MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Mariposa Folk Festival is releasing a short video vignette showcasing the music and legend of Joni Mitchell. The Mariposa Virtual Stage will be hosting this 15-minute video, titled Episode 2 on Mariposa’s Facebook page at 8 p.m. EDT, on Thursday, Oct. 15. For those who miss the launch event, the vignette will also be available on Mariposa’s website at www.mariposafolk.com.
These Mariposa Virtual Stage’s Episodes are unlike any other online concerts, as they pay homage to folk and Mariposa legends by combining rare and unearthed archival footage with compelling contemporary performances.
The Episodes are a celebration of the Mariposa Folk Festival’s 60th anniversary and another example of Mariposa remaining “true to our roots – for generations to come." Episode 1, released to popular acclaim in June, featured Gordon Lightfoot and Dala.
Episode 2 will be hosted by CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter Producer and Host Shelagh Rogers. It features rare, remarkable footage of Joni Mitchell performing her classic Both Sides Now at the 1969 Mariposa Folk Festival, taken from the CBC Documentary, Mariposa: A Folk Festival.
Contemporary folk duo, Harrow Fair (Miranda Mulholland and Andrew Penner) add a touching and poignant performance of Joni’s A Case of You.
Episode 3, coming in November, will celebrate Buffy Sainte-Marie, with a contemporary performance by Juno Award winner Celeigh Cardinal. It will be a co-promotion with the wonderful ImagiNative Film + Media Arts Festival, which is online this year, Oct. 20-25, 2020 (https://festival.imaginenative.org/). An exciting Episode 4 is in the works as well.
After making the decision to cancel this year’s festival due to COVID-19, the Mariposa Virtual Stage aspires to keep the festival’s community and patrons engaged and musically satisfied until the festival’s return.
Mariposa President Pam Carter says, “We all missed getting together this summer for the Mariposa Folk Festival, but the Mariposa Virtual Stage Episodes provide an opportunity to celebrate our 60-year history, entertain our loyal fans, and enjoy great music together in the safest way possible.”
Audiences are encouraged to share their music-viewing experience using the hashtag #MariposaVirtualStage on social media.
Canada’s most iconic music event, 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 three-day festival is a family-friendly celebration of song, story, dance and craft in the bucolic setting of Tudhope Park.
Over 60 artists play on 11 stages throughout the park including a pub stage, with outstanding evening main stage performances. Special areas for children’s activities, artisans, and food vendors make Mariposa a magical experience for people of all ages. For more information, visit www.mariposafolk.com.