Folk on the Rocks lineup announced which includes a return performance by Fred Penner

Photo courtesy of Folk on the Rocks by Angela Gzowski.

It’s the 40th anniversary for Folk on the Rocks being held in Yellowknife and this year they are celebrating with some fan-favourites of recent years with return performances from Fred Penner and Joel Plaskett.

Sarah Frey is the Marketing Manager for the festival.

“With 2020 being the 40th Anniversary of Folk On The Rocks, our selections committee was determined to not only have the best lineup of the decade, but to give back to the community of Yellowknife for the dedicated support of the festival over the years,” Frey told CKLB Radio. “This year is going to be bigger and better than ever, with lots of on-site activations to be announced soon. We’re feeling fantastic at forty.”

The festival takes place from July 17th-19th here in Yellowknife.

“Folk On The Rocks is beyond proud to be showcasing an opportunity for our kids to discover the legend of Fred Penner. Our second wave of artists and headliners are being announced on March 19th,” Frey said. “The last wave of acts will be announced on April 2nd.”

This year, the festival line-up is excited to welcome ​Celeigh Cardinal​, a powerful Métis singer/songwriter from Northern Alberta. ​Celeigh’s 2017 album ‘Everything and Nothing at  All’, earned her multiple awards, including Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western  Canadian Music Awards. In 2019, Cardinal released her 3rd album ‘Stories from a Downtown’.

“This latest collection of soulful songs demonstrates her signature knack for crafting hook-laden introspective, confessional tracks that pack an emotional punch, which this year earned her a Juno nomination,” Frey said. “For the friends and family who have been waiting for an excuse to visit the Great White North, the 40th Anniversary lineup is truly something you don’t want to miss.”

Early bird tickets are on sale now until May 10, in addition to a limited number of VIP Passes that truly give festival-goers all access, all weekend long. All tickets, including tickets for the pre-event Warm The Rocks and performance schedule, is available at

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Arthur C. Green
Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked as a spot news photographer/journalist with such news organizations as Vista-radio, CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire and Postmedia in Alberta.