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, Serena Ryder, Sylvia Tyson, Tom Wilson, Jesse F. Keeler, Bruce Good, Amelia Curran, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Titcomb, Devin Cuddy, Jadea Kelly, Ariana Gillis, Jory Nash, Dala, and Danny Michel 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 breakout artist of the year, Terra Lightfoot, will take place Monday, December 11th, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Orillia Youth Centre, 9 Front Street South in downtown Orillia ON, L3V 4S1.
Hamilton songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Terra Lightfoot released her self-titled debut album in 2011. A critically acclaimed follow-up, “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild” in 2015, marked her arrival as a striking songwriter, and a compelling live performer.
This year brought two new albums: The orchestral collaboration “Live in Concert,” and her 3rd studio album, “New Mistakes” (released Oct. 13th), featuring a dozen new songs curated from almost 50 written in the months leading up to recording sessions at Ohsweken’s Jukasa Studios.
Terra has toured throughout Canada with the likes of Whitehorse, Bruce Cockburn and Blue Rodeo as well as in the United States, and Europe. She recently completed dates in Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
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.
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.