In 1970 there was one folk festival that counted- Mariposa. By
the end of the decade there were a dozen with more popping up every year- Winnipeg, Sudbury, Owen Sound, Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina… The
folk festivals acted as transmission belts to a mass audience for artists
from diverse regions of the country. An artist could arrive unknown and
leave a major concert attraction. The festivals created social milieus
around them, which attracted many souls who would go on to other creative
endeavors. They became more than simple musical events, embodying as they
did, a certain dissident, counter-cultural spirit.