“Wow, we’re back.”
As Tudhope Park crews set up stages and vendors set up booths, Pam Carter applauded with relief as the Mariposa Folk Festival opens after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After its meager beginnings in 1961 and its banning from Orillia in 1963 – due to drunken debauchery – the festival moved from town to town, but is back in its natural home this year for a week-long event. -end.
“We had to scrap our 60th anniversary celebration – that was two years ago and we couldn’t hold it due to COVID-19. But we’re back now and that’s important for the industry , for stage guys, salespeople, performers and presenters,” Carter said.
“I think we will be complete today.”
Blue Rodeo and the Strumbellas join a stellar roster of artists including Mavis Staples, Serena Ryder, Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Allison Russell, Kathleen Edwards, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, and many more.
Murray McLaughlin will receive his Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame award from none other than folk legend Gordon Lightfoot.
And not to be outdone, Lightfoot will finally be inducted into the Mariposa Hall of Fame on Sunday by presenters Carter and Tom Wilson of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings.
“Mariposa’s return to Orillia and our blossoming success ever since simply couldn’t have happened without the support of Gordon Lightfoot,” said Carter. “When the Foundation was most vulnerable, he stepped in and made a difference.”
The festival features more than ten stages of the best folk music, as well as presentations of stories, dance and crafts.
All tickets are sold. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
The festival runs from Friday July 8 to Sunday July 10.
The Mariposa Festival has special prices for youth and young adults.