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Estelle Klein

Estelle Klein was the much loved and respected artistic director of the Mariposa Folk Festival during its years at Innis Lake and Centre Island.

She first introduced what has become the "standard" format of the Canadian Folk Festival (afternoon workshops culminating in evening concerts by featured artists) and then moved beyond that concept to the ideas of mainstage workshops, artist interaction, aboriginal artistic input and the sublimation of night time concerts and "stars" to the more organic whole of the festival as celebration.

All her life Estelle was an inspiration and touchstone for Canadian Folk Music.

The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals has created the "Estelle Klein Award" as their highest honour, bestowed upon those who have contributed over a lifetime to Canadian Folk Music.