Early this morning, May 1st, at the iconic Lee’s Palace, Ontario’s Honourable Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa and Ontario’s Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Chan announced the $45-million-dollar Ontario Music Fund. This fund has been developed to help Ontario’s music industry prosper both economically and artistically; Honourable Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan affirmed, “Music is an integral part of Ontario’s cultural landscape and an innovative economic driver, creating jobs and stimulating growth.” The announcement was made to a packed house filled with fellow industry professionals, musicians and music fans. The press conference welcomed performances by Courage My Love and Royal Wood, along with speeches by Music Canada President, Graham Henderson and Metalworks Founder and Triumph drummer, Gil Moore.
“On behalf of our 85 employees at Metalworks, I congratulate the Government of Ontario for its commitment to enhance the province’s vibrant music scene. Because of today’s announcement, not only will the music industry get a much-needed shot in the arm; but also, the 220 students currently enrolled at Metalworks Institute will be more likely to enjoy successful careers in the industry that I have been fortunate enough to call my own since my days performing with Triumph. Today is a landmark day for music in Ontario.” – Gil Moore