Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 14, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Lindsay Concert Foundation

LINDSAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), today announced funding for the Lindsay Concert Foundation.

This funding will help the Lindsay Concert Foundation present its 33rd annual series of classical music concerts, children's performing-arts shows, community concerts, and recitals in Lindsay from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. In addition to featuring a broad range of performances from local choirs, emerging artists, and young musicians, the series also presents outreach and audience-development activities, such as artist-led workshops and master classes featuring internationally acclaimed Canadian artists.

"Our Government is proud to support the Lindsay Concert Foundation," said Minister Moore. "Investments in our arts are at the heart of community cultural development. They provide valuable opportunities for Canadian performers and presenters alike, promote tourism, and stimulate the local economy."

"This commitment from our Government shows that we recognize the merit in programs that foster the growth of artistic ability in our smaller communities," said Mr. Devolin. "When local performers are given the opportunity to showcase their abilities to peers and audience members alongside established artists, we build a unique environment in which to develop our local talent. Learning from and teaching one another, we move forward together."

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to express our gratitude to the Government of Canada for this valuable support," said Valerie McElravy, President of the Lindsay Concert Foundation. "In addition to strengthening our presentation practices to ensure that citizens within the rural City of Kawartha Lakes community have access to high-quality performing artists from across Canada, this funding is responsible for enriching the cultural lives of citizens who reside in smaller rural communities such as our own."

The Government of Canada has provided $22,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pac-apc/index-eng.cfm )(formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca