Time to vote for the Wallaceburg Council For The Arts


A Wallaceburg group is in the running for some cash, thanks to an online contest.

The Community Futures Development Corporation of Chatham-Kent has launched a Special Project Funding Competition, and three groups are vying for the top prize of $2,500.

One of the groups is the Wallaceburg and District Council For The Arts. The local group is hoping to earmark the funds for an adult concert series.

“The objective of this project is to book a three show adult series,” reads the description on the Community Futures website. “The group is looking to bring more diverse offering of performers and venues to the community.”

The proposed acts are:

– Michael Schattie, Canadian Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.

– Trent Severn – nationally recognized musical trio.

– The Mudmen – rock and roll with bagpipes.

“These performers are unique and talented Canadian performers,” the description reads. “With this adult series the group believes it would be able to make an impact and demonstrate what is possible when a community group works together.”

“The Wallaceburg and District Arts Council recognizes that a community’s cultural assets has a direct impact on the quality of life and the competitiveness of communities to attract people and investment. Cultural development plays a central role in attracting businesses, visitors and new residents. These types of offerings enhance the market appeal of an area and attract tourism dollars. The ongoing economic impact of the Adult Concert Series arises from two main components: direct and indirect expenditures by the theatre as well as expenditure by theatre patrons before, after and during performances.”

The Wallaceburg group has already announced an upcoming show with Emm Gryner coming up next month.

The Blenheim Youth Centre and there after school program, along with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Chatham-Kent Branch and their urgent crisis service kits, are the two others in the contest.

First place will receive $2,500 towards their cause, second place receives $1,500 and third place receives $1,000.

People can submit votes by Friday, September 25.

The winners will be announced at the Community Futures Development Corporation of Chatham-Kent’s AGM to be held September 29.


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