Cowbell Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Blyth Festival

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BLYTH, ON – The Blyth Festival Theatre is pleased to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement between Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. and the Blyth Festival. Cowbell Brewing will be the exclusive Hospitality Sponsor and will sponsor the development of a new play, focusing on a remarkable, historic Blyth resident.

“Cowbell Brewing is proud to support the Blyth Festival Theatre, a unique Canadian theatre company,” said Grant Sparling II, Cowbell’s Chief Development Officer. “The Festival is integral to the culture of our community, the remarkable village that my family has called home for three generations. I am pleased that we are continuing a tradition begun by my grandparents, Grant and Mildred,” Sparling said.

The Blyth Festival Theatre is pleased to receive continued generational support from the Sparling family. The Blyth Festival continues to forge a path as a leader in telling authentic rural Canadian stories on stage; providing a voice to this region and across Canada.

“The Sparling family has supported the Festival at every turn, from the very beginning,” said Gil Garratt, Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival Theatre. “We are now continuing to grow as a community, as a destination, and as a true Canadian institution. The sponsorship with Cowbell Brewing ensures this tradition will continue. In our 45th Season, we are pleased to have their support to continue our mandate of enriching lives through the arts.”


ABOUT THE BLYTH FESTIVAL: Blyth Festival is a professional theatre that enriches the lives of its audience by producing and developing plays that give voice to both the region and the country. The Festival produces a repertory summer season of exclusively Canadian theatre, with an emphasis on new work. The Blyth Centre for the Arts, including the Blyth Festival, was founded in 1975.

ABOUT COWBELL BREWING CO.: Cowbell Brewing Co. is owned by the Sparling family which has entrepreneurial roots in Blyth, Ontario, going back three generations. This ambitious project employs over 170 people and is designed to have a positive local community impact and contribute to regional tourism opportunities. Cowbell is an environmentally responsible company, featuring the World’s First Closed-Loop Brewing System and Cowbell will be North America’s First Carbon Neutral Brewery. Cowbell brands are currently available across Ontario through the LCBO, The Beer Store, grocery stores, restaurants, and pubs.

Photo cutline: In celebration of the sponsorship announcement, Blyth Cowbell Brewing Co. and Blyth Festival representatives gathered at the “Absent Landlord”, the namesake of the company’s Kölsch-style beer. From left: Cowbell Founder & CEO, Stephen Sparling; Blyth Festival Artistic Director, Gil Garratt; Cowbell Chief Development Officer, Grant Sparling II; and Dave Clarke, Cowbell’s Chief Commercial Officer.

For More Information, please Contact:

Gil Garratt, Artistic Director
Blyth Festival
Phone: 519-523-9300


Katey Potter
Manager, Community Relations
Cowbell Brewing Co.
Cell: 519-955-2845


July 18, 2019