Our 2019 Emerging Artist Award- Paper Shakers

Paper Shakers deliver a dynamic performance, full of energetic-alt-rock anthems that hook with a heart thumping beat. Since 2017 this Peterborough 5-piece have been writing songs that are layered with meaningful lyrical concepts situated in real life experiences.

 Their live performance leaves you questioning why you don’t attend more live rock shows. Guitar riffs equally fierce and catchy, heavy handed bass and drums in the best possible way. Top that off with an entertaining, crowd engaging front duo that belt out stellar lyrics with just the right amount of tambourine. Paper Shakers have cemented their place in the Canadian music scene and carved their own niche, a thought-provoking dance party.




The Peterborough Folk Festival believes in investing in young performers, and to that end, created an annual award in 2001 to recognize emerging local talent that we think deserves the attention and support of the community. Judging by the careers of the past recipients, the Emerging Artist Award is a step on the road to a life-long career in music.

Recipients of this award are given showcase spots on the festival weekend and a trip to the Folk Music Ontario annual conference in September.

The Emerging Artist Award is selected by a committee who assess applicants on skill, dedication, and artistic merit. Applicants may be solo artists, groups or bands and must live in Peterborough & The Kawarthas and  under the age of 30.  

 Past Recipients:

2018- Hillary Dumoulin

2017 Mary-Kate Edwards

2016-Nick Procyshyn

2015-Evangeline Gentle

2014- The Lonely Parade

2013 - Dylan Ireland

2012 - Jos Fortin

2011 - Melissa Payne

2010 - Kate LeDeuce

2009 - Missy Knott


2008 - Sean Conway

2007 - Dave Simard & Kelly McMichael

2006 - Drea Nasager

2005 - Benj Rowland

2004 - Beau Dixon

2003 - Jill Staveley

2002 - James McKenty

2001 - Serena Ryder