Foster Festival Takes Top Prize!

Posted Nov 17th, 2017 in In the News, Blog

Congratulations to Executive Director Emily Oriold and Artistic Director Patricia Vanstone for making the winning pitch at this year's Ignite Niagara Pitch Series!


"We are thrilled to have won this year's Grand Prize Award at the Ignite Niagara Pitch Series. We have been working very hard to build The Foster Festival these past two seasons here in the heart of Niagara and we cannot wait to share our third season with our audiences this summer 2018. It's going to be an exciting summer of theatre!" - Emily Oriold, Executive Director

This year's Ignite Pitch Series was hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and powered by Meridian Credit Union.

Entrepreneurs from across the region had an opportunity to apply for a chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes to help take their enterprise to the next level. From the applications that were received, 6 finalists were chosen and The Foster Festival was among those finalists.

“We’re proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship close to home in Niagara. This pitch competition series is the perfect fit with Meridian’s programs of support for small businesses,” said Wade Stayzer, vice-president of sales and service at Meridian Credit Union. “Meridian is proud to partner with the GNCC and Niagara College to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs across Niagara.”

Following the Grand Prize Announcement, Shaun Adams, Director of Small Business at Meridian Credit Union tweeted "A big congratulations to@FosterFestival for winning the 2018 #IGNITENiagara. Great organization and a fantastic asset to the Niagara Region."


And Earlier in 2017

Emily was named as one of four finalists for the Women In Business Excellence in Tourism Award in late October 2017. She was named as the winner of the award on Friday, November 17, 2017 at a Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls.

In 2015, Emily co-founded The Foster Festival with Norm Foster and Patricia Vanstone. Through Emily's leadership as Executive Director, in just two summer seasons, The Foster Festival has evolved from an unknown entity to a major summer cultural attraction here in the heart of Niagara. With 7000 tickets sold, an increase of over 2000 tickets sold in its second year, The Foster Festival has an immediate impact.

With the professional productions showcased in a state-of-the-art facility, The Foster Festival is already bringing in audiences from the GTA, Upstate New York and as far as Australia. An expanded season and audience capacity are goals for the future. Emily has worked with the tourism office of the City of St. Catharines to create itinerary-based packages that are highly attractive to individual and group sales from outside the region. The Foster Festival is also building sustainable tourism partnerships within the region's hospitality and wine industries to continue to encourage 24-48 hour stays for visitors here in Niagara.

Find Out What's On at The Foster Festival this Summer 2018 »

Executive Director Emily Oriold, Women In Business Awards 2017, Norm Foster Theatre Festival

(Executive Director Emily Oriold accepting her award at the Women In Business Awards 2017)


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