The Haliburton County Folk Society is saying “thanks” after a bingo-funded cash injection. CanoeFM donated $5,000 to the society from its weekly radio bingo.

After nearly two years of cancelled concerts and reduced ticket sales, society president Walter Tose said the donation will help “keep some live music going in the Highlands during this pandemic and will allow us to keep doing so when we are able.”

The society’s open stage concert was booked for Jan. 8 but was the latest in a long line of concerts cancelled by COVID19.

A Feb. 19 concert featuring local musicians Jess Knights and Cassidy Taylor will likely be postponed too.

In the past, they’ve presented concerts virtually, including a monthly open stage for local musicians.

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“We have been able to carry on the open stage in one form or another,” Tose said.

While the CanoeFM donation along with a three-year federal grant, Tose said the society is financially “sound.”

“If we didn’t have the CanoeFM money we’d end up losing income or losing revenue,” he said. “It assures us we’ll be able to continue to do these things once we get out of this current situation.”

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