Mariposa Satellite Concerts

Held on October 23, 2021, the Mariposa Satellite Concerts were a tremendous success!!


Orillia Opera House – Main Stage – 7:30pm

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Orillia Opera House – Satellite – 1:00pm

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Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn – Satellite – 1:00pm

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St. Paul’s Centre – Satellite – 1:00pm

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ODAS Park – Satellite – 1:00pm

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Braestone Farm – Satellite – 1:00pm

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Artist Bios by Venue

Orillia Opera House – Main Stage – 7:30pm

Donovan Woods

Late at night, when a hush fell over the house after his kids went to bed, Donovan Woods got to work on his latest album, Without People. In a makeshift recording studio at his Toronto home, the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter tracked his vocals and guitar alone and then emailed files to producer James Bunton. As Woods’ new songs took shape, backing musicians sketched out their own parts in isolation from their respective homes.

This is not how Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album (for Both Ways) and whose global streams have surpassed 220 million, prefers to create music. “So much of what I like about making records is the spontaneity of making music in a room together, and we missed that,” Woods says. “But we tried our best to re-create that feeling.” Out now on Wood’s own Meant Well label, Without People has been acclaimed as “a nuanced experience” (American Songwriter), a thoughtful exploration of “fleeting interpersonal moments now under the microscope” (NPR/KUTX) and “various aspects of human connection” (Rolling Stone), and for striking “a gentle, poignant note” (Billboard). It was so successful, in fact, that it led to a deluxe edition in 2021 and digital streams well beyond 20 million.

So much of the album’s allure is rooted in how Woods connects with his collaborators and imparts the intimacy so many of us crave. You hear it in the way the harmonies pile up in gossamer layers on “Seeing Other People” and in the tenderness of “She Waits for Me to Come Back Down,” Woods’ evocative duet with rising singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt. On “Lonely People,” buzzed-about British singer Rhys Lewis delicately echoes Woods’ sentiments about wanting to be alone – until you’re suddenly lonely.

As an in-demand songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw (“Portland, Maine”) and Lady A’s Charles Kelley (“Leaving Nashville”), Woods enlisted a who’s who of fellow songwriters for Without People: Ashley Monroe, Dustin Christensen, Femke Weidema, and Ed Robertson (of Barenaked Ladies), among others. Those collaborations highlighted a growing truth about Woods: As respected as he is as a solo artist, he continues to evolve and work with musicians across disparate genres. As he does so, his own songs have become more dimensional as he digs into new sonic textures.

Co-written with Australian pop musician Hayley Warner, “Here in Chicago” (out September 17th) touches on Woods’ favourite subject. “It’s about learning that someone you still have feelings for is suddenly in the same town as you for the night, and the inevitable thoughts and chain of events that might set into motion,” he says.

Equally at home in folk and country music, Woods mines small moments to find greater truths on his latest album.

Evangeline Gentle

Rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato. These are only a few of the unmistakable qualities that constitute Evangeline Gentle’s voice. Their songwriting possesses authenticity and depth as rare and unique as their own journey.

Born on the Northeast coast of Scotland, Evangeline has live performance in their blood. Queer, and passionate about social justice, Evangeline believes in the good-naturedness of people and our capabilities of growing together.

Evangeline’s debut LP, produced by Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Philp Shaw Bova (Bahamas, Feist), is available now on all platforms via Sonic Unyon Records. At only 24, Evangeline’s accolades are accumulating at an impressive rate. They have shared stages with notable artists such as Basia Bulat, Craig Cardiff, Lee Harvey Osmond and more. Their debut LP sparked international success making appearances on CBC, BBC, Under the Radar as well as interviews with NPR, Forbes and more.

Shakura S’Aida

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, The Nina Project or acting on screen in the newly released Afro-Caribbean film Brown Girl Begins, as well as tv shows like Titans, Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek and Flashpoint. From the very beginning until now, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.

Shakura’s long-simmering career initially moved into high gear in 2008 with a triumph at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, when she earned the runner-up position, competing against more than 100 bands from more than 20 different countries. The success of that win has taken Shakura to almost 30 countries in the past 10 years.

