An Autumn Mariposa is just around the corner!
“Thousands of ecstatic Mariposa Folk Festival fans welcomed live music back with open arms in July,” 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, October 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature performances by: Aleksi Campagne, Treasa Levasseur, Union Duke and Irish Mythen.
But wait; there’s more live music to take in on Saturday, October 1!
Less than three hours after the outdoor concert ends, the Mariposa in Concert 2022-23 season kicks off with an amazing lineup at the Orillia Opera House: the extraordinary harmonies of Juno-nominated Dala, followed by award-winning singer songwriter Julian Taylor.
Opera House doors open at 7 p.m. and Dala takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each for An Autumn Mariposa or the Orillia Opera House 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.
Event performers are subject to change and cancellation at any time. No refunds will be owed if an announced performer cancels or is unable to appear.
Dala – Orillia Opera House – 7:30pm
Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in Scarborough back in 2001, and they have since released six albums and toured extensively across North America.
Over the years, Dala have opened for such artists as Tom Cochrane, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jann Arden, Arlo Guthrie and Richie Havens, and in 2008 they completed three national tours with the late Stuart McLean of the CBC’s Vinyl Cafe. No strangers to the festival scene, they have also appeared numerous times at Mariposa, as well as The New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival and California’s Strawberry Festival. In 2009, Dala were the only Canadian act invited to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival.
Dala’s live album and PBS special, “Girls From The North Country”, earned them the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year”, as well as a 2011 Juno nomination for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. Their song “Horses” was selected by NPR as one of the “Top Ten Folk Songs of 2009”.
Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the unparalleled, in-sync harmonies that have become their signature. Dala are equally renowned for their hilarious on-stage banter, and their unique ability to turn first-time listeners into lifelong fans.
Julian Taylor – Orillia Opera House – 8:30pm
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.
Event Info For An Autumn Mariposa at Bayview Memorial Park
- Bayview Memorial Park is located at 687 Lakeshore Rd East, at the end of Line 9 South in Oro-Medonte.
- Free shuttle buses will be available, leaving from Orillia Recreation Centre at 12:00pm and 12:15pm, returning at 5:00pm and 5:15pm
- Parking is available on-site but is limited so please car pool or take advantage of the free shuttle
- Food vendor, Sunshine BBQ, will be on-site to satisfy your appetites
- Pub tent vibe. The event is licensed and beer offerings will include the final run of Mariposa Sun Lager from Sawdust City Brewing Company
- Chairs will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own
- Outdoor event. Shelter and tent on-site, but on the shores of Lake Simcoe so dress accordingly
- Children 12 & under accompanied by an adult with a purchased ticket are admitted free for the Bayview Park daytime event (not for the evening Opera House concert)
Aleksi Campagne – Bayview Memorial Park – 1pm
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.
Treasa Levasseur – Bayview Memorial Park – 2pm
Blending old school R&B grooves with a songwriting ethic that comes from years of playing folk music, Treasa Levasseur’s smart, sassy and soulful brand of music has made her a favourite across folk, roots, blues and jazz audiences.
She is a playwright, musician, arts educator and group facilitator. These days you’ll find her connecting with folks through experiences of communal creative uplift, whether that be from centre stage or behind the scenes.
Treasa is a JUNO nominated artist who calls Hamilton home.
Union Duke – Bayview Memorial Park – 3pm
Webster’s Dictionary defines “Union Duke” as a raucous collision of alt-rock and twang, bringing crowds to their feet with songs from the heart. Soaring harmonies, driving rhythm, and infectious enthusiasm have defined Union Duke’s career and won the hearts of adoring fans. With three full-length albums, eight singles, countless festival stages, and hundreds of thousands of kilometers in the rearview, the band is excited to be on the road again. In the two and a half years since their last show at AmericanaFest in London, UK, the guys have been counting down the days to when they can hit the stage once again. Union Duke are five guys, twenty four beers, and a half-ton truck load of foot stomping folk-rock.
Irish Mythen – Bayview Memorial Park – 4pm
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.
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; Lavender Hills Farm; Mary Bouchard Financial Planner; Tim Lauer, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Real Quest Realty; and Wildflower Farm.