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Supporting Peterborough Area Unique Festivals and Events

Ontario Helping to Boost Local Tourism and Creates Jobs


March 17, 2014


Ontario is supporting festivals and events in the Peterborough area that will draw tourists, create jobs and grow the local economy. 


Through the Celebrate Ontario 2014 program, the province is helping 5 local festivals and events in the Peterborough area that celebrate the region’s diversity, heritage and culture, while enhancing the visitor experience and increasing attendance.

Local festivals and events receiving support include:


  • Dinosaur War 2014 - Indian Reptile Zoo - $25,500.00 in funding
  • Erring On The Mount - Public Energy - $34,000.00 in funding
  • Everyday is a Special Event - Lang Pioneer Village - $53,550.00 in funding
  • Musicfest - Peterborough Little Lake Musicfest Inc. - $23,375.00 in funding
  • 2014 Summer Season – 4th Line Theatre - $63,750


Helping local festivals and events grow and thrive is part of the government’s economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario’s greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.



“Our government is proud to support Peterborough and surrounding area festivals and events because we recognize their positive impact on tourism and our local economy. Celebrate Ontario helps us put a spotlight on the rich culture and traditions that our region has to offer for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

— The Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP


“Tourism is a billion dollar industry that supports over 300,000 jobs for Ontarians across the province – many of them youth. Through Celebrate Ontario, our government is attracting tourism into our regions that strengthen our local economies and build out provincial profile as a premier destination that offers exciting experiences for visitors and residents alike.”

¾     Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


" Three Cheers for Celebrate Ontario....without their support funding along with local business sponsors our specialty zoo and sanctuary could never have launched and grown our exciting Dinosaur Fund Raising Event. Our attendance has increased four fold and we are now a major summer attraction in the Peterborough / KAWARTHA ,Northumberland market. Clearly a small amount of capital goes a long way when directed at unique community events."

-       Bry Loyst. Curator , Indian River Reptile Zoo 


“The County of Peterborough wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the Province for the recently announced Celebrate Ontario funding. We often refer to Lang Pioneer Village Museum as the jewel in the crown of the Kawartha region, and with this funding we will be able to offer more and new special events for both the residents and visitors that come to our area, stated Warden Jones."


“Public Energy is honoured to be recognized by the Celebrate Ontario program. The funding we receive will support the biggest multidisciplinary art festival in the city, with more than 50 Peterborough-area artists working in all forms, from visual art to performance and multi-media. Taking place at the Mount Community Centre, former home to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Erring On The Mount is a new kind of festival, drawing new visitors to the city interested both in the arts and in seeing how Peterborough is re-purposing heritage buildings in an imaginative way.”

-       Bill Kimball, Pubic Energy’s Artistic Producer

“On behalf of Peterborough Musicfest I want to thank the Province of Ontario for awarding the festival with a grant for $23,375 that will go towards the 2014 season.  The festival is going into its 28th season at Del Crary Park, and is one of Peterborough’s top tourist attractions.  The Celebrate Ontario grant will go a long way in helping secure great talent for the Fred Anderson stage this summer.” Tracey Randall, GM Peterborough Musicfest

"4th Line Theatre is thrilled to once again receive support from the Celebrate Ontario program for our summer season.  Over the past six years, we have been fortunate enough to receive this invaluable contribution from the Province of Ontario, to deepen the artistic experience at our theatre in Millbrook.  As the largest professional arts organization in the Peterborough area, 4th Line Theatre is committed to employing the best Canadian artists and involving the maximum number of community members in the telling of important regional stories.  The 2014 summer season promises to be the theatre's most exciting and innovative in our 23 season history; in great part because of the cornerstone support of the Celebrate Ontario program." Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Producer 



  • In 2014, the Ontario government will provide $200,175 to support Celebrate Ontario festivals and events in the Peterborough area
  • In 2011, there were 5.6 million visits in Region 8 and these visitors spent $500 million dollars.
  • In 2012, tourism contributed more than $23 billion to the economy and supported over 300,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ontario.




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