The 2016 Festival

Festival Venues

The Dawson City Music Festival thanks the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation for graciously welcoming festival go-ers to their Traditional Territory since the Festival’s inception in 1979. Mahsi Cho. Our festival is a large, loud event in a residential area. Please help us be good neighbors by being respectful to the land and to each other.


Festival Mainstage – HQ! Located at Minto Park on 5th Ave, the Mainstage features our largest and loudest bands as well as many other events throughout the weekend. It is located next to our food and craft vendors area and 19+ Beer Gardens.

St. Paul’s Anglican Church – Built in 1902, this little gem on Church St. is our most intimate venue, with goldrush-era architecture and beautiful acoustics. Capacity is limited, so please come early to ensure a seat!

Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture – The Oddfellows Ballroom is a large gorgeous space located on the second floor of the Klondike Institute of Arts & Culture on 2nd Ave, overlooking the Yukon River and Klondike Valley.

Front St. Gazebo – One of our three free venues, the Front St. Gazebo is the perfect place to grab an ice cream and settle in for easy-going and family friendly shows on the grass next to the mighty Yukon River.

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre – The DZCC is the gateway into Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in culture and is DCMF’s second free venue, located on Front St. The building’s award-winning architecture and Hammerstone Gallery are a must see.

Emerging Artist Beer Garden Stage – Featuring northern and emerging artists, this is the place to grab a brew, lay in the grass, and hang out with your friends while listening to fresh talent from the Yukon and abroad. The Beer Gardens are located at Minto Park and are 19+ (free venue – no festival pass required!)

2016 Performer Lineup

2016 Festival Vendors

Our vendors area at Minto Park is free to the public, so come grab a sweet (or savory) treat, and check out the 2016 Festival vendors from across Canada.

Bennie Allain Artwork

Bennie Allain is an artist from Fredericton, NB selling original paintings and collages, found-object assemblages, zines, and Tarot cards!

Bonanza Jellybean's DIY

A DIY caravan/gallery space selling Yukon-made goods n' wearables by Dawson City artists.

Erasmus Apparel

Erasmus Apparel is a Yellowknife, NWT-based company selling clothing, mugs, cups, hats, and more, all with sweet northern-inspired designs.

Gattie Inc.

Come see Ben & co for sweet tshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, pants and more!

Gisook, Recycled Sweater Clothing

Gisook will be offering beautiful garments from recycled sweaters, dresses, sweaters, coats, hats and arm warmers to fit all sizes and shapes, on top of whimsical and steampunk jewelry.

IceWurm Earrings

IceWurm Earrings is two northern artists who will be selling laser cut earrings, book boxes, tealight boxes and other awesome wooden products!

Sweetgrass Jewelry

Sweetgrass Jewelry, based in Haines, AK will be selling handmade silver and gold plated jewelry with semi precious and precious stones.

Krudd Zingaro

These returning vendors create one of a kind wire and weave handmade jewelry incorporating precious stones and fossils, and also create silkscreen patches and apparel.

Paulette Design Collection

PD Collection is selling limited quantities of hand screenprinted apparel with doodle artwork, and prints of watercolour artwork in greeting card and poster formats.

Les Essentielles Consent Crew

This team will be based near the Mainstage and Beer Gardens at Minto Park, distributing awesome stickers, pins, and pamphlets about consent and healthy relationships.

Northern Howl

KIAC Artists-In-Residence Karen Kazmer and Deborah Koenker are collecting dog stories and photos for an art installation: Northern Howl.

Protect the Peel Watershed!

The Yukon Conservation Society will be educating the public on the current issues surrounding the Yukon's beautiful Peel Watershed. Protect the Peel!

Aloha Tacos

Dawson's favourite taco stand will be returning for a second year, serving fresh tacos and sides made with local ingredients and lots of love.

Atlin Mountain Coffee Roasters

Stellar beverage team Leandra and Philippe will be returning for a third year to serve coffee, tea, and other hot beverages all the way from Atlin, BC.

The Gravy Train

The Gravy Train, coming all the way from Marsh Lake, YT, will be selling poutine, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, beverages, and more!

JP's Coffee Cart

Come see JP's Coffee Cart for coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, iced coffee, frappuccinos, muffins, cookies and waffles!

Kit's Kitchen

Get ready for chicken kebobs, pork kebobs, chicken teriyaki with rice, spring rolls, and a whole lot more!

Poffertjes Please!

Come see Gary and Carla, winners of the 2015 DCMF Green Award, for delicious steaming poffertjes, mini Dutch pancakes!

Little Thai Bell

Dawson's favorite Thai food cart, serving pad thai and variety of tasty and wonderful dishes.

Vicky Dhillon & Co.

Returning for a second time, Whitehorse Quiznos franchise owner Vicky Dhillon will be serving wonderful Indian food, full meals and sides!


DCMF workshops are a little different from the norm, and operate more like low-key concerts. Members of different bands come together to play semi-structured jam sessions and song circles in various genres and styles. These are awesome opportunities to see a more intimate side of the performers and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between artists.

Rock It To Me

It’s loud, it’s fierce, it’s rock & roll. 

Terra LightfootKristi Lane Sinclair, Miss Quincy and the Showdown, Hot Panda

Saturday July 23rd, 1 PM – 2 PM
KIAC Ballroom

Effective Effects

This electronic and experimental workshop is devoted to the endless possibilities that loop pedals and digital and analogue effects encompass.

Merganzer, Mozart’s Sister, Old Cabin

Saturday July 23rd, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
St. Paul’s Church

Freshly Picked

Another festival favourite, this workshop aims to please and never fails to deliver: a little of bit of bluegrass, a little bit of folk, and a whole lot of passion. Expect fiddles, banjos, guitars, beautiful voices, and a setlist of old-time favourites.

Sarah Jane Scouten, Sarah Hamilton, Jenn Grant, Matt MonoogianJenny Berkel, Twin Bandit

Saturday July 23rd, 2 PM – 2:45 PM
KIAC Ballroom

Folk is a 4 Letter Word

For the toe-tappin, fiddle-lovin, folk fanatics out there, this one is for you. Combining traditional old-time tunes with a modern folk flair, this workshop will be one to remember.

Jim Bryson, Twin Bandit, Jenny Berkel, Sarah Jane Scouten

Saturday July 23rd, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
KIAC Ballroom

Songs I Wish I Wrote

The ultimate session of artist’s favourite covers, played like you’ve never heard them before. Every year, this workshop is noted to be one of “the most moving parts of the festival”.

Jenn Grant, Jim Bryson, Terra Lightfoot, Sarah Hamilton, The 24th Street Wailers

Saturday July 23rd, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Boots and Cats

Hip hop hurray! It’s been a while since DCMF has rocked hip hop and electronic beats, so here we are. Get on down for a session of freestyling, beatboxing, and more. 

Def3Pierre KwendersMozart’s SisterLeonard Sumner

Sunday July 24th, 1 PM – 1:45 PM

Indie-Pop It To Me

Some of Canada’s hottest indie bands, a Sunday afternoon, and a bright beautiful sun-lit ballroom. What more could you ask for?

The Provincial Archive, Hot Panda, the HIGHS, The Wet Secrets

Sunday July 24th, 1 PM – 1:45 PM
KIAC Ballroom

All About That Brass

These three big bands will bring on the funk, the marching band snazz, and the jazzy sounds of the brass family for a wild musical ride that might just blow your socks off. 

The Wet Secrets, The 24th Street Wailers, Major Funk and the Employment

Sunday July 24th, 2 PM – 3 PM

The Potluck

Hands down, the crowd favourite. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime jam session where all of the 2016 DCMF artists cram onstage for an incredible and unique performance. It’s a party, it’s perfect, it’s the potluck.

All of the 2016 Festival Performers

Sunday July 24th, 3:15 PM – 5 PM

Children's Programming


KIDSFest is the annual children’s component to the Dawson City Music Festival.

If you have wee ones in tow, feel free to bring them down to the DCMF Mainstage, from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday July 23rd. It’s free to the public and doesn’t require a festival pass!

We’ve got face-painting, arts, crafts, games, dancing, and a performance by award-winning children’s performer, Ginalina, from Vancouver, BC.


GirlsRockCamp-2016-8tallsmallYukon Girls Rock Camp

DCMF’s 2nd annual Yukon Girls Rock Camp for Yukon girls ages 8 – 18 culminates into a live performance at the Festival Mainstage.

The girls will be forming bands, learning the basics of guitar, drums, bass, vocals, and keyboard, and preparing a finished piece to be presented to the audience.

Please come show your support, cheer them on, and check out the awesome merch they will have made!

More information about this initiative can be found on the Yukon Girls Rock Camp website.