Emmylou Harris at Mariposa Folk Festival
Mariposa Folk Festival 2011
Music fans everywhere, the fifty-first Mariposa Folk Festival, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, on the shores of spectacular Lake Couchiching will be held this year on July 8th, 9th and 10th. If you are looking for a fun musical weekend you must come out and join in the listening of some really great artists.
This year’s line-up of artists so far is amazing.
The legendary songwriter, singer, producer and arranger Emmylou Harris, 12 time Grammy winner, who has just released her newest album “Hard Bargain”, will be performing this year at the festival as the headliner on Saturday night. This year’s festival is one not to be missed, with such a talented icon to kick off the 51st year of the Mariposa Folk Festival.
From Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow, co-writer of “Puff The Magic Dragon”, will be performing. Peter is responsible for starting Operation Respect, an organization to resolve conflict within the schools across America.
Performing at his first Canadian folk festival will be John McDermott. John is from Glasgow, Scotland but now lives in Canada. His rendering of the song "Danny Boy" was heard by Conrad Black and in 1992 his career as a singer started. John formed with the Irish Tenors but has since left that group. He travels worldwide performing and is quite active in The War Amps.
Irish Mythen will sing to your heart, she will make you laugh and leave you wanting more. Living on the East Coast of Canada, Irish tours the world singing and entertaining all year round.
Canadian born Marie-Lynn Hammond born in Montreal is one of Canada’s premier songwriters will join the festival this summer. Currently Marie-Lynn lives in Toronto and works as a writer/editor.
From British Columbia, Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything, will entertain you singing and playing a funky fiddle.
Mariposa brings back David Celia with his folk, country and a little bit of rocking music going on. This charming, entertaining and very talented singer songwriter is from Toronto.
Surprise Guests and More
These are just a few artists that will be at the festival this year. There are so many more and with nine stages offering non stop music and dance this year will no doubt be another successful event. This year there is a surprise guest that goes on stage right before the festival headliner and is sure to please everyone. Please check back as I will update the list of performing artists.
Food at the festival is always awesome with many types of cuisine to choose from which include pizza, burgers, Jamaican, Indian, vegetarian and more. If you prefer to you are always welcome to bring your own food in and have a picnic by the lake or some people choose to go to one of the many restaurants in Orillia.
Other Attractions At The Festival
For those that want to sit and enjoy a nice cold beer, glass or wine or a cooler while listening to some great entertainment there is a pub tent for your enjoyment.
Craft workshops go on all weekend for people of all ages that would like to learn a new craft. There are also workshops to motivate those that want to write a song or two.
The Artisan’s Village is always nice to visit to see or purchase items such as pottery, jewelry clothing and more.
Music CD’s are available to purchase at the Mariposa Emporium. So if you hear some music at the festival that you enjoy you can take it home with you.
Take advantage of Lake Couchiching or Lake Simcoe and go for a nice relaxing swim. Walk along the Gordon Lightfoot Trail that goes through Tudhope Park.
Ticket prices are as follows
For a weekend pass, which includes Friday night, Saturday and Sunday the general admission cost is $105.00. If you are 17-24 years of age the weekend pass price is $55.00. Ages 13 -16 tickets are $12.00. These prices are for tickets bought before the festival. If you are planning on buying your tickets at the gate there will be a slight increase in cost.
Volunteering at the festival for twelve hours over the three-day period, which is a total of three four hour shifts in turn allows you to enjoy all the festivities at no cost when you are not working. If you would like to be a volunteer you can fill out forms online by clicking here.
There is lots of parking right at the festival for $10.00 per day and when this fills up the festival offers free shuttles from various free parking lots in Orillia. Shuttles in Orillia are located at Brian Orser Arena, David H Church School, Orillia Square Mall, West ridge Place (The Old Walmart) and at Lions Oval.
Every year The Mariposa Folk Festival has various raffles. This year there will be a raffle for two Larrivée Guitars signed by performers from last years 50th anniversary festival which include Gordon Lightfoot, Sylvia Tyson, Murray McLauchanlan, Ian Tyson and more. These guitars have been appraised at $3000.00. The draw will take place at the festival on Sunday July 10th. Tickets are $10.00 and you do not need to be present to win.
How to find Orillia
Camping and RV Accommodations
For those attending the festival, Burls Creek Family Event Park, on 350 acres, has camping spots that will accommodate tents and RV’s. Located on Hwy 11 just outside of Orillia.
Hope that you have enjoyed my hub on The Mariposa Folk Festival and if you are thinking about coming to it, I guarantee that you will be happy you did.
Added Updates To Who Will Be Performing At The Festival
Josh Ritter And The Royal City Band, Lunch At Allen's, Ron Hynes, Garnet Rogers, Adonis Puentes, Bob Wiseman, The Idlers, Elisapie Isaac, Yukon Blonde, The Beauties, Reid Jamieson, Yeshe, Daniel Champagne, Del Barber, Michael Pickett, Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans Band, Wendel and Wheatley, Amelia Curran, David Myles, Richard Knechtel, EH?!,, ALEX The Folk Band, Yvan Vollé, The Rucksack Willies, Mike Celia, Michael Jerome Brown, Brett Caswell, & The Marquee Rose, Owen McBride, Jojo, Susan Charters & Paul Court, Dennis Lee, David Newland, Mark Douglas, Magoo, Kirsten Scholte and The Fancys, 3 Gars S'ul Sofa, Hard Ryde, Mladi Glas & Planika, Ron Hynes, Sherry Lawson, Terry Fallis, Todd Crowley's Musical Petting Zoo.
Here is listing with all the times and stages that each performer will be at.