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Beaches Jazz Fest gets grant after all (so lay off Drake)

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 27, 2014

Beaches Jazz FestivalIt looks like Drake will be welcome to stroll through the Beaches Jazz Fest this summer. The provincial government has found a $75,000 stash from the Ontario Music Fund to give to the free outdoor summer fest, hitting a note that brings to mind that proverb about squeaky wheels (sad trombones?) -- public outcry over the fest not receiving their usual grant from Celebrate Ontario, fueled in part by the knowledge that Drake's OVO was getting $300k, was loud and immediate. Who says Toronto doesn't care about the arts?

Twenty per cent of the fest's funding comes from the provincial government each year from this grant alone, so the situation was dire for promoters, who were not given a reason why their initial request was refused. The fest will run from July 18 - 27 this summer, marking its 25th year bringing big band, swing, Dixieland, smooth, post-bop, Afro-Cuban, fusion, funk, R&B, and soul to the east end.

Photo by Scott Snider



Don / March 27, 2014 at 10:10 am
This is exactly where the funding should come from. The city can only fund events to a certain point, then the cash has to come from a different pocket.
Anonymous / March 27, 2014 at 10:15 am
gordbrown / March 27, 2014 at 10:38 am
As I sit here wearing my 25th Jazz Festival T-shirt from last year's festival, it behoove me to point out that this will be year 26.
emily / March 27, 2014 at 11:12 am
why the random hate on drake? is this a class thing?
Johnny Tronno / March 27, 2014 at 02:16 pm
Nice try 'Aubrey'
CaligulaJones replying to a comment from emily / March 27, 2014 at 02:17 pm
Not random. Also, not hate. Misdirected anger, perhaps, when a for-profit festival gets money and a not-for-profit one doesn't is the reason.

Are you actually paying attention?
Mark / March 27, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Let's see, one event was charging anywhere from 50-750 per ticket and one is free. One would make a profit regardless of government funding and one would barely break even. So what one does the Liberal government throw money at? You guessed it, the one fronted by millionaires. That's your liberal government, in the pocket of big business (MLSE) and other millionaires.
ALL replying to a comment from CaligulaJones / March 29, 2014 at 03:25 am
I totally agree that its misdirected anger, but OVO is almost like a non profit, Drake said the festival generates very little money, and that he does to give back to the city. The bill for kanye west, Outkast, Eminem, Jay-z, just to name a few is not cheap, there not making tones of money.
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