be welcoming to our stage this July 17-19, 2020.

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Folk On The Rocks: Update on COVID-19

At the time of writing (March 12, 2020) Folk On The Rocks is scheduled to host our annual event, as planned from July 17-19, 2020. 
Our staff and board members are carefully monitoring the situation related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Canada and the Northwest Territories. At this time, the risk to Northwest Territories residents is low, and our summer 2020 timeline means that a lot may happen between now and then.

However, the health and safety of our patrons is a top priority, and we have taken steps to develop and implement a strategic plan for the 2020 festival, that further considers a course of action should the risk levels rise in our community.

Until then, 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.  

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First wave of artist announcements for FOTR's 40th!

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.

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2020 Early Bird Tickets are now available!

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Annual Fall Freeze-Up and AGM

It's that time of year again! Time to get heat up the dance floor before you freeze off your tail feather! Come join us November 16th at Elks Lodge for the 2019 AGM & Fall Freeze-up!

6:00pm for our Annual General Meeting
7:30pm for The Sweeties followed by Soda Pony!

$5 for a Society Membership
$30 for Fall Freeze-up & Membership

Tickets available here

Download the AGM documents here






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Love music? Join the 2020 Selections Committee!

Click here to submit your application to join! Applications are open until November 1st. Only those selected will be contacted. 

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Lost and Found Hours

To our lovely Folkers who might have left some things behind.... 


FOTR Lost & Found Hours

Friday, July 19th - 11am to 1pm

Monday, July 22nd - 11am to 1pm

Tuesday, July 23rd - 11am to 1pm

Thursday, July 25th - 11am to 1pm





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Social Media Takeover!

Exciting news! Lido Pimienta be taking over @Folkontherocks instagram account from July 11-13th to document her journey North. Make sure you follow along! #FOTR2019


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FOTR 2019 Bus Schedule

The FOTR  2019 bus schedule is ready! Have a look to see which stop works best for you.

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