Internationally celebrated Canadian producer/multi-instrumentalist Jesse F. Keeler, and veteran music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc, will together lead the 12th Mariposa Young Singer/Songwriter Workshop.
The workshop will take place Monday, February 29th, 2016, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Best Western Mariposa Inn, 400 Memorial Ave, Orillia, ON L3V 6J3.
Keeler is the bassist of Canadian dance-punk duo Death from Above 1979, and one half of the popular electronic music duo, MSTRKRFT.
2016 is the first year for Death From Above 1979 at the Juno Awards. Keeler and Sebastian Grainger released their second album, “The Physical World,” in late 2014. The duo garnered 2016 Juno nominations for Rock Album of the Year, and Video of the Year (for “Virgins”)
“I’m delighted that someone the caliber of Jesse F. Keeler would agree to perform and talk at our workshop series,” says LeBlanc. “Jesse has a global following, but he understands the importance of passing on his craft to the next generation of singer/songwriters. As well, his presence is recognition within Canada’s music industry of the significance of the Mariposa Young Singer/Songwriter Workshop series.”
The Mariposa Young Singer/Songwriters Workshops represent another important step in the Mariposa Folk Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting Ontario singer/songwriters. They are presented with the generous financial support of the Community Foundation of Orillia and Area.
To date, such leading Canadian singer/songwriters as Jim Cuddy, Murray McLauchlan, Sylvia Tyson, Bruce Good, Amelia Curran, Shirley Eikhard, Liam Titcomb, 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 event is free. It is restricted to participants and guardians. There is no public audience.
Register early by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or register at the door the night of the workshop.
Participants may perform their own songs. Lyric sheets are welcome.