I’m a big supporter of Arts and Culture as a magnet for economic growth.
So, I’m happy to hear that plans are coming together for a Niagara International Film Festival, which would mimic the sensational success of the Toronto Festival, affectionately known as TIFF.
Some of the same people who started TIFF are behind the Niagara project and so is a lot of big money.
But, as these people were looking for a place to replicate their success, they drove right past Hamilton.
Because Hamilton has a reputation for not supporting the Arts.
Toronto and the Niagara Region invest heavily into theatre and music, which attracts huge investment from the private sector.
On the other hand, it’s embarrassing how little Hamilton committs to Arts and Culture and believe me, the movers and shakers in the industry are well aware of the inequity.
These kinds of film festivals aren’t just so you can see Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence downtown, although that would be kind of special.
But these festivals attract millions of dollars from tourism and corporate investment .
So, good luck with the Niagara Film Festival; I hope it’s a great success.
As for Hamilton, our short-sightedness means another lost opportunity. Too Bad !!