Mariposa Satellite Concerts Announcement

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Mariposa Folk Festival

Orillia, Ontario – September 27, 2021  –

Mariposa Folk Festival is excited to announce that it will be presenting the Mariposa Satellite Concerts on October 23, 2021. This event will include an amazing lineup of artists with afternoon shows at five satellite venues and a main stage performance at night.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11am and are available at the Orillia Opera House box office.
The satellite venues will include a wide range of experiences: a tent at ODAS Fairground will be reminiscent of a Mariposa pub tent; the Mariposa Grande ballroom at the Best Western Mariposa Inn will provide an unmatched intimate setting; the barn at Braestone is nestled in an idyllic pastoral setting; St. Paul’s Centre is a beautifully refurbished church space; and, finally, the historic Orillia Opera House which will host a daytime satellite stage as well as the evening main stage performance.
Mariposa Folk Foundation President, Pam Carter, stated, “The return to live music, with an extraordinary lineup, is a joyous occasion for Mariposa. We are deeply grateful for the support of the Government of Ontario, whose Reconnect grant has helped to make this event possible, as well as the ongoing support of the Paul Quarrington Legacy Fund and the BruceGreySimcoe Regional Tourism Organization.”
The main stage at the Orillia Opera House will commence at 7:30pm and features Donovan Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album, plus Mariposa favourite Shakura S’Aida and Evangeline Gentle.
The afternoon concerts will run from 1:00pm to about 5:00pm and patrons can choose one of these breathtaking lineups:
ODAS Fairground – Jay Stiles, The Connors Brothers, The Honeyrunners, and Danny Michel
Best Western Mariposa Inn – James Gray, The Doozies, Kaia Kater, and Amanda Rheaume
Braestone Barn – Mimi O’Bonsawin, Ariko, Rick Fines, and Terra Lightfoot
St. Paul’s Centre – Zachary Lucky, Kyla Charter, Birds of Bellwoods, and Suzie Vinnick
Orillia Opera House – Lydia Persaud, Coco Love Alcorn, Angelique Francis
Mariposa Folk Festival Artistic Director Liz Scott enthused, “There really is something for everyone in the Satellite Concerts lineup – longtime Mariposa favourites, established folk stars, and remarkable emerging talents.”
Event coordinator Fred Addis said “The seed of the idea for the Mariposa Satellite Concerts event grew out of the disappointment of the Mariposa Folk Festival’s cancellation and the ongoing COVID restrictions. How could we return to live music, in a safe environment, while hiring artists and production professionals who have been largely out of work for 18 months? The answer was to spread a mini-festival out over multiple satellite venues, each with limited capacities. We think audiences are in for a treat.”
Tickets for all the shows go on sale on Tuesday, September 28th at 11am from the Orillia Opera House, online at or by phoning the box office at 705-326-8011. Tickets for each of the daytime satellite concerts are $30. Tickets for the evening main stage performance at the Opera House are $40. While quantities last, for $60, a patron can purchase one satellite stage concert of their choosing plus the main stage show. All prices include HST and service charges.
Carter stressed that “Mariposa’s primary focus continues to be the safety of our patrons, artists, and volunteers, so comprehensive COVID-19 protocols will be in place at all venues”.
COVID-19 requirements for admission are as follows. Participants will need to provide digital or printed proof that they are fully vaccinated along with proof of identification. Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will need to provide a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. In addition, those with medical exemptions will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, within 48 hours of the scheduled show. Children born in 2010 or later, who are unable to be vaccinated, will be permitted to attend if accompanied by an adult who meets these COVID-19 requirements. Masks must be worn at all times. Removal of a mask is allowed as per provincial guidelines when you are eating, drinking, or for other medical needs.

All event details available here:
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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Chris Hazel