Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 19, 2010 17:13 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Passing of Kate McGarrigle

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2010) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle.

Kate and her sister Anna performed as the McGarrigle Sisters for more than 40 years, captivating audiences in Canada and around the world with their sweet harmonies, whimsical lyrics, and timeless music. Of English- and French-Canadian origin and having recorded ten albums of songs in both French and English, the sisters touched the hearts and souls of all Canadians. Raised in a musical family and in turn raising two fine musicians, Rufus and Martha, Kate McGarrigle set the stage for what has become a true Canadian musical dynasty.

Kate and Anna McGarrigle were invested into the Order of Canada in 1994 and received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2004 in recognition of their tremendous influence on the world of Canadian folk music.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to Kate McGarrigle's family and friends.

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    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications