Cultivate Community Non-Profit Services
Founded in 2015 and incorporated in 2019, Cultivate Community Non-Profit Services (CCNPS) exists to help residents of Port Hope and Northumberland County culturally connect with their community. Cultivate 2021 will mark the first presentation of the Festival by Cultivate Community Non-Profit Services (CCNPS), after previously being incubated by the Local Food for Local Good charity under whose auspices the Festival began in 2015. The organization presents a three-day Cultivate Festival on the third weekend of September and are also planning a 10-week free summer series called “Road to Cultivate” which will culminate with the Festival. After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the 6th annual Cultivate Festival 2021 will return and continue to develop the caliber and diversity of its musical programming as well as its geographic audience reach. The Festival is in a strong financial position, having achieved a surplus of over $12,000 in 2019, $7,500 of which is being reinvested back into the 2021 festival as seed funding with rest being held as a prudent reserve. CCNPS’ current board members have all been with the Festival from its beginning, and have experience programming, marketing and producing successful Cultivate events. Most act on a volunteer basis although the Chair receives payment as Artistic Director. The organization is incorporated not for profit and is not yet charitable. The Festival has been supported in the past through Celebrate Ontario.
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Cultivate Festival 2021
This application is for “Cultivate Festival 2021”, a local food-centered arts Festival taking place September 24 to 26, 2021 at Memorial Park in Port Hope. The Festival, described as a “farm-to-festival with a live soundtrack” will be preceded by a 10-week free summer series called “Road to Cultivate”. Originally started as a celebration of local food, Cultivate continues to include a strong culinary component even though they have evolved into primarily a music festival. Hands-on workshops and seminars with top chefs and cookbook authors offer multi-disciplinary arts experiences, as do craft workshops with local artisans that take place between the headlining music performances. Organizers are programming Cultivate 2021 in consultation with stakeholders from marginalized communities to ensure that the experience is as culturally inclusive and unique as possible while their all-Canadian programming carries on the tradition established by the All-Canadian Jazz Festival which graced Port Hope for over two decades. Programming includes: 1. Approximately 20-25 musical artists and ensembles in total will be presented over the three days of the festival: (i) three Canadian national-level headliners; (ii) 12-15 regional/provincial level acts; and (iii) five local/municipal artists: proposed mainstage headliners for 2021 include Souljazz Orchestra (Ottawa ON), The Soul Motivators (Toronto ON), Rakkatak (Toronto ON), Kobo Town (Toronto/Trinidad). The Good Lovelies (Northumberland ON), Mimi O’Bonsawin (Alderville First Nation, ON), Julian Taylor (Toronto ON), Nomadic Massive (Montreal QC), Five Alarm Funk (Vancouver BC), The JerryCans (Iqaluit, NU) and William Prince (Winnipeg, MB), as well as noted childrens’ performers Chris McKhool & Fiddlefire and Fred Penner. The line-up will be finalized in June, 2021; 2. “Cultivate Academy”: a workshop program on the Thursday and Friday mornings before the Festival, at Port Hope Collegiate Institute and Trinity College. These music and culture workshops will connect younger audiences in Port Hope to culturally diverse music and arts, and will also assist in developing a pool of volunteers. Examples include a yearly collaborative mural, puppet making, nature crafts, screen printing, cooking demonstrations, and “Short Order Poetry” which pairs local poets with attendees; 3. “Road to Cultivate”: a 10-week series of free concerts on Thursday nights in Memorial Park that will precede the Festival in the summer from July through September. Programming for this series will begin in the spring (CCNPS is taking over this series from another presenter who is retiring after 30 years). Proposed performers include: Lydia Persaud, Northcote, Jenn Grant, Amanda Rheume, Cave Boy, The Beauts, Ahi, Leonard Sumner, Lee Harvey Osmand, and Alysha Brilla. Concerts will be approximately 90 minutes in lengths, and will be either free or low-cost. Venues include Haute Goat Farm, Westben Theatre and Headwaters Community Farm. These events could expand into “mini-festivals” with workshops, food vendors and other elements; 4. “Hibernate”, a four-concert winter monthly series planned to begin in November, taking place on Saturday evenings starting in November at the Capitol Arts Centre, a 90-year old heritage building adjacent to Memorial Park. The lineup for Hibernate includes Zaki Ibrahim, The Soul Motivators, Daniel Romano, and Digging Roots; and 5. a local food and beverage market.