LOCAL EVENTS TO SHARE IN OVER $250,000 THROUGH PROGRAM
Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark was at the Thousand Islands Playhouse on Tuesday, May 21 to announce $12,213 in Celebrate Ontario funding for their Music on the Dock Series and over $250,000 in funding through the program for events in the riding. With MPP Clark are Eric Friesen, left, with the Music on the Dock series and Playhouse Managing Artistic Director Brett Christopher. – Submitted Photo
GANANOQUE — Five local festivals and special events will receive a combined total of more than $250,000 through the Celebrate Ontario program this year as Ontario’s government for the people continues working to create jobs and boost local tourism, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced today.
Clark made the announcement on behalf of Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Tibollo at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, which will receive $12,213 for the Music on the Dock series that runs July 28 to August 5.
In addition, Clark said the following local events will receive Celebrate Ontario funding:
- Big River Festival in Brockville from August 23 to September 1: $116,843
- Kemptville Live from July 18-21: $88,000
- 1000 Islands Regatta in Brockville from June 28 to July 1: $27,433
- South Grenville Bluegrass Festival in Spencerville from August 13-18: $6,301
“I’m proud that our government recognizes the important contributions festivals and events make to our region’s economy and how everyone involved, including hundreds of volunteers, works hard to make them happen,” said Clark. “I am pleased we are supporting these events as they continue to draw visitors from across Ontario and around the world to Leeds and Grenville. They enhance our quality of life and provide a positive economic impact to our community.”
“I am so grateful to MPP Clark and the Government of Ontario for their support and recognition that cultural product is a key component of the province’s tourism industry,” said Brett Christopher, Managing Artistic Director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse. “This funding will kickstart a brand new festival that will enrich our summertime visitor experience here in the 1000 Islands, lengthen overnight stays and help to boost our local economy.”
Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events of all sizes, helping them reach new audiences, improve the programs for visitors, benefit local economies and create new jobs. According to past recipients, every dollar invested through Celebrate Ontario results in almost $21 of visitor spending.
“Ontario is open for business and open for jobs. By investing in festivals and events, our government is tapping into the economic potential of the tourism industry,” said Minister Tibollo. “As we develop Ontario’s new tourism strategy, we will continue to invest in programs like Celebrate Ontario that help to maximize the growth and competitiveness of the great festivals and events that take place throughout the province.”
This year, to help reduce red tape and the administrative burden for organizers, Ontario has streamlined the application process to make it easier to apply for funding.
- Ontario is investing over $13 million in over 250 festivals and events in communities across the province, plus another $4 million in additional funding for Blockbuster events.
- The latest data from 2016 indicates that tourism supported nearly 390,000 jobs and generated over $34 billion of economic activity in Ontario.
- The tourism industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
- The tourism sector has experienced year-on-year increases in visitor spending of nearly six per cent.