Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mariposa Drops the Poetry bomb at the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival

Robert Priest aka Dr. Poetry and US National Poetry Slam champion Shane Koyczan are both scheduled to perform at the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival...I for one cannot wait to witness both of these individuals live on a stage doing what they both do best…Dig.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place in Orillia, Ontario Canada, July 6-8, 2012. Tickets are on sale now at www.mariposafolk.com. Kids 12 and under are admitted free, and there are deep discounts for youth and young adults. 
New this year is on site audience camping.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mariposa Folk Festival Caps-Off their 2012 Festival Line-Up

    Mariposa capped-off its festival line-up today with the announcement of an additional sixteen artists ranging from vaudeville to blues, French traditional, children’s, folk, roots, dance, spoken word and prose.

This is one of the most substantial and diverse Mariposa line-ups in at least a couple of decades, and organizers are ‘pumped’. According to long-time Artistic Director, Mike Hill, “It is the musical equivalent of the moon in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligned with Mars. Everything lined-up beautifully, and we think we have a once-in-a-long-time line-up this year”.

The acts announced today are Al Simmons, Fathead, Belzébuth, Fred Penner, David Bradstreet, Scott Macmillan and Brian Doyle, Akwaba, Rob Lutes, Robert Priest, Russ Kelley, Clay Eals, David Newland, The Medicine Show, Alex the Folk Band, The Kennetts & The Kempencelts, and Cheryl McCague-Shane.

In the coming days, the Festival will announce the schedules for its nine stages, including the much-anticipated schedule for the Main Stage.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place in Orillia, Ontario Canada, July 6-8, 2012. Tickets are on sale now at www.mariposafolk.com. Kids 12 and under are admitted free, and there are deep discounts for youth and young adults. New this year is on site audience camping.

Al Simmons
Vaudeville’s half-century run of popularity may have died back in the 1940's, but don’t try to tell that to Al Simmons, a gifted performer dedicated to combining comedy with song, dance, magic, sight gags and zany one-liners. Reviving the joyful tradition of great comedy kings like Danny Kaye, Spike Jones and Jimmy Durante, Al’s creative genius, quick costume changes, out-of-this-world theatrical gadgets, and peculiar musical instruments, make him a one-man cast of thousands. This modern day comedy chameleon can provoke delighted shrieks from a zombie or roaring belly laughs from an ogre, so tears of laughter from regular folk is a cinch. Guffaw, chuckle, giggle, teehee, sniggle, snort!

Fathead is a sizzling group of some of the most experienced funk, soul and rocking blues musicians on the music scene today. Their harp and guitar-dominated sound combines Hoodoo/Voodoo with killer musicianship, to create a grooving blues tour de force. Two-time Juno winning Fathead is lead singer, John Mays, whose storied career includes working with the Godfather Of Soul, James Brown; band leader, harp and saxophone player, Al Lerman; bassist, Omar Tunnoch, who played with John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Paul Butterfield; guitar ace, Teddy Leonard, who played with Morgan Davis, Colin Linden, Rick Danko, and Paul Reddick; and the iconic Bucky Berger, guardian of the beat.

You won’t get far into traditional Quebecois culture without tripping over the tail of the devil. Le yab’, as he’s popularly known, is lurking everywhere. He’s a familiar presence in songs, jokes, stories, and legends, and these dynamic musicians have given the prince of darkness his due by naming their band Belzébuth, the French variant of Beelzebub. Their excellent debut album, Les Péchés du Diable (2004), also played on that theme. This was followed by two equally strong follow-up albums, En faisant semblant de rien (2007) and Suite 8 (2011). They are exciting, lively, passionate and harmonious, and they’ll make you dance like your feet are aflame.

Fred Penner
A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings decades of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skilfully blends the genres. Dubbed “Mr. Multi-Media” by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes 12 acclaimed children’s albums. More than the music, this two-time Juno winner also crawled magically out of a hollow log for 12 seasons and nearly 900 episodes in the hit TV show, Fred Penner’s Place, on CBC and Nickelodeon. Delighting audiences across North America, Penner is ensconced as a fundamental part of the family entertainment scene.

David Bradstreet
A seasoned pro who has toured and recorded extensively since the 1970s, David Bradstreet describes himself as a veteran of many coffeehouses, concert halls and folk festivals. He is renowned not only as a performer, but as a producer of such talents as Jane Siberry and the late, great Colleen Peterson.  His most recent release, 08.20.10, was recorded live off the floor with Carl Keesee at Dave's Cave in August, 2010. Carl will be coming up from Austin, Texas, to join David at Mariposa, along with a few guest musicians. We are very pleased to welcome this revered folk warrior back to our stage.

Scott Macmillan / Brian Doyle
These guitar wizards mesmerize with remarkably imaginative guitar interplay, transporting their audiences from the highlands to the Blues. Each has a busy music career of his own, but their love of music fusion finds them seeking opportunities to work together more often these days. 2011 saw them tour together for the first time, with concerts in Nova Scotia & Maine. Their first duo recording, Live off the Floor, garnered critical acclaim. This year, Scott and Brian are venturing onto the festival circuit for the first time, making their debut at Mariposa. We are very pleased, indeed, to present these remarkable guitar players together on our stage.

The Akan people of Ivory Coast welcome visitors with “akwaba”. The word also reflects the philosophy of the Akwaba troupe, whose goal is to raise awareness of West Africa’s rich histories of dance and music, and bring people together through African culture. Their performance at Mariposa will be a succession of traditional African rhythms and dances, marking the abundance of the harvest or the hunt, and reflecting on man's link to the supernatural. This spiritual communication demonstrates that human beings in general, and Africans in particular, can express their liberty and joy of living, by sharing with anyone who is sincere enough to receive it.

Rob Lutes
This soulful performer invites comparisons to John Hiatt and Fred Eaglesmith. His powerful song-writing is beautifully evocative, and his delivery is gritty, heartfelt, and moving. Rob has an ever-growing collection of literate meditations on life and love, and he seems to get even better with every recording and show. Greg Quill of the Toronto Star deemed his third studio effort, Ride the Shadows (2007) “a brilliantly understated gem…among the best of the year's roots/blues crop.” It garnered a licensing deal from Rounder Europe and a saw him tour internationally. That was followed by his most confident work to date, Truth & Fiction (2008).

Robert Priest
Poet, playwright, song-writer, and novelist, Robert Priest has performed his exciting mix of poems and songs all over the world. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the transit system, quoted by politicians, turned into a hit song, and widely published in text books and anthologies. As an electrifying performer of ‘rants, raves and reveries’, he is notorious and critically acclaimed. NOW says he is consistently one of the most entertaining acts in town. The Toronto Star describes his work as passionate, cocky verse that is alternately adoring and insulting. This fabulist and composer of lush poems will have you hanging on every word.

Russ Kelley
Following a long hiatus from performing due to surgery on his vocal chords, this storied artist is back at it, captivating audiences with his husky, passionate voice and impressive song writing. His craft has taken him from contracts with major publishers and penning a chart-topping hit tune, to playing with touring groups, then working as a solo artist. He has also had a long career in the public funding of the arts, and music in particular, with the Canada Council for the Arts and other arts organizations. His song writing, singing and guitar work are on full display on his new CD, Crazy Shades of Blue.

Clay Eals
The newest book of Seattle author, Clay Eals, Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, is the story of the revered, iconic musician who thrived musically for fifteen years after being diagnosed with a fatal illness. Goodman wrote an anthem of his generation, The City of New Orleans, and is considered by many to be the most galvanizing entertainer of his time. Now in its second printing, the book features interviews with many luminaries including Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, Paul Anka, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, and Gordon Lightfoot. We are very pleased to present Clay Eals, who will discuss his book and the man who inspired it.

David Newland
A musician, performer, writer and host with a passion for the Canadian experience, David Newland is the force behind The McFlies and co-founder & co-host of the Corktown Ukulele Jam community. He logs dozens of gigs yearly as a solo performer in addition to his many other pursuits, and is Editor-in-Chief for Roots Music Canada, the portal for original organic Canadian music. He frequently appears as a speaker, moderator and panellist, specializing in using new media to build community. We are very pleased to welcome this friend of Mariposa, and roots music in general, back to our stage this year.

The Medicine Show
If you like to laugh, hold onto your hats, ‘cause these guys steal hats! Murray Rodger (they call him “Murph”) and Kevin Knight (they call him “Kevin”), will have you rolling in the aisles - well, the grass anyways. Their original sketches replete (now, there’s a funny word) with music, costumes, accents, slapstick, and clean humour suitable for all ages, has Oprah raving about them. We’re just not saying which Oprah. TMZ insiders tell us, very confidentially of course, that you will see this act on the Tonight Show never in your lifetime, so you better catch them at Mariposa when you can.

Alex the Folk Band
Alex the Folk Band is a music-making cooperative known for beautiful harmony vocals and fiddle-based instrumentals. For more than two decades, this Orillia-based group has been performing wherever good people and fun times can be found, including festivals, conferences, conventions, fairs, parties, and church and Legion halls. The band’s repertoire ranges from traditional tunes to contemporary roots-based material. Their gospel set has twice been featured at the John Arcand Fiddle Fest in Saskatoon, and it is a favourite at Mariposa Folk Festival. Join them Sunday morning for a good old-fashioned, rousing, joyous session of soul filling, gospel music.

The Kennetts & The Kempencelts
Ann and David Kennett call regularly for the Orillia Folk Society, Wye Marsh Heritage Day, and the Celtic Roots Folk Festival. The Kempencelts are a dynamic group of Celtic musicians in high demand at festivals, parties and events. Fiddle players are Cheryl Wilson, Barbara White and Carol Kline. On guitar and bodhran are Chuck MacLeod and Brian Gogarty, and on stand up bass is Peter Cox. Together, they put on a foot stomping, toe tapping, shoe shuffling, crowd engaging performance. This is your chance to strut your stuff and, if you don’t know how, you will by the time their done with you.

