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Yellowknife's Fabulous "Folk on the Rocks"
© By Teresa Earle

Folk on the Rocks 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. However, some things never change. The scenic lakeside site is still the place to be on those lazy summer days. The always entertaining northern talent is still rich and eclectic, and the beer garden is still the best. On the other hand, the festival now has six stages, a children's area and a mouth-watering food fair, and the music is vast in variety, making it a sure bet for just about anyone and you can purchase Northern creative works in the Art on the Rocks area.

Folk on the Rocks

     The four-day event includes Festival Weekend preceded by Rock the Folks, Warm the Rocks (both under separate cover) and Folk in the Park (free) on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the weekend. It's one of Canada's top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing musicians from the NWT, Nunavut and across the globe for the North's biggest party under the midnight sun.

Folk on the Rocks

     The festival's slogan is, "Where the road ends, the music begins."[ This one-time small-town music bash is now luring some serious headliners north of 60. In the past few years, Sarah Harmer, the Sadies, Tegan and Sara, Sloan, Sam Roberts Band and Serena Ryder have joined the robust lineup of northern performers at Folk on the Rocks.

Folk on the Rocks

Teresa Earle grew up in Vancouver, BC, and headed north a dozen years ago after dog-mushing sojourns in Minnesota and the Northwest Territories. A freelancer who now lives in Whitehorse, YT, she also consults to the tourism industry and teaches writing workshops. Earle has travelled Canada coast to coast to coast, and her adventure-travel articles have appeared in Up Here, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Geographic. teresa@earle.ca

Folk on the Rocks

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