JULY 19-21, 2019
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  • FOR RELEASE APRIL 29, 2019 - Dawson City, Yukon The Yukon Girls Rock Camp has evolved to become a beloved and highly anticipated program in the Yukon summer calendar. Since the inaugural camp in 2015, the program has gotten bigger and better every year, all under the incredibly supportive umbrella of the Dawson City Music Festival.With support from the Association’s Board of Directors and staff, the Yukon Girls Rock Camp committee have decided to split from the Festival’s organizational umbrella and become an independent non-profit entity. In this endeavour, organizational finances and volunteer sustainability are top of mind. “We’re taking the time we need to restructure the organization so that we know YGRC is healthy, our volunteers and leaders are healthy, and we have the strength and sustainability to deliver our powerful programming for years to come,” says YGRC Founder, Lana Welchman. Yukon Girls Rock Camp is a week-long youth empowerment camp that seeks to amplify the voices of girls, and gender-nonconforming youth through music. The 8-18 year-old campers are introduced to their instrument and form bands on Monday morning; by Saturday, they perform their own original song at the Dawson City Music Festival Mainstage showcase. During the week, the campers learn about consent, speaking out, and some tools to navigate the still very male-dominated music industry. “YGRC would not have been able to grow into what we are today without the ongoing and dedicated support of the Dawson City Music Festival. While it is bittersweet that the time has come for YGRC to spread its wings, we look forward to working closely with this organization that is dedicated to amplifying the voices of girls and gender-non conforming youth. And of course, we look forward to seeing our campers again in 2020.” continued Welchman. Yukon Girls Rock Camp and the Dawson City Music Festival

  • Food, Art, Craft, and Non-profit Vendor Applications are now live! We can't wait to see what goodies await us at #DCMF2019Visit our vendor page for full details.http://www.dcmf.com/vendors/ Photo by Evan Rensch

  • We are so excited to share our second #dcmf2019 lineup leak! With performances by rising legends nêhiyawak, underworld Klezmer-punk orchestra, Orkestar Kriminal, and country-roots hometown stars, The Lucky Ones. These are ones to watch, folks! Click here for artist details and here to buy your Festival pass, and check out our interview with Dave White on CBC Yukon's Airplay. Many more announcements to come over the next month!

  • We are thrilled to share our first #dcmf2019 lineup leak of the season! DCMF will host performances by 2017 Polaris Music Prize winner, Lido Pimienta, Canadian Folk Music Award winners, The Jerry Cans / Pai Gaalaqautikkut, New Age and Folk Jazz pioneer, Beverly Glenn-Copeland and up and coming "Sacred Doom" stars, The Sweeties. Click here for artist details and here to buy your Festival pass, and check out our interview with Dave White on CBC Yukon's Airplay. Many more announcements to come over the next month!

  • We're looking for an energetic, organized, and outgoing Volunteer Coordinator and Production Assistant for the summer of 2019. If you have experience with large-scale events, volunteer management, and/or music festivals (paid or unpaid), we'd love to hear from you! These are no longer student-only positions! Click the link for full job descriptions and details: www.dcmf.com/about/employment-opportunities/ Résumés must be received at the festival office by 5:00 pm Tuesday, April 2nd 2019. For any questions about this position or the festival, please phone 867-993-5584 or email info at dcmf.com Please share widely!

  • Things are in full swing behind the scenes here at DCMF HQ, and summer is just around the corner! We're excited to announce that FESTIVAL PASSES ARE ON SALE NOW for the 41st annual Dawson City Music Festival, taking place July 19th - 21st, 2019 in Dawson City, Yukon! 3 days, multiple venues, tonnes of music, friends, and fun. The stuff summer dreams are made of! We can't wait to see you! Photo by Nate Jones.

