Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 14, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society

LIVERPOOL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), today announced funding for the upcoming 3rd International Ukulele Ceilidh to be held in Liverpool from October 22 to 25, 2009.

The International Ukulele Ceilidh is a biennial event organized by the Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society, a local, incorporated, non-profit organization that focuses solely on this unique musical event. A Ceilidh-Gaelic for "party"-is a folk music and storytelling celebration with singing and dancing to Scottish or Irish traditional music.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society in its work of sustaining and promoting a unique culture in Canada," said Minister Moore. "Local Liverpool artists, along with artists from elsewhere in Canada and other countries, will perform traditional music and celebrate the community's very colourful heritage and longstanding musical traditions. This is a wonderful sample of our Canadian talent."

"The Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society makes an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of this region," said Mr. Keddy. "Our Government believes that this contribution is a great way to ensure more local cultural activity-activity that helps build the social and economic foundations of our communities."

"We are very appreciative of the funding we received from the Government of Canada for our Ukulele Ceilidh," said Frances Yeske, Secretary of the Liverpool Ukulele Ceilidh Society and member of the Seaside Strummers. "The financial support allows us to highlight our local ukulele groups, feature local singers, and offer quality workshops and outstanding concerts. The Ceilidh not only involves the community in a very enriching experience, but also brings many people to this beautiful part of Nova Scotia."

The Liverpool International Ukulele Ceilidh will provide an opportunity for local musicians and singers to perform for the community. Activities will be held at local venues such as a beach resort and theatre.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3,000 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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle - Director
    Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations