Lakehead University - Orillia Campus Offers Workshops in Conjunction with Folk Festival, July 2 & 3

(April 9, 2009 —Orillia, ON)
The Mariposa Folk Foundation and Lakehead University - Orillia Campus have partnered to offer two days of creative arts workshops on July 2 and 3, 2009, just prior to the Mariposa Folk Festival. Registration for the workshops opened April 1, and those who sign up early may take advantage of a substantial EarlyBird discount. 

Participants can choose from a selection of 2.5 hour workshops in photography, singing, songwriting, and printmaking.  EarlyBird fees are $24 per workshop.  After May 24, workshop prices will be $35. All classes will be held at Lakehead University - Orillia Campus, located at 1 Colborne St. West.

“We have an incredible array of very experienced and dynamic facilitators, and I can’t wait to see people expand their horizons,” said Lakehead University instructor Linda Rodenburg.  “This is set up so that people can develop an existing interest or try something completely new.”

Innovative professional photographer Peter Stranks will assist participants in exploring inventive photographic techniques using their own cameras. Singer-songwriter Alyssa Wright, well-known chanteuse, cellist, and half of the folk-duo “The Brights,” will encourage both beginning and more experienced singers to take their voices to the next level. 

Local artist Juliana Hawke will use a variety of lino-print techniques to help students produce art prints.  Accomplished singer-songwriter, and established songwriting instructor Paul Court (Blood and Fire: the Donnelly Project), will lead aspiring and veteran songwriters in songwriting strategies.  This workshop is sure to get songs started and finished, and to help overcome writers’ block. 

Those interested are encouraged to visit for more information.  Information will also be available at the Mariposa Folk Foundation office at 37 Mississaga Street West, Orillia, or by calling (705) 326-2655. 


Media:  Linda Rodenburg is available for media interviews. For more information contact Carolyn Rimkey at 705-330-4088 or Lisa Pelot, Communications Officer, at 807-343-8177.

About Lakehead

Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 7,900 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated April 09, 2009

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