Cheryl McCague-Shane
Among other things, Cheryl is a Yoga instructor, and she will be leading classes to help you attain a state of inner spirituality and tranquility. Yoga is well known for its mental and physical health benefits, and nobody knows this better, or how better to share it, than Cheryl. She is the owner of Moving Forward Consulting and Wellness Services, and is passionate about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Meditation, in addition to Yoga. Take part in Mariposa’s Yoga sessions led by this recognized master, and feel yourself filling with positive energy and a sense of calm fulfilment. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

More Artists Added to the 2012 Mariposa Folk Festival Line-Up

With the announcement of sundry and unique artists to the Mariposa line-up today, the performer roster for the 2012 festival is developing into one of the most storied ever. Among the artists added are James Hill (ukulele virtuoso), Jayme Stone (celebrated banjoist), Kevin Fox (gifted instrumentalist and arranger to international superstars), Shane Koyczan (celebrity poet), Scarlett Jane (musical dynamic duo), and Dear Sister (folk and roots trio).

According to Artistic Director, Mike Hill, “These artists are emblematic of the diverse range and styles of performance you will see at this year’s festival. They are young, dynamic artists with lots to say and talent in spades”.

Organizers will make more announcements about the artistic line-up in the coming days.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012, in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Tickets are on sale at www.mariposafolk.com. Kids admitted free - deep discounts for youth and young adults. Audience camping is also available.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

D-Sisive drops a MCA tribute track called Adam

    Canadian artist D-Sisive dropped a new track today that is a tribute to the late great Adam Yauch/MCA of The Beastie Boys who passed away last week from Cancer.

    The track is simply called "Adam", I've listened to it about 5 times now.....here it is

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sleeper Records Launch!

   Some exciting music news I'd like to share with all of my readers, an acquaintance of mine Aaron Howes is starting up a new record label called Sleeper Records, it's being run out of my home town of Orillia,Ontario Canada. 

   For starters we will see the release of two EPs by both The Aaron Mangoff Experience and Christopher Thompson.

   The label needs your support, so go to Sleeper Records Launch!and lend a hand.......keep music Alive!

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

Monday, May 7, 2012

2012 Mariposa Folk Festival Announces Friday Evening Headliner

Mariposa Folk Festival has announced Montréal-based Plants and Animals as headliner on the Friday evening main stage. The Festival previously announced Saturday headliner, Jann Arden, and Sunday co-headliners, Billy Bragg and Johnny Clegg. Additional artistic announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

About today’s announcement, Artistic Director, Mike Hill, said Plants and Animals illustrates the wide range of music at Mariposa. They are a crowd-pleasing band and, even though they may not be considered folk, they are a great fit for a progressive folk festival like Mariposa.”

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 6-8, 2012, in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Tickets are on sale at www.mariposafolk.com. Children 12 and under free! Discounted tickets are available for Youth and Young Adults. Audience camping is also available.


Plants and Animals - The End of That 

Plants and Animals - Lightshow 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Official statement on Adam Yauch’s passing from The Beastie Boys longtime publicist, Nasty Little Man


     It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Yauch taught himself to play bass in high school, forming a band for his 17th birthday party that would later become known the world over as Beastie Boys.

    With fellow members Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, Beastie Boys would go on to sell over 40 million records, release four #1 albums–including the first hip hop album ever to top the Billboard 200, the band’s 1986 debut full length, Licensed To Ill–win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

    In addition to his hand in creating such historic Beastie Boys albums as Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, Hello Nasty and more, Yauch was a founder of the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and activism regarding the injustices perpetrated on native Tibetans by Chinese occupational government and military forces. In 1996, Milarepa produced the first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which was attended by 100,000 people, making it the biggest benefit concert on U.S. soil since 1985′s Live Aid. The Tibetan Freedom Concert series would continue to stage some of the most significant benefit shows in the world for nearly a decade following in New York City, Washington DC, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Taipei and other cities.

    In the wake of September 11, 2001, Milarepa organized New Yorkers Against Violence, a benefit headlined by Beastie Boys at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, with net proceeds disbursed to the New York Women’s Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) September 11th Fund for New Americans–each chosen for their efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims least likely to receive help from other sources.

    Under the alias of Nathanial Hörnblowér, Yauch directed iconic Beastie Boys videos including “So Whatcha Want,” “Intergalactic,” “Body Movin” and “Ch-Check It Out.” Under his own name, Yauch directed last year’s Fight For Your Right Revisited, an extended video for “Make Some Noise” from Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, starring Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen as the 1986 Beastie Boys, making their way through a half hour of cameo-studded misadventures before squaring off against Jack Black, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Beastie Boys of the future.

    Yauch’s passion and talent for filmmaking led to his founding of Oscilloscope Laboratories, which in 2008 released his directorial film debut, the basketball documentary Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot and has since become a major force in independent video distribution, amassing a catalogue of such acclaimed titles as Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop, Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze’s Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and many more.

    Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.

R.I.P. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys Dead at the Age of 47

   Adam Yauch aka MCA of The Beastie Boys has passed away at the age of 47. 
  In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland and a lymph node; he had undergone surgery and radiation treatment.

    I could write more but I am truly shaken by this…so I'm gonna pull out my vinyl copy of "Paul's Boutique" and just let it ride....this is just really fucked up.


Joe Cornelisse-SSGS