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$76,400 OTF Grant Again Sustains Collingwood Music Festival

COLLINGWOOD, ON (July 5, 2023): On Tuesday, as Collingwood Music Festival’s brand-new flag was raised Yvonne Hamlin, Mayor of Collingwood, proclaimed July 8th-15th as Summer Festival Week!     

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson participated in the flag raising ceremony to officially congratulate the festival for the work it has done with a six-month, $76,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant awarded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) earlier this year.

The grant program was established in 2020 to help non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impact of COVID-19. 

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson

“Since its inception in 2019, the Collingwood Music Festival has brought internationally acclaimed musicians and performers to Collingwood from across Canada and the world. We are so fortunate to have the incredibly talented Artistic Director and concert pianist, Daniel Vnukowski, leading a dedicated team of volunteers to bring the Festival to life each summer,” said Brian Saunderson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey. “I am proud that the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund have provided significant grants to the Festival in recognition of this world class event. Congratulations to Daniel and his Team for all their hard work, I know the 2023 Festival will be the best yet.” 

Funds from the six-month Resilient Communities Fund grant are being used by the Festival to develop outdoor venues that ensure safety and accessibility, while hiring new staff to improve communications and overall customer experience. 

“We are deeply grateful for the Resilient Communities Fund program of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which enables us to continue our mission of bringing world-class performers to South Georgian Bay in 2023,” stated Daniel Vnukowski, Artistic Director of the Collingwood Music Festival.  “The funds allow us to significantly expand our vision and audience reach with an exciting new waterfront venue, enhanced digital marketing efforts, more family-friendly/youth-oriented events and over 150 artists gracing our stages this summer” he added.

Daniel Vnukowski, Artistic Director of the Collingwood Music Festival

The 2023 Collingwood Music Festival runs Saturday July 8th through Saturday July 15th, with a stellar line-up including the National Academy Orchestra with Special Guest Jeremy Dutcher, Toronto Mass Choir, Beny Esguerra & New Tradition Music, Dévah Quartet, collectif19, The Gryphon Trio with James Campbell, Mad About the Boys with Adi Braun, and, a Classical & Jazz Jam featuring Daniel Vnukowski and Peter Stoll.  

For the first time, the opening night Inaugural Concert will be presented at Millennium Outlook Park. The venue for all other concerts (with the exception of Youth Day on July 5th at Duntroon Highlands Golf) is First Presbyterian Church at 200 Maple Street, in the heart of downtown Collingwood. It is wheelchair-friendly, offering easy access for patrons with special mobility needs. 

Festival passes or single concert tickets may be ordered at:
or phone the Box Office at (705) 416-1317

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit to learn more.