Showcase Auditions

Applications for Mariposa Showcase for the 2023 Festival Will Open in January 2023

Mariposa Folk Festival has a proud reputation of discovering and launching new talent. One important way we do this is through our annual Mariposa Showcase for emerging artists – an audition in front of panel of judges and a live audience. Why not make a submission and try for a chance to audition to perform at Mariposa Folk Festival 2023?

Making a Submission:

The Showcase Committee reviews electronic submissions only.  Email your submission to when registration opens in January 2023.

If your submission has musicians who won’t be taking part in the Showcase, please specify which musicians will participate if your act is selected to audition. Acts with more than 3 full-length CD recordings do not qualify to audition at the Showcase (does not include former projects with other bands.) If possible, include YouTube clips of live performance. The submission should include only three songs. A very brief (less than 100 word) biography would be helpful but is not essential.

The committee will not accept applications from artists who have been selected to perform at Mariposa Folk Festival in past festivals.

Deadline for 2023 Showcase Applications: Submissions will be accepted at the email address above between January 28, 2023 and April 11, 2023. The earlier the better as our committee will be looking at applications as they are received.

Date and Time of the 2023 Showcase Auditions: The audition will be held on the afternoon on a date to be determined closer to the event.

Successful Applicants:

Based on the submissions, a shortlist of performers will be invited to audition in Orillia, Ontario, where Mariposa Folk Festival takes place. Only those invited to audition will be contracted at this stage, and the list will be posted on the Mariposa Folk Festival website. Each act will be allotted 20 minutes to setup and perform, which is usually enough for about three songs. A stage crew will assist with setup. Please provide a simple stage plot if you have more than three performers in your group. We can accommodate groups of up to 6 performers.


A panel of judges will choose three finalists from among the auditioning acts. The three finalists will be invited to perform at Mariposa Folk Festival, 2023. The specific time slots and other details will be included in a contract drafted by Mariposa Folk Festival. The final terms of the performance will be discussed with artists before arrangements are finalized. For more information call 705-326-3655 or email the Showcase committee at

Showcase is not for Established Artists:

If you are an established artist wishing to perform at Mariposa Folk Festival, the Showcase is not for you. Established artists can find information here.