Evolve Festival

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Evolve Festival
Genre rock, jazz, funk, world music, hip hop, bluegrass, electronica
Location(s) Jailletville, New Brunswick, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Years active 2000–present
Founded by Joe MacEachern
Jim Dorey

Evolve Festival is an annual music and cultural festival which until 2016 was located near Antigonish, Nova Scotia. In 2016, the festival was moved to Jailletville, New Brunswick. The festival is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable living and environmental awareness. The festival uses renewable energy sources (aided by diesel generators), recycled and biodegradable products and endeavours (aided by styrofoam) to limit solid waste.[1] In 2010, Evolve Festival won the CBC Radio 3 contest vote for "Best Festival In Canada".[2]


The festival was first held in 2000. The festival was first conceived by Joe MacEachern, a resident of Antigonish, who then recruited Jim Dorey of Toronto to become the second founding member of Evolve Tribe. Jay Cleary joined the duo as the festival publicist and was able to raise significant export development funding from the Nova Scotia Government to develop the festival as a Nova Scotia Tourist Attraction. In 2005 the team was joined by longtime supporter and Evolve Tribe member Jonas Colter of Fredericton, NB. In 2006 Jim Dorey sold his shares to Jonas and Joe, and then later in 2008, Joe sold his shares to Jonas in order to pursue a degree in Sociology. The festival presents a diverse lineup of rock, jazz, funk, world music, hip hop, bluegrass and electronica performers.[3]

in 2016, the festival moved to Jailletville, New Brunswick.[4]

Notable performances[edit]

Performers at the festival have included Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, k-os, The Trews,[5] Michael Franti and Spearhead,[6] Dub FX, Chali 2na, Beardyman, OKA, Wintersleep, Slowcoaster, Hey Rosetta![7] Rheostatics, The Be Good Tanyas, Holy Fuck, Do Make Say Think, Medeski Martin & Wood, Brazilian Girls, Telesma, Vaseline Philosophers, Man Man, Battles, !!!, The Jimmy Swift Band, That 1 Guy, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, The Sheepdogs, Xavier Rudd, Delhi 2 Dublin, Pretty Lights, Danny Brown, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Keys and Krates, Grandtheft and Easy Star All-Stars. Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May also spoke at the 2007 event.[8] In addition to its main stage, the festival also features several smaller stages meant exclusively for specific genres music such as Electronic, Bass, and Indie rock. There are also smaller yurt stages highlighting smaller acts from around the world.[9]

Canadian music video channel MuchMusic has covered the Evolve Festival on Going Coastal.[10]

In 2010, over 115 acts have performed at the festival.[11]


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Coordinates: 45°33′04″N 61°47′17″W / 45.551°N 61.788°W / 45.551; -61.788