Folk on the Rocks starts search for 2020 artists


Folk on the Rocks has launched a call for performer submissions for the 2020 music festival. If you’ve ever dreamed of singing on the Cabin Radio stage (or any other stage), this is your chance.

Carly McFadden, the executive producer of the Yellowknife festival, said at least two bands or artists will find their way on stage via the online submission process. That’s up one spot from last year.


The rest of the line-up is curated by the festival’s selection committee, which is already hard at work preparing for next year’s festival, which will be held over July 17 to 19.

The 2020 festival will also be the 40th anniversary of Folk on the Rocks.

“We definitely have some special surprises in store for the fortieth, particularly with the lineup but also with some onsite art and activities,” said McFadden, who was not able to disclose anything else at this time.

McFadden also said they’ve already booked “some very exciting artists,” but if past years are any indication, Folk on the Rocks won’t release any information on the line-up until March.

For the 2019 festival, McFadden said they received around 110 applications through the online system. However, because they’ve stepped away from using the Sonicbids platform to avoid receiving duplicate requests, she’s unsure of how many applications will come in this year.


The successful artists can expect to be compensated for their airfare, accommodation, and transportation around the city. They will also receive meals and snacks all weekend in addition to monetary compensation.

Performer submissions are due by January 31, 2020.