Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 07, 2014 09:30 ET

A Taste of the Far West in Saint-Tite: Experience Country at Its Best

Government of Canada supports the Festival Western de St-Tite

SAINT-TITE, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 7, 2014) - Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced funding for the 47th Festival Western de St-Tite. The Festival is taking place from September 5 to 14, 2014.

Canadian Heritage is providing $109,000 for the Festival's 2014 edition. This funding, from the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will be used for activities to help create a country and western atmosphere.

Under the Quebec Economic Development Program, CED granted $174,877 in non-repayable funding to promote the Festival's 2013 and 2014 seasons in markets outside Quebec. This support, announced on September 12, 2013, also helped provide the Festival with infrastructure to develop services for visitors.

Quick Facts

  • Organizers rely on the support of nearly 450 local artists and performers, as well as more than 600 volunteers who work hard to ensure the event runs smoothly.
  • The Festival's expected 625,000 visitors can enjoy musical performances, a parade and various events, and take part in country dance workshops and guided heritage tours.
  • The Festival Western de St-Tite, one of Quebec's top 10 international events, contributes to the vitality of tourism and the economy in the Mauricie region.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in events like the Festival Western de St-Tite that showcase local heritage talent and contribute to the community's vitality."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"By giving financial support to the Festival Western de St-Tite, our Government has shown that tourism is at the heart of its growth strategy."

-The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"The Government of Canada's support will make it possible to improve our cultural programming and showcase artists, artisans and performers from the region. It will also help us conduct innovative projects to develop our event internationally and build quality infrastructure."

-Pascal Lafrenière, General Manager, Festival Western de St-Tite

Associated Links

Festival Western de St-Tite

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Local Festivals component

Quebec Economic Development Program

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca

    Vincent Rabault
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Canada Economic Development
    514-496-1282
    vincent.rabault@miga-maig.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canada Economic Development
    514-283-8818
    media@dec-ced.gc.ca