Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 17, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Regina Folk Festival

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the Regina Folk Festival.

The Regina Folk Festival will use this funding to present the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Regina Folk Festival, scheduled to take place August 6 to 8, 2010, and August 5 to 7, 2011. In addition, this funding will assist the organization in presenting its concert and workshop series throughout the year. Programming will include professional and emerging artists from a variety of musical genres such as funk, rock, jazz, hip hop, roots, and world rhythms, as well as other artistic disciplines such as dance.

"Our Government recognizes that supporting the arts is a wise investment in Canada's future," said Minister Moore. "The funding announced today helps provide Canadians with access to quality performances and contributes to the community's cultural and economic vitality."

"I am pleased that our Government is supporting the Regina Folk Festival," said Mr. Boughen. "This festival brings some of the most outstanding artists from across Canada and the world to Saskatchewan for local audiences to enjoy."

"The Regina Folk Festival is very pleased with the Government's ongoing support of our programming, which enables us to offer high-quality, diverse artistic experiences for Saskatchewan audiences," said Sandra Butel, Artistic Director of the Regina Folk Festival. "With the support of the Government of Canada, as well as other funders and partners, we will continue to be able to contribute to the development of Canadian artists and cultural industries well into the future."

For more than 40 years, the Regina Folk Festival has presented accessible, high-quality music and arts events to the residents of Saskatchewan. It is one of Canada's most established music organizations and presents Western Canada's longest-running music festival.

The Government of Canada has provided $210,000 ($105,000 per year) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada program) (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pac-apc/index-eng.cfm) 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
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Chantal Rougeau - A/Manager
    Regional Communications
    204-984-5505 / 204-298-9833 (cell)
    chantal.rougeau@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca