Every year for the past several years, Drake’s OVO Fest has been an exciting time for Canadians and Americans who share the love of hip-hop. This year however, the festival will have to go on without the help of Canadian government funding, as the application for assistance was denied.
Last year, the OVO fest received about $300,000, according to Billboard, through a program called “Celebrate Ontario” which aims to celebrate Ontario’s diversity, culture, and heritage. This year however, the festival didn’t meet the requirements set by the program to qualify.
“Celebrate Ontario is a competitive program with eligibility requirements and funding is allocated based on per-determined criteria outlined in the Celebrate Ontario 2015 Application Guide”, Blane McPhail, press secretary to Honorable Michael Coteau, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, told Billboard in an email. “Based on this criteria, OVO Fest didn’t qualify this year.”
The OVO Fest, which takes place this year Aug. 2-3 at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, has quickly sold out. The lack of funding doesn’t seem to put a damper on the festivities as the line-up for the concert includes J. Cole, Big Sean, and Y.G. to name a few. To read more, head over to billboard.com.