Young Singer/Songwriter Workshops

Danny Michel September 25th

Our Young Singer/Songwriters Workshops are one way Mariposa Folk Foundation fulfills its commitment to Ontario singer-songwriters.

To date, such leading Canadian singer/songwriters as Jim Cuddy, Murray McLauchlan, Sylvia Tyson, Tom Wilson, Jesse F. Keeler, Bruce Good, Amelia Curran, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Titcomb, Devin Cuddy, Jadea Kelly, Ariana Gillis, Jory Nash, and Dala have guested.

The workshop series, aimed at reaching singer/songwriters aged 12-25 throughout Ontario, provides participants with an opportunity to meet and interact with professional singer/songwriters and music industry figures, as well as build relationships with other young singer/songwriters.

The next Young Singer/Songwriter Workshop, featuring Danny Michel,  will take place Monday, September 25th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia ON L3V 6H1.

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Danny Michel is one of Canada’s leading songwriters.

After being a member of several bands including with the popular trio Starling, Danny began making solo recordings in the late ‘90s, with 13 releases in to date.

In 2011, Danny went to Belize in Central America to record with The Garifuna Collective. His remarkable album “Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me” led to a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective as his band.

Serena Ryder October 2nd

Another Young Singer/Songwriter Workshop, featuring famed Canadian songwriter and recording artist, Serena Ryder,  will take place Monday, October 2nd, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Orillia Youth Centre, 9 Front Street South in downtown Orillia ON, L3V 4S1.

Born and raised in Millbrook, Ontario, Serena Ryder grew up listening to old Beatles and Leonard Cohen recordings. She started singing publicly as a teenager, and released her debut album, “Unlikely Emergency” in 2004.

Her sixth Canadian studio album, “Harmony” in 2012, became her highest-charting album to date, reaching #11 in Canada. Serena won both top artist and top songwriter honours at the 2014 Juno Awards, which she also co-hosted.

Serena’s new LP, “Utopia,” released in May, 2017 contains 17 songs written and recorded over the course of three years while in Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. The tracks were culled from nearly 100 that Serena has created since the release of her “Harmony” album in 2012.



The workshops are free, but they are restricted to participants and guardians. There is no public audience. Participants may perform their own songs. Lyric sheets are welcome.

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Meet the Brains Behind the Workshops

Larry LeBlanc

Journalist/broadcaster, Larry LeBlanc, a prominent figure in Canadian music for four decades, is widely considered as one of the leading music journalists in the world. He was awarded the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry, at the 2013 Juno Awards. He is also a Lifetime Member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.