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Canadian Heritage

February 26, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Fondation de la Maison de la Culture des Collines

LA PECHE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding for the Maison de la Culture des Collines for its second summer festival, the Festival d'Été des Collines, which will take place from June 23 to 27, 2010.

"Artistic, cultural, and heritage events bring together people of all ages and all backgrounds and help make our communities even more dynamic," said Minister Moore. "By investing in culture, our Government is encouraging citizens to increase their awareness of the value of their identity and their shared heritage."

"With the talent of its local artists, the contributions of its many volunteers, and its rich programming, this young festival will undoubtedly become one of the Outaouais region's most popular events," said Minister Cannon. "Our Government is pleased to contribute to the emergence of new projects like the Festival d'Été des Collines."

"This funding will allow us to enhance our summer festival's cultural programming and thus continue to develop this event according our objectives," said Manon Sabourin, President of the Fondation de la Maison de la Culture des Collines. "We are delighted that the Government of Canada recognizes our contribution to this very worthy sector."

As an official presenter of professional performances, the Fondation de la Maison de la Culture des Collines has the objectives of promoting Francophone culture and local talent and supporting up-and-coming artists. Its Festival d'Été des Collines offers a number of activities for the whole family featuring nearly 60 artists from the region. Activities include an evening show with a heritage theme, traditional country music and blues performances, and a storytelling presentation for elementary school children.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,300 through 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.

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

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