Waterdown ArtsFest in need of sponsors to hold second annual event

News Mar 13, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The organizer of Waterdown’s ArtsFest says the festival has raised 85 per cent of its budget for 2017, but still needs $15,000 to ensure the event will be held again this August.

Geoff Kulawick, co-owner of Waterdown’s True North Records, said more sponsors are required before plans are finalized for the  second instalment of the weekend-long festival.

“We need to have this done by the end of March,” he said of the outstanding amount. “If we don’t have the funding in place by the end of March then we’ll be hard-pressed to go forward.

“But we’re pretty confident that there’s other businesses out there in the Waterdown and Flamborough community that would like to see the festival go ahead.”

The event is produced by Historic Waterdown Arts and Events — a registered nonprofit — and all of the festival’s budget goes toward the hard costs of talent, staging, permits, supplies and advertising.

Kulawick noted the second annual ArtsFest would take place Aug. 19 and 20 and would include the same sort of artists as the inaugural ArtsFest.

“I’m in discussions with artists — I’ve got a lot of commitments to play the festival, but we haven’t contracted them, given we can’t make a financial commitment,” he said, noting he’s not at liberty to release the names of potential artists. “We have artists holding their dates for us and assuming we get all the financing in place, then we’ll lock it down.”

Last year’s festival included performances by Jimmy Rankin, Ashley MacIsaac, Fred Penner, guitarist Pavlo and Dan Hill. As well, it included fine art exhibits, artisan vendors and various art activities.

“We’ll still be programming and targeting artists of substance that have appeal to a more sophisticated demographic of adults and families with young children,” he said. “There will be children’s music entertainers, but also folk, jazz, world, classical, singer-songwriters.

“A lot of familiar names.”

Kulawick noted True North Records — which will be presented with a community service award from the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce at the upcoming Outstanding Business Awards gala for ArtsFest — has pledged $20,000 in sponsorship toward the event, adding financial commitments have been secured from a number of businesses.

“I don’t want to reveal any names, but we will be making a big splash when we do announce the performers and the sponsors involved,” he said. “Those are the sponsors that are going to see their company names and brands be clearly marked as supporters of the local community.”

While he wouldn’t reveal the amount, Kulawick added the Waterdown BIA has pledged a higher level of support for the festival than last year. Kulawick appeared at the group’s annual general meeting in November asking for a greater financial commitment than the $2,500 it contributed to the first festival.

In addition, ArtsFest has received grants from Celebrate Ontario and the Ontario Music Fund, as well as a federal grant.

“It’s great news that these government funding agencies have recognized the quality of the festival and the potential for it,” Kulawick said. “The public support is there, we just need a few more generous businesses to come forward and support the festival, alongside True North Records.”

For more information, or to sponsor the event, contact Kulawick at geoff@waterdownarts.org or 905-690-9397 ext. 230.

Waterdown ArtsFest in need of sponsors to hold second annual event

Festival has raised 85 per cent of budget, but still needs $15,000 by the end of March

News Mar 13, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The organizer of Waterdown’s ArtsFest says the festival has raised 85 per cent of its budget for 2017, but still needs $15,000 to ensure the event will be held again this August.

Geoff Kulawick, co-owner of Waterdown’s True North Records, said more sponsors are required before plans are finalized for the  second instalment of the weekend-long festival.

“We need to have this done by the end of March,” he said of the outstanding amount. “If we don’t have the funding in place by the end of March then we’ll be hard-pressed to go forward.

“But we’re pretty confident that there’s other businesses out there in the Waterdown and Flamborough community that would like to see the festival go ahead.”

The event is produced by Historic Waterdown Arts and Events — a registered nonprofit — and all of the festival’s budget goes toward the hard costs of talent, staging, permits, supplies and advertising.

Kulawick noted the second annual ArtsFest would take place Aug. 19 and 20 and would include the same sort of artists as the inaugural ArtsFest.

“I’m in discussions with artists — I’ve got a lot of commitments to play the festival, but we haven’t contracted them, given we can’t make a financial commitment,” he said, noting he’s not at liberty to release the names of potential artists. “We have artists holding their dates for us and assuming we get all the financing in place, then we’ll lock it down.”

Last year’s festival included performances by Jimmy Rankin, Ashley MacIsaac, Fred Penner, guitarist Pavlo and Dan Hill. As well, it included fine art exhibits, artisan vendors and various art activities.

“We’ll still be programming and targeting artists of substance that have appeal to a more sophisticated demographic of adults and families with young children,” he said. “There will be children’s music entertainers, but also folk, jazz, world, classical, singer-songwriters.

“A lot of familiar names.”

Kulawick noted True North Records — which will be presented with a community service award from the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce at the upcoming Outstanding Business Awards gala for ArtsFest — has pledged $20,000 in sponsorship toward the event, adding financial commitments have been secured from a number of businesses.

“I don’t want to reveal any names, but we will be making a big splash when we do announce the performers and the sponsors involved,” he said. “Those are the sponsors that are going to see their company names and brands be clearly marked as supporters of the local community.”

While he wouldn’t reveal the amount, Kulawick added the Waterdown BIA has pledged a higher level of support for the festival than last year. Kulawick appeared at the group’s annual general meeting in November asking for a greater financial commitment than the $2,500 it contributed to the first festival.

In addition, ArtsFest has received grants from Celebrate Ontario and the Ontario Music Fund, as well as a federal grant.

“It’s great news that these government funding agencies have recognized the quality of the festival and the potential for it,” Kulawick said. “The public support is there, we just need a few more generous businesses to come forward and support the festival, alongside True North Records.”

For more information, or to sponsor the event, contact Kulawick at geoff@waterdownarts.org or 905-690-9397 ext. 230.

Waterdown ArtsFest in need of sponsors to hold second annual event

Festival has raised 85 per cent of budget, but still needs $15,000 by the end of March

News Mar 13, 2017 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The organizer of Waterdown’s ArtsFest says the festival has raised 85 per cent of its budget for 2017, but still needs $15,000 to ensure the event will be held again this August.

Geoff Kulawick, co-owner of Waterdown’s True North Records, said more sponsors are required before plans are finalized for the  second instalment of the weekend-long festival.

“We need to have this done by the end of March,” he said of the outstanding amount. “If we don’t have the funding in place by the end of March then we’ll be hard-pressed to go forward.

“But we’re pretty confident that there’s other businesses out there in the Waterdown and Flamborough community that would like to see the festival go ahead.”

The event is produced by Historic Waterdown Arts and Events — a registered nonprofit — and all of the festival’s budget goes toward the hard costs of talent, staging, permits, supplies and advertising.

Kulawick noted the second annual ArtsFest would take place Aug. 19 and 20 and would include the same sort of artists as the inaugural ArtsFest.

“I’m in discussions with artists — I’ve got a lot of commitments to play the festival, but we haven’t contracted them, given we can’t make a financial commitment,” he said, noting he’s not at liberty to release the names of potential artists. “We have artists holding their dates for us and assuming we get all the financing in place, then we’ll lock it down.”

Last year’s festival included performances by Jimmy Rankin, Ashley MacIsaac, Fred Penner, guitarist Pavlo and Dan Hill. As well, it included fine art exhibits, artisan vendors and various art activities.

“We’ll still be programming and targeting artists of substance that have appeal to a more sophisticated demographic of adults and families with young children,” he said. “There will be children’s music entertainers, but also folk, jazz, world, classical, singer-songwriters.

“A lot of familiar names.”

Kulawick noted True North Records — which will be presented with a community service award from the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce at the upcoming Outstanding Business Awards gala for ArtsFest — has pledged $20,000 in sponsorship toward the event, adding financial commitments have been secured from a number of businesses.

“I don’t want to reveal any names, but we will be making a big splash when we do announce the performers and the sponsors involved,” he said. “Those are the sponsors that are going to see their company names and brands be clearly marked as supporters of the local community.”

While he wouldn’t reveal the amount, Kulawick added the Waterdown BIA has pledged a higher level of support for the festival than last year. Kulawick appeared at the group’s annual general meeting in November asking for a greater financial commitment than the $2,500 it contributed to the first festival.

In addition, ArtsFest has received grants from Celebrate Ontario and the Ontario Music Fund, as well as a federal grant.

“It’s great news that these government funding agencies have recognized the quality of the festival and the potential for it,” Kulawick said. “The public support is there, we just need a few more generous businesses to come forward and support the festival, alongside True North Records.”

For more information, or to sponsor the event, contact Kulawick at geoff@waterdownarts.org or 905-690-9397 ext. 230.