Collingwood events receive $100K+ in provincial funding



Three Collingwood events have received more than $100,000 in provincial funding through the Celebrate Ontario grants, announced yesterday.


The Collingwood Elvis Festival received $64,500. This funding will support the continued transformation of the Festival with emphasis on the first time visitor experience and expansion of the target visitor demographic. The Collingwood Elvis Festival will continue to celebrate the life of “The King” with world renowned tribute artists and high production values. The Festival will also include celebrations of Elvis’ influence on music, the art of performing, and pop culture in general, from his origins to the present day. The Live & Original Music Series, launched in 2015, will continue with a Songwriter Showdown, Showcase concert featuring 2014 CCMA Group of the Year Small Town Pistols, and the 2015 Live & Original winner, Gina Horswood.


Sidelaunch Days, a new festival in 2015, was awarded $9,760 to celebrate life in, on, and around Collingwood Harbour, both past and present. Activities will include Ontario’s largest Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) event and the second Collingwood Sailing School Sidelaunch Regatta, water sport trials and demonstrations, and a Live & Original Music Series Encore Concert.


“Frozen in Time” ice sculpture celebration of winter received $29,235 towards enhancements to continue to build on the theme of celebrating Collingwood’s rich heritage.


All three events received dedicated funds to be directed towards marketing initiatives.


“I would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for the Celebrate Funding received by these three Collingwood events,” said Town of Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “Collingwood is an exciting active community throughout the year, and we’re very much looking forward to the summer of 2016. There are many great events planned, which will be greatly enhanced by the funding announced yesterday. We invite everyone to visit Collingwood this summer and check out these great festivals and events!”


These three events are part of a larger list of 20 exciting events coming to Collingwood this spring and summer (see attached list). From music to munchies, craft beer to waterfront fun, these events celebrate why this harbourfront community is such a great place to live, work and play.


The Town of Collingwood is excited to welcome visitors to these new and enhanced festivals. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP. The Ministry also notes that from 2008 to 2013, festivals and events created/sustained approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs.