Tourism events pop up in Eastern Ontario

Tourism plans are underway in Eastern Ontario after many events were canceled during the pandemic years.

The Ontario Small Venues Festival will bring intimate music concerts to small communities across Eastern Ontario in May in an effort to attract long-awaited tourism throughout the region.

Big names like Ashley MacIsaac, Chris Murphy and Great Lake Swimmers will headline the “eclectic” festival, which showcases Canadian artists in small, unique venues and brings local music to more rural areas “with non -musical conformists, stalwart veterans and some notable newcomers”. said Anna Wood, the festival’s general manager, in a press release.

Of the festival’s 17 concerts, eight will take place in Leeds and Grenville, with the others spread across Renfrew, Lanark, Ottawa and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Perth Tourism has also announced the return of its Perth Night Market, a free event that will take to the streets of Perth city center on May 28. According to organisers, the event offers the chance to explore the unique offerings housed in Perth’s beautiful heritage buildings. Downtown and surrounding businesses will be open late and street closures will allow for physical distancing.

In an effort to support tourism in the future, the Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office is undertaking its first Tourism Destination Strategy and Action Plan. As the county seeks to recover from the pandemic, it will work with Twenty31 and Alphabet Creative to conduct public inquiries and stakeholder consultations with a completion date of late June.

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