Shakura S’Aida has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years, most recently as a guest host on CBC Radio 2’s Weekend Morning and Tonic. As a veteran of the international music scene, she’s performed both as a featured artist with musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’, as well as an award winning solo artist.

After a 6 year hiatus, Shakura is back in the studio; this time with co-producers Donna Grantis (Prince/3rd Eye Girl), Keb’ Mo’, Lance Anderson (Oscar Peterson) and Roger Costa (Jeff Healey). The new album will feature collaborations with international artists including Eric Gales & Michael Kaeshammer and is scheduled for release Spring 2018.

Whether she’s speaking Swiss-German, French or English, Shakura instantly connects with her audience — and at the same time richly demonstrates the multiculturalism that Canada prides itself on.

Orillia Opera House – Satellite – 1:00pm

Angelique Francis

Angelique Francis is a multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist, multi-genre singer song writer and composer has wowed audiences across the globe with her electrifying performances, instrumental abilities and powerful textured vocals. Angelique’s soulful Smoky vocals and instrumental techniques are reminiscent of a bygone era, but with a unique and modern sensibility.  Within her vocal style, you can hear influences of legends like Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and many more. Her instrumental abilities call to mind Willie Dixon on the bass, Sister Rosetta Thorpe on guitar, Big Mama Thornton on the Harmonica and Aretha on the piano.  Her diversity, passion and love of music can be heard in all of her original compositions.

Coco Love Alcorn

Recently awarded the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Contemporary Singer Of The Year, Coco Love Alcorn combines diverse musical influences including jazz, R&B, pop, folk, and Gospel. Her love of improvising, and willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience has made Alcorn an established presence on the Canadian music scene. Alcorn’s career has spanned more than 25 years, 9 solo albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations. Coco also leads the Wonderland Singers, an online community choir and creative singing workshop series with over 200 regular members from around the world.

Lydia Persaud

A fixture of Toronto’s music community and a sought-after collaborator, Lydia Persaud stands alone with her debut album Let Me Show You.

Exposed to music from a very young age, Lydia’s early influences sprang from singing in church. It wasn’t until Lydia stumbled across a cassette that she was exposed to soul music.  “My first introduction to soul music was through one of my early tapes, VH1 Divas Live. It was a live performance taping with Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Carole King and Gloria Estefan. I so wish that Whitney had performed as that would have covered all of my favourite vocal queens.” The vocal skill of these icons drew Lydia in to explore the soul genre. This influence ultimately reached into the recording studio where Lydia created Let Me Show You. “Soul music has always affected me the most, a soulful conviction on matters of the heart. Voicing struggle or sharing joy and celebration has always been my favourite method of expression.”

Lydia’s sound expands the boundaries of soul to include both folk and jazz, styles that have been foundational to her musical growth. Lydia attended the rigorous jazz program at Humber School of Music, where she won the Oscar Peterson Jazz Award and connected with fellow members of the folk trio The O’Pears, whom she has been collaborating with for the past 7 years. Working in these styles honed Lydia’s mastery of sophisticated vocal harmony and blend, leading her to become an in-demand vocalist. Lydia has supported such icons as Gordon Lightfoot, David Crosby, and Lee Fields, as well as opened for Serena Ryder, Sarah Harmer, and Joey Landreth. She is also a member of renowned cover band Dwayne Gretzky. 

Participating in the folk and jazz scenes in Toronto developed Lydia’s technical expertise while infusing her work with a storytelling and emotive quality. “I’ve always considered jazz to be very soulful, expressive and spontaneous where folk music is a bit more calculated with a singer-songwriter form that boils down to the root complex feelings and concepts”.

Best Western Mariposa Inn – Satellite – 1:00pm

Amanda Rheaume

Amanda Rheaume is a Citizen of the Métis Nation and a singer/songwriter that has self-

managed her music career for over 15 years. She has released 5 full length albums. Her album “Keep a Fire” was nominated for a JUNO Award and won a Canadian Folk Music Award for ‘Indigenous Songwriter of the Year’. Amanda identifies as she/her and is an active and proud member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. She is currently working on her 6th studio album which will be released in early 2022. Amanda is the Director of Operations for the International Indigenous Music Summit, Co-Founder of Ishkode Records and Project Coordinator for the creation of a National Indigenous Music Office here in “Canada”.

