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  • February 06, 2013

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph Receives $13,400

February 6, 2013

Guelph, ON – MPP Liz Sandals is pleased to announce that the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph has received an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant of $13,400 to purchase a new stage. The staging will be housed atSt. George’sChurch, where other performance groups will also be able to use the new stage.

The concept was the idea of Festival Coordinator, Heather Fleming who wrote the successful grant proposal, but it was the tireless efforts ofSt. George’sFacilities Manager, Mike Blythe that brought this idea to life.  St. George’s Director of Music, Gerald Manning and parishioner, Peter Anderson, both Kiwanians along with St. George’s Rector, Ralph Blackman worked with Mr. Blythe to research the ideal staging and determined that Staging Canadell Inc. inSaskatchewanwas the right company to build it.  Local architect, David McAuley, donated his expert assistance in planning the design that would become the new dais inSt. George’s sanctuary.  

The new platform allows for much improved sight lines for audience members and was used for its first concert during one of Hillside Inside’s performances last weekend

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is an annual festival for students of all ages. Students fromGuelphand the surrounding areas have the opportunity to perform in competitive and/or non-competitive classes in performance venues throughout the city, where they are adjudicated by professional musicians who provide encouraging critique.

Deserving performers are eligible for scholarships and awards and can be selected to compete at the Ontario Music Festival. The Festival aims to encourage diversity by attracting as many participants as possible, and by making the Festival experience rewarding and inspiring for all.


“This Trillium Grant for a new stage will provide an improved performance venue for students who participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival and for otherGuelphcommunity groups.”

-- Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph

"The Kiwanis Music Festival is so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the generous donation which has allowed us to purchase custom-built semi-permanent staging which will enableSt. George’schurch and its incredible acoustics to be utilized as a regular performance venue by the Festival and all of our various local performance groups."  

Heather Fleming, Coordinator -- Kiwanis Music Festival ofGuelph


  • A leading grant maker inCanada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.


Learn more about the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph.  

Learn more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation.



For more information, please contact:

Julie Ellis

Office of Liz Sandals, MPP

(519) 836-4190

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