Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 18, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), today announced funding for the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club for its 12th annual Tongue on the Post Folk Music Festival, which will take place in January 2010.

This festival provides a celebratory break from winter and gives 19 local artists the opportunity to perform for large audiences as openers for non-local professional headliners. In addition to shows at a number of indoor stages, the Festival will also feature informal performances at local cafes and schools.

"The Tongue on the Post Music Festival provides the residents of Medicine Hat and the surrounding area with access to a variety of great cultural and artistic experiences," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this festival, which continues to provide hours of entertainment to community members."

"I am very pleased that our Government is supporting our local community in helping to fund this important event," said Mr. Payne. "The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club helps enrich our society and community with this family-friendly festival."

"We are extremely pleased that the Government of Canada has once again chosen to support Medicine Hat's Tongue on the Post Folk Festival," said Patrick O'Brien, Chairperson of the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club. "In just a few short years, the Tongue on the Post Festival has grown to be an exciting new Medicine Hat tradition, and it could not have achieved such success without the hard work of many volunteers and the financial support of numerous private and government sponsors."

The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club is an incorporated non-profit society whose aim is to stage folk music and other artistic performances in Medicine Hat and to foster the development of local artists.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,800 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
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Communications - Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
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