UPDATE: Beaches jazz fest gets new grant

Province announces $75,000 is coming its way through the Ontario Music Fund

Beaches Jazz Fest fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

The province has announced the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival applied to the Ontario Music Fund and earlier this week was awarded a conditional grant of $75,000.

Event organizers learned earlier this month that they did not receive another grant from Celebrate Ontario, whcih they have won for several years in a row.

"We're grateful," says event executive director Lido Chilelli. "These funds will certainly go a long way in helping us produce this year's festival."

He says, though, that they're not at the finish line just yet.

The plan was to add new programming and extend the length of the festival this year, but only if they were to receive all the government funding they asked for. Organizers wanted the event to last three weekends instead of two.

Chilelli says they are still working out the details as they continue to discuss additional funding with the province and look for more corporate sponsors.

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  1. Don posted on 03/27/2014 04:31 AM
    I love music but 3 weekends is a bit much to block traffic/business with blockades all around. I do hope that they bring in some Bigger acts and organize and restructure better than they do. Consider the generation that usually attend to sit comfortable, and not be trampled by people trying to get a glimpse of acts.
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