Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 27, 2009 17:05 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Lake Country ArtWalk

LAKE COUNTRY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament (Kelowna-Lake Country), today announced funding for the Lake Country ArtWalk Planning Committee.

This funding will be used to support the 16th annual Lake Country ArtWalk, a multi-arts festival that will take place on September 12 and 13, 2009. Planned activities include exhibits by emerging and established artists, demonstrations and interactive workshops, as well as dance, music and theatre performances.

"Lake Country ArtWalk provides the residents of Lake Country and the surrounding area with access to a variety of great cultural and artistic experiences," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this festival, which contributes to the community's vitality and economy."

"I am proud to say that our Government is supporting arts and culture in a way that all Canadians can be proud of, because we are spending taxpayers' dollars in an effective and efficient way through events like the Lake Country ArtWalk," said Mr. Cannan. "Sincere thanks and congratulations to all the volunteers, supporters, and participants. You are helping us build a better community and country!"

"This funding will ensure stability for Lake Country ArtWalk so it can continue to contribute to the well-being of our community in the future," said Sharon McCoubrey, Chair of Lake Country ArtWalk. "ArtWalk is produced completely by volunteers, so this support from the Government of Canada is wonderful and is greatly appreciated."

The Lake Country ArtWalk Planning Committee is a local unincorporated non-profit organization. Lake Country ArtWalk is a spectacular arts festival that attracts more than 6 000 visitors each year. The festival showcases the calibre of creativity and talent in the Okanagan and features some of the region's finest painting, sculpture, photography, performance, literature, and music entertainment during the two-day event.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 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.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations