Help the Economy – Go to a Concert
If you ever wondered how indulging in your favourite cultural activities could possibly help the economy, here’s your answer. According a study released by the Canadian Festivals Coalition, 15 of the largest festivals and events in Canada last year employed over 15000 people, attracted over 12 million people and contributed $650 million to local economies. Those numbers don’t even include small, local events. Just think what good you’re doing every time you visit your favourite art gallery, restaurant or winery.
Here’s the list of events included in the study.
Canadian National Exhibition
Carnaval de Québec
Festival d’été de Québec
Les FrancoFolies de Montréal
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal Just For Laughs Festival
Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
Pacific National Exhibition
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
The argument put forward in the study is that one of the major reasons these events did so well is the close to $260 million in tax revenue that all three levels of government contributed. But, as helpful as that cash input must have been, I don’t think the events would have generated the interest and excitement were it not for the creativity of the individuals involved. It’s like wineries or restaurants. They can advertise all they want; but, ultimately if the product isn’t appealing, no one will be interested in buying the product.
Culture always suffers during hard economic times. As important as jobs are, cultural events feed the soul and provide a great way for us to get to know ourselves and our neighbours. So, get out and enjoy some culture!