James Gray

James is a contemporary version of an old-school traveling folk singer. Over the years he has been criss-crossing Canada, Europe and Australia in pursuit of seeing the world and entertaining folks along the way. James now has ten tours on three different continents under his belt and is just getting started.

Notably James was a musical guest at TED Talks held on the west coast of Canada, and recently James has received regular airplay on CBC radio programs including Fresh Air with Nana Aba Duncan and Ontario Morning with Wei Chen.

Kaia Kater

Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian Kaia Kater’s jazz-fueled voice and deft songcraft have garnered acclaim from NPR, CBC, Rolling Stone and No Depression. On her JUNO nominated and Polaris Music Prize long-listed album ‘Grenades’, Kaia leans into a wide array of sounds and styles in order to convey a broad range of emotions and topics, most notably her paternal ancestry. In 2021, Kaia is taking part in the Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Center and will be releasing a new single in spring. She is also working on a full length album, on track for release in 2022. 

The Doozies

The Doozies are Canadiana. From major festivals to backyard cottage parties, their unique gumbo of narrative-based folk, boot-stomping maritime and singalong country energizes every audience the perform for. The Oshawa based all-string trio of guitar, stand-up bass and fiddle have spent nearly a decade carving out their distinct acoustic sound, and they’re ready to show you what the next generation of Canadian folk sounds like.

St. Paul’s Centre – Satellite – 1:00pm

Birds of Bellwoods

Toronto-based alt-rock outfit Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making an indelible mark on Canada’s musical landscape, having amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades in a few short years on the back of their boisterous blend of anthemic alternative, folk, and pop music.

Now signed with eOne Music Canada, Birds of Bellwoods released their highly anticipated debut LP, Victoria, in late 2018. The album invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks.

Much of the attention to come their way thus far has stemmed from the band’s energetic and engaging live performances. They’ve crossed Canada and dipped into the U.S. for all kinds of dates, including a slew of major Canadian music festivals like Osheaga, support slots with the likes of Arkells and Wintersleep, and some high-profile headlining sets of their own.

Kyla Charter

Blending her soulful vocals with razor-sharp rock tonalities and pop sensibilities, singer-songwriter Kyla Charter has lent her voice, and rhythm guitar playing to a number of both local and international musical artists, including the likes of Alessia Cara, July Talk, Zaki Ibrahim, The Queer Songbook Orchestra and Melbourne based rock band Kingswood. A Toronto native, Kyla can also be heard singing background vocals on the forthcoming July Talk and Rich Aucoin albums respectively. She has appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, The Bambi Awards, Made in America Festival, The European Music Awards, The iHeart Radio MMVA’s, Danforth Music Hall, Kee to Bala, CBC Festival at Echo Beach, Massey Hall, Budweiser Stage, Scotiabank Arena, The Barbican Center, and Madison Square Gardens.

A Humber College, Jazz and Contemporary Vocal Performance alumnus (with teachers including Larnell Lewis and Rik Emmett), Kyla’s musical approach weaves her remarkable gift as a storyteller, with A Capella vocal percussion, and dynamic rock, R&B and folk melodic aesthetics. Borrowing widely from an eclectic musical spectrum, in large part the result of a truly multicultural upbringing in the metropolis of Toronto, her sound is whole world, all heart.

Suzie Vinnick

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Roots and Blues singer Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice you’ve heard a thousand times and one you’ll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton’s for 5 years.

Suzie’s latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.

Zachary Lucky

Award nominated songwriter Zachary Lucky is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky, baritone voice – He carries himself like a younger Richard Buckner or a heartier Doug Paisley and often receives comparisons to songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot and Kris Kristofferson. He sings of Canadian places and people as knowingly as he might Townes Van Zandt or the Rio Grande. It’s a relatable show on many levels, and conjures universal feelings that have passed through our collective timelines. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to The Globe and Mail, Zachary returns this fall with a new collection of traditional folk and country songs called “Songs For Hard Times”. Out November 2021.

ODAS Park – Satellite – 1:00pm

Danny Michel

With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC “Heart Of Gold” and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base. A musical chameleon, able to slip into many genres with ease. An adventurous & fearless artist. A master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over.

In 2011 he relocated to Belize. There he founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” to help raise scholarships for small non-profit community high school. To date he’s raised over $70,000.00 for the school and volunteers there when he can. 

Later he tracked down one of his favorite bands; The Garifuna Collective, a unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group and convinced them they should make an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was quoted as “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboards Larry Leblanc. The album landed him a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the world music category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective as his band. 

Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin”) to big questions (“If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine”). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right?/did you live it wrong?”. 

At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure”

Jay Stiles

Ontario-raised, Austin-based keyboardist Jay Stiles is known for his working with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar, but that’s just a bit of the story of the go-to player who’s vibe is as chill as his heart is big, and talent immense, on vintage keyboard instruments and feel-good melodies and vocals. Wildly eclectic, this nine-fingered wizard of keys is a must-see for lovers of keyboards, ska, reggae, soul and a good time. 

Don’t miss Jay’s show as he premieres songs from his brand new album, Supertonic – A Time to Repair. An early review says, “In a time when records can feel disconnected and cold, what a soul-stirring experience to find the richness and fun of this!” – Jeff Woods, Records & Rockstars.

The Connors Brothers

Sitting at a kitchen table or in the front row of an amphitheater many people would have trouble telling you which place they’d rather experience The Connors Brothers live. This band was founded by three brothers and then smartly added a talented drummer and violinist/female vocalist to round out the group. To experience their patriotism you need look no further than their album entitled Maple Flavoured which includes original songs about travelling Canada, hockey, and rum running as well as rousing renditions of The Log Driver’s Waltz and The Maple Leaf Forever. Influences and style of music are quite far reaching including Folk, Irish, East Coast, Blues, Rock, Funk, and Roots music.

The Honeyrunners

“Let it burn. It’s the ashes that I admire.” A taunt from the title track of The Honeyrunners’ debut album, Everything Is On Fire, out Friday, Oct 22, 2021 via Canadian roots label, Gypsy Soul Records in partnership with Warner Music Canada.  The band’s new body of work aims to disrobe our culture of apathy – a sentiment that everything is always on fire, with nothing to do but watch. The album a stark reminder of why your presence is needed in times like these. Or as singer and pianist Dan Dwoskin notes, “we write songs for the times we need them.”

The Honeyrunners are a Northern take on Southern Roots and Americana – hot-blooded and rife with the poetry of heartache. Their energy is contagious on stage and on record. It is a discography that suits fans of The Lumineers, Bahamas, Alabama Shakes, The Rolling Stones, Daniel Romano, Brandi Carlile, and Nathaniel Rateliff.

The four-piece Toronto group (toting twelve members for larger shows) is fronted by Ottawa-born singer/songwriter Dan Dwoskin (keys, lead vocals) and Canadian-Peruvian audio-engineer/producer, Guillermo Subauste (bass, vocals). Newer additions to the lineup include the ever-soulful Conor Gains (electric guitar, vocals) and Toronto-born drummer and filmmaker, Lewis Spring (drums, vocals).

Braestone Farm – Satellite – 1:00pm


Get ready to be recharged with Ariko’s unique arrangements of French-Canadian and fiddle tunes, original songs and stepdance!  Rooted in traditional music, Ariko’s dynamic repertoire is coloured by zydeco, jazz and popular genres. Recipient of the « Coup de foudre Salut! » award at Contact Ontarios in 2018 and an APCM nominee for Best Roots Artist (solo or group) in 2019, this family band’s passionate voice will entice you to participate in its musical heritage.

Mimi O’Bonsawin

Mimi O’Bonsawin is an award winning roots songstress. You can find Mimi out on the road bringing songs and stories to diverse audiences all over this country and abroad. Her songs are heavily influenced by her French Canadian and Abenaki roots and flow through a centre of love and creativity. Her compositions are nurtured by the beauty of her home landscape, and her performances honest and raw.

Her newest release ELLE DANSE if a self-produced french EP that has been gaining momentum with placements on Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music curated playlists. ELLE DANSE was in ELMNT FM’s top 10 Best Albums of 2020 and it was recently nominated for two prizes at the TRILLE OR Awards.

Rick Fines

Rick Fines has had a long and storied career as a hard working musician, touring across Canada countless times solo, as a duo or with a full band. He has recorded 14 albums and has been a guest on many others. Steeped in roots music, Rick crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. Rick engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. 

Joining Rick will be Alec Fraser on his invention, Circus Bass, which features 7 drums attached to his upright bass.

Terra Lightfoot

At the end of a gruelling two-year stretch on tour promoting her third studio album, New Mistakes—a trek that took her to every corner of the world—Terra Lightfoot found herself at home and sapped.Life on the road had done a number on her body, her voice, and her mind, and despite isolating herself from friends and family, sitting down for hours a day at her writing desk, she was coming up with nothing inspiring. A trip to Nashville changed all that.

Just a few weeks in Music City broke the dam wide open. In rapid succession, Lightfoot wrote the songs that would form her latest full-length, Consider the Speed. Out poured more than a dozen, one after the other, reflecting on life as a touring musician, past relationships, and the death of her grandmother. “The healing power of rock ‘n’ roll,” a true blue sentiment that Lightfoot and her bandmates keep the faith in on tour, was in full force. And you could even say it hit her like a jolt of electricity. 

THEN IT HIT ME LIKE A BOLT OF LIGHTNING!, a man yelled as Lightfoot stepped out onto Willie Mitchell Boulevard in Memphis after a visit to Royal Studios. She took it as a sign that she had to return to lay down Consider the Speed there, the same place Ann Peebles simmered through “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and Al Green set devotion to tape with “Let’s Stay Together.” Even the same technology—a hallowed #9 microphone—captured Lightfoot’s bluesy, long and low howl during tracking sessions. Each night, she sat on a red porch swing on the hot Tennessee nights and considered how dreamlike it was to be in that place with its soul, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll ghosts; every day, she faced the sweet reality of adding her own music to the studio’s history, working with a cast of supernaturally talented players: Steve Potts on drums, Davy Smith on bass, and Lester Snell on keyboards.

It’s no surprise, then, given the combination of a conspiratorial universe and Lightfoot’s hard work, that Consider the Speed is her most soulful, soul-baring, soul-searching record to date. There is soul to spare—in “Called Out Your Name” and its call-and-response verses; the raucous recklessness of “Midnight Choir”; and the gospel vocal stylings of Sharisse Norman and Candice Rayborn-Marshall on “Two Wild Horses.” There are the Godzilla riffs we’ve come to expect from Lightfoot, too, in the title track’s lustful overdrive and the bluesy stomp of “Paper Thin Walls.” And her already enviable lyrical skills have been elevated even further. The album’s centrepiece, “Lost You Forever,” is an epic tale of devotion over hundreds of miles, distilled to three and a half minutes, and “Empty House” is a sweet, deceptively simple ode to the quiet reveries of partnership. One song, “Ramblin’ Rose,” was given to her in a dream by her trucker grandfather. When producer Jay Newland first heard Lightfoot’s vocal take for it, he remarked: “I hope you’re ready to be heard now.”

More than ever. Steeltown’s own is coming through, once again, loud and clear. Consider The Speed adds to an impressive legacy that already includes 2018 Polaris Music Prize and JUNO nominations (Adult Alternative Album of the Year) for New Mistakes, Road Gold Certification thanks to her millions of miles logged around the globe, including marquee tour dates supporting legendary acts like Willie Nelson, Bruce Cockburn, and Blue Rodeo. On top of all that and being a songwriter and producer for hire, in 2019 Lightfoot also debuted The Longest Road Show, a touring revue that brought some of Canada’s most groundbreaking music-makers together for a jaw-dropping handful of nights in Ontario. Keep an eye out for the next edition when it’s safe to hit the stage again.

Until then, Consider the Speed at which you’re falling for Terra Lightfoot—a spectacular velocity that will gain momentum with every electrifying note.