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Folk On The Rocks postpones 40th Anniversary Festival

With heavy hearts, the team behind Folk On The Rocks has made the decision to postpone the 40th Anniversary Festival until 2021.

During the span of this pandemic, we held onto hope and optimism that our July timeline would allow us to go forward, and celebrate the end of the quarantine. However, as the public health emergency continues, it has become evident that we will not be able to host a safe festival this summer.

All 2020 festival ticket holders are eligible to receive a full refund.

We are asking ticket holders to complete this form by April 30th, which also provides patrons with the option to donate the value of their ticket back to Folk On The Rocks. A gesture that we recognize may not be possible for many of our community members during this time, but we are immensely grateful for those who can. Ticket holders can expect to receive a refund no later than May 14, 2020. 

Even though Folk On The Rocks 2020 will be unable to go ahead, we’ve decided to celebrate staying 39 for another year with a series of limited-edition. merchandise. For a limited time, two unique designs are available as a t-shirt, crewneck, tote bag, and baby onesie for our littlest folkers. We wouldn’t be true northerners if we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to make more local merch. Shop our designs here or individually below.

Folk On The Rocks is planning to return to the sandy shores of Long Lake on July 16-18, 2021. In respect to the many artists who are now without the gigs initially promised and to our audience whose enthusiasm for this year’s lineup was incredible we are hopeful that next year’s lineup will look similar. Our team is committed to working hard over the next 12 months to carry over as much of that lineup in 2021 as possible.

“This was probably the most difficult decision we have ever had to make in my time with Folk On The Rocks and there were several tears shed throughout the decision-making process," said Carly McFadden, Executive & Artistic Director of Folk On The Rocks. "Our entire Board and staff do this for our love of this community and we wanted to be the beacon of light at the end of this dark journey. Even though all our hearts are broken right now we are already planning to make 2021 the 40th Anniversary party we all deserve and nothing will make us happier than seeing everyone happy, healthy and dancing in the sand once again.” 

This unanimous decision was reached after understanding that the nature of a festival our size, that brings in hundreds of artists and tourists from across Canada, has the potential to put our community at risk. We could not in good faith move forward with this knowledge, and therefore have made this incredibly heartbreaking decision.

“The decision to cancel the 2020 Folk on the Rocks Festival did not come lightly to the Board and Staff. It has required weeks of information gathering, following public health advisories and forecasting situations during this very uncertain time.," said Ashley Makohoniuk, President of the Folk On The Rocks Board of Directors. "The board is guided by our mission and vision, in good faith we could not continue to push our timelines without compromising our values. The board wants to ensure the Community this won’t be the last you hear from us, we are in this together - please continue to share your Folk memories with us by email or social media. The board thanks you for your support and understanding and we look forward to creating new memories with you when the time is right.” 

As we come to terms with the fact that our beloved Yellowknife summer will look a lot different this year, we invite our community to share with us past memories of Folk On The Rocks on our social media, and at marketing@folkontherocks.com.


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