It’s a sign that festival season is on the horizon. The recipients of this year’s Celebrate Ontario grant have been revealed and Muskoka got its share. Close to $900-thousand has been awarded to 12 events, half of which are in Huntsville. The biggest chunk went to a brand new festival coming in September, Muskoka Sound Music Festival. Celebrate Ontario is a provincial grant that allows communities to develop new and existing festivals.

Muskoka’s recipients:


  • Huntsville Festival/Nuit Blanche North – $63,750
  • Huntsville Half Marathon: Band on the Run – $62,560
  • Lifestyle Getaway: Hammer It. Taste It.  Dig It! – $51,000
  • Muskoka Sound Music Festival – $300,000
  • Huntsville Girlfriends’ Getaway Weekend – $93,500
  • Huntsville’s Winter Comedy Carnival – $63,750

Muskoka Lakes:

  • Muskoka Chautauqua Revival – $75,000
  • Bala Cranberry Festival 30th Anniversary – $31,875


  • Antique and Classic Boat Show – $23,013
  • Dockside Festival of the Arts – $8,925
  • The 21st Annual Gravenhurst Car Show – $9,350


Art in the Heart – $13,642


Destination Rosseau – $75,000

To see the full list of this year’s recipients go to the Grant Ontario website.