Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 15, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced funding for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival Society.

This funding will be used to support the 30th annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival, which will take place in Gallagher Park from August 6 to 9, 2009. The Festival is a global leader in community-based folk music celebrations and showcases the cultural and artistic diversity of folk music from regional, national, and international performers.

"The Edmonton Folk Music Festival entertains an ever-growing audience of local residents and visitors with diverse musical performances," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this festival, which contributes to the community's cultural and economic vitality."

"I am very happy that our Government can provide an ongoing high level of support to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival," said Mr. Hawn. "The people of Edmonton and all those who visit our city in the summer are richer for the experience of enjoying this exciting, colourful, and entertaining festival."

"The support we receive from the Government of Canada through Canadian Heritage is crucial to maintaining the overall quality of the festival," said Terry Wickham, Festival Producer. "This funding allows us to compete internationally with leading folk festivals in Europe and the United States."

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival Society is a non-profit cultural organization incorporated in 1980. The organization has grown to be a leading promoter of folk music in Canada. The Festival, held each August, attracts artists from throughout Canada and the rest of the world and provides a unique opportunity for Albertans to experience the best in folk, blues, roots, and bluegrass music.

The Government of Canada has provided $100,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations