Folk On The Rocks 40th anniversary festival canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic

Photo courtesy of Folk on the Rocks by Angela Gzowski.

This year’s Folk On The Rocks music festival in Yellowknife has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release sent Wednesday, organizers were “hopeful” that the festival which is, three months away, would go ahead as planned. But as the public health emergency continues in NWT, Folk On The Rocks staff made the “heartbreaking decision” to cancel this year’s event.

“This was probably the most difficult decision we have ever had to make in my time with  Folk On The Rocks and there were several tears shed throughout the decision – making process,” ​ Carly McFadden, executive & artistic director said.

The decision to cancel the event this summer was made with public safety in mind as the festival attracts many concert-goers from down south.

Organizers say anyone who purchased tickets for the 2020 event will receive a full refund if they choose that option.

“We are working hard with our partners at Showclix to ensure this process is as smooth as possible. We are asking ticket holders to complete this form​ by April 30th, which also provides patrons with the option to donate the value of their ticket back to Folk On The Rocks,” McFadden said.

Anyone who chooses to receive a refund will be provided with one no later than May 14, according to the news release.

“The board thanks you for your support and understanding and we look forward to creating new memories with you when the time is right,” Ashley Makohoniuk, president of Folk on the Rocks said.

Folk On The Rocks will return in the summer of 2021 according to organizers to celebrate the 40th anniversary on July 16-18 and they hope to provide a similar line-up.


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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.