Folk on the Rocks launches search for 2019’s new talent

William Prince plays the Cabin Stage at Folk on the Rocks 2018
William Prince plays the Cabin Stage at Folk on the Rocks 2018. Scott Letkeman/Cabin Radio

Yellowknife’s Folk on the Rocks music festival has launched its search for at least one lucky “family-friendly” act for its 2019 lineup.

Most of the festival lineup is curated by a selection committee but, each year, up to a handful of bands and artists can find their way into Folk on the Rocks via an online submission process.

“We’ve always taken submissions as a festival – that’s a part of how Folk on the Rocks works, especially as a way to support up-and-coming artists and those who aren’t so established. It’s a fantastic way to find new talent,” explained executive producer Carly Bradley.

Folk on the Rocks guarantees at least one applicant will be handed a spot on the roster. Some past years have been good enough for several submissions to be selected.



By the time the January 30 deadline rolls around, the selection committee is expecting more than 100 applications.

“Lots of great stuff has come in already, so we’re excited to go through that and pick at least one if not a couple more selections,” said Bradley.

Artists narrowly missing out the first time around are often kept in mind for future years, she added.

Established acts

The successful applicant, or applicants, should hear back from the selection committee within two weeks of the January deadline passing.



Folk on the Rocks covers flights and accommodation for artists, and negotiates compensation at the time of booking.

The 2019 festival will take place over the July 12-14 weekend.

And as for the rest of the performers?

“Myself and the selection committee begin meeting once every two weeks starting in the fall and we talk through our upcoming vision of the festival,” said Bradley, “in terms of which established acts we’d like to see and what we’d also like to see in terms of up-and-coming artists.”