Investing in Festivals and Events to Boost Tourism Across Ontario

Posted by Ginny Henry | March 22, 2017 | 2017, BruceGreySimcoe, Celebrate Ontario, County, festivals, funding, grants, Grey, recipients, Simcoe
The province's support for 304 events will create jobs and grow local economies includes 2017 events in BruceGreySimcoe.

Ontario is supporting a record number of festivals and events this year to showcase the province as a vibrant place to live and visit during Ontario's 150th anniversary.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was in Hamilton recently to make the funding announcementm, which benefits several festivals in Grey and Simcoe Counties through the Celebrate Ontario program. 

Funding Recipients in BruceGreySimcoe:
  • Feast Fest 2017, June 16 to August 17, Barrie/London/Sudbury - $25,000
  • Summertime Blues 2017, June 22 to 24, Owen Sound - $100,000
  • Saints & Sinners, June 24, Georgian Bluffs - $2,146
  • Main Street Market, June 30 to September 4, Wasaga Beach - $35,500
  • Peak to Shore Music Festival, July 5 to 9, The Blue Mountains - $10,845
  • UG Series Beach WOD, July 7 to 9, Collingwood - $46,250
  • Mariposa Folk Festival, July 7 to 9, Orillia - $59,513
  • Wayhome Music and Arts Festival, July 28 to 30, Oro-Medonte - $225,000
  • Boots and Hearts Music Festival, August 10 to 13, Oro-Medonte - $225,000
  • Sidelaunch Days-Collingwood Harbour Festival, August 12 to 13, $7,500
  • The Big Feastival, August 18 to 20, Oro-Medonte - $150,000
  • Tough Mudder Toronto 2017, August 19 to 20, Severn (Mount St. Louis Moonstone) - $150,000
  • Illuminate Barrie, September 1 to 3, Barrie - $50,000
  • Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd, September 12 to 30, Barrie - $42,750
  • The Blue Mountain Village Pride Snow Festival, January 5 to 7, 2018, The Blue Mountains - $4,916

Through this program, the province is supporting 304 festivals and events that celebrate Ontario's diversity, heritage and culture. This support allows festival and event organizers to enhance their programming, activities and services so that they can draw more tourists and create jobs in communities across the province.

The program is also recognizing the importance of rural and northern festivals and events across Ontario, which play a vital role in local economies. This year, 126 distinct festivals and events receiving support will take place in rural or northern areas, and will showcase the diverse traditions that make these communities so unique.

Investing in local festivals and events is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

For the complete list of funding recipients, click here.

To read the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport News Release, click here.

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