NDP MLAs Conroy and Anderson say funding will support tourism and community events, including Kaslo Jazz Fest

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KASLO – New Democrat MLAs Katrine Conroy and Brittny Anderson say that funding will help ensure local fairs, festivals and events can provide fun and excitement for residents and visitors alike.

“We are lucky to have a huge range of events every summer that make the Kootenays an exciting place for both residents and visitors to be,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “By supporting festivals like Kaslo Jazz Fest, we’re helping people to create lasting memories, creating jobs while also helping our tourism sector to thrive.”

In the Kootenays, dozens of events are receiving funding, including:

  • Between the Peaks Music Festival, Rossland – $19,700
  • Hop to Vine Hustle, Creston – $2,000
  • Kaslo Jazz Fest – $87,900
  • Nelson International Mural Festival – $17,300
  • Singletrack 6 mountain bike race, with stages in Castlegar, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp – $22,300
  • Starbelly Jam Music Festival, Crawford Bay – $18,700
  • Tiny Lights Festival, Ymir – $15,300
  • The STOODIS Indigenous Film Festival, Nelson – $4,700

Find a full list of events funded at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/tourism-immigration/tourism-resources/tourism-funding-programs/fairs-festivals-events-fund#recipients

“I’m thrilled that our government is supporting local events that will bring so many people together, and showcase what makes our communities great,” said Katrine Conroy, MLA for Kootenay West. “I’m looking forward to seeing folks at some of these events this year.”


Across B.C., $15 million in funding will support 1114 fairs, festivals, and events in 2024 and 2025.

Since 2021, the BC New Democrat government has provided $80 million through the Fairs, Festivals, and Events Fund, helping event organizers to overcome ongoing challenges and ensure fun experiences are available for residents and visitors around the province.