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WATCH: Jazz Fest needs news on government funding
Might have to scale things back by the end of the month
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The clock is ticking for the Beaches Jazz Fest as you know it.

If the organizers don't hear back from the province by the end of the week on its decision to give it funding, you'll see a scaled back event this year - closing down three of the four main stages.

The province decided not to give it a $125,000 grant it had asked for this year. In years past, it's received $75,000.

Local NDP MPP Michael Prue calls it shocking and appalling that an event set up by hip hop artist Drake can get $300,000 government funding but a free local Jazz Fest is having problems.

That music festival has some tickets going for $300.

The province has said it would meet with organizers to find ways to get it funding.

The government is also considering giving $10 million to multi-billion dollar corporation MLSE for the BMO field expansion.

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The clock is ticking for the Beaches Jazz Fest as you know it.

If the organizers don't hear back from the province by the end of the week on its decision to give it funding, you'll see a scaled back event this year - closing down three of the four main stages.

The province decided not to give it a $125,000 grant it had asked for this year. In years past, it's received $75,000.

Local NDP MPP Michael Prue calls it shocking and appalling that an event set up by hip hop artist Drake can get $300,000 government funding but a free local Jazz Fest is having problems.

That music festival has some tickets going for $300.

The province has said it would meet with organizers to find ways to get it funding.

The government is also considering giving $10 million to multi-billion dollar corporation MLSE for the BMO field expansion.

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