Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 14, 2008 11:32 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Mount Pearl Frosty Festival

MOUNT PEARL, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John's-Mount Pearl), today announced funding for the Mount Pearl Frosty Festival.

Funding of $31,316 will be used to cover the costs of the opening extravaganza and variety show of the 26th edition of this festival, which will take place from February 8 to 17, 2008. The costs include the fees of local professional artists, as well as staging and equipment for both events.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the 2008 Mount Pearl Frosty Festival, a wonderful community event that will engage the public and showcase local artists, both amateur and professional," said Minister Verner.

"I am pleased to announce that our Government will contribute to the Frosty Festival and assist Festival organizers in presenting an array of talented local groups and individuals to the citizens of Mount Pearl," said Minister Hearn.

"The Frosty Festival celebrates the incredible volunteerism and artistic spirit of Mount Pearl," said Sonia Leaman, Chairperson of the Festival Organizing Committee. "With the financial support of Canadian Heritage, this year's Festival will feature even more activities and entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy."

The Mount Pearl Frosty Festival is a week-long winter festival featuring a variety of social and entertainment activities for people of all ages. A number of local musical and dance groups are involved in this year's opening night and variety show. This year's festival will also include celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Mount Pearl.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program offers support for activities that are intended for and open to the general population and celebrate local heritage, artists and artisans.

This release can also be found on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101