News Big funding for this year’s Kayak Fest SHARE ON: Taylor Ablett, staff Friday, Apr. 10th, 2015 Photo: Supplied by Taylor Ablett. Over $30K dollars is going to the Kayak Fest this summer. The money is coming from a Celebrate Ontario grant, with over 100 events sharing the $8M grant. The CEO of Festival and Events Ontario said in a press release that events are an economic engine for the tourism industry. Over $2B provincially is made every year in the industry.