Toronto’s music scene hit the harbour in July when Mariposa Cruises introduced Live on the Lake to our public cruise program. Featuring performances by great local musicians on select Tuesdays aboard the Oriole, the music nights are similar to our Sip & Sail Cocktail Cruises where guests can take in the sights of Toronto’s skyline and harbour, except that these cruise nights are charged with the energy of live music.
The first Live on the Lake cruise night kicked off on July 4th with the Latin sounds and rhythms of Lady Son featuring the talented Yeti Ajasin and Articulo Veinte, whose passionate for and mastery of Cuban music are the driving force behind their performances.
Tickets sell for $30.00 plus tax, which isn’t much more than the going cost of a cover charge at a Toronto bar or night club and without the unmatched ambience of the harbour and a 2 ½ hour boat cruise. The performances take place on outer deck with room to dance and take in views of the Islands, waterways and the city lights coming from the waterfront.The Oriole’s interior cabin offers comfortable seating and large picture windows for guests who prefer to lounge over cocktails and a choice of appetizers from the menu for purchase, with the sounds of the band playing throughout.
The line-up of musicians for the Live on the Lake music series is varied. The second performance on July 18th featured the energetic blues sounds of Sons of Rhythm, comprising of bassist/vocalist Mick Maratta, guitarist Federico Luiu, drummer Mike Carbone and saxophonist/pianist Anthony Brancati.
Pablo Terry and Sol de Cuba played Live on the Lake the following Tuesday July 25, belting out the Latin sounds of Cuban Salsa and Mambo to a crowd who came ready to dance, and they did not disappoint.
There are still two more Live on the Lake performances on the ticket this summer. Coming up is Guilty Pleasures on August 8th. Well – known on the Toronto hotel circuit, the band comprises of musicians Michael Costantini (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Ferfolia (Bass/Vocals), Anthony Wright (Keys) and Bryan Humphreys (Drums). Guilty Pleasures takes their inspiration from musical artists and songwriters such as James Taylor, John Mayer, Van Morrison, Sting, The Beatles, and many others. Here they are jamming with us on the Captain Matthew Flinders earlier in July when Mariposa Cruises hosted CP24 Breakfast.
The last performance of the series takes place on August 22nd with The Marc Joseph Band, playing Top 40 and Classic Rock.