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Rapping, fiddling, crooning and comedy at FOTR

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Leela Gilday will be performing at Folk on the Rocks this year. She won a 2021 Juno award for Indigenous artist/group of the year with her album North Star Calling. Check out this Juno Winner on the FOTR stage this summer!   Pat Kane

Yellowknife’s biggest music festival is celebrating 40 years this year and will take place July 16 to 18. 

Headliners include Cartel Madras, a Calgary duo composed of sisters Bhagya Ramesh and Priya Ramesh with their Goonda Rap, covering punk, house music and South Indian trap genres, as well as the popular Iqaluit band, The Jerry Cans. 

Yellowknife performers include Leela Gilday, Kid Gali (Bryan Tuyishime), fiddler Wesley Archie Peter Hardisty, teen garage rockers Quantum Haze, country crooner “Baby Brian” Weadick and writer and musician Laurie Sarkadi. 

Artists from other areas of the North to perform include Abe Drennan, a folk artist from Inuvik; Fort Good Hope rapper Crook the Kid (Dylan Jones); folk‐country artist Joey O’Neil from the Yukon; and Celeigh Cardinal, an R&B soul artist from Edmonton, Alberta. 

Looking for a laugh, the Absurd Turd Media comedy show aims to tickle your funny bone with Big Folkin Laughs and for the 19+ crowd, Glam on the Rock will entertain with a small burlesque show. 

There will be free family programming in Somba K’e Civic Plaza from 12‐7 pm on the Friday night. 

Yellowknives Dene Drummers will open and close the festival. Canadian North is title sponsor of Folk on the Rocks. 

For the full lineup, visit the Folk on the Rocks website at www.folkontherocks.com

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