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Cabin Stage at Folk on the Rocks 2018: Here’s who’s playing

A file photo of the band Partner

We’re a month away from 2018’s Folk on the Rocks music festival in Yellowknife, and the debut of the Cabin Stage!

For the first time, we’re a proud partner of Folk on the Rocks and will be hosting up to 30 hours of live coverage over the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of festival weekend.

Our broadcast base will be a platform beside our very own Cabin Stage, formerly the Lakefront Stage, to the right of the festival’s Main Stage.

Below is the line-up for the Cabin Stage in 2018. Get the full stage-by-stage line-up here.




12:30 Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife / Website

Folk on the Rocks and the Rainbow Coalition are holding a performing arts and queer justice camp, with the help of festival headliners Partner, in the week leading up to the festival. Camp participants can win the chance to perform on the Cabin Stage! Find out more on the coalition’s Facebook page.

1:30 JB the First Lady / Website

JB the First Lady is a Vancouver-based Indigenous hip-hop and spoken word artist from the Nuxalk and Onondaga nations. Three times nominated for an Aboriginal Peoples Choice award, JB has produced four studio albums and uses her songs to capture oral history. of capturing oral history.



2:30 Cris Derksen / Website

Cris Derksen, from Northern Alberta, is a young, half-Cree, two-spirit, classically trained cellist whose music blends captivating melodies and steadfast basslines.

3:30 Major Funk and the Employment / Website

This band won Ollie’s heart with their recent single Thoughts, which Cabin Radio playlisted on release. From Whitehorse, the band mixes a strong rhythm section with guitars, horns, keyboards, and passionate vocals.

4:30 Klô Pelgag presented by Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife / Website

Klô Pelgag is the stage name of Quebec singer-songwriter Chloé Pelletier-Gagnon, who was shortlisted for the SOCAN Songwriting Prize in 2014 and nominated for the 2015 Juno for best francophone album. She brings what the Montreal Gazette calls “an unusual mix of classical, prog rock and chanson.”


12:30 William Prince / Website

Raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, William’s inspirations include Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. He most recently took the 2017 Juno for contemporary roots album of the year.



1:30 Silla + Rise / Website

Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing with futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU); Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno-nominated producer, DJ, and dancer.

2:30 Partner / Website

Josée Caron and Lucy Niles were named the “best new band in Canada” in the Globe and Mail for their enthusiastic live set, so we’re excited to welcome them to the Cabin Stage. Influences include Melissa Etheridge, Ween, kd lang, and Prince.

3:45 Quantum Tangle / Website

We’re proud to welcome Quantum Tangle home to Yellowknife to headline our stage – now a trio following the addition of Kayley Inuksuk Mackay to the prior line-up of Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik. Their 2016 EP Tiny Hands won the Juno for Indigenous album of the year with a fusion of old-world sounds and new-world flair.

We’ll have a range of Cabin Radio merchandise available for purchase at our stage – come up and say hi! We’ll also be broadcasting sets from across the festival’s stages, all weekend, with catch-up shows broadcast in the weeks following the festival so you can experience sets you missed.