Evolve Festival celebrates it's Sweet Sixteen and announces mind-blowing artists and activities.

Press Release Provided by 360 Artists & Touring

July 9-12, 2015 *

Antigonish, Nova Scotia 

Toronto’s Keys N Krates are back at Evolve for the third time, after making international headlines for their hybrid live/DJ show and performing at Coachella, one of the most prestigious outdoor festivals in the world. Nahko And Medicine for The People return to Evolve from Oregon, paying homage to the area's aboriginal roots with their Native American spiritual folk-rock sound.  Also returning is globetrotting DJ/Producer Grandtheft (Mad Decent) who is on the leading edge of trap and bass music. Legendary New York performance artist Matthew Silver makes his Canadian debut with his viral hit NYC street-show
as well as sonic treats by electronica unit Doldrums (Sub Pop) from Montreal’s underground warehouse scene. Maritimes headline acts: include world-renowed turntablist Skratch Bastid; mixed media provocateur Rich Aucoin and Cape Breton rockers Slowcoaster.

Featuring over 100 bands, artists & DJs on 4 stages:

Evolve’s greatest lineup yet serves up a stunning array of sound … from worldbeat, hiphop and electronica to folk and roots ... from the Maritimes across Canada and around the world … from annual favourites to mind-blowing new discoveries.

$179 + $4.50 Services Fees for July 10-13 Weekend Pass
Buy online or at Ticketpro locations throughout Atlantic Canada
Advance weekend passes include admission to all performances, parking, camping.
* Thursday July 9th access NOT included (Additional $25 at the gate)

From its humble beginnings in 2000 as an intimate grassroots gathering, Evolve Festival has become one the top outdoor destination music festival in Eastern Canada.  From July 9-12 in the spectacular rolling hills of Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, thousands of people who love great music and care about our planet will gather for Evolve’s 16th incredible year.  Once again, Evolve will feature some of the most exciting acts representing a huge range of musical styles from Canada and around the world, while staying true to its mandate of supporting Eastern Canadian artists.  

On traffic and public safety advice from the RCMP, the Fire Chief and Antigonish County Council we have expanded the weekend to provide festival attendees access to partial festival grounds early starting on Thursday evening.  All onsite camping will be open with music provided by Skratch Bastid on the Synergy Stage.  A $25 fee in addition to the Weekend pass per person applies.

Making a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet

More than merely a music festival, Evolve is an immersive experience where attendees can savour camping in a gorgeously scenic location and nourish their mind, body and soul with delicious food, crafts, sustainable living skills and knowledge, the healing arts and more. Thousands of people will return to this beloved festival, joined by thousands of first-time attendees drawn by the festival’s remarkable ability to both entertain and inspire.

With the help of a community receptive to sustainability in action, coupled with a festival that’s sincere in its efforts for a green future, Evolve has been dubbed “Canada’s greenest festival”! Since its inception, Evolve has shown that it is possible host a fun outdoor music festival, while at the same time championing causes, highlighting environmental issues, and inspiring changing behavior.

The keystones of Evolve’s commitment to sustainability and community include:

The Awareness Village: Dozens of grassroots organizations and hundreds of passionate individual vendors, craftspeople and practitioners offer attendees the chance to build their skills and knowledge. This year’s workshops and classes include: massage therapy and reiki, yoga & meditation, yurt construction, hula hoop dancing
The Clean Concert Pledge: Evolve Festival requests that attendees to take a Pledge of personal responsibility for waste and recycling.  The goal of the Pledge is to get outdoor festival attendees to leave no trash on the grounds when they leave the festival fields. The Pledge is taken on an individual basis, with the premise that each concert-goer is responsible for their own trash/recycling; putting it in the proper place when the show is over. It’s not just about littering, it’s about assuming individual responsibility for the environment and encouraging others to do the same.

Eco-Friendly Choices: Evolve actively facilitates carpooling to the festival to reduce emissions impact from thousands of long-distance travellers. All festival marketing materials are printed on recycled stock using waterless printing by service providers who use Bullfrog Power. Clothing and merchandise is made from organic cotton or recycled materials. Food vendors use compostable/biodegradable packaging.
Camping: Evolve is an immersive weekend music and camping experience. With paid festival admission, wristband-wearers are invited to free camping on soft grass in designated camping areas laid out around our fabulous Evolve site. Both General and Family camping areas are available; all camping is a short walk from the stages and parking areas and offers full-service facilities, including portable toilets, drinking water, and sink stations.
Community Partnerships: Organizations represented at Evolve this year will include: Crusisis, EcologyAction Center, Conservation Council Of New Brunswick, RRFB Nova Scotia, Oxfam, Apathy Is Boring, Katimavik, Greenpeace, GPI Atlantic Youth Program, and MADD.



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