Mississauga festivals receive over $160K in provincial funding

A photo of volunteers from 2014’s MuslimFest in Mississauga

Five Mississauga festivals will each get a cut of the $19 million the province is doling out to more than 270 festivals and events happening across Ontario.

The Celebrate Ontario program provides grants to help the festivals enhance their programming and attract new audiences.

Here in Mississauga, the popular and long-running Carassauga Festival will receive $30,848 from the program. The three-day festival, now in its 30th year, opens on May 22 and features 28 pavilions hosting displays, presentations, entertainment, music, dancing, cuisine, games, fashion, art, theatre and film from various countries around the world.

The Halal Food Festival will receive $45,000. It runs May 30 and 31 at the International Centre in Malton.

MuslimFest will receive $40,055. It’s a celebration of the best in Muslim arts and entertainment and happens Aug. 1and 2 in Celebration Square.

The South Asian heritage festival Mosaic will receive $27,000. The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, happens Aug. 15 and16 in Celebration Square.

Port Credit Busker Fest, which runs Aug. 21 and23 at various locations in Port Credit and sees street performers wowing the crowds, will receive $24,246.

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Halal Food? Will the streets run with butchered lambs’ blood?

    • mobuyus

      Years ago in an affluent Ottawa neighbourhood a muslim kept a baby goat tethered in his yard. All the little Girls on the street used to go see it after school, they’d pet it and brush it’s fur and play with it.When the time came to butcher it the man slit it’s throat in front of the little girls. When asked why he had done this he stated that he was educating the little girls about his religion’s customs and traditions. The girls were traumatized. This muslim piece of shit terrorized little girls.

      • Petey

        Muslims. First they infiltrate, then they invade, then they conquer.

  • Linda1000

    Halal Food Festival and Muslim arts and entertainment are HARAM (“there is no fun in Islam”). Seriously, funding and promoting halal taxed food? Guess Ontario still has money to burn if it’s throwing away $19 million. Makes too much sense to pay down the ON debt by $19 million. Wonder how much Alberta throws away at “muslim festivals”.

  • The__Hammer

    Two of those girls are uncovered. If they are raped it will be their fault (Sarcasm)

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m not gonna do it.
      Cooties.

  • J. C.

    I hear Muslimfest is a real blast! 😉

  • Dana Garcia

    How could “the best in Muslim arts and entertainment” cost $40,000? The category is rather slim, even if you count interpretive beheading to music.

  • Waffle

    I was trying to find out the origin of the name Carassauga. Does anybody know?

    • Frau Katze

      Just a guess: “Caribbean” + Mississauga.

    • Frau Katze

      Multikulti krap:

      Carassauga is an incorporated non-profit volunteer community organization. The Festival was developed in response to a challenge put out by Mayor Hazel McCallion to all ethno-cultural groups at a meeting she called in the old City Hall in the fall of 1985. Originally incorporated to promote public awareness and appreciation of multiple cultures, Carassauga has become an important annual event in Mississauga’s calendar. The Festival is a “Festival of Cultures” reflecting the rich ethnic mosaic of the Mississauga community. It was presented for the first time in 1986 with 10 Pavilions and open to the public only on Saturday and Sunday. Presently, the Festival hosts more than 25 pavilions and has evolved into a 3-day, 22 hour event.

      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carassauga

      • Petey

        Funny. I don’t see any Christian festivals.

        • Cheryl

          What the hell is going on with this province and country? We have debt that is choking the life out of this province and yet they are giving free money to Muslim halal festivals. What is wrong with the people that we allow this? You are right there is nothing allotted for Christian festivals, but what do expect from the first openly gay Premier of Ontario. I did not vote for this woman and I use the term loosely but why did the people that did not vote for her have to put up with her BS? That money would be better spent on providing food for children that go to bed hungry in the province of Ontario. I really do not understand the people of Ontario at all. God help us all and I do mean God. After all Canada was built on Christianity.

          • mobuyus

            Believe it or not many came here to get away from religion.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          And you never will, at least not on the government’s dime.

    • ismiselemeas

      It stems from the Caravan Festival in Toronto which ran into funding trouble for all the usual reasons.
      http://www.robertfulford.com/2005-06-25-caravan.html

      • Waffle

        Thanks. That works. Good essay by Fulford. The name is so strange I thought it might have something to do with Cara Foods, so that was the direction I was looking in.
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        • Frau Katze

          Carassauga started in 1985, quite a bit earlier than Fulford’s timeline.

  • Yessir baconFat

    Have the government given any money to bacon or pork festivals? If not we need to start one and demand funding. smell the bacon!

    • Frau Katze

      It’s a distinct omission. You should follow this up (if you live there).

      • Yessir baconFat

        I’ll have to check it out. I did find this in Ontario: Baconfest

        This is an outdoor event, showcasing everything Bacon and Bikes. There is a beer garden, vendor village, bike wash, Hogs&Rods show, town wide walking poker run, and of course, lots of Bacon!

        I’ll bet they don’t need a grant to run it or if they applied it would be turned down since Bacon and Bikes are fun.

        • Frau Katze

          I’ve heard of such events in the US.

    • Clausewitz

      A friend of mine organizes several of the Ribfests around southern Ontario. They actually get a stipend of about $1,000 from each of the municipalities to help in their advertising. Apparently Liberal’s only like Pork if it involves money coming their way.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I think all of us could put on one hell of a counter-jihad festival for $160,000 and it would rage for three days straight, 24/7.

    • Shebel

      ‘cept we don’t rage and act like animals

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I’m open-minded and willing to learn Shebel!
        Haven’t you ever wondered, just once, what actual human flesh REALLY tasted like?

        • Shebel

          No. I never have.
          Have you ever REALLY wondered what is like to kill a human?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            What are you, some kind of a weirdo?

        • mobuyus

          In Papua New Guinae the locals refer to it as long pork.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            So it tastes like something between a pork roast and a dachshund?
            Awesome!

          • simus1

            During Bill Clinton’s “nohoper” campaign victory as the DemocRat sacrificial lamb to run against President Bush, a TV commentator was once asked to do a quick background sketch of the Arkansas politics from which Bill sprang onto the national stage.
            His succinct answer:
            “When it comes to politics, Arkansas is the Newfoundland of the USA.”

          • Who drew this? A seventh grader?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Kind of reminds me of the movie “cannibal holocaust”, but yeah, the mind of a 7th grader anyway.

          • I think that poster is even worse.

          • Clausewitz

            What a classy bunch.

      • mobuyus

        Please speak for yourself.

  • Edubeat

    Yes Mr.Sauga a little known suburb of its much better known and sexier cousin to the north in Peel region known as ‘Bramadesh’. That’s the Punjabi translation for Browntown (as the kids have nicknamed it)

    • simus1

      Samosas, patties, or Jamaican style boneless chicken roti takeout for lunch?
      Decisions, decisions.
      Our digestive systems were young, robust and overcame anything.
      And the sweat ran down foreheads.
      Good times.

    • Clausewitz

      Also the 6th largest city in Canada. And it’s Bram-la-desh. That way it also includes that old planned community of Bramalea.

  • This can be sorted out thusly:

    Schedule a gay pride and Russian nationalist event at the same time and at the same place.

    The problem will fix itself.