NEWS & EVENTS
RE: Local Musicians Withdraw From Kemptville's Dandelion Festival Due to TransCanada Sponsorship
TransCanada Corporation is a major sponsor for Kemptville's 2015 Dandelion Festival, May 22-24. TransCanada is planning to run the Energy East pipeline through North Grenville and residents are opposed to the pipeline project.
We the undersigned are local musicians and in order to stand united with our community in opposition to the TransCanada Energy East pipeline project, we have formally withdrawn our musical services from the Festival. We are well aware of the views of our neighbours and our group strongly objects to playing under a TransCanada banner.
We believe that the TransCanada Corporation does not operate in the long term best interest of the community or the local and national ecology. We feel that the TC sponsorship of the festival does not reflect the concerns or wishes of the community and therefore is incongruent with the community-based tradition of the festival, and as such should not be warranted exposure at an important community event such as the Dandelion Festival.
After contacting the Festival on April 28th in order to discuss our misgivings, we were informed by Julia O'Grady, Festival Manager, that the Festival will be "proceeding with the TransCanada funding, unless... the sponsorship can be replaced in its entirety." Because we feel that the Dandelion Festival did not keep the best interests of the community in mind when seeking sponsorship, as a group we have decided to withdraw our performance services from the Festival and stand up for the concerns of the members of our community opposed to the TransCanada Energy East pipeline project.
(The Dandelion Festival is a three day festival that takes place in downtown Kemptville. This year's festival takes place May 22 / 24, http://www.
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