Feds give $62,600 to support arts and heritage at SOE Wine Festival

 

Federal cabinet minister Peter Van Loan was at Fort Malden National Historic Site last Thursday morning to announce $62,600 in federal funding for the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival. The money was given under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. The festival runs this Thursday through Sunday. From left: re-enactor Paige McDonald, Essex MP Jeff Watson, wine festival chairperson Karen Gyorgy, Van Loan and re-enactor Kaila Hawksworth.

Federal cabinet minister Peter Van Loan was at Fort Malden National Historic Site last Thursday morning to announce $62,600 in federal funding for the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival. The money was given under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. The festival runs this Thursday through Sunday. From left: re-enactor Paige McDonald, Essex MP Jeff Watson, wine festival chairperson Karen Gyorgy, Van Loan and re-enactor Kaila Hawksworth.

By Ron Giofu

 

This weekend’s Shores of Erie International Wine Festival got a significant financial boost from the federal government to help promote its entertainment lineup.

The Government of Canada has providing $62,600 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the tenth edition of the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival, it was announced last Thursday morning at Fort Malden National Historic Site.

Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament (York–Simcoe), made the announcement today, joined by Essex MP Jeff Watson.

Van Loan said the wine festival has grown over the last decade and is a major event in southwestern Ontario with the funding being provided to help promote heritage and tourism in the area.

“Our focus is on the economy, jobs and growth,” said Van Loan. “We view it as important to promote the local economy.”

Mayor Wayne Hurst said he was excited by the news and said the funding was an example of what happens when people collaborate.

“It illuminates with clarity what transpires when you have people who work together for the common good,” he said.

In a press release, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover stated: “Our Government is proud to support organizations that provide opportunities to local artists. I congratulate the organizers of this festival for bringing rich cultural experiences to the community and for contributing to the economic vitality of the region.”

Karen Gyorgy, chair of the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival organizing committee, recalled there being two or three people at the first ever press conference to announce the founding of the wine festival.

“It is with great, great pride that, here we are, celebrating our tenth anniversary,” said Gyorgy.

Gyorgy said they have evolved into “a premier festival” with the help of the committee, the volunteers, Fort Malden National Historic Site, the town and upper levels of government.

“To be able to present the talent and beauty that surrounds us in our community is truly a highlight of our festival and to be able to bring it to the level we have this year, on our tenth anniversary, is very hard to put into words,” she said. “The Shores of Erie International Wine Festival is appreciative of the support provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Our festival is an opportunity for citizens to proudly volunteer for their community, and the funding received helps us engage local artists.”

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