Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 07, 2009 16:20 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Presentation of the 2009 Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Music is an art that enriches Canadians' lives and offers them new experiences. Our Government recognizes the importance of cultural creativity and innovation, not only for the vitality of Canadian culture but for economic growth as well.

The Jules Leger Prize for New Chamber Music encourages Canadian composers to produce works of chamber music and promotes their performance. I would like to congratulate Jimmie Leblanc, whose work L'espace interieur du monde is this year's winning composition.

The Right Honourable Jules Leger, then-Governor General of Canada, created this prize in 1978. The Canadian Music Centre administers the prize, while the Canada Council for the Arts funds and promotes it, and also forms the peer selection committee that evaluates the works submitted. Finally, the CBC broadcasts the winning work on its French and English networks.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to take the opportunity to mention the outstanding work of the cultural organizations that help art and culture shine from one end of the country to the other.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications