Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 11, 2007 16:34 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs announced today a contribution of up to $2,000 to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The funds, provided through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, will be used to support Remembrance Day concerts.

"Music is a universal language with an amazing ability to speak directly to our emotions and imagination," said Minister Thompson. "Through music, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's concerts will allow listeners to more deeply understand the feelings of the men and women who served our country during the Second World War."

The concerts, to be held November 9 to 11 at the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, will feature the Five By Design vocal group singing a variety of songs popular during the 1940s. The show reaches its climax as a soldier and his bride embrace for a farewell dance to "I'll Be Seeing You".

"Canada's New Government is proud to support projects that bring together Canada's rich cultural heritage with the remembrance of the brave Canadians who served our country," said the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Regional Minister Responsible for Manitoba. "These concerts are a unique and dynamic way to pass on respect for their service and sacrifice to future generations of Manitobans."

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events. Administered through Veterans Affairs Canada's Canada Remembers program, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Gerald A. Lefebvre
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649