Sunday, 30 June 2013

Cavalcade of Volkswagen Vans en route to Mariposa

Don’t be surprised if you experience a flashback to another era at Mariposa Folk Festival this year. With music icons that defined a generation like Arlo Guthrie, Randy Bachman and Murray McLauchlan setting the mood, it would be easy to let you mind drift back to an earlier time. But, when you see the large collection of Volkswagen Vans camping at the Festival site this year, you’re bound to think you’ve stepped back in time, by three or four decades.

During the past few years, the number of VW Van owners at Mariposa Folk Festival has been growing, but this year the Festival is expecting a lot more now that smaller recreational vehicles are allowed to camp at the festival. Expectations are especially high since owners of Volkswagen Westfalia Vans, ‘westies’ as they fondly call them, are organizing. They plan to descend on Mariposa Folk Festival in numbers, and they have even set up a Facebook event called Busses at Mariposa to enlist more recruits.

So far, they are expecting vans from New Jersey, Québec, New Brunswick, and from numerous communities across Ontario. Some of these ‘westies’ are vintage vehicles dating from the 1960's through to the 1980's. All of them have proud, wandering owners. Some bring their kayaks and paddle out to the point to listen to the great music on Mariposa’s daytime stages while floating on beautiful Lake Couchiching. Several are musicians, so they will make good use of the Hootenanny Stage for campers every night of the festival.

The ‘westie’ owners coming to Mariposa Folk Festival in recent years have made new friendships with fellow ‘westie’ owners. They see each other only once a year, but are building relationships, and catching up on kids, life, and events while sharing their love of music and their vans. With all of the van campers expected at the Festival this year, we're looking forward to a whole new ‘westie’ era in Mariposa’s storied history.

The instigators behind the ‘westie’ cavalcade are Linda and Doug Alcock of Mississauga, Ontario. They have been coming to Mariposa Folk festival for ten years. Doug is a singer, songwriter and guitar player, and the two of them go to music festivals all over Ontario. According to Linda, “We love Mariposa because it is the biggest and best, it's a great venue and the lineups are always terrific.” They met Dave Gunning at Mariposa Folk Festival in 2004, and have had him at their home three times since for house concerts.

Once, when Linda and Doug were sitting outside their ‘westie’ at Mariposa Folk Festival, someone came up to Doug to say his performance was really, really good. The problem is, Doug didn’t play at the festival. So, if you see a guy in a beret with a beard and grey curly hair, especially a guy sitting beside a ‘westie’, just so you know, it’s not Ken Whitely. It’s Doug Alcock. Stop by and say hello.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mariposa Folk Festival has really good food!

Our food vendors are carefully selected for value, quality and range of choices to give you lots of great options the whole weekend through.

We have everything from vegetarian to comfort food to ethnic cuisine so, regardless of your dietary needs or preferences, we have you covered.

Just like every other aspect of the festival, you can be assured that our food vendors maintain the highest environmental, ethical and social standards.

Here’s the list of food vendors we’ve lined-up for Mariposa Folk Festival 2013:

Sunshine BBQ
Sausage, hot dogs and back bacon on a bun, with organic selections. These folks are a local establishment and Mariposa favorite.

ERA 67
Experience charcoal corn on the cob with flavoured butter, Canadian peameal bacon, lettuce and tomato, pulled pork sliders and riblets.

Aladdin Indian Cuisine
Vegetable Samosa, beef Samosa, Chana Masala, butter chicken, mango lassi and much more.

Apple Fritter Factory
Pennsylvania Dutch Treats such as Appel Flappen (Apple Fritters), funnel cakes and fries/fingers. The fried treat menu includes deep fried Mars Bars, Twinkies and Oreos.

Black River Food Company
Organic local vegetables, farmed elk, bison, trout, corn fritters.

Bread Head
Pizza in the Neapolitan tradition – organic flour, a thin crust, balanced and flavourful toppings, baked in a wood fired oven.

Concessions Canada – Coco Loco
Among other great things, they have real coconut beverages.

Farmer’s Daughter Kettle Corn
An irresistible snack, cooked in an authentic open kettle the old fashioned way. Stirred by hand until each kernel pops, covering itself in a delicious coating.

Simmo’s Original Smoke Grill
Authentic Caribbean cuisine made from fresh ingredients.

Juice Me Up
For a morning boost, a midday snack or an evening treat, indulge in a gourmet smoothie made from freshly squeezed artisan juices using local Ontario produce.

Uncle Terry’s Fries
Sweet potato fries, deep fried pickles, mushrooms and onion rings.

Lemon Heaven

Regular, cherry, lime and iced tea flavored, freshly squeezed lemonade.

Just Like Mom Used to Buy – Tornado Potato
A skewered whole potato cut with a specialized spiral slicer, fried then sprinkled with dry seasonings.

Sweet Dreams Ice Cream
41 flavours of ice cream including frozen yogurt and sherbet. Waffle and sugar cones are available.

The Tamale Girl
Texas style tamales that are naturally gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and egg-free! Vegan options available, as are “carne-style” options for the meat lovers.

Thai Plate Restaurant
Authentic Thai cuisine made with quality, fresh ingredients.

Ultimate Concession Trailer
Hand-Cut fries, poutine and juicy beef burgers on a toasted bun.

Men with Knives
Gourmet barbecue – a fully equipped mobile kitchen and wood fired smoker for delicious food.

Nuss Enterprises
Schnitzel on a bun, a variety of fruit crepes, and pancakes for breakfast.

100% delicious fruit popsicles. Give them to your kids without feeling guilty!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Exhibits and Displays by Civil Society Organizations, Service Groups and Community Groups at Mariposa Folk Festival

A tradition of the Mariposa Folk Festival is to offer civil society groups, service organizations and community groups a no-charge booth in our Community Village area of the festival. Casino Rama, and their Community Wellness Program, makes this possible through a very generous sponsorship.

Here are this year's organizations. Check them out and learn something new.

ArtsCan Circle
This organization sends teams of musicians and artists to work in remote indigenous communities in Canada’s far north. Their aim is to inspire youth through creative self-expression. While in those communities they share information and offer volunteers the opportunity to become involved in their work on behalf of indigenous youth.

Barrie Folk Society
Founded in 1999 to foster and promote live music in Barrie and area, it produces concerts in a variety of formats, raise money for new, live music, and fosters the growth of local and young musicians. They support original live music in venues such as open stages, house concerts and song-writing competitions.

Chippewas of Rama First Nation PowWow Celebration
Taking place August 24/25 in Rama, this is a colourful cultural event that includes international displays of traditional dancing, music and hand drumming. Spend time at the artisans’ booths where you will find beautiful beadwork, baskets, apparel, footwear and more.

Eaglewood Folk Festival
The 24th Eaglewood Folk Festival is taking place August 23, 24, 25, 2013. It is a three-day celebration of diverse, original folk/roots music featuring a mix of established singer songwriters and new, young talent, with concerts and workshops and more.

Georgian Bay Islands National Park (Parks Canada)
This area is one of the most culturally and naturally unique places in Canada, and its only 40 minutes from Orillia. Experience all-inclusive camping, rustic cabins, traditional camping and hiking. Replicas of species at risk (turtles, snakes, skink) and archaeology associated with Georgian Bay Islands National Park are on display.

Georgian College
Quality education for students on a full time or part time basis. Earn a certificate, diploma or university degree. Georgian was recently rated the best Community College in Ontario, the second best in Canada and the third best community college in the world.

Hare Krishna Culture
A bright and colorful exposition of Bhakti Yoga culture (Kirtan), with chanting, singing, music, dancing, books, meditation sessions, philosophy, yoga and more. Bhakti Yoga is non-sectarian and has participants from India, Canada, Russia, USA, Europe, Caribbean, South Africa and elsewhere.

Helping Hands
This organization helps to maintain the independence of seniors. Established in 1972, employees and volunteers work together to provide in-home services enabling clients to remain in their own homes as long as they are able.

Hospice Orillia
The services and programs of this organization support individuals who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and supports their loved ones. Hospice Orillia provides emotional, social and spiritual support from Hawkestone to Severn Bridge to Coldwater to Gamesbridge.

Information Orillia
This community information and volunteer centre serves Orillia, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, Severn and Rama, providing information and referrals to people requiring human/social services. They also provide volunteer support services to organizations and help connect community members looking for volunteer opportunities.

Kids for Turtles Environmental Education
This is an educational and outreach organization dedicated to increasing the understanding and stewardship of the environment. Goals and activities include habitat restoration and nature-based events. They work with children, their families and seniors.

This organization is one of the largest in the area supporting cancer survivors. They support anyone, of any age with any type of cancer and will provide information, knowledge and support to overcome the effect of this disease. Get information on their anti-stigma campaign and cancer transition.

Lakehead University
A comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research, the Orillia campus boasts The ThunderCATS (Community Action Team), a student club dedicated to community volunteer work.

Mnjikaning Fish Fence Circle
The Fish Fence Circle honours the spirit of the sacred area known as the place of the fish fence (Mnjikaning), fostered education, social and co-operative experiences. Find out about the exciting Narrows bridge project.

Orillia Community Gardens
This sustainable and integrated network of community gardens around the city of Orillia provides knowledge and skills, hosts events and leads workshops. They share samples of fresh fruits and vegetables to inform people about local and global food and sustainability initiatives.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Working in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, this organization delivers education and awareness programming to monitor and track the spread of invading species in Ontario waters. They also support a summer student for the Kids for Turtles Office in Tudhope Park.

Orillia Museum of Art and History
See a display of several historical items and images that are both valuable artifacts, as well as interactive and touchable.

Orillia Active Transportation & Trails Advisory Committee
An official advisory committee to Orillia City Council, the mandate of this organization is to promote active transportation in the city, and act as a steward for city trails both on and off road. During the festival they will assist cyclists and supervise the bicycle parking area.

Orillia Power Corporation
This social enterprise has a rich history of more than 100 years in Orillia. Their mission is to efficiently generate environmentally-friendly energy, and their vision is to achieve full potential in renewable power generation.

Orillia Youth Centre
This organization provides the community with a safe, supervised gathering place for youth, ages 11-17. Offered are programs, referral to other community agencies and services, and the opportunity to be involved in the ongoing operation of the Centre. Several of their programs are geared for all ages.

Orillia Youth Symphony
Celebrating 30 years as an organization, youth learn about orchestral music, teamwork, discipline, respect and pride in themselves and their fellow members.

Scales Nature Park
This 21 hectare mosaic of upland and wetland habitats is home to about 300 animals and 60 species. Special programs offered include guided walks, presentations and workshops. At their booth they hope to have on display local species of reptiles and amphibians for hands-on interaction.

Streets Alive!
Orillia celebrates outdoor art and creativity through large scale outdoor art exhibits in the core of Orillia each summer season. Drawing attention to art and artists, the mandate of this organization is to present Orillia as a unique arts & culture destination. See sculptures on display at their booth.

Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee
The TO2015 provides communities with an opportunity to learn about the Toronto 2015 Games. Visitors can discover how to get involved in the Games, try their hand at sports and learn about the athletes and their achievements. There will be inflatable interactive sports activations, give-aways and more.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Folkplay - A Festival Within a Festival

Folkplay is a veritable festival-within-a-festival for kids, with lots of quality activities, entertainment and fun times to keep your little folkie engaged and happy.

Hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Don’t forget, folkies 12 & under are admitted free to Mariposa Folk Festival, but must be accompanied by a ticket-bearing guardian at all times.

The many activities in store for your little folkie include:

Garland Making
Participants create garland wreaths strewn with flowers, ribbons and other decorations to wear on their head.

Story Telling and Face Painting
Fabulous paints transform little faces into masterpieces while listening to ear-tickling, heart-warming tales.

Bead Making
Create bracelets, necklaces and other fancy stuff to wear.

Clay Making
Create everything from animals to pinch pots, to dragons and dinosaurs. Let them discover their inner sculptor.

Everything Bags
Makes masks from large bags, puppets from medium
bags, and sculpted trees from small bags.

The Amazing Frank Clarkson
A magician who puts on a show and wanders around with fantastic and amazing surprises.

Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo
Pluck a harp. Drum on a djembe. Womp-womp on a didgeridoo. Buzz into a shofar. Strum a mountain dulcimer. Frail a banjo and more.

Shakers, Rattles and Rasps
Design and build a shaker, rattle or rasp, then create percussive sounds.

Painting of Small Wooden Objects
Paint one or two small wooden objects.

Name Tags and Sign My Arm Band
Create a personally designed name tag. Role on a card board sleeve and have friends and performers autograph it.

Centre Games
Kick a ball, toss a frisbee, or play a huge game of checkers.

Clarabella the Clown
Clarabella will make wonderful balloon creations and paint faces.

Urban Fairy Tales
Puppet and singing troop that will perform and make paper bag puppets.

Mr. B and Friends
Sing along with Mr. B and Friends: Fred, Xena and Sean.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Artisans' Village - A Peaceful Enclave of Talented Craftspeople

Mariposa Folk Festival is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists, with 100+ performances of every kind on its 11 stages including music, dance and spoken word – but there’s lots more than that going on at Mariposa Folk Festival!

In fact, the mandate of the Mariposa Folk Foundation is "The promotion and preservation of folk art in Canada through song, story, dance and craft", and one of the ways we live up to the craft part of that broader mandate is by presenting 50 of the finest craft artists, selected through an adjudication process, in our Artisans' Village.

This area of the festival is an appealing, peaceful enclave, full of talented craftspeople ranging from instrument makers to carvers and weavers to drum makers, potters, jewelers and everything in between, with their wares on full display. This year’s array of artisans is one one of our best ever. Take a stroll through the relaxing setting of the Artisans’ Village, and take some time to browse the booths and tents. You will find a rich collection of beautiful, inspiring and interesting works.

Here's what we have in store for Mariposa Folk Festival 2013. To see selected samples of the work of these artisans, please visit the Artisans' Village Listing on our website.


Appealing Environments
Artist/Kym Brundritt
Portrait for You
Rogue Goat Designs
Ron Belanger Guitars and Lisa Belanger Fine Art.
YoYo's by Luka

Body Art

Henna by HaileyMagpie BeadMoth Jewelry


Appealing Environments
Honeybea Design Hive
The Fairies Pyjamas
The Funky Clothesline
Wearable Art by Jocelyn Allen


Bluefrog Creations
Studio 194


Peter Cox
Ron Belanger Guitars and Lisa Belanger Fine Art.
Rosbilt TinCan Banjos and Ukuleles
Shaw Percussion
The Northern Heights Guitar Company


AmaLuna's Creations
Appealing Environments
Bluefrog Creations
Corteza Creations
Henna by Hailey
JET. Designs
Jewellery by Sara Beth
KilnArt Designs
Magpie Bead
Moth Jewelry
My Belle Bijoux
Opal Wing Creations
RAW eco jewellery
Rogue Goat Designs
Simply Sustainable
Terra Bella Naturals
The Fairies Pyjamas
The Stone Canvas
The Tima Collection



Objects for Nature

Moonshadow Woods
Relics Broom Company
The Stone Canvas


Mermaid Springs Pottery
Moonshadow Woods


Celtic and Medieval Stonework Sculpture


Karmalicious & Sigrid Naturals
Sol Beauty (formerly Sacred Circle Herbs)
Terra Bella Naturals


Caren's Monkey Business and More!
Rogue Goat Designs


Appealing Environments
The Stone Canvas


Caren's Monkey Business and More!
YoYo's by Luka


Durham Wood Products
Moonshadow Woods
Relics Broom Company
Rogue Goat Designs
Sugar Bush Fairies
YoYo's by Luka

View samples of the creations of these artisans here.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Mooses Come Walking by Arlo Guthrie

Last week, a moose was discovered capering around Tudhope Park, the site of Mariposa Folk Festival. See the Orillia Packet and Times article, with photo, here. It is not a complete surprise to see moose in that area since the park is on the shores of Lake Couchiching whose islands and significant stretches of shoreline are forested, but it is rare. In the past, deer have been spotted on the festival site, and other creatures such as turtles, geese, ducks, a large variety of other birds, as well as amphibians and fish, can be seen any day of the week. In fact, many are in plain view during Mariposa Folk Festival. But it is special to see a moose on the festival site and, to mark the occasion, here's a poem by Arlo Guthrie called Mooses Come Walking. Arlo is a wonderful storyteller, singer, songwriter and performer. Come see him in person at Mariposa Folk Festival, where he will close the Festival as the Sunday Evening Main Stage Headliner.

Mooses Come Walking
by Arlo Guthrie

Mooses come walking over the hill
Mooses come walking, they rarely stand still
When mooses come walking they go where they will
When mooses come walking over the hill

Mooses look into your window at night
They look to the left and they look to the right
The mooses are smiling, they think it's a zoo
And that's why the mooses like looking at you

So, if you see mooses while lying in bed
It's best to just stay there pretending you're dead
The mooses will leave and you'll get the thrill
Of seeing the mooses go over the hill

Oh My Darling, Boy Can These Girls Play!

Appearing on the Sunday Evening Main Stage and on various other stages during the festival weekend, Oh My Darling is a group with a sweet name and an even sweeter sound. Their mix of prairie roots, bluegrass, Appalachian old time, southern twang, and Franco-folk is a beautiful mélange of musical influences. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands. Individually, each of the members is among the hottest players on the Canadian roots scene. Together, boy can these girls play. Expect dazzling solos, soaring vocals, and unique grooves, along with beautiful arrangements that weave together poetic lyricism and lovely melodies. Check out this live performance of one of their francophone arrangements, Champ de Bataille, written by Louis Riel as a prisoner in Regina in 1885, not long before he was executed for High Treason.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Country-Folk Troubadour Jerry Leger & The Situation - An Act You Don't Want to Miss

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Jerry Leger & The Situation, you need to come to Mariposa Folk Festival to find out what you’re missing. Jerry Leger is blazing a musical trail on his own terms, earning an enthusiastic fan base and immense respect among his peers. He’s sort of a country-folk troubadour with eloquent, roots-based tunes and a great show. His album, Some Folks Know (2012), is about characters that seem dangerously unsatisfied and pushed to the brink. It’s edgy, honest and compelling. Fitting stuff for a musical voyeur who, as a kid, got hooked on two of the greatest ever country-folk observers of the human condition, Hank Williams and Hank Snow.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Great Educational Opportunity – Workshops on Creative Expression at Lakehead University (Orillia) featuring Mariposa Folk Festival Artists

Enhance your Mariposa experience by joining in on the Mariposa Folk Expressions workshops produced by Lakehead University in partnership with Mariposa Folk Festival, and supported through a donation from the estate of Alan Mills, a Canadian folksinger, writer, and actor known for popularizing Canadian folk music.

Artists and performers will share their expertise and knowledge to guide you in your creative expression. Workshops include album cover design, songwriting, dance, guitar, and painting. You will also have the opportunity to learn about artistic direction, and how Mariposa’s artists are chosen.

Date: Friday, July 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (the day the Festival starts)
Location: Lakehead University, Heritage Place at 1 Colborne St. W., Orillia
$25 per session

9:00 to 10:30 am  
                            10:45 a.m. to 12:15 pm  
Songwriting                                        Guitar
CD Art Design                                     Painting
Artistic Direction                                Dance

CD Art Design: Michael Wrycraft 
Michael is a Juno award-winning artist whose work has appeared in many galleries. With his impressive artistic talent, along with his great sense of humour, you can expect a totally entertaining workshop! Learn more about Michael here.

Songwriting: Jory Nash
Jory is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop, and soul into his original sound.  He has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, is a popular guest on dozens of CBC Radio programs, and makes regular appearances at some of Canada’s most popular folk festivals. Learn more about Jory here.

Guitar: Arthur Renwick 
A celebrated photo artist, curator, academic and singer songwriter, Arthur Renwick is a modern day renaissance man. Playing the bottleneck slide on a Dobro and Cigar Box guitar with Robert Johnson-like alacrity, he’s been performing for years at festivals and venues across Canada and Europe, yet waited until 2012 to release his superb debut album, the highly acclaimed The Cigarbox Chronicles. Well worth the long wait, it captures the experiences of love, loss, liquor, hope, faith, birth and death in Kitamaat, the small fishing village where he was born and raised within the Haisla Nation. Arthur’s tunes range from bluesy swagger to county-roots that beckon the spirit of Hank Williams. Listen to his music here.

Dance: Beth McKean
Beth McKean will help you to find freedom and joy by encouraging and coaching your dancer self to shine, manifest and be liberated. It’s not just in some of us - it’s in all of us. Discover your authentic self on the dance floor through the love, compassion, care and passion that Beth brings to the experience. Your playful free spirit is waiting to be expressed and go on a journey of the heart. Beth is a gifted guide who will lead you through a creative exploration of the body, mind, heart and soul.

Painting: Travis Shilling and Will McGarvey
Travis Shilling's paintings tell a story. A filmmaker and playwright, Travis' work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. Travis' recent paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape. His short film "Bear Tung", featuring Gary Farmer, was a selection in the 2011 National Museum of American Indian in NYC as well as the Santa fe independent film festival in October. Travis was born in Rama, Ontario: the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis has exhibited since age 21 in Canada, Europe and the US. He travels between a studio in Rama and one in Toronto.

Will McGarvey is an Orillia-based artist of national renown. His paintings have hung in a variety of galleries, and are coveted by art aficionados. He also happens to be the son of Pete

Artistic Direction: Mike Hill
Mike Hill is the current Artistic Director of the Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also served as the Festival's organizing chair and has been working with Mariposa since it returned to Orillia in 2000. He is also a member of the board of directors of Folk Music Canada and has served in varied capacities with the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Folk Alliance International. Mike will share his experiences and offer insight into the processes behind organizing a festival, particularly from the artistic side.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Lennie Gallant - Reaching Down to the Very Soul

Lennie Gallant’s songs have been recorded by more than 30 artists internationally, including Jimmy Buffet. He’s a respected songwriter with nine albums under his belt, two of them in French, but it is in his live performances that his impressive talent really shines. With hard hitting songs, he chronicles the lives of people dealing with tremendous adversity and serious issues, and at the same time celebrates the beauty of lifestyle and landscape. His music has appeared in feature films, television series and in numerous theatrical productions. It has even been played in space, with astronaut Julie Payette sharing it with the appreciative crew on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour. With his intense delivery, Gallant reaches down to the very soul. We think you will be very impressed by this truly authentic songsmith when he appears on the Sunday Evening Main Stage and on various other stages during the three days of Mariposa Folk Festival. Watch this video of his live performance of his song, Laisse Aller, and get a glimpse of the great music that Lennie Gallant has in store for you.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Baking 5,000 Cookies is Just One of Myriad Volunteer Jobs at Mariposa

Did you know that Mariposa volunteers serve several hundred meals each day to artists and festival guests in the Green Room (tent actually) in the restricted are behind the Main Stage? Most of the preparation is done in donated commercial kitchens, and the food is transported and served at the festival. It takes hundreds of hours of preparation and planning, and great care goes into ensuring the meals are nutritionally balanced and of high quality. Not only that, everything is done to meet the high and exacting standards of Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. In this photo, volunteers are hard at work in the kitchen of Birchmere On-The-Lake, baking the 5,000 cookies typically consumed during the run of the weekend. The volunteer leading the baking team has a badly fractured arm (you can see the cast in the photo), but that didn’t stop her from getting the job done. This is just one of the many, integral, behind-the-scenes jobs our volunteers do. All told, we have an army of more than 600 volunteers, and each and every one of these great people is essential to putting on a wonderful festival for you to enjoy.

Winner of the 2013 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo - Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins has one foot planted in Halifax and the other in Boston. Nurtured in both places by thriving music scenes, and immersed in separate artistic communities, she has developed unique and rich dimensions to her musicality. It’s no wonder she’s commanding such attention, including a whole slew of awards from both sides of the border. Now she’s riding on a new high with her 2013 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo. Her stunning new album, We Have Made A Spark, was recorded in Boston along with a veritable roots music ‘who’s who’ of friends and collaborators. It braves weighty topics and, like her first two albums, it’s earning critical praise. With regular tours of North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Rose’s performances are as accomplished has her song writing. Watch this video of her performing on CBC, and come see her live at Mariposa Folk Festival. She will be on the Friday Evening Main Stage and on various other stages throughout the festival weekend. Get Your Tickets. Purchase them before July 1st, and save.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Share Your Mariposa Experience Using Social Media

Mariposa Folk Festival has taken to social media in a big way to improve engagement with its audience, artists, volunteers and other stakeholders. Earlier this year, the organization added several new social media channels that significantly increased and improved its social media presence. It also set up a Hootsuite account to help manage all of this new activity.

Now it’s up to you to follow, subscribe, ‘like, ‘pin’, upload and send to get the most out of your Mariposa experience, and to make it more interesting to others.

Mobile App
Mariposa also has a great mobile app. It features interactive stage schedules, the ability to build your own personalized schedule, artist information, a twitter feed, information about our funders and sponsors, and a Google map showing area attractions and the main features of the festival site. You can download the app from the Marposa website here. Be sure to go to the About tab and choose the My Schedule feature to find out how to build your own personalized festival schedule.

Social Media Desk
Mariposa Folk Festival will also have a Social Media Desk this year, courtesy of Terry Marketing, located in the Archives Tent, to give you tips, instructions and assistance using the social media applications at the Festival.

Share Your Mariposa Experiences
Please share your Mariposa experience with your friends, family and the world by using the following social media services:

Twitter Hashtag #mariposalive
Follow us at mariposafolk

Follow us at MariposaFolkFestivalOfficial

Send your photos to with the subject line as the Title of Photo and the message body as the Brief Description.

Pin your favourite pictures to your Pinterest board and share the link on Twitter using #mariposalive

Upload your festival videos to your YouTube account and share the link on Twitter using #mariposalive

Be sure to subscribe to the Mariposa Blog at for all of the latest Mariposa news and stories.

The Mariposa Folk Festival site has WiFi services courtesy of Point to Point Communications.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

You Can Perform at Mariposa Too!

Everyone knows about the really great musical programming at Mariposa Folk Festival, but did you know you can play at the festival too?

This year, Mariposa has introduced a new feature called the Jamming Stage, where anyone can go anytime to play and join in with others. This acoustic stage will be located beside the lake and behind the Main Stage.

Of course, a long-standing and popular feature of the Festival is the Sign-Up Stage stationed in Alice’s Tent, managed by the Orillia Folk Society. There, you can sign-up for a twenty-minute slot to perform for the gathered audience. This stage has amplification. Make sure you sign up early because the schedule fills up quickly.

There will also be a larger, covered Hootenanny Stage this year for audience members who are camping. Located in the Barnfield Social Acoustic Camping Zone, it is a place where any camper, regardless of zone, can perform or jam acoustically with other campers into the evening. This stage will present acoustic festival programming during the day, but is restricted to campers in the evening.

Also new this year, Mariposa Folk Festival is offering an Instrument Lock-Up service for the general audience and for campers. The service will be open during regular festival operating hours so you don’t have to leave your instruments in the hot sun, in your car or tent.

Play some tunes, do a little dance, perform some spoken word, or do whatever you want. These stages are for you!

Versatile Multi-Instrumentalist, Talented Singer, Great Songwriter - Annabelle Chvostek

Annabelle Chvostek is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, talented singer and great songwriter whose stage presence is as natural as her performances are polished. Her honest-to-goodness talent was honed when she immersed herself in Montreal's avant-garde arts scene, composing for dance and film, playing in bands and performing solo. Before joining up with the famed Wailin' Jennys for a nearly three-year run, she released three independent albums, toured Europe and performed across North America. Later, to the delight her audience and music insiders alike, she reprised her solo career, putting out three more critically acclaimed albums to date, including Rise (2012). That album re-imagines the protest song for a new era of activism. Annabelle also works on interesting side projects such as her collaboration with Bruce Cockburn on co-written duets for his Juno winning album, Small Source of Comfort (2011). See Annabelle in concert on the Sunday Evening Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013, as well as in several workshop performances over the weekend. First, watch this video clip to get a sense just how fantastic she is.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

A Salute to Mariposa’s Volunteers

Mariposa Folk Festival is a volunteer-driven event. Without hundreds of people donating their time, there would be no festival.

We are proud of every one of our volunteers. They represent the organization with pride and provide services to the festival audience with enthusiasm, earning a well-deserved reputation for professionalism and civic contribution.

During the three days of the festival, our volunteers put in a minimum of 12 hours service, usually over three shifts. They are also invited to an Orientation and Training Session the evening before the festival starts (Thursday), to meet fellow volunteers on their team as well as their Crew Chief, and to learn what they need to know about the job they will be doing. This session is especially useful to new volunteers, but those that can’t make it the day before the festival, especially the many out-of-town volunteers, get on-the-job training. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival and a souvenir Mariposa Crew T-Shirt as well as a discount on festival camping.

This year, Mariposa is putting on a special ‘thank you’ concert on the Hootenanny Stage from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 4th, for volunteers attending the Volunteer Orientation and Training Session. This pre-festival concert will feature Jory Nash and Richard Knechtel.

Many of our volunteers come from Orillia and area, but a large proportion of them come from across Ontario, and as far away as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lorain, Ohio, and other locales.

Most of the volunteer positions at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013 are filled, but we are still on the look out for good people for our Access Crew. Shifts require walking and standing for long stretches in any weather, and good judgment and problem solving is required. These volunteers work on teams that monitor the festival gates and grounds, and must be 18 years of age or older.

On top of our army of Festival volunteers, Festival Organizing Group volunteers work year round to plan and coordinate the Festival.

All told, our volunteers are an impressive group of great people, and we think it shows in the fantastic festival they put on every year. When you’re at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013, please take a moment to thank some volunteers for their work and contributions.

The Kruger Brothers - Picking, Plucking and Strumming

Here’s a great video to pick you up - The Kruger Brothers picking, plucking and strumming through some of their beautiful compositions and arrangements. Formed in Europe by Swiss brothers, Jens and Uwe Krugerformed, the group has been U.S. based for over a decade, and they're a big deal on the American roots music scene. Listen to this, and you’ll understand why. They’re performing a concert set on Mariposa’s Saturday Evening Main Stage, and will appear in workshops as well. Still looking for a Father’s Day gift? Mariposa Folk Festival tickets are a great option. Purchase online then print or email them to your Dad.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Family of the Year's Hero - Listen and Enjoy

LA based Family of the Year has vocal harmonies, catchy melodies and velvety sound that evoke the California sunshine. Though young, they play together with veteran confidence and artistry, putting on impressive live shows. They have garnered lots of media attention, receive heavy rotation on French radio, and have earned glowing reviews from the likes of BBC, Rolling Stone and Spin. It’s no mystery why, once you hear them. Just listen to this acoustic version of their song, Hero. Get your tickets for Mariposa Folk Festival today, and see Family of the Year live!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

In anticipation of Murray McLauchlan at Mariposa, here's Whispering Rain

He has ten Juno Awards, more than twenty albums, and is one Canada’s most loved songwriters and performers. His tunes are catchy and rich, and an integral part of our collective conscience. He’s a favourite son of Mariposa Folk Festival, and even designed the Lion Face Sun Logo in use today (see above in the masthead of this blog).

This video captures the beautiful, intimate experience of Murray McLauchlan in concert, and it's a perfect pick for a day that looks like rain. See him live on the Saturday Evening Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Bahamas Has People Talking, And This Video Shows Why

Have you been hearing the buzz about Bahamas? Not the place, the performer. If not, you need to pay attention to this guy. People are talking about him everywhere, and his audience is growing fast.

Before deciding to go it alone in 2009, Bahamas had been travelling the world and working with some of Canada’s greatest musical exports. He road tested his extraordinary musicianship, honed his craft, and boy, was he ready for his next musical incarnation when the time came. In no time flat he was earning praise for his catchy tunes and great performances from the likes of Spin Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Guardian UK and The New Yorker.

Come to Mariposa Folk Festival to see him live. In the meantime, watch this video of Bahamas performing a full set at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

Festive Creative Design for Mariposa Folk Festival 2013

Here is the dynamic creative design of the promotional materials for Mariposa Folk Festival 2013. This look, created by Effigy Design, appears on the poster, rack cards, print advertisements, and souvenir program. Aspects of it are also carried through to Mariposa’s online presence, and to the t-shirts, compilation CD and other Mariposa merchandise that will be available for purchase in the Emporium at the festival. The 'look' of the volunteer t-shirts will also be inspired by this design.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Live Performance of Change the Sheets by Friday Evening Headliner Kathleen Edwards

Check out this live performance video of Change the Sheets by Mariposa’s Friday Evening Headliner, Kathleen Edwards. It is from her most recent album, Voyageur. Kathleen Edwards is a musical raconteur, lyrical poet, angelic voice and gifted performer. This video gives you a real sense of the beautiful performance she has in store for Mariposa fans.

Kathleen is known as a consummate artist who releases her music only when it’s good and ready, however long that takes. Her four studio albums over the past twelve years or so have elevated her stature with each and every recording. Her most recent album, Voyageur (2012), has received high critical acclaim on both sides of the border. It reached the #39 position on the U.S. Billboard 200 and the #2 position in Canada; earned the #2 spot on SPIN’s 20 Best Country Albums of 2012; garnered the #5 spot on Q’s top 20 albums of the year; and came in at #7 on the Los Angeles Times Best of 2012 for Pop Music Singles.

Here’s the video…

Monday, 10 June 2013

Mariposa Folk Festival Announces 2013 Line-Up

Mariposa Folk Festival Announces 2013 Line-Up

The Grande Dame of Canadian folk festivals has announced the full artistic line-up for its 53rd annual edition taking place July 5-7, 2013, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

The Main Stage headliners range from roots-rock icon, Randy Bachman with The Sadies, to folk-roots-alternative favorite, Kathleen Edwards, to beloved folk-roots songwriter, musician and political-social commentator, Arlo Guthrie.

The festival will present fifty of the foremost roots musicians from Canada, the United States, and the U.K., with more than a hundred performances on eleven stages over a three-day period.

Mariposa Folk Festival Artistic Director, Mike Hill, says “Mariposa has earned a strong reputation for presenting a wide range of the very best in folk-roots music, and this line-up makes that tradition proud”.

The range of music at Mariposa Folk Festival goes from rock, blues, jazz and world, to protest, Celtic, singer songwriter and traditional folk, to pop, country, bluegrass, and everything in between.

Tickets are on sale at This includes the Hot Weekend Pass for Ages 19-24 for only $59. Kids are admitted free. Audience camping is available.

City of New Orleans - A Classic Arlo Guthrie Rendition

Arlo Guthrie was born and bred a musician.  The son of America’s most beloved singer, songwriter and philosopher, Woody Guthrie, he grew up among America's most celebrated folk-roots musicians. Arlo learned something from everyone, developed his own musical style, and became a revered performer and political-social commentator. After nearly five decades on the music scene, he's more relevant in today's world than he ever was, putting on great shows with meaningful commentary for audiences lucky enough to see him live. Among the many familiar tunes we should expect to hear him play at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013 is his definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans. Here he is performing that classic song at the Americana Music Association Awards in the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Randy Bachman with The Sadies Performing No Time - They're Going to be Great at Mariposa

Check out this amateur video of Randy Bachman with The Sadies, Mariposa’s Saturday Evening Headliner, taken by an audience member at the ACC last fall. The video is a bit shaky and the sound quality could be better, but it you’ll get an idea of just how fantastic their show is going to be. In this video, they’re performing No Time, one of the classic hits of Randy Bachman’s band, The Guess Who.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Tribute to Stompin' Tom Connors with Bidiniband and Friends

Bidiniband explores Canadian themes, so it is only natural that the group would lead a tribute to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, himself a quintessential Canadian musician. Stompin’ Tom was a prolific and well-known country and folk singer and songwriter who expressed his dedication to Canada through music. He wrote more than 300 songs, released four dozen albums, played innumerable shows, and is immortalized by songs that are part of the Canadian cultural landscape such as Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song. Bidiniband will be joined by guest artists in honouring the memory of Stompin' Tom.

Get more details about this tribute to Stompin' Tom here.

May Ticket Contest Winners

Congratulations to our May Ticket Contest Winners. Meredith Buchanan won the Blogger Contest for two weekend passes. Patti Agapi won the Twitter Contest for two weekend passes.

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Folk Quiz with Richard Flohil and Michael Wrycraft - Lot's of Laughs at Mariposa

Richard Flohil and a Man Called Wrycaft are two absolutely silly buggers whose Folk Quiz is chock full of laughter, crazy improvisations, ridiculous trivia, some of the world’s worst music, and insane antics. Two teams of folk musicians assemble on the stage, and the audience forms a third team. Obscure knowledge of folk music is tested, songs are composed on the spot, alliances are formed, and judges are bribed, all through howls of laughter. Richard Flohil and Michael Wrycraft are well known figures in music industry circles, and there’s almost no limit to what they can get an artist to do for laughs.

For more details about Folk Quiz with Richard Flohil and Michael Wrycraft, click here.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Knechtel & McLean - Two Guys with Countless Songs

Some musical acts get long in the tooth. Some are famous for their break-ups. Some are corporate automatons churning out the ‘hits’. Some are awkward pairings in duets conjured by record company executives. Others, like Knechtel and McLean, are the real deal. Richard Knechtel is a former festival artistic director and respected singer songwriter. Rob McLean is a music director and writer/producer. Two talented guys pondering their next move, they could have banded together to rob liquor stores. Instead, they chose the honest path of working musicians. Between them, these guys have thousands of hours of stage time, countless songs and two jokes. It all adds up to a truly wonderful audience experience.

Click here for more information about Knechtel & McLean at Mariposa 2013.

Children's Performer Dickie Bird Coming to Mariposa

Children’s entertainer, Dickie Bird, has an ample supply of up-beat music, a suitcase full of magic tricks, and amazing gizmos like his bubble machine. His performances are fast-paced fun with singalongs, action songs, magic tricks, the Everybody Joins In Jug Band, and many opportunities for audience participation. His puppet pal, Doug the Wug, also makes an appearance. Dickie Bird’s show has been described by critics as "Personable, enthusiastic, talented, appealing" and "The perfect combination of music, magic and fun!” Dickie Bird is also known as Richard Knechtel. You can see him perform in that incarnation at the festival as half of the duo, Knechtel & McLean.

For more information about Dickie Bird at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013, click here.