The Lakeshore Advance – Music to our ears. That is what Glen Baillie said when he was awarded $7,000 from the Creative County fund for the opening of the Rotary stage now being built.
The Creative County Fund (CCF) invests in new initiatives by providing financial assistance to local arts, culture and heritage projects. CCF funding is intended to enrich the cultural landscape of Lambton County by supporting new and innovative projects that build cultural capacity, strengthen the creative community and enrich the quality of life of all residents.
Baillie said the Creative County Grant award has given the Rotary Stage Committee a terrific foundation to build on for the Grand Opening weekend.
“The event, June 11th and 12th includes performances by the best and brightest musicians from Lambton County, and the surrounding area. While the lineup is not yet available for publication, we intend to make this the biggest event possible as the Rotary Club presents the stage to the municipality of Lambton Shores.”
Baillie said the music is scheduled to begin both Saturday and Sunday afternoon and continue until dark. The musical themes will highlight the past with a tribute to the Lakeview Casino and highlight the future with a full slate of current and future musical stars.
“The weekend will feature a handover of the stage to Lambton Shores and a thank you acknowledgement to our donors who made this entire project possible. It will also serve as a showcase of what a great community we have here, as it will be an event created by the generosity of local donors, facilitated by local service clubs and volunteers, and fulfilled by the many talented performers who have roots in the area. This is going to be a can’t miss event, and we look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Lambton County Council recognizes that culture is a valued and fundamental aspect of everyday life that contributes to the vibrancy of the County experience. The objectives of the program are to promote innovation and support new, dynamic efforts in the cultural community; develop cultural resources to enhance the health and vitality of our communities, and quality of life for residents; make arts, culture and heritage experiences central to the lives of citizens; increase public awareness and access to the arts, culture and heritage; celebrate diversity and respect through our rich creative community; promote culture as a key component of economic growth and quality of life; foster creativity by encouraging collaborative partnerships and entrepreneurship, and build awareness of Lambton County’s vast array of cultural assets and the programs that explore these. And this committee felt the Rotary stage project fit these objectives.
Baillie says the priorities of the funds is to, “Enhance Lambton County’s attractiveness and quality of life, making this a ‘Community of Choice’; support the development of new audiences; nurture creativity and imagination through arts, culture and heritage projects, and to increase public access to the creative community.”