Local festivals receive a financial helping hand

Ontario’s government is working to create jobs and boost local tourism by investing in three festival events in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

MPP Bill Walker announced this week that the following festivals and events are receiving more than $80,000 in support through the ‘Celebrate Ontario’ program:


  • Paisley Blues Festival (May 31 – June 2) – $2,597
  • Hanover Sights and Sounds Festival (July 25 – 28) – $12,093
  • Summertime Blues Festival in Owen Sound (July 12 – 13) – $65,584

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that festivals and events make to our local economy. I am pleased that we are supporting the Paisley Blues Festival, Hanover Sights and Sounds Festival and the Summertime Blues Festival in Owen Sound. These events continues to draw visitors from across the province and provide a positive economic impact to our community,” said Walker.

‘Celebrate Ontario’ supports festivals and events of all sizes to 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 $21M in 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.

‘Celebrate Ontario’ supports festivals and events taking place throughout the year as the tourism industry is one of the world’s fastest growing industries.  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.