MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL
Don’t put those camp chairs away just yet, An Autumn Mariposa is just around the corner!
“Thousands of ecstatic Mariposa Folk Festival fans welcomed live music back with open arms a month ago,” Mariposa Folk Foundation President Pam Carter said. “To further celebrate the return of live music to our area and provide another reason to visit Simcoe County, we have partnered with the county to present a unique outdoor afternoon festival.”
An Autumn Mariposa will take place at Bayview Memorial Park, 9th Concession Road, Township of Oro-Medonte on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature performances by four artists/groups: Aleksi Campagne, The Weather Station, Union Duke and Irish Mythen. There is on-site washroom facilities and parking.
But wait; there’s more live music to take in on Saturday, Oct. 1!
Less than three hours after the outdoor concert ends, the Mariposa in Concert 2022-23 season kicks off with award-winning singer songwriter Julian Taylor in concert at the Orillia Opera House. Opening for Taylor will be singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Aysanabee. Opera House doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each for An Autumn Mariposa or the Julian Taylor concert, or $70 for both events. All tickets are available at the Orillia Opera House, online at orilliaoperahouse.ca or in person at the box office.
An Autumn Mariposa
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Oct. 1, 2022
One of the winners at the 2022 Mariposa Showcase and a popular addition to this year’s festival, Aleksi Campagne, offers a contemporary, indie-folk take on fiddle-singing. At the age of five, he began performing alongside his mother, Canadian folk icon, Connie Kaldor. His violin studies took him to Paris and then McGill, where he studied classical violin, jazz violin and jazz voice performance. Today, his original music blends indie-folk songwriting with an edgy, multi-layered sound resulting from his unique combination of voice, violin and looping-effect pedals.
The Weather Station
Singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman is The Weather Station. She was booked to play the 2022 Mariposa Folk Festival but had to cancel. Emerging out of Toronto’s vibrant folk scene, Tamara Lindeman debuted a moody, introspective sound with her independently released East EP in 2008. Ignorance, Lindeman’s debut for Mississippi label, Fat Possum Records, is sensuous, ravishing, as hi-fi a record as Lindeman has ever made, breaking into pure pop moments, at others a dense wilderness of notes; a deeply rhythmic, deeply painful record that feels more urgent, clearer, than her work ever has.
Mariposa fans may recall Union Duke, the lively band that earned a festival appearance through the 2014 Mariposa Showcase. They have been back for other performances since then, the latest of which was to be at the March 2020 Mariposa in Concert event. Then the pandemic hit and that concert was cancelled. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the five-man group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four, and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park.
Mariposa fan favourite, Irish Mythen, was born in Ireland and now resides on Prince Edward Island. Her latest release, Little Bones, won her recognition around the globe and garnered multiple award nominations, her previous self-titled album, Irish Mythen, announced to the folk music scene that a passionate tour de force had arrived. Mythen’s live performances are a thing of raw power and emotion, with the connection with her audience something that must be seen to be believed.
Orillia Opera House
7:30 p.m., Oct. 1, 2022
Julian Taylor is a Toronto-based, award-winning singer-songwriter, radio host, and label owner. Over the course of his esteemed career, which spans 20-plus years as the leader of Staggered Crossing, Julian Taylor Band, and his solo work, Julian has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours.
His 2020 LP, The Ridge, earned two Juno Award nominations, along with a pair of Canadian Folk Music Awards for Solo Artist and English Songwriter of the Year, five Native American Music Award nominations, plus a nomination for Canada’s most prestigious music accolade, the Polaris Music Prize. Julian's new album, Beyond the Reservoir, to be released in October 2022 and preceded by the single “S.E.E.D.S,” builds on the soul-folk sound and autobiographical themes first explored on The Ridge.
From the alt-rock of Staggered Crossing to the rock and roll, funk, pop, and R&B fusion of Julian Taylor Band, and, more recently, the soulful folk of his solo albums, Julian is known for his versatility as a songwriter, singer, and band leader. As well, as a self-managed musician who has handled every facet of his own career, including owning his own label, Howling Turtle, Julian exemplifies the DIY ethic and been a model for other indie artists to follow.
Aysanabee is an Oji-Cree singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who uses folk, soul and alt-pop to tell stories about his life, his lived experience and reconnecting with his roots.
Aysanabee came into the music scene after the Indigenous Music Awards’ emerging artists series, which featured his unique finger-style guitar playing. He is currently producing his first full-length album.
The Mariposa Folk Foundation’s 2022-23 Concert Series is sponsored by Alleycats Music & Art, Apple Annie’s Café, Bell Chiropractic and Soft Tissue Centre, Cathy Cleary Design, Dapper Depot, Dentistry on West, Downtown Computers, Hog ‘n Penny Pub, IG Wealth Management; Lavender Hills Farm, Tim Lauer, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Real Quest Realty; Wes Trinier and Wildflower Farm.
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