Brian Macmillan

Brief Biography

How often does a young songwriter bring - and deserve - comparisons to folk icons James Taylor and Cat Stevens? Mariposa's artistic committee was blown away by his music, his stage presence and his enthusiasm when they first saw him "live." Judge for yourself when you see and hear Brian Macmillan on our Mariposa stages this year!


Brian's music is rooted in the folk, pop and soul traditions of his heroes. He often draws comparisons to artists such as James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Bruce Cockburn and Stevie Wonder. In January 2006 Brian released his second CD of original material entitled Let The Darkness Go.

Approaching the stage like an old friend, excited, warm and ready to engage, Brian's command of his guitar allows him to create a complete sound as a solo performer or when the focus is in a duo or trio. The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals recognized his songwriting in 2005 by awarding him the Colleen Peterson Award.

Brian has performed at such festivals as Home County, Mariposa, Shelter Valley, Winterfolk ,Toronto City Roots, NXNE, SXSW and Boston's NEMO festival. Outside of his solo career, Brian can be seen performing regularly with many local greats such as Lori Cullen and Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies). He can also be heard on recordings by The Wailin' Jennys, Lori Cullen, Kevin Hearn and Harmony Trowbridge.