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Celebrate Ontario 2011

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Celebrate Ontario 2011

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that supports new and existing Ontario festivals and events in strengthening their programs and activities.

This year the program has been enhanced to increase the size and impact of festivals and events across Ontario.

Celebrate Ontario 2011 features three new festival and event categories:

  • Celebrate Ontario Main Stage will support community festivals and events with funding up to $40,000 and emerging festivals and events with funding up to $75,000.
  • Celebrate Ontario Signature will support major recurring festivals and events with funding up to $400,000.
  • Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster will support bidding and event hosting costs for major one-time festivals and events. Funding for bids will be determined based on each application. Funding for event hosting will be available up to a maximum of 20% of the operating budget required to host the event.

The Celebrate Ontario 2011 Main Stage and Signature application deadline is November 23, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster Event Hosting and Blockbuster Bid applications will be accepted twice a year with deadlines on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, and Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Applicants can apply for support on either application deadline. Funds will be awarded in either the fiscal year that the bid is due or when the event will be hosted.

Full application details can be found at: www.ontario.ca/celebrateontario.

Applications and community reference forms may be submitted in person, by mail/courier, or by email to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.


Celebrate Ontario 2010 supported 171 festivals and events across the province, including successes like:

  • Ottawa's TD International Jazz Fest, which increased attendance by 11.5 per cent, attracting over 292,000 Canadian and international visitors in four days.
  • Sarnia's Rogers Bayfest, which hosted a major concert, increased overall attendance by 22 per cent, and extended the festival by an extra day.
  • Quinte's Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby, which saw a significant increase in first-time visitors from across Canada and the United States.

Since 2003, the ministry has invested over $165 million to help support festivals and events of all sizes across the province.

This funding includes:

  • Over $37 million to help enhance festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program [since 2007].
  • Over $21.8 million to assist festivals and events with marketing through the Tourism Event Marketing Partnership Program.
  • Over $25.8 million to help cultural organizations market and promote new events through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
  • Close to $44.5 million to support festivals and events' operational costs and capacity building through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
  • Over $36 million in operating and project funding to support arts festivals and events through the Ontario Arts Council.

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