The 2017 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!)

2017 Performer Lineup

Our vendors area at Minto Park is free to the public, so come grab a sweet (or savory) treat, and check out the 2017 Festival vendors from across Canada.

Workshops (Coming Soon!)

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

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 21st. 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 longtime northerner and children’s performer, Michael Brooks, from Whitehorse, YT.


Yukon Girls Rock Camp

DCMF’s 3rd 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.


Coming Soon!