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

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 (www.facebook.com/MariposaFolkFestivalOfficial) 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 www.orilliaoperahouse.ca 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 www.mariposafolk.com .

Media Contact:

Chris Hazel

officemanager@mariposafolk.com

705-326-3655

Celebrating Canada’s Rich Music Heritage – ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band – Live’

Celebrating Canada’s Rich Music Heritage – ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band – Live’

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Orillia, Ontario, Canada – Festival goers to this year’s Mariposa Folk Festival are in for a very special homage to the seminal group, The Band. Summoning the atmosphere of the group’s famous farewell concert, The Last Waltz, TheBand3a 9-piece all-star band along with special guests called ‘The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band – Live’, is being assembled by Juno award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson.

It will be a celebration of one of the most famous music happenings in popular music history. This special presentation is part of Mariposa’s celebration of Canada’s rich musical heritage for Canada 150.

According to Artistic Director, Mike Hill, “Mariposa is very proud to shine a spotlight on our country’s rich folk-roots music heritage. One of the most influential groups ever to come out of Canada was The Band. They created the musical foundation of the Americana movement, and roots music was forever changed.” He added, “Our Mariposa audience is in for a very special performance with The Last Waltz – a Musical Celebration of The Band – Live”.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 7th, 8th and 9th, in beautiful Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, on the shores of scenic Lake Couchiching. The 3-day event features the best folk-roots music on the North American scene as well as story, dance and craft on twelve stages. All categories of ticket are now on sale at the best available price. Kids 12 & under are admitted free. Tent and RV camping is available on site.

Mariposa organizers have indicated that an announcement of a big-name artist will be made in the coming days.