Montreal likes to bill itself as the City of Festivals. And events like the Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs are known around the world. The city gives them millions of dollars to help make them even larger and pull in more tourists, and tourist dollars. But some say Montreal is paying too much attention to the large festivals, while ignoring smaller cultural celebrations that are closer to many communities. We look into how grants are distributed, and if a lack of support is preventing smaller fests from growing.
Guest(s) : Everiste Blaize, President, Caribbean Cultural Festivities Association Egbert Gaye, Editor, Community Contact Ethan Cox, Ricochet Media Dave Jaffer, Editor at large, Cult MTL
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Richard Dagenais was born, raised, educated and, continues to be employed, in Montréal. Twice nominated for ACTRA National Radio Awards, he works in Montréal television and radio as a host, anchor, reporter and writer. He is a singer, songwriter, and musician who has performed the anthems for the Expos and Alouettes. He's married with one son and two nutty dogs. He enjoys sports but hates going to the gym; he goes, but he hates it! He's got a blog and he tweets, too!