LOCAL EVENTS TO SHARE IN OVER $250,000 THROUGH PROGRAM
KEMPTVILLE — The Kemptville Live Music Festival will receive $88,000 through the Celebrate Ontario program this year, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced here today with festival organizers and North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford.
Kemptville Live takes place July 18-21 and is one of five local festivals and special events that 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.
“I’ve had the privilege of being on stage to introduce acts at past Kemptville Live events and I can’t tell you how proud I am of the organizing committee and volunteers for what they’ve built over the past five years,” said Clark, who made the announcement on behalf of Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Tibollo. “What you’ve done to grow this four-day festival into one of Ontario’s best, bringing more than 20,000 people to this community is truly remarkable. It also shows what the funding through the Celebrate Ontario program can do to help an event succeed.”
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
- Music on the Dock series at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque from July 28 to August 5: $12,213
- 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.”
“Celebrate Ontario funds and the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport lend direct support to the quality of the event by continuing to allow volunteers to improve the accessibility, comfort and exposure of a great source of pride for this Eastern Ontario town,” said Karen Bedard, Kemptville Live organizer.
Celebrate Ontario supports festivals and events of all sizes, helping them reach new audiences, improve the programs for visitors, benefit local economies andcreate 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.