The Rythm Of The 2023 Mariposa Folk Festival

By Mikaila Bolzonello

In the heart of summer, as the warm breezes sweep across Lake Couchiching, music enthusiasts from all corners of the globe collect in Orillia to partake in a celebration like no other – the venerable Mariposa Folk Festival.

This year’s festival, held between July 7th and 9th, was nothing short of a resounding success. The iconic event promised an invigorating mix of music, artistry and culture that left attendees completely enraptured.

A Star-Studded Lineup

The roster this year was a delightful blend of virtuosos and promising newcomers as well as varying genres of music for every generation including:

  • A Sharon, Lois & Bram Singalong with Sharon
  • Teegan and Sarah
  • The Trews Acoustic

Not to mention tributes to the late and great Gordon Lightfoot who spent many years involved in the festival.

A Kaleidoscope Of Workshops

Alongside exceptional music performances were a variety of workshops catering to every imaginable interest:

  • Yoga by the water with Rebecca Bolden
  • Ring making with copper and silver-plated wire with Lucya Almeida
  • Sound healing with Juniper Moon
  • Singing and storytelling with Jeff Monague
  • And so much more!

These interactive experiences were truly enchanting and served to encourage attendees’ artistic growth while promoting cultural inclusivity.

Food And Artisans Galore

A plethora of food trucks offered mouth-watering delicacies from around the world. Whether you craved wood-oven pizza or samosas, there was something for everyone.

Artisan booths lined up across Tudhope Park displaying beautiful handmade crafts: jewelry; wooden toys; paintings depicting Canadian landscapes; tie-dyed clothing – each piece narrated its own story about Canada’s rich tradition and heritage.

Promoting Sustainability

This year’s festival took strides towards sustainability by introducing eco-friendly initiatives like compostable serving ware for food vendors and encouraging carpooling to reduce carbon emissions. These green practices exemplified Mariposa’s commitment to preserving our planet while hosting an unforgettable event.

As we bid adieu to yet another successful edition of the Mariposa Folk Festival, we can’t help but anticipate what next year will bring. The festival is more than just a gathering; it is a symbol that unites us all through culture, creativity, community spirit…and yes—legendary folk music!

Here’s to looking forward — see you at Mariposa Folk Festival 2024!