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Ontario Government Investing in Arts and Culture in Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is Supporting Jobs and Maximizing the Impact of the Local Arts and Culture Sector

May 9, 2024

ETOBICOKE – The Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is making important investments in Etobicoke-Lakeshore to empower local artists and arts and culture organizations to thrive.

Today, Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, announced that Kaiso Street Collective and Ventanas will receive $10,000 and $7,500, respectively through the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

“Our government understands the important role that the arts play in fostering dynamic and thriving communities across Ontario,” said MPP Hogarth.

“This support will help Etobicoke-Lakeshore’s artists and arts organizations continue to have a positive impact on our economy, create good jobs and draw more visitors to our community.”

The Ontario Arts Council’s Music Recording Projects program grant is designed to maximize the positive impact of Ontario’s cultural sector in local communities throughout the province. It assists in the recording of music by Ontario-based musicians including composers, songwriters and beat producers. In
Etobicoke-Lakeshore, this funding will enable Kaiso Street Collective to record and release their debut album, “Music of The Mighty Bomber” in 2024, and Ventanas to record their fourth album of original material from December 2023 to November 2024.

“Ontario’s arts and culture organizations enrich our lives and boost economic activity,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

“I’m pleased that Kaiso Street Collective and Ventanas are being provided with the funding that they require to continue their great work in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, complementing the creative endeavours of other artists across the province.”

“The Kaiso Street Society is honoured to receive an OAC music recording project grant to record our collective’s debut, The Music of The Mighty Bomber,” said Jesse Ryan, founder and artistic director of the Kaiso Street Society.

We are delighted and grateful to be receiving funding towards our fourth album. Our music is a blend of flamenco, Sephardic and original tunes based on our multicultural and multifaceted backgrounds. We need more of this in Ontario and across the country as it brings people from different beliefs, cultures and backgrounds together through music,” said Tamar Ilana, Ventanas’ lead singer.


Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing more than $631,750 in the latest round of Music Recording Projects grants to artists/arts organizations. 81 artists/arts organizations are receiving funding.
  • The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. It provides grants to Ontario-based individual artists and arts professionals, ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations, supporting a range of arts activities and disciplines.
  • The OAC invested $57.1 million in 224 communities across Ontario in 2022-23. 2,344 grants were provided to individual artists and 1,042 grants to arts organizations.


Saurabh Kapoor
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore
195 Norseman St. Unit 21, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 0E9