In pictures: Folk on the Rocks 2022

Last modified: July 18, 2022 at 12:52pm

Pouring rain and cloudy skies over Folk on the Rocks couldn’t hold back this year’s festival, back in full swing after two years affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Headlining the Yellowknife festival’s 2022 edition were Joel Plaskett, Donovan Woods and Haviah Mighty, who closed out the Canadian North Main Stage over the weekend.

The Trade-Offs and Saltwater Hank were among the standout acts at the Cabin Stage. Ellen Froese admirably played through a torrential rain storm, with some audience members finding the spirit to dance despite the deluge.

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By Sunday evening, the clouds gave way to a glorious sunset as Plaskett and Mo Kenney took to the main stage, followed by the Yellowknives Dene Drummers.

Here are some of our favourite photos from the weekend.

Marino Casebeer, a Folk on the Rocks veteran organizer who turned 70 during this year's festival, helps the Yellowknives Dene Drummers prepare to open the event
Marino Casebeer, a Folk on the Rocks veteran organizer who turned 70 during this year’s festival, helps the Yellowknives Dene Drummers prepare to open the event. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
Mo Kenney under the main stage lights
Mo Kenney under the main stage lights. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
The Trade-Offs pack the Cabin Stage for their Sunday afternoon set. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Haviah Mighty closes Saturday evening at the Canadian North Main Stage. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
The Yellowknives Dene Drummers open and close Folk on the Rocks every year at the Canadian North Main Stage. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Two women in festival attire get their photo taken in the beer garden. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
In the beer garden, DJ Ranec gets the crowd dancing on Saturday night. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Donovan Woods and his band perform on Sunday night at Folk on the Rocks, as seen through a window backstage. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Atop someone’s shoulders, a fan sways along to Haviah Mighty. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Audience members raise their fists as Haviah Mighty talks about the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
George Floyd's murder in part inspired Haviah Mighty's track Protest
George Floyd’s murder in part inspired Haviah Mighty’s track Protest. Laurissa Cebryk/Cabin Radio
A little – actually a lot – of rain didn’t stop the audience from enjoying Ellen Froese’s set at the Cabin Stage on Saturday. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Ellen Froese gazes at the rain while playing the Cabin Stage
Ellen Froese gazes at the rain while playing the Cabin Stage. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
Cabin Stage attendees brave the rain
Cabin Stage attendees brave the rain. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
The sun emerges over the main stage crowd on Sunday
The sun emerges over the main stage crowd on Sunday. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
The Red Hot Hayseeds sing on the Cabin Stage on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Munya Mataruse performs on the Canadian North Main Stage at Folk on the Rocks 2022
Munya Mataruse performs on the Canadian North Main Stage at Folk on the Rocks 2022. Laurissa Cebryk/Cabin Radio
A baby in the audience intently watches the One North Recordings showcase on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
At the Lawson Lundell Beer Garden Stage, people dance as Mise En Scene performs on Saturday night. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Leaf Rapids took to the Cabin Stage on Saturday afternoon. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
At the Lawson Lundell Beer Garden Stage, people dance to The Trade-Offs’ Saturday night performance. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
The Folk on the Rocks main stage on Saturday night during Kimmortal’s set. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
At the Lawson Lundell Beer Garden Stage, people enjoy Mise En Scene’s Saturday night performance. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio
Nara plays the main stage
Nara plays the main stage. Laurissa Cebryk/Cabin Radio
Donovan Woods plays the main stage
Donovan Woods plays the main stage. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
Fans gather in front of Joel Plaskett
Fans gather in front of Joel Plaskett. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
PIQSIQ on the main stage
PIQSIQ on the main stage. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
Saltwater Hank and the Cabin Stage bear
Saltwater Hank and the Cabin Stage bear. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
Bella Beats performers on the main stage
Bella Beats performers on the main stage. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
Joel Plaskett shares a moment with a fan
Joel Plaskett shares a moment with a fan. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
Kimmortal plays the main stage
Kimmortal plays the main stage. Laurissa Cebryk/Cabin Radio
Performers during the Northern Mosaic Network's showcase at the Cabin Stage
Performers during the Northern Mosaic Network’s showcase at the Cabin Stage. Sophie Kuijper Dickson/Cabin Radio
Mo Kenney joined Joel Plaskett on the main stage to close out the show
Mo Kenney joined Joel Plaskett on the main stage to close out the show. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
The Yellowknives Dene Drummers round off Folk 2022
The Yellowknives Dene Drummers round off Folk 2022. Megan Miskiman/Cabin Radio
MLA Kevin O’Reilly wears an “I survived Folk on the Rocks” shirt while sitting in the pouring rain on Saturday. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio