The community, comradery and joy emanated by the Mariposa Folk Festival’s live music is returning to Orillia in an innovative way this fall. The Grand Dame of folk festivals has been sorely missed in its usual summer timeslot, but on October 23rd the festival makes a comeback with a day of Satellite Concerts, across the city, packed with live music, stories, and memories to be made.
Sure to be a hit this season for any music lover, these concerts will be hosted by five venues across the region, welcoming musicians and audiences alike. In the spirit of the festival’s blending of musical talents, each afternoon concert has been tailored to feature emerging artists, festival faves, and Canadian legends. The fun doesn’t stop in the afternoon, the main stage at the Orillia Opera House will also feature an evening show starting at 7:30pm with Donovan Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album, plus Mariposa favourite Shakura S’Aida and Evangeline Gentle.
Travelling Tip: Make a day of it! Following your afternoon concert enjoy a meal at one of Orillia’s excellent restaurants. Find a delicious meal around town from fine dining to a family atmosphere. If you’ve got some time before your show, browse the shops in Orillia’s downtown where the Mariposa Folk Festival is a popular name to many store owners. The historic downtown is full of arts and culture with the Peter St. Arts District and Orillia Museum of Art & History. Or make your way down to the waterfront at Couchiching Beach Park for a lakeside stroll!
We’ve got the inside scoop on what’s in store at the Orillia afternoon concerts where each venue offers its own flavour and flare. Let’s deep dive into a few of the artists you can find in this amazing line up and be sure to get your tickets soon before these concerts sell out!
At Best Western Mariposa Inn, audiences will be treated to the unique opportunity for an intimate setting with some prized Canadian musicians.
The afternoon includes two sets of 2019 Mariposa Showcase winners: James Gray is a contemporary version of an old-school travelling folk singer. The Doozies will have you stomping your feet and imagining the lakeside setting of Mariposa’s traditional Pub Tent with their lively set.
Be entranced by Juno Award and Polaris Prize nominee Kaia Kater’s jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft. Kaia leans into a wide array of sounds and styles in order to convey a broad range of emotions and topics.
The afternoon rounds out with Juno Award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner Amanda Rheaume, singer/songwriter, Citizen of the Metis Nation and proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. This is an afternoon unlike any you would ever get on a large stage.
Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn is located in Orillia at 400 Memorial Avenue. Mariposa Grande ballroom capacity of 150. Current limited capacity of 75.
Over at St. Paul’s Centre, a combination of musical storytellers will grace the stage of the beautifully refurbished church space.
Zachary Lucky plays to the hometown crowd with country stylings reminiscent of some of the greats like Doug Paisley to Gordon Lightfoot himself.
Kyla Carter may not be a name you know yet, but you’ve most likely heard her voice and rhythm guitar backing a number of artists on late night gigs, including Canada’s Alessia Cara. Now, she’s shining front and center, you won’t forget her razor sharp rock tonalities and amazing soulful melodies.
Hailing from Toronto, the Birds of Bellwoods have become familiar with Orillia during their previous appearances at Mariposa and the Roots North Festival, making an impact with their high-energy and emotive live performances.
Suzie Vinnick’s accolades include three-time JUNO nominee and 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award – to name just a few. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.
St. Paul’s Centre is located in downtown Orillia at 62 Peter Street North. Great Hall capacity of 400. Current limited capacity of 100.
Those heading to the Orillia Opera House for the afternoon are in for a special treat. The Gordon Lightfoot auditorium will feature three powerful women artists in the spotlight.
Angelique Francis is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer songwriter and composer who has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals.
Recently awarded the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Contemporary Singer Of The Year, Coco Love Alcorn combines diverse musical influences including jazz, R&B, pop, folk, and Gospel. Her love of improvising, and willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience has made Alcorn an established presence on the Canadian music scene.
Winner of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award, Lydia Persaud’s sound expands the boundaries of soul to include both folk and jazz, styles that have been foundational to her musical growth.
This afternoon series will leave your soul empowered and inspired.
The Orillia Opera House is located in downtown Orillia at 20 Mississaga Street. Theatre capacity of 677. Current limited capacity of approximately 200.
Visit mariposafolk.com for full details about the event.
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About the Festival
The Mariposa Folk Festival was first held in Orillia in 1961. It later moved to Toronto and other sites in Ontario until returning home in 2000 to Orillia. The 3-day Festival is a family-friendly celebration of song, story, dance and craft in the bucolic setting of Tudhope Park. As one of the oldest folk festivals in Canada, Mariposa would have celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020. While the traditional festival remains on pause, there are so many ways to engage and keep up to date with new events and information from the Mariposa Folk Festival. Visit mariposafolk.com to learn more.
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