Mariposa and Lightfoot, a 2-Part Series

This event is offered in-person and livestream
Tuesdays, October 17th and October 24th, 1:30 – 3:30

Join us to celebrate two great Canadian cultural icons
– the Mariposa Folk Festival, and legendary singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.

October 17th: Mariposa Folk Festival: Past and Present

Chris Hazel, Manager of the Mariposa Folk Foundation, will walk you through 60 years of the tumultuous history of the storied Mariposa Folk Festival and provide insights on how Mariposa survived the COVID years and is thriving like never before.

October 24th: The Gordon Lightfoot Story

Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian treasure. His indelible songs – classics like “Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” and “The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald” are now part of the national cultural fabric. 

Dr. Mike Daley presents this new lecture-concert celebrating his life and music, featuring Dr. Mike Daley on guitar and vocals. You’ll learn about the fascinating life of Gordon Lightfoot, from his Orillia upbringing to his early years on the Toronto folk scene, his rise to stardom, and his long string of hit records. The Gordon Lightfoot Story is a must-see for any music fan. 

This session will not be recorded.


October 17 - 24, 2023


2 Tuesday Afternoons
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm




Grace United Church & Livestream


  • Chris Hazel, LL.B., MBA
    Chris Hazel, LL.B., MBA

    Chris has been the Manager of the Mariposa Folk Foundation since 2017.
    After law school, Chris began his career as a Canadian foreign service officer, with postings to Guatemala and Kenya. He then completed an MBA and spent 5 years as a business executive with Creo Inc., a high tech company in the printing industry and Eastman Kodak (Director of Strategy & Business Planning).
    In 2007 Chris moved to Orillia and became a stay-at-home dad with three young children. He has been active in the community, volunteering as Vice-President of the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area since 2011, serving on the Board of the Sharing Place for 3 years; and Secretary-Treasurer of the Huronia Cultural Campus for 4 years. He also coaches minor hockey and soccer.

  • Dr. Mike Daley
    Dr. Mike Daley

    Dr. Mike Daley is a popular freelance music history lecturer around Toronto. He holds a Ph.D in musicology and has researched and published widely on a variety of musical subjects. Mike’s well-received lectures on the Beatles, Elvis, jazz, folk music and much more have gained him a strong following in the GTA.
    TAB audiences have loved Mike’s presentations in the past. You can find out more about Mike at