Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Supports 23 Events and Exhibits this Spring and Summer

Ontario is providing over $1.6 million to 23 arts and culture organizations this spring and summer, helping them to market and promote their unique events and exhibits and bring visitors to communities across the province.


Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Spring and Summer Recipients



Municipality Organization Project Grant Amount Project Description Event launch date    Event   end      date
London, Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto Ontario Library Association (OLA)  


OLA’s Festival of Trees 2016



$67,500 The Forest of Reading Festival of Trees Program is a unique readers’ choice awards program, for children from Kindergarten to Grade 12 from across Ontario, in which the winners are selected by young readers. In 2016 OLA will partner with the International Festival of Authors to expand to new communities and enhance existing events. Building on the success of their OCAF-funded expansions in 2012 and 2014, in 2016 OLA will add: (1) two new Festivals in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins; (2) a new and enhanced Festival in London in a new location to accommodate growing demand; (3) a third day of the French component of the Toronto Festival; and (4) the expansion of the Festival’s activities into more remote First Nations communities. March 1, 2016 May 27, 2016
Province-wide Ontario Heritage Trust Doors Open 2016 $175,000 To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of universal health insurance in Ontario, the theme for Doors Open 2016 will be “Medical Science and Innovation”. Attendees will be able to learn about the history and impact of medical science by exploring medical sites and medical heritage throughout the province. April 1, 2016 October 31, 2016
Sudbury Science North Wild Weather! $200,000 The exhibit “Wild Weather” and the ancillary activities will explore the science behind the unprecedented climate events occurring around the globe. The 6,000 square foot exhibit will explore meteorological phenomenon through interactive science activities, video, computer interactives and multimedia experiences. OCAF is supporting Science North’s comprehensive and extensive marketing strategy in order to attract new visitors and tourists. April 1, 2016 September 30, 2016
Stratford Stratford Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare 400 $250,000 The Stratford Festival will celebrate this milestone with an enhanced line-up including one new incremental production, expanded seating for another production, and complementary ancillary activities from April 1 to November 1, 2016. Enhancements include: the North American premiere of “Shakespeare in Love” in partnership with Disney Theatricals, the world premiere of “The Breath of Kings”, and several other ancillary activities that will complement the programming. April 11, 2016 October 1, 2016
Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation (The) Appealing to Younger Audiences: “Alice in Wonderland” and ‘Sweeney Todd” $150,000 This adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was written for its 150th anniversary year by Peter Hinton. Hinton is known for refreshing classic pieces for new and younger audiences. The cast will feature over 20 actors from The Shaw’s ensemble, as well as a full orchestra of musicians, and feature over 150 costumes. Sweeney Todd is the last production that Jackie Maxwell will direct as Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival. The Tony award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler promises to be popular across many demographics. April 27, 2016 October 16, 2016
Midland Friends of the Wye Marsh The Canoe: A Canadian Cultural Icon $15,000 The exhibit will explore the importance of the canoe to Canada, and a sense of the diversity of craft and their relationship to various cultures and environments. It will include four canoes, artifacts, interactive displays and a video component. May 1, 2016 December 31, 2016
Province-wide Ontario Culture Days Ontario Culture Days 2016 $55,000 Culture Days was conceived in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society. Individual artists, cultural groups, organizations, municipalities and festivals offer free participatory and interactive arts and cultural activities during the Culture Days weekend each year.

The seventh edition in 2016 will include the inaugural Youth Ambassador Program, an initiative that will see the organization commissioning, incubating and producing new community arts creations for the first time. As there are very few communities that have yet to host Culture Days events, in 2016 organizers aim to intensify the scope and density of Culture Days activities across the province by up to 15%. This represents an increase from 54 hubs (communities with five or more interconnected activities in 2015), to up to 82 hubs in 2016.

May 1, 2016 October 15, 2016
Toronto Tangled Art + Disability Tangled Ontario $30,000 Incorporated in 2003, Tangled Art + Disability is a registered charitable organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities to contribute to the cultural fabric of our society. Tangled Art + Disability has produced nine annual festivals, employing hundreds of artists with disabilities and welcoming audiences in the tens of thousands.

“Tangled Ontario” consists of two significant expansions for the organization — the launch of a new gallery space in Toronto and a province-wide tour.

