Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 23, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Saskatoon Jazz Society

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced funding for the Saskatoon Jazz Society's renovation of its new performance space, including stage, seating, green rooms, box office, and administrative offices. The Society's venue, the Bassment, is now located in a more spacious modern location that will be equipped with high-quality sound and lighting.

"Our Government is stimulating the economy through investments in key sectors, including the arts and culture sector," said Minister Moore. "Projects benefiting from our investments will create jobs for local residents and provide our communities with more welcoming spaces to enjoy performances like those put on by the Saskatoon Jazz Society."

"The Jazz Society provides a valuable service to our community," said Mr. Vellacott. "They enrich the lives of many with what they offer. I applaud the contribution they make."

"We are extremely thankful to receive this support from the Government of Canada, as it will be of tremendous importance to the long-term sustainability of the Bassment and the Saskatoon Jazz Society," said Shelly Loeffler, President of the Saskatoon Jazz Society. "Musicians and audiences can look forward to many years of incredible jazz-playing and -listening experiences."

For more than 25 years, the Saskatoon Jazz Society has played an integral role in presenting live jazz performances by local, national, and international musicians. The Society also provides an educational outreach program where elementary and secondary students receive instruction while studying and performing with professional musicians.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $69,066 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage 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.

The Government of Canada is investing $540 million in the arts and culture sector to stimulate the economy as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. It also recently renewed funding for federal arts programs totaling $1.5 billion over the next five years.

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