The South Okanagan Big Band performed at the Wednesdays on the Water concert series last week. The free weekly concerts will continue until Aug. 26.

The South Okanagan Big Band performed at the Wednesdays on the Water concert series last week. The free weekly concerts will continue until Aug. 26.

EventHostBC grant benefits waterfront concert series

The Summerland Community Arts Council has received $5,000 in EventHostBC funding from the province.

The Summerland Community Arts Council has received $5,000 in EventHostBC funding from the province.

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton announced the funding on Friday. The money, from the province’s Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, is for the Wednesdays on the Water concert series. The free weekly concerts at Peach Orchard Beach will continue until Aug. 26.

EventHostBC was launched on May 8. It is a one-time funding initiative to encourage and support community events that strengthen volunteer capacity for event hosting throughout the province.

A total budget of $250,000 was allocated and is being distributed throughout the province’s six tourism regions based on a first-come, first-served model.

“Hosting events not only builds community pride and volunteerism, they are also good business for our communities in the south Okanagan,” Ashton said. “Events such as Wednesdays on the Water attract visitors, bring dollars into area businesses and create jobs.”