Huron-Bruce arts and tourism sector gets boost

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A series of grants supporting the arts and tourism sectors in Huron-Bruce was announced Aug. 12 as the province seeks to boost local tourism in small-town Ontario while re-imagining a post-COVID life.

MPP Lisa MacLeod, who is also Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, announced over $550,000 in funding to help propel the local arts and tourism sectors in her Huron-Bruce riding.

“We know that in order to sustain small-town Ontario we need to continue keeping the lights on and flowing the dollars to make sure that coming out of the pandemic people when people are confident to be out and about again, have those amazing local festivals and local cultural entities to visit,” Thompson said.

Through Community Museum Operating Grants, the Celebrate Ontario program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the government has made investments to enrich local tourism and economies.

The grants are as follows:


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  • $205,000 for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
  • $71,830 for the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre
  • $63,226 for the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
  • $80,044 for the 49th Huron Country Playhouse Theatre Festival
  • $60,624 for the Lucknow’s Music in the Fields
  • $59,500 for the Blyth Centre for the Arts
  • $20,659 for the Huron Waves Music Festival
  • $5,500 for the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest

“I am here for two reasons today, the first to demonstrate that you can safely reconnect with your friends, your family, your neighbours and the people you long to be with anywhere in Ontario so long as the chief medical officer of health has cleared it,” said MacLeod.

“The second reason I am here is because I have remarkable confidence in the Heritage, sport, tourism and culture sectors in this province, and I believe in order for them to succeed and eventually thrive and continue to be a world leader we must continue to invest in them despite the fact they are being shuttered, cancelled, postponed or reimaged,” she added.

With cultural centres, such a the Huron County Museum reopened to the public, the funds are expected to get people back into cultural centres and visit areas that have seen their revenue drop over the last four months.

Meanwhile, cultural festivals such as the Huron Waves Music Festival will benefit from the financial grant as they look towards the future to establish a music festival featuring in Huron County.

“Huron Waves Music Festival brings such connections and know-how that I am quite confident that is a key reason we are receiving the support,” said Paul Ciufo, chair of the Huron Waves board of directors. “We are very excited and we are forging ahead with December plans and plans for next spring.”