2015 Emerging Artist Evangeline Gentle

Spending their childhood on the north east coast of Scotland, Evangeline Gentle beautifully marries traditional folk sounds with modern indie folk melodies. Evangeline began teaching themself how to play guitar and write music at the young age of 12 and began performing upon their acceptance in to the Peterborough integrated arts program. Their first album, Wind and Waves, was recorded with Peterborough local and now Toronto producer at Oak Recording Studio, Damon De Segheo, and their second, Nice While It lasted, by local favourite and talented artist Sean Conway. Evangeline is releasing a self-produced album, “Moon Chaser” in which they layer new era dreamy electronic textures with alt country and folk stylings. Evangeline was nominated for best female vocalist at the Peterborough Wire Awards in 2014 and won the title in 2015. As a young queer artist, Evangeline Gentle’s music is influenced by breaking the boundaries of love, living authentically and cultivating community. They creatively examine and honestly portray human experiences through their haunting vocals and expressive lyrics.


Listen to Evangeline Gentle at: https://evangelinegentle.bandcamp.com/album/nice-while-it-lasted

About the Emerging Artist Award

 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, a guaranteed spot on the festival main stage the following year, and a trip to the Folk Music Ontario (formerly Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) annual conference in October.

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.

 Past Recipients:

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


2014 Emerging Artists - The Lonely Parade


The Lonely Parade are a three-piece alternative-rock band from Peterborough, ON. Their music has a sense of urgency and excitement. Their live show is captivating and they've been making waves in the Peterborough music scene since they got their start at Rock Camp for Girls Peterborough. They've just released their first album "Sheer Luxury" which can be heard here: