Despite financial setbacks that threatened the likelihood of it going ahead, this year’s Folk on the Rocks (FOTR) music festival in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, was a tremendous success with gorgeous weather all weekend and a line-up of interesting entertainers that filled the air with harmonious vocals and captivating rhythms on four stages. The main stage area was a sea of bobbing heads and patchwork of blankets as fans settled in for the weekend. Festival goers rambled from stage to stage to check out various artists blasting out their songs in the sun-drenched air. At times, one was drawn from the food truck area or another stage to investigate the pumping, infectious vocals of another artist.
The Yellowknives Dene First Nations drummers opened the festival with a welcome prayer song for a safe journey throughout the weekend and a safe trip home for everyone at the end.
It was two days of afternoon to late evening exhilarating momentum lost in the intimate melodies from one singer at one moment and then energized by the enticing celebration of a foot-stomping band the next. Each entertainer had their own spark and original stage presence that made the experience that much more entertaining.
Here, just a taste of the Northern talent featured at FOTR 2016.