May 1, 2016 October 30, 2016
Toronto Pride Toronto Toronto Pride Month $135,000 Four new events have been confirmed to be added in 2016: (1) in partnership with the Luminato Festival, “Rufus Does Judy” will be performed at the Hearn Generating station in Toronto; (2) “Rise and Shine: Cast of Queer as Folk” will be an evening of storytelling; (3) the signature stage event in 2016 will feature samba and reggae star Daniela Mercury on July 1 (projected attendance: 75,000); and (4) “Rick Mercer and Friends” at the Ryerson Quad. Additional new programming is in development with a number of new partners. June 1, 2016 July 3, 2016
Perth Classic Theatre Festival (Burning Passions Theatre) 25th Anniversary Season $25,000 As part of Perth’s 200th Anniversary, the Town of Perth will be adding a third main stage production and two newly commissioned theatrical walking tours. June 7, 2016 September 11, 2016
Toronto Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity Celebrating 10 Years: Luminato Festival Spectacles & Special Presentations $100,000 The 2016 Festival will include three special production elements: (1) “The James Plays”, (2)” Letter to a Man”; and (3) The Festival Hub – Union Station. All 2016 Luminato programming will take place at the Union Station Plaza and the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto’s Port Lands. June 10, 2016 June 26, 2016
Toronto Royal Ontario Museum Chihuly Exhibition $100,000 The ROM will present an exhibition of the famed American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. The exhibition will include nine installations/environments constructed from over 1,000 individual pieces, some of which have not been displayed publicly in many years, or at all. Several events will take place leading up to the exhibition including a media preview, a patron preview, a sponsor event, members preview, a Chihuly themed “Friday Night Live” party and possibly Chihuly themed lectures and panel conversations. June 25, 2016 January 2, 2017
Millbrook 4th Line Theatre 25th Anniversary Season $35,000 For their 25th anniversary organizers have planned a significant expansion to their regular programming; several unique events to celebrate their community of supporters, partners and volunteers; and an inaugural touring program. July 2, 2016 December 20, 2016
Ottawa Music and Beyond Music and Beyond 2016 Enhancements: Christopher Plummer and Music & Circus $40,000 Music and Beyond is an 11-day classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival held in Ottawa at multiple venues. OCAF funding is supporting two new enhancements:
1.  “Shakespeare & Music”, created by Christopher Plummer and artistic director Julian Armour, this event will feature songs and sonnets paired with music inspired by the classic texts. The musical will be performed by the Music and Beyond Orchestra which will include principal players from five of Canada’s top orchestras.
2.  “Music and Circus” will open with three days of performance by Montreal’s Cirque Fantastique with a brand new production created for the festival. This will be followed by 11 days of performance by China’s Hebei Acrobatic Troupe. Both will be accompanied by the Music and Beyond Orchestra.
July 4, 2016 July 17, 2016
Perth Corporation of the Town of Perth Stewart Park Festival: A Night to Remember – Celebrating 200 Years $15,000 In 2016 organizers will be adding a fourth night on Thursday July 14th. The new night, entitled “A Night to Remember – Celebrating 200 Years” will commemorate Perth’s anniversary with a historically themed show. July 14, 2016 July 17, 2016
Ottawa Ukrainian Canadian Congress Capital Ukrainian Festival $30,000 A four-day celebration of Ukrainian art, culture, heritage, and cuisine. Due to overwhelming interest in 2015 (the Festival’s inaugural year), organizers have added an additional day of programming to the 2016 Festival. The majority of the programming will be held at the St John the Baptist Ukrainian Shrine grounds on Green Valley Crescent. July 21, 2016 July 24, 2016
Thunder Bay Vedic Cultural Centre Festival of India 2016 $13,000 This year organizers have added several elements to the Festival while enhancing previously popular events. The growth of the Festival has necessitated the addition of a second day of programming. July 23, 2016 July 24, 2016
Southampton Southampton Arts Society The Inaugural Southampton Artwalk $5,000 Two pre-existing events, “Art on the Fence” (an annual fine arts show) and “Up Your Alley” (an outdoor artisan market), will be merged into the Artswalk. Other events will include the improv performances at the Bruce County Playhouse and interactive community collaborative painting at the Southampton Arts School. July 30, 2016 July 30, 2016
Orillia Huronia Cultural Campus Foundation Huronia Arts Festival $15,000 The Festival will showcase storytelling, contemporary and classical music, as well as visual and performance art. August 13, 2016 August 13, 2016
Toronto Ashkenaz Foundation Ashkenaz Festival 2016 / Camp Ashkenaz $40,000 The 2016 Festival will include programming that will celebrate the life and work of Sholem Aleichem, and will include a new 5-day “cultural camp” called Camp Ashkenaz. August 29, 2016 September 5, 2016
Toronto Manifesto Community Projects Inc. MNFSTO 10 Live! Series $50,000 For the 10th anniversary, festival organizers have planned their first major ticketed concert; are in the process of booking a high profile act for their annual free event “MNFSTO Live at the Square”; and are in negotiation with Nuit Blanche to form an official partnership. September 9, 2016 September 10, 2016
Barrie Talk is Free Theatre The Music Man $35,000 Organizers plan to incorporate audience members into the production of “The Music Man” as it moves from actual settings throughout the town such as the train station, City Hall, and the library. The cast will include 15 professional actors, and as many as 150 audience participants. Local businesses will be encouraged to decorate their shops as in the style of an early 20th century Iowa town. September 15, 2016 October 8, 2016
Toronto Small World Music Society in/Future


$50,000 A one-time, 11-day multidisciplinary arts festival to be held at various indoor and outdoor locations at Ontario Place’s 14-acre West Island in Toronto. The festival will include 12 hours of daily programming featuring over 50 artists and arts organizations. September 15, 2016 September 25, 2016
Total: $1,630,500
Kathleen Sharpe, Executive Director, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, 416-969-7421, ksharpe@arts.on.ca

Thomas Vaughan, Fund Officer, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, 416-969-7449, tvaughan@arts.on.ca


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