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April 17, 2010 13:28 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - April 17, 2010) -

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for 51 arts, heritage, and community organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Minister Moore made the funding announcement at The Rooms, with community representatives in attendance.

The funding supports a wide range of projects, including renovations of regional museums, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Sunny Cottage in Harbour Breton.

"Our Government believes that arts and heritage contribute to strong communities and a vibrant economy," said Minister Moore. "The organizations we highlight today, including The Rooms, celebrate and present music, theatre, dance, film, literature, museums, and local heritage. We are delighted to support so many committed organizations that provide citizens with opportunities to experience arts and heritage in all their diverse forms."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $2,555,667 under four programs of the Department of Canada Heritage: the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, and the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund.

For more details on the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Projects funded through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts and to museum collections and heritage displays.

  • Level 4 of The Rooms – Renovations to complete the interior of the building to museum standards, enabling the presentation of two collections-based exhibits: Newfoundland and Labrador's 19th- and 20th-century history and the province's social history — $450,000
  • Provincial museums – Renovation and upgrading of the Mary March and Logger's Life Provincial Museums in Grand Falls–Windsor and the Provincial Seamen's Museum in Grand Bank — $440,000
  • Colonial building – Renovation and upgrade of the site of the former Newfoundland legislature, for the interpretation of artifacts and archival collections of The Rooms and to enhance access to these collections in a heritage interpretation centre/museum — $695,512
  • LSPU Hall renovations – Funding to address increased project costs identified in the tendering process. This funding helped the organization totally renovate LSPU Hall: structural, electrical, plumbing, installation of a man-lift, air conditioning, improved seating, and creation of a second performing space — $109,225 (in addition to the original contribution of $500,000, for a total Canadian Heritage contribution of $609,255)
  • LSPU Hall specialized equipment – Sound, lighting, and so on, which completes the modernisation of the Hall — $27,600
  • The Trinity Historical Society – A project to produce a safer and more effective environment for staff, artifacts and archival materials, and visitors of the Green Family Forge, a working blacksmithing forge and provincially registered heritage structure — $2,665

Projects funded through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival – Folk Arts Society — $100,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival – $80,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • Nickel Independent Film Festival – $42,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival – $25,000 (2010–2011)
  • Writers at Woody Point Festival – $18,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • Festival 500 – $100,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • Winterset in Summer Literary Festival – $13,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)
  • Gros Morne Summer Music Festival – $60,000 (2010–2011 and 2011–2012)

Projects funded through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

  • Corner Brook Summer Expo 2010 – $38,200
  • Mount Pearl City Days and Summer Expo 2010 – $36,600
  • Bay Roberts Cultural Foundation Inc., Holdin' Ground Festival – $25,900
  • Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival – $17,200
  • Torbay Heritage Committee, Hillside Festival – $15,200
  • Flying Boat Festival International Foundation Inc., Flying Boat Festival – $15,000
  • Sunny Cottage Heritage Centre Committee, 100 Days to Celebrate 100 Years: Sunny Cottage's 100th Anniversary – $14,700
  • Ann Harvey Days Festival – $13,400
  • Labrador Straits Historical Development Corporation, 150th Anniversary Celebration, Point Amour Lighthouse – $13,300
  • Southern Shore Folk Arts Council Inc., Southern Shore Shamrock Festival – $12,800
  • Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island Festival – $11,000
  • Jerseyside Ferndale Come Home Year Inc., Cranberry Festival / Rockin' the Dock – $10,800
  • Labrador West Regatta and Summer Expo 2010 – $10,300
  • Matthew Legacy Inc., Celebrate Our Discovery / Discovery Day Celebration – $10,200
  • St. Anne's Parish Historical Heritage Group, Celebration – 100th Anniversary of Conception Harbour Garden Party – $10,000
  • Tourism Elliston Inc., Bird Island Puffin Festival – $9,600
  • Northwest River Beach Festival – $9,400
  • Seafest 2010 – Celebrating 25 Years – $8,500
  • Pasadena Days – Humber Valley Strawberry Festival – $8,400
  • Big Droke Prehistoric Cultures Foundation Inc., 4th Annual Big Droke Heritage Festival – $8,100
  • Happy Adventure Tri-Centennial Celebrations – $7,400
  • Forteau Lions Club, Labrador Straits Bakeapple Festival – $7,400
  • Belleoram Recreation Commission Inc., Iron Skull Folk Festival – $6,600
  • Lane Cove Beach Development Fund Inc., Annual Newfoundland Button Accordion Idol Show – $6,100
  • Trepassey Days Festival – $6,000
  • Annual Squid Festival – $6,000
  • Deer Lake Strawberry Festival – $5,900
  • Miawpukek Traditional Powwow – $5,600
  • SunSplash Festival – $4,600
  • Scuff and Scoff Festival – $4,200
  • Smallwood Days Festival – $4,000
  • St. George's Blueberry Festival – $3,900
  • Cox's Cove Culture Committee, Culture in the Cove – $3,800
  • South Coast Arts Festival – $3,700
  • Eastport Peninsula Heritage Society Inc., 7th Beaches Accordion Festival – $3,600
  • French Shore Historical Society, Our History in Textile: The French Shore Tapestry, 2010 – $3,600
  • Holyrood Pond Heritage Festival – $3,100
  • Windows on the West End Organizing Committee, Windows on the West End – $2,900
  • Community Youth Network, Goosestock – $2,300
  • Heritage Foundation for Terra Nova National Park, Heritage Folk Festival – $2,300

Project funded under the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund

The Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations. This year, the Government of Canada is providing 71 cents for every dollar donated by the private sector.

  • The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Foundation Inc. – $1,065 (2009–2010)

Total amount of funding announced today: $2,555,667

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations