Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 26, 2014 19:00 ET

Biggest Names in Jazz Gather in Montreal

Government of Canada funds Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - June 26, 2014) - Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development

Acting on behalf of 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, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture) today announced that Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been granted financial assistance.

Funding, totalling $2 million ($1 million for 2014 and $1 million for 2015), allocated by Canadian Heritage under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help enhance the offer of shows to be presented to jazz fans.

The financial assistance from Canada Economic Development for the 2013 and 2014 editions of the Festival has been granted in the form of a $1,374,750 non-repayable financial contribution through the Quebec Economic Development Program and is earmarked for the implementation of an international marketing strategy to help increase the Festival's ability to attract foreign tourists.

Quick facts

  • The 35th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place in the Quartier des spectacles, June 26 to July 6, 2014.
  • The programming, most of which is free, will feature more than 800 concerts from noon to midnight at some 15 indoor and 10 outdoor venues.
  • Every year, the Festival welcomes some 2,000 musicians and buskers and more than 2 million fans.

Quotes

"I am proud that the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is celebrating its 35th birthday. Congratulations to all the organizers, artists and artisans who have made this festival one of the most prestigious cultural events in Canada!"

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"In lending its financial support to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Government of Canada is helping to promote the international reach of Montréal and to stimulate the city's economy, which is sure to benefit from the spinoffs generated by the many foreign tourists in town for the event."

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

"In the past 35 years, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has hosted the greatest names in music and millions of fans from around the world. That is why our government wants to sincerely congratulate everyone who took part, directly or indirectly, in making Montréal a unique, must-see city for anyone who is passionate about jazz."

Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture)

Related links

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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