46th annual DCMF: July 19-21, 2024!
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The Dawson City Music Festival Association is located on the territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. We are inspired by the music, traditions, and culture that Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have shared along the Yukon River since time immemorial. We work to support this living legacy.


DCMF is a non-profit charitable organization established in 1979, after a summer barbecue full of music and dancing in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada. The organization is led by a dedicated Board of Directors, one year-round Executive Director, and of course, the best volunteers in the world!


The Dawson City Music Festival will remain “Canada’s tiny, perfect Festival” by consistently and collaboratively delivering high-quality, diverse musical experiences.

By doing so, the Dawson City Music Festival Association will be recognized as a significant contributor to both the quality of life and the cultural economy in Dawson and Yukon; and the DCMF will be understood as a celebration of Dawson’s spirit, hospitality, volunteerism, and community life.


The Dawson City Music Festival Association celebrates and supports its local environment by presenting world-class grassroots musical programming in Dawson, including but not limited to the annual Dawson City Music Festival.

Currently, the Association carries out this mission by producing its namesake summer music festival and year-round musical events, providing educational outreach and tourism development via a songwriter-in-residence program and by advocating for the development of the local, regional, and national arts sector.


The following values are intrinsic to our Association and our work:

• Honouring our legacy
• Inclusivity
• Responsibility
• Accountability and transparency
• Volunteerism
• Community engagement and community ownership

• Accessibility
• The grassroots spirit
• Audience and performer diversity
• Intergenerational engagement
• Economic development
• Local, municipal, and national pride
• Fun

• Hospitality
• Sustainability
• Support and development of Yukon, Northern and Canadian musicians, at multiple stages of their career
• Excellence in programming, administration, and conduct


The first Dawson City Music Festival took place in 1979. It was an intimate, two-day affair among friends, comprising a jam session on a West Dawson farm and a dance at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s. Quickly realizing that the Festival was too good a secret to keep, an enterprising band of local volunteers incorporated the Dawson City Music Festival Association in 1980, and received charitable status in 1986.

Since then, the event Vancouver’s Georgia Straight dubbed as “Canada’s tiny, perfect Festival” has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s premiere musical events, but its strengths have remained the same: unparalleled intimacy, grassroots spirit, fabulous Klondike hospitality, and the best concerts North of 60!


We are deeply proud of our Festival alumni, many of whom have gone on to receive the highest of national and international accolades and become household names. A selection of past performers includes:

Wintersleep, Lido Pimienta, Basia Bulat, Black Mountain, Tanya Tagaq, Leonard Sumner, Kaia Kater, Elisapie, Andy Shauf, Pierre Kwenders, The Weather Station, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cris Derksen, Julie Doiron, Jen Grant, Jennifer Castle, Cousins, Cadence Weapon, The Jerry Cans, Diyet, DIANA, Baby Eagle, Bruce Cockburn,  Blue Rodeo, the Constantines, the Rheostatics, The Deep Dark Woods, Jane Siberry, Born Ruffians, Sylvia Tyson, The Undertakin’ Daddies, Old Man Luedecke, Shotgun & Jaybird, Elliott Brood, The Weakerthans, Fred Penner, Owen Pallett, Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three, the Sadies, Natalie Macmaster, Bell Orchestre, Sunset Rubdown, Terra Lightfoot, Rich Aucoin, Shotgun Jimmie, the Skydiggers, Doug Paisley, Colin Stetson, Corb Lund, The Pack A.D., Wanda Jackson, and more. Click here for more!

Board of Directors

Devon Berquist – President

David Johnston – Vice President

Kaitlyn Urquhart – Treasurer

Molly Shore – Secretary

Danielle Bossio – Director

Tabitha Gamble – Director

Jennifer Migliorini – Director

Emily Farrell – Director Ex-Officio


Corbin Murdoch – Executive Director

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