Each year, the Owen Sound Transportation Company Limited (OSTC) selects two local not-for-profit organizations to be the sponsored for the Spring and Fall repositioning cruises. The organizations receive a portion of the ticket sales for the cruise and are able to fundraise onboard through raffles and 50/50 draws.
For more than 10 years, OSTC has been a major sponsor of the Blue Water District Science and Technology Jr. And Sr. Fairs, providing the Chi-Cheemaun as the off-site educational venue for participating students on judging day.
Play for Passage
This program offers complimentary or reduced fare travel for approved professional musicians in return for performing on board the MS Chi-Cheemaun. The program is available to solo performers or groups who are travelling to/ from festivals, events & other paying performances. Assessment is based on relevance to our product and passengers. All requests must be made at least four (4) weeks prior to the requested departure date. The Play for Passage program will be limited to no more than 2 crossings for each performer.
- Vehicle will be comped (standard vehicle size, sedan, SUV, Pick Up truck or van) if vehicle is a large motorhome, bus, etc a discount will be applied to the vehicle cost in the amount of the standard vehicle cost. If traveling with a towed trailer, then again a discount of the standard vehicle cost will be applied.
- Passengers who are performing will be comped, if a solo musician has an accompanying traveler and this person is helping with merchandise sales, both passengers will be comped.
- We request 45 minute to 1 hour performance. PA system will set up for sure – but a sound technician will not be on hand to provide PA services.
- Musicians are invited to sell merch while performing.
Please contact us via introductory email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in performing on the Chi-Cheemaun. OSTC thanks you for your interest. Only those artists selected to perform will be contacted by an OSTC representative.
OSTC is thrilled to have partnered in 2018 with the Wikwemikong Tourism team in offering interactive cultural interpretive programming onboard the Chi- Cheemaun, every Wednesday throughout the Peak Season. Passengers have the opportunity learn more intimately about the Objiwe traditions, culture and legends through these authentic storytelling programs.
Beginning in 2013, OSTC has partnered with the Georgian Bay Folk Society to attract talented artists to the ferry to perform onboard and create a memorable experience for all passengers. OSTC is excited to expand on this initiative and looks forward to having some great artists perform on the ferry for many seasons to come!