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May 20, 2011 10:14 ET

Canadian Filmmakers and Musicians Celebrate Parks Canada Centennial

Launch of the National Parks Project Songs and Films

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2011) - In celebration of Parks Canada's 100th anniversary, the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the release of the National Parks Project song collection on CD and a week of screenings of the National Parks Project films which feature visuals and songs inspired by Canada's national parks. A special concert last night at Toronto's historic Royal Cinema featured live performances by Canada's acclaimed musicians and filmmakers who participated in the National Parks Project.

"It's very exciting to celebrate Parks Canada's 100th anniversary with an evening of live performances of the inspiring songs that were written and recorded in our magnificent national parks," said Minister Kent. "And with the National Parks Project soundtrack, all Canadians will be able to experience the majesty and beauty of Canada's national parks through these moving songs."

The artists shared brief anecdotes from their park adventures where they wrote and recorded their songs, complemented by visuals filmed during their national park visits. From May to October 2010, the project sent groups comprised of three musicians and a filmmaker to a national park in each province and territory to collaborate on a short film and soundtrack that reflects their experience of the landscape.

To allow the public to enjoy the collection of their songs, the National Parks Project Album will be released on May 24th. From May 20th-26th, the National Parks Project films will hit the big screen at The Royal Cinema, a 1939 historic Art Moderne movie house in the heart of Little Italy. For details on show times, refer to The Royal Cinema website at www.theroyal.to/schedule.

With a capacity performance last night, the weeklong screenings of the 13 films shot on location in the national parks are expected to attract many Torontonians keen to connect with their magnificent national parks through these visual and musical artistic collaborations. The collection of films showcases the country's natural diversity and the breadth of its artistic talent, and celebrates the spirit of creative collaboration.

Also in Toronto, on May 21st, all Canadians, and especially young people, are invited to participate in Parks Canada's centennial celebrations as part of "The Parks Canada Experience" in and around the CN Tower and Rogers Centre.

Established in 1911 as the Dominion Parks Branch, Parks Canada was the world's first national park and national historic site service and ever since has been a world leader in protecting and presenting treasured natural and historic places.

Throughout its centennial, Parks Canada will be highlighting 100 years of world leadership in conservation, education and visitor experience programs and is inviting Canadians to come celebrate by visiting Parks Canada places across the country.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's natural and historic treasures are protected and presented for the enjoyment, education and benefit of all Canadians, today and in the future, offering them the opportunity for personal moments of inspiring discovery.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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