Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 20, 2009 18:28 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2009) - Canada is blessed with a wealth of creative individuals whose work enriches our lives and our society. Artists in a variety of disciplines entertain us, challenge us, and reflect our rich and diverse heritage. Our Government understands that artists are important to our lives and our economy, and we are pleased to provide significant support for their work through the programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a range of Crown corporations.

The Canada Council for the Arts plays an important role in recognizing the excellence of our professional artists. In awarding the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the Council pays tribute to the achievements of individuals in the disciplines of dance, theatre, and music. This year's prize honours an artist in the field of music.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to say how proud we are of our Canadian artists and to congratulate Canadian flutist, composer and conductor, Robert Aitken, the winner of the 2009 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.

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