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February 26, 2010 15:14 ET

Canada Celebrates Newfoundland and Labrador Day at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invites all Canadians to celebrate Newfoundland and Labrador Day and take part in tonight's victory ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"Newfoundland and Labrador Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the province's breathtaking scenery, rich and diverse culture, remarkable historic sites, and friendly and hospitable people," said Minister Moore. "Whether you are at home or here in Vancouver, I invite you to watch tonight's victory ceremony, which will celebrate today's outstanding athletic performances, as well as showcase entertainment with an East Coast flavour from Newfoundland and Labrador, with headliners Great Big Sea."

Victory ceremonies have been held nightly in Vancouver during the Olympic Winter Games, and each has been sponsored by a territory or province. Tonight, the final victory ceremony begins with a show by Newfoundland and Labrador, followed by athlete medal presentations, then an hour-long musical performance.

Today, Atlantic Canada House in Vancouver will showcase food and entertainment from Newfoundland and Labrador. And this evening's Kitchen Party is sure to give all visitors a true taste of Atlantic Canada. The Government of Canada provided $2.5 million to Atlantic Canada House through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Atlantic Canada House, which highlights the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, provides an inspiring and authentic setting to experience all that Atlantic Canada has to offer as a world-class cultural tourism destination and a great place to live, work, and visit.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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