The Ottawa Jazz Festival was awarded $350,000 by the Ontario government on April 4, as part of the 2013 Celebrate Ontario program.The program is designed to support tourism, by giving tourists more to see and do at Ontario festivals and events.
Ottawa Chamberfest, Bluesfest, and the Ottawa Folk Festival were also each awarded $350,000, as was the Toronto Jazz Festival. Music and Beyond, the other Ottawa chamber music festival, received $75,000. The Ottawa International Children's Festival, which is run out of the same office as the Ottawa Jazz Festival and by some of the same staff, was awarded $74,000.
Across the province, the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto received $75,000 for its 25th anniversary. The Guelph Jazz festival received $75,000; the Markham Jazz Festival was awarded $40,000. Jazz On The Mountain At Blue (at Blue Mountain, between Owen Sound and Barrie) got $75,000.
The Ottawa Jazz Festival's grant was unchanged from 2012 (as were those for Chamberfest, Bluesfest, Music and Beyond, and the Folk Festival). The Ottawa Tulip Festival received substantially less: $200,000 in 2013, compared to $350,000 in 2012.
Jazz festivals in Brantford, Sudbury, Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, and Waterloo which were funded in 2012 received nothing in 2013.
– Alayne McGregor