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Province cuts funding to jazz festival

Executive producer Lido Chilelli tells Newstalk 1010 that without the funding, the event will have to be scaled back this summer.

Organizers of the Beaches International Jazz Festival say they are shocked after hearing they will receive no provincial funding this year.

For the past few years, Ontario has given $75,000 to the annual event through the Celebrate Ontario program.

"I was shocked," executive producer Lido Chilelli tells Newstalk 1010, adding that he received the news in an email.

The funding represents about 20 per cent of the event's budget and without the funding, he says the festival will have to be scaled back this summer.

He says he still hopes the province will change its mind. NDP MPP Michael Prue is fighting for the funding to be renewed.

Prue says he acknowledges that other events compete for the funding as well, although it's not clear why the jazz festival lost out on the program this year.

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  1. AdrianoC1981 posted on 03/19/2014 09:59 PM
    Hey Lido, just tell them that you're gay and I'll bet they'll give you double the funding.
  2. Scrappy posted on 03/20/2014 08:17 AM
    Why would anyone be shocked, look at who our Premier is and what event gets the biggest funding.
  3. Frankie posted on 03/20/2014 10:19 AM
    The patrons of the jazz festival are not the "middle class", that's why there's no more funding
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