Mariposa Folk Festival
Mariposa Folk Festival is a music festival founded in 1961 in Orillia, Ontario. It was held in Orillia for three years before being banned because of disturbances by festival-goers. After being held in various places in Ontario for a few decades, it returned to Orillia in 2000. Ruth Jones, her husband Dr. Crawford Jones, brother David Major and Pete McGarvey organized the first Mariposa Folk Festival in August 1961. The inaugural event, covered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, featured all Canadian performers. The first festival held in the Toronto area, in 1964, was at Maple Leaf Stadium. The subsequent three festivals were held at Innis Lake in Caledon northwest of the city.
The Mariposa Folk Festival has been held in these Ontario locations with these artistic directors:
- 1961 – 64, Oval Park, Orillia; Ted Schaefer.
- 1964, Maple Leaf Stadium, Toronto;
- 1965 – 67, Innis Lake, Caledon;
- 1968 – 79, Centre Island, Toronto;
- 1980 – 81, no festival
- 1982, Harbourfront, Toronto;
- 1984 – 91, Molson Park, Barrie;
- 1991 – 1995,Ontario Place, Toronto;
- 1996, Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge, and Victoria Park, Cobourg;
- 1997, Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge;
- 1999, Parkdale, Toronto;
- 2000 - 2012, Orillia
- 1961, Ted Schaefer
- 1964 – 77, Estelle Klein
- 1978, Ken Whiteley
- 1979, Estelle Klein
- 1982, Tim Harrison
- 1984, Michael Cooney
- 1985, Ian Bell
- 1986, Rick Bauer
- 1987 – 88, Drago Maleiner
- 1989, Richard Flohil
- Present, Mike Hill
In 2010, Mariposa celebrated its 50th festival by fielding a lineup of classic Mariposa artists and young developing talent. Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLauchlan, Ian and Sylvia, and The Whiteley Brothers took the main stage on the festival's final day. Three new performers passed an audition to perform via the "up and coming showcase" program. The 2010 edition also featured Jason Collett and Serena Ryder, who headlined the mainstage on Friday and Saturday respectively.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the festival, York University's Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections launched an online exhibit highlighting a selection of archival material from the 1960s and 1970s. York acquired the Mariposa Folk Fest archives, which includes sound recordings and publicity documents, in 2007.
- Official Mariposa Folk Festival Website
- National Library of Canada archives
- Mariposa '75 moving images
- Toronto Star article, 1987
- Mariposa Folk Foundation (images, audio, video), Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, York University Libraries, Toronto, Ontario
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, Mariposa Folk Festival"
- "Greening the Mariposa Folk Festival", Orillia Packet, 11 July 2009
- "Tonight in T.O.", The Toronto Star, 22 June 2000
- CBC News story about 50th year of Mariposa
- Walls, Janice (July 5, 2010). "Mariposa archives at York U reveal folk festival’s small details and big performances". York Media Relations. York University. Retrieved January 2, 2015.
- Marnoch, Keith (June 6, 2007). "York University acquires Mariposa Folk Fest archives". York Media Relations. York University. Retrieved January 2, 2015.