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Provincial funding for Bluesfest, Carnaval des Compagnons and Smoke N’ Spurs

Three area festivals are receiving provincial Reconnect Festival and Event Program funding.  

Powassan’s Smoke N’ Spurs Festival, which will return on Labour Day weekend in September 2022, receives $93,000. 

The event’s website says the 2021 festival has been cancelled.  

Bluesfest at the Capitol Centre is getting over $24,000.  

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Officials announced last week the return of the event this September, with two days of outdoor concerts and two days of other events.

Tickets go on sale this Friday.  

$21,000 in Reconnect program funding is going to Carnaval des Compagnons 2022. 

Province-wide the Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities. 

“For more than a year, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted tourism and culture – two major industries that bring people together and our communities to life,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “Increasing our annual support for festivals and events will give the sector a much-needed boost as we continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Our government is supporting organizations that are finding new ways to safely engage and reconnect Ontarians with their local communities while creating local jobs.”

The government is providing $43 million to support 439 festivals and events through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program.

$6 million is being spent on Ontario Blockbuster events, supporting municipalities and organizations in hosting large-scale, high-impact signature events. 


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