Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 23, 2010 16:27 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Port Coquitlam May Day Festival

PORT COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding to the Port Coquitlam May Day Task Force to plan and host the 87th annual Port Coquitlam May Day Festival, which will take place from April 30 to May 9, 2010.

The festival will showcase over 550 local artists and performers. Children will participate in interactive theatrical story time shows, while older audiences will enjoy jazz, big band, and popular music. Over 25,000 people are expected to attend the festival this year.

"Our Government is pleased to support festivals celebrating our country's rich cultural heritage," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with community organizations that encourage citizen participation in community events and that provide opportunities for local artists to engage their communities and showcase their immense talent."

"The City of Port Coquitlam gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by the Government of Canada," said Mayor Greg Moore. "This funding will allow the May Day Task Force to enhance this festival and contribute to the sustainability and significance of this longstanding Port Coquitlam tradition."

The Port Coquitlam May Day Task Force is a local, unincorporated, non-profit organization with 300 community volunteers who are responsible for the overall coordination of this Port Coquitlam week-long, traditional festival. 

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $25,400 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
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations