Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 13, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Quadra Island Recreational Society

HERIOT BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, John Duncan, Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), today announced funding for the Quadra Island Recreational Society.

This funding will be used to support the annual Cultural Committee Concert Series, which presents a series of concerts including jazz, classical music, comedy, and family events from September 2009 to May 2010. The series will feature more than 20 artists in dance, folk, world, popular, and new music, and will include school workshops and outreach events.

"The Quadra Island Recreational Society provides local residents with access to diverse artistic performances that entertain an ever-expanding audience," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this presentation series, which contributes to the community's cultural vitality and economy."

"Events like the Quadra Island Concert Series help enrich the cultural fabric of the community and contribute greatly to Island life," said Mr. Duncan. "I am pleased that our Government continues to show its commitment to the arts and to rural communities by funding programs like this."

"The support that Quadra Island Concert Series has received for the last two years from the Government of Canada has benefitted the arts communities in two ways: Quadra Island has been able to present an affordable, high quality series for a small, isolated community; and touring artists have been employed at reasonable fees to sustain their hard-won careers," said Helen Moats, Coordinator, Quadra Island Cultural Committee.

The Quadra Island Recreation Society was incorporated in 1986 with a mandate to bring quality artistic performances at affordable prices to audiences in the Discovery Islands. The Society presents an annual series of music, dance, and theatre performances by leading local, regional, national, and international artists. The 2009-2010 programming will build upon previous successes and focus on a wide range of artistic experiences, from family programming to concerts.

The Government of Canada has provided $5,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity 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
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155