On Saturday, March 19th, 2011, the Mariposa Folk Foundation came to the financial aid of a sister institution on Canada’s folk/roots music scene, The Toronto Australia New Zealand Club (TRANZAC). Home for many years to numerous cultural activities including regular folk concerts such as the Mariposa-sponsored Flying Cloud series, the non-profit volunteer-driven TRANZAC is facing a serious financial crunch.
According to Mariposa Folk Foundation President, Chris Lusty, “After going through its own difficult times in the 1990s, groups like the Philadelphia Folk Song Society helped Mariposa get back on its feet, and now Mariposa is strong and in a position to pay it forward”.
The concert featured four folk/roots artists who made popular appearances at the Mariposa Folk Festival in recent years, and it was presented in the music workshop format that was pioneered by the Mariposa Folk Festival and has been emulated by music festivals the world over.
- Musical renaissance man and exuberant performer, Michael Johnston
- Skydiggers singer and co-founder, Andy Maize
- JUNO winner (Best Roots and Traditional Album), Lynn Miles
- With bohemian roots and a style reminiscent of Edith Piaf, Tom Waits, and Joan Armatrading, Alejandra Ribera
All proceeds went to the TRANZAC.
Mariposa at the Flying Cloud
Most of Mariposa’s Toronto concerts take place at the The Flying Cloud Folk Club, which operates out of the TRANZAC (Toronto Australia New Zealand) Club. Now in its 26th year, The Flying Cloud presents concerts on Sundays from September through May. The Mariposa Folk Foundation co-sponsors many of these Flying Cloud concerts.
Past Mariposa Concerts at The Flying Cloud Folk Club
The Sultans of String
Finest Kind of Christmas
Folkal Point’s annual foodbank fundraiser
Wendell Ferguson with Katherine Wheatley, Joe Jencks, and Scantily Plaid
The Friends of Fiddler’s Green