RMG Fridays return, funded by the Tourism Relief Fund

January 27th, 2023

In November 2022, the RMG received a non-repayable contribution of $20,000 from Central Counties Tourism to support RMG Fridays.  Prior to the pandemic, RMG Fridays were a highlight of the events calendar in Durham Region.  These free community events were designed for all ages and have featured live music in our Permanent Collection gallery; short film screenings courtesy of Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF); and food and drink from various Durham-based businesses. This is part of the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  Central Counties Tourism received $8.65-million from FedDev Ontario to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth. 

“The RMG was thrilled to receive this support for RMG Fridays to enable us to hold these events outdoors in summer 2022 as audiences became more comfortable gathering.  We supported artists and performers we otherwise would not have been able to host, attracting over 1100 people to our events.”

Lauren Gould, CEO, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Since relaunching RMG Fridays in 2022, we’ve featured local musicians and performers such as: Dizzy, Wooly, NERiMA, Division Street, Desarae Dee, Hunter Sheridan, EQUAL, L CON, David Shewchuk, and Durham Storytellers. These Fridays of the month have continued to feature film screenings by Durham Region International Film Festival and free tours of our exhibitions by the RMG’s team of curators.

The RMG plans to continue this popular series in early 2023.

About Central Counties Tourism

Central Counties Tourism is the provincially-funded not-for-profit dedicated to developing, supporting and promoting tourism in Durham Region, York Region and the Headwaters Tourism Region.  Since their inception, they have assisted dozens of municipalities through destination development and hundreds of tourism related businesses grow their capacity, strengthening the visitor economy in the region. 

About the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

The Government of Canada’s $500-million Tourism Relief Fund is helping tourism-oriented businesses and organizations recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is delivering nearly $120 million of the Tourism Relief Fund across southern Ontario.

Related News

New Horizons for Seniors Program

What has the Learning Department been up to? Besides school programming and art classes, we have been actively engaged with new programming for seniors! In 2022, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery was fortunate to secure its second Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program funding. This grant enables the RMG to offer free programming to […]

RMG unveils new mural by Jon Colwell

RMG unveils new mural by Jon Colwell

Oshawa, ON:  On Friday, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) was pleased to unveil one of two community-informed murals at the gallery, thanks to a $44,700 Community Building Fund grant from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation as part of the Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues: Dish With One Spoon Territory project. Local MPP Jennifer […]

National Day for Truth + Reconciliation – September 30th, 2022

Last year our team spent some time considering how we wanted to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  We decided to close to the public and take the day for team and self-directed learning.  We began our day by each sharing a personal land acknowledgment using guidance generously given to us by […]