Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Music festival lands funds

The inaugural “Harmony of Nations Music Festival and Cultural Exchange,” set to go here on July 17-19, got a big boost yesterday to the tune of $73,950.
The event is one of many across the province to benefit from the “Celebrate Ontario” 2014 program.

Organizers “are very pleased that ‘Celebrate Ontario’ has chosen to support the ‘Harmony of Nations Festival,’” Tannis Drysdale, a consultant with the Rainy River Future Development Corp. here, told the Times late yesterday.
“As this is the first year of the festival, the grant will allow our committee, working with festival director Shannon Darby, to select a slate of talent that will truly emulate the festival’s goal of demonstrating the power of music and ‘harmony’ that can be achieved when all our nations work together,” she noted.
Drysdale said the festival committee has several other grant applications pending that will assist with its marketing and sponsorship.
The festival will bring together Canadian and U.S. performers and instructors from First Nations and the Métis community.
Ontario is supporting festivals and events across the province that will draw tourists, create jobs, and grow local economies.
Through the “Celebrate Ontario” 2014 program, the province is helping 229 festivals and events that celebrate Ontario’s diversity, heritage, and culture while enhancing the experience for visitors and increasing attendance, a press release from the province stated.
The province also is building excitement for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games through the new IGNITE Ontario program.
In partnership with TO2015, the organizing committee for the Games, Ontario will provide up to $10,000 for organizations and municipalities hosting local celebrations and community engagement events that promote the Games.
“Tourism is a billion-dollar industry that supports over 300,000 jobs for Ontarians across the province—many of them youth,” said Tourism, Culture and Sport minister Michael Chan.
“Through ‘Celebrate Ontario’ and programs like IGNITE, our government is boosting tourism to strengthen our local economies and build our provincial profile as a premier destination that offers exciting experiences for visitors and residents alike,” he noted.
“‘Celebrate Ontario’ is a valued program that recognizes the importance of our province’s unique festivals and events, and supports the growth of our tourism industry,” said Gary Masters, executive director, Festivals and Events Ontario.
“This year, it is once again helping organizers to enhance their events so they can attract more visitors and create more jobs,” he remarked.

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