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Support in Simcoe County for Celebrate Ontario 2014

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Support in Simcoe County for Celebrate Ontario 2014

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Celebrate Ontario 2014 is helping festivals and events in Simcoe County.


“As the largest Elvis Festival in world, the Collingwood Elvis Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to the Simcoe region every July. With the support of Celebrate Ontario, we’re going to expand our festival from four days to five. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy more acts with the added option of coming on a weekday to take in everything that the festival and our Southern Georgian Bay area has to offer.”

Peter de Vries

Chair, Collingwood Elvis Festival

“Discovery Harbour, an attraction of Huronia Historical Parks, received $46,112 in Celebrate Ontario funding in support of its August 9 and 10 Festival of Peace event, to assist in celebrating 200 years since the founding of the historic site in Penetanguishene. We appreciate the grant and plan an exciting musical program that will draw visitors into Southern Georgian Bay, benefitting many tourism stakeholders in the region.”

Jan Gray

General Manager, Huronia Historical Parks

“The funding we received from Celebrate Ontario for the 2014 edition of the Ice Sculpture Festival will allow us to incorporate more interactive programming and special activities during the event. In addition to displaying more than 30 ice sculptures throughout the downtown, the event will offer on-site carving demonstrations, wagon rides, interactive installations and family games.”

Bradley Green

Chair, Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area

“The Ontario Plowmen's Association, led by President Melvin Switzer, is extremely pleased to be the recipient of Celebrate Ontario funding. Thanks to support from this program, we will now be able to offer outstanding features that will be of interest to visitors from throughout Ontario and beyond. This year's International Plowing Match and Rural Expo, held from September 16 to 20 in Thornton, Ontario, will be a celebration not to be missed. We look forward to working with Chair Cal Madill and his enthusiastic team of volunteers.”

Cathy Lasby

Executive Director, Ontario Plowmen's Association

“Celebrate Ontario's aims resonate with ours — to take something we established in our first year (2013) and augment it with something new that enhances the existing core music programming of our event. We could not build Jazz On The Mountain At Blue to its full potential without Celebrate Ontario.”

Arnold Schwisberg

Founder & Producer, Jazz On The Mountain At Blue

“Celebrate Ontario funding will allow the Mariposa Folk Festival to build on its past success in drawing visitors from across Ontario, Canada and the United States.”

Pam Carter

President, Mariposa Folk Festival



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