Mariposa Folk Festival announces first live event of the year, presenting Matchedash Parish on August 22, 2021 at 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House as part of the Kinaxis InConcert series

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Orillia, Ontario – August 5, 2021  –

Mariposa Folk Festival is excited to announce that it will be presenting Matchedash Parish on August 22, 2021 at 7:30pm at the Orillia Opera House as part of the Kinaxis InConcert series. It is fitting that Lance Anderson and Matchedash Parish will help launch Mariposa’s return to live music as its last live performance featured Lance.

Mariposa Folk Festival was selected by Kinaxis and Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) as one of thirty organizations across the country to host a Kinaxis InConcert program. With the support of the Kinaxis and CLMA sponsorship , Mariposa will also present a free stream of the concert on its Facebook page ( on August 27th at 7:30pm. Fans of Mariposa, Lance and Matchedash Parish will not want to miss this amazing opportunity.

Matchedash Parish is a powerhouse band, featuring 12 of Canada’s top blues and roots artists, performing original songs – a joyful explosion of soul, blues and roots music!

Juno award-winning producer Lance Anderson has brought together this diverse and multi-generational roster of all-stars to perform original songs written by Anderson and Kitchener phenom, Matt Weidinger.

The group’s debut CD, Saturday Night, produced by Anderson, captures the raw energy and positive vibe of this remarkable band, featuring Weidinger’s stunning vocals, along with three amazing background singers, led by R&B vocalist Quisha Wint.

Matchedash Parish’s premiere performance was as the festival closer on the main stage of the 2018 Mariposa Folk Festival, where the audience was moved to numerous standing ovations. In 2019, the band wowed festival audiences at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Fest, and Kitchener Blues Fest.

Tickets for the live show will be available from the Orillia Opera House as of August 5 at 11:00am online at or by phoning the box office at 705-326-8011. Tickets are $30, including HST and service charges and will be limited in number due to COVID protocols.

About Mariposa Folk Festival

Canada’s most iconic music event, the Mariposa Folk Festival was first held in Orillia in 1961. It later moved to Toronto and other sites in Ontario until returning home in 2000 to Orillia. The three-day festival is a family-friendly celebration of song, story, dance and craft in the bucolic setting of Tudhope Park.

Over 60 artists play on 11 stages throughout the park including a pub stage, with outstanding evening main stage performances. Special areas for children’s activities, artisans, and food vendors make Mariposa a magical experience for people of all ages. For more information, visit .

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