Community Village

Mariposa Folk Foundation believes in exposing festival goers to new ideas and experiences to foster their personal growth and development.

One way we do this is through our Community Village. There you will find an array of not-for-profits, civil society groups, community organizations, and government agencies. They have lots of information to share, and they’re happy to discuss their role in today’s important social issues. The organizations exhibiting in our Community Village are carefully selected to provide a diverse and balanced educational experience.

Ashiko World Music Festival
A multi-cultural music and dance festival with drum circles, kid’s programs & international cuisine. The festival is a fundraiser for Orillia’s Sharing Place Food Bank which serves 1,300 people in need per month.

Barrie Folk Society
A grassroots organization established in 1999 to bring live, original music to the Barrie area through house concerts, open stages and larger concerts in partnership with the McLaren Arts Centre. They also host an annual youth song writing competition.

Chippewas of Rama First Nation (Powwow)
Banned for several decades, the powwow in Rama re-emerged in 1985. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, it has grown into one of the most enjoyable and renowned powwows in Ontario. August 22/23.
705-325-3611, ext.1299

Georgian College
One of 24 publicly-funded colleges of Applied Arts & Technology in Ontario, Georgian prepares students to become job seekers and job creators, works with industry and community partners, and has a cutting-edge curriculum, work placements and co-op experiences.

Helping Hands, Orillia
Provides services that enable seniors to live independently and to maintain and enhance their quality of life. Supports includes personal care, homemaking, respite care, assisted living services, meals, transportation, and a friendly visiting and social program.

Information Orillia
A charitable non-profit organization serving Orillia since 1969 with information services to build capacity in individuals and organizations in the community.

Kids for Turtles Environmental Education
An educational and outreach organization serving the Simcoe and Muskoka regions to develop a better understanding and stewardship of the environment.

Lake Country Time Trade
A grassroots, community-based initiative that brings neighbours together to exchange skills. Help someone, earn some time credits, and use those credits to get come help from someone else.

Lakehead University, Orillia
Unique interdisciplinary studies options combining the arts and sciences and programs in business, education and social work. ThunderCATS is Lakehead’s student club dedicated to volunteer work.

Livestrong is a global cancer support service available to anyone, any age, with any cancer, at any stage, anywhere in the world. Their belief is that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
In partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, they deliver education and awareness programming to monitor and track the spread of invading species in Ontario waters.

Ontario Tire Stewardship
A not-for-profit organization that informs people about the benefits of products that come from tire recycling programs. Established in 2009 and incorporated under Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act.

Orillia Active Transportation & Trails Committee
A City of Orillia advisory committee that supports the recreational trail system and Scout Valley in the interest of recreational users, and manages bicycle parking and a bike compound at Mariposa Folk Festival.

Orillia Community Gardens
Founded in 2009, this organization is a network of gardens and gardeners across Orillia. A founding member of the Orillia Food Council, they tend to a growing number of community gardens and provide free, healthy, good growing resources to the community.

Orillia Museum of Art & History
Mission is to inspire creativity, celebrate local history and expand the appreciation of art and culture.

Orillia Power Distribution Corporation
With a rich history of more than 100 years, their mission is to generate environmentally-friendly energy and to provide information about conservation.

Orillia Public Library
Located in the heart of downtown Orillia, it is committed enriching the personal, civic and corporate lives of the community through access to ideas and information in a variety of media.

Orillia Youth Centre
Provides a safe, supervised gathering place for youth, and delivers programming, referral services, and the opportunity for youth to be involved in the ongoing operation of the centre.

Orillia Youth Symphony Orchestra
Area youth have the opportunity to participate in an orchestra and learn about orchestral music, teamwork, respect, discipline and pride. The OYSO participates in community events such as parades, Beatles Festival, Starry Night, Culture Days and more.

Peter Street Arts District
The rich history of artistic and creative endeavour in Orillia is embodied by a one block section of Peter Street. A group of businesses work together to celebrate, promote, mentor and market the arts to Orillia and beyond.

SALT – Seniors & Law Enforcement
Provides a communication link and promotes awareness of seniors’ services, particularly as they relate to crime prevention, public safety and victim services.

Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe
Provides a phone line for those feeling depressed, lonely or suicidal, as well as a reassurance call program for seniors.

YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka – Youth Services
The Youth Services Department provides youth ages 15-19 in conflict with the law with employment and transition programs.