Ontario Supporting 6 Festivals and Events in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Funding will attract visitors to the region and boost local economy

May 15, 2024

The Ontario government is investing just over $222,000 through the Experience Ontario 2024 program to support 6 festivals and events in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. This is a part of the $19.5 million investment that is being made in communities across the province to encourage Ontarians to explore all that these communities have to offer – staying longer in local accommodations, eating in restaurants and supporting small businesses.

“This government is supporting event organizers right here at home who are creating memorable experiences that help people engage with their communities, while creating jobs and boosting the local economy,” said John Jordan, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston.

The following local festivals and events are receiving funding support:

  • $20,000 for the Stewart Park Festival in the Town of Perth
  • $20,000 for the Blue Skies Music Festival in Clarendon Station
  • Over $182,000 for the Kingston WritersFest, Kingston Film Festival, Kingstonlicious and Canada Day festivities in Kingston

“Festivals and events enrich the lives of Ontarians and strengthen local economies,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am proud that our government is supporting festival and event organizers through the Experience Ontario 2024 program, helping them to create unique local experiences that will attract visitors, create jobs and promote economic development.”

“The Stewart Park Festival is a pivotal event that takes place in Perth each summer,” said Cathy McNally, Director of Community Services, for the Town of Perth. “Not only is it a long-standing tradition for our community, it also welcomes visitors from across the province for this three-day music festival. The Experience Ontario Grant supports this volunteer-led team in hosting this much-loved and valued event here in Perth.”



  • This program, originally established in 2007 as Celebrate Ontario, has invested more than $284 million in over 3,600 Ontario festivals and events.
  • Festivals and events are also supported through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF), which provides eligible organizations with funding for marketing and promotional costs.
  • Tourism makes significant contributions to Ontario’s economy, supporting approximately 360,000 jobs and generating over $35 billion of economic activity.

MPP John Jordan, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston




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