Local music festivals receive government support

Bruce-Gray-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker has announced financial support for two local music festivals.

The province will raise nearly $ 38,000 in funding from the City of Owen Sound for Music at the Market, which will receive $ 10,000, and the Paisley Blues Festival Summer Series of Live Music receives nearly $ 28,000. That funding is more than double what the province typically provides for these types of events, according to the press release, to ensure the industry recovers from the pandemic and communities and event organizers can put together a safe event for anyone attending.

The press release also states that the provincial government is investing nearly $ 50 million through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support 439 festivals and events across Ontario.

For more than a year now, the pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on tourism and culture – two important industries that bring people together and bring our communities to life, ”said Lisa MacLeod, Minister for Heritage, Sports, Tourism and Culture. “Increasing our annual support for festivals and events will give the industry a much-needed boost as we continue to address the impact of COVID-19. Our government supports organizations that are finding new ways to securely connect and reconnect Ontarians to their local communities while creating local jobs. “

“Festivals and events like the Paisley Blues Festival and Music at the Market are important contributors to our communities creating local jobs and boosting the local economy,” adds MPP Walker. I am delighted that the government is making this important investment through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program, giving us all the opportunity to experience what Ontario has to offer right in front of our own backyard. “