  • Happy New Year's Eve! We are so thrilled that in just a few days at the beginning of a brand new season, our 2019 Songwriter in Residence Sam I Am Montolla, will arrive in Dawson City! Sam I Am Montolla is a singer, songwriter, and dancer from Montreal, Quebec, whose sound is as diverse as the city she lives in. Sam I Am writes and performs in a range of genres, including RnB, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, and Gospel -  all permeating with African rhythms. Sam I Am is a former member of the notable Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, has performed with the Gospel Trio Revelation III and Black Theatre Workshop’s Youthworks program, and is a frequent collaborator in Montreal, working with many artists from around the city from the likes of Monk-e, Narcy, Waahli, Shash’U, and Jai Nitai Lotus. Sam I Am is also a prolific Hip Hop dancer and Waacker under the alias Princess Shayla and has greatly contributed to the culture in Montreal, New York and Paris. Currently, Sam is an active member of Kalmunity, Canada’s largest and longest running black arts & improv collective. Sam I Am Montolla continues to be a pillar in the movement and her community, staying connected, teaching and working at a youth center that focuses on free youth programming. She is currently working on her new mixtape, to come out early next year. Sam will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay Residence house writing, researching and creating. Sam plans to connect and share with the community through music and dance. Please give her a warm welcome and stay tuned for workshop details. Save the date for Sam I am Montolla live in concert on Thursday, January 24th, 2019! Instagram: @samiammontolla Music: soundcloud Facebook: SamIAmMontolla Website: samiammontolla.com

  • ATTN MUSICIANS! From September 1st - October 31st, 2018, the Dawson City Music Festival Association will accept submissions for our 2019 Songwriter in Residence Program. The program brings a musician to Dawson City for a month-long, mid-winter stay (January 2019), where the artist receives studio and living space. Previous participants have involved themselves deeply with the local community and have found it to be an enriching, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  A selections committee handpicks the artist. We strive to select a diverse range of artists, from a variety of backgrounds and points of origin, at varying stages of their careers. We tend to choose artists that are well-suited to the dynamic of this particular community.  Click here for more information including submission guidelines and residency details. Due to a high volume of applications only shortlisted artists will be contacted. Friends of DCMF, please share this with your favorite artists!  

  • Time to plan your weekend!! Just 4 more sleeps! So many lovely things coming up from good old-fashioned folk to thunderous rock n' roll and everything in between; from DJ and Hip Hop workshops to old favourites like Songs I wish I wrote; from a pop-up BBQ to an intimate music crawl; and a special tribute to the late and very great Bruce Bergman, the 40th DCMF is not to be missed!   

  • Did you catch today's edition of Airplay on CBC Yukon? Celebration is in the air, and just in time for the height of summer, we've announced 5 exciting acts. Added to the bill is the unmistakable, Polaris Prize-nominated, THUNDEROUS rock band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan; the undeniably powerful Hip-Hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids who proudly hail from the Haisla Nation and craft politically charged, energetic tracks reminiscent of early 90's rap; Indie-rock-and-roll-super-fun-dance-party band Goodnight, Sunrise; DJ, songwriter, producer, activist and community organizer Chippy Nonstop who will be at DCMF to facilitate Intersessions and to hit the decks; and local favourite Jesse Smith, who to the delight of locals and visitors alike, will grace the mainstage this year! Head on over to our lineup page for full details! Be sure to grab your Festival pass or a newly released SINGLE TICKET! Still looking for a place to crash? We've got campsites available too! And don't forget - head to Dawson a day ahead of time to catch the legendary Thursday night concert at the Palace Grand Theatre with Madame Gandhi and The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers & DASH. Many thanks to our funders, partners, sponsors and volunteers, all of whom make the magic happen!   We also wish to acknowledge the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, whose Traditional Territory we gratefully live, work, and organize within. If you are reading this, we encourage you to attend the 2018 Aboriginal Day Celebrations tomorrow (June 21st) at the beautiful Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre! Can't make it? Our friends at CFYT Radio Station will broadcast the events live! Mähsi Cho! #dcmf40 #dcmf2018