Mariposa Folk Festival – The Grande Dame of Canadian Folk Festivals

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The Grand Dame of Canadian Folk Festivals once again returns to its roots July 6-8 2012 in Orillia, Ontario. The Mariposa Folk Festival was founded in 1961 in Orillia, Ontario. It was held in Orillia for three years before being banned because of disturbances by festivalgoers. After being held in various places in Ontario for a few decades, it returned to Orillia in 2000.

Ruth Jones, her husband Dr. Crawford Jones, brother David Major and Pete McGarvey organized the first Mariposa Folk Festival in August 1961. The inaugural event, covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, featured all Canadian performers. The first festival held in the Toronto area, in 1964, was at Maple Leaf Stadium. The subsequent three festivals were held at Innis Lake in Caledon northwest of the city.  
The artistic line up includes: Jann Arden, Billy Bragg, Johnny Clegg, Plants and Animals, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Hey Ocean, Good Old War, Danny Michel, Irish Mythen, Old Man Luedecke, Bidini Band, The Arrogant Worms, Fathead, Treasa Levasseur, Oh Susanna, Quique Escamilla, The Once, Scarlett Jane, Shane Koyczan, Florent Vollant, Belzébuth, Kevin Fox, The Spinney Brothers, Muddy York, The Express & Co., Meaghan Blanchard, Al Simmons, Julian Fauth, The Slocan Ramblers, James Hill, James Keelaghan, Fred Penner, Dear Sister, Jayme Stone, Todd Crowley's Musical Petting Zoo, Grady Kelneck, Aaron Mangoff, Eileen McGann, David Newland, The Medicine Show, Scott Macmillan & Brian Doyle, Akwaba, Robert Priest, Rob Lutes, Russ Kelley, David Bradstreet, The Kennetts & The Kempencelts, Alex the Folk Band, Clay Eals, and Cheryl McCague-Shane. 
Over the course of three-day festival, more than 100 concerts, music workshops and other performances will take place on stages throughout a beautiful festival site on the shores of scenic Lake Couchiching. 
One of the most diverse line-ups in recent memory, the musical genres represented at this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival include Bluegrass, Adult Contemporary, Protest, Zulu Pop, Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Parody, Verse, Blues, Pop, Soul, Funk, Torch, Folk, Country, Reggae, Ska, Jazz, Celtic, Traditional, World Beat and Spoken Word.  The artists range from bands to duos and solo artists, from the United Kingdom, South Africa, United States and almost every province of Canada, performing in English, French, Spanish, Innu, Zulu and who knows what else! 
Mariposa Folk Festival also boasts an impressive Artisans’ Village, Folkplay for Kids, Audience Camping, Music and Curio Emporium, Pub Tent, Archival Display, Hand’s On Learning Opportunities and other quality programming that guarantees a wonderful festival experience for people of all walks of life.

Tickets are available online, kids 12 and under admitted free and there are deep discounts for youths and young adults.

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