The Ottawa Jazz Festival won't be getting Marquee Tourism Event funding in 2010.
On Friday, the federal government released its list of events to be funded under the program. The official list shows that the Ottawa Bluesfest got $1,987,500 (up from $1.5M in 2009). The Montreal jazz festival got $3M (same as 2009), and smaller amounts went to the jazz festivals in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Port Credit.
However, the Ottawa jazz festival wasn't on the list. The Ottawa Chamberfest, and the Toronto jazz festival were also cut off.
In 2009, the Ottawa jazz festival received $338,000, which was used to sponsor an extra free evening of concerts before the official start of the festival.
– Alayne McGregor