Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 03, 2014 13:00 ET

Celebrating Arts, Culture and Heritage in Canada's North

Government of Canada announces support for local festivals and concert series

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for eight Yukon-based projects through the Celebrate Canada program and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

Funding will support a range of activities including local celebrations for National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and Canada Day, as well as for local concert series and festivals.

Quick Facts

  • Eight organizations in Yukon received a combined total of $202,800 through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebrate Canada program and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
  • The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
  • Celebrate Canada is an 11-day period from June 21 to July 1 that includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to contribute to the cultural life of communities throughout Yukon by investing in arts, culture, heritage, and festivals, as well as important milestones and anniversaries."

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

"Arts and culture play an important role in the economic growth and development in the North. These projects offer the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our exceptional cultural connections here in Yukon."

-Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon)

"Whitehorse Concerts is very grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for the funding received through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Throughout our 30-year history, Whitehorse Concerts has been an integral part of the musical culture of Yukon, in presenting and educating our audiences about the magic of classical music. This support is absolutely essential to allow our organization to continue this important work."

-Steve Gedrose, Manager, Whitehorse Concerts

Associated Links

Association Franco-Yukonnaise

Jazz Yukon

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Society

Nakai Theatre Ensemble

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 254

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

Whitehorse Concerts

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

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Backgrounder

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

City Organization Project Funding and Year
Whitehorse Whitehorse Concerts Clasically Yours $22,000 (2014-2015)
$22,000 (2015-2016)
Whitehorse Nakai Theatre Ensemble Pivot Theatre Festival $14,000 (2014-2015)
$14,000 (2015-2016)
Whitehorse Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Skookum Jim Folklore Show 2015 and 2016 $6,500 (2014-2015)
$6,500 (2015-2016)
Whitehorse Jazz Yukon Jazz on the Wing $18,000 (2014-2015)
$18,000 (2015-2016)
Whitehorse Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association Adäka Cultural Festival 2014 $25,000 (2014-2015)
TOTAL: $146,000

Celebrate Canada

This program provides financial support for activities organized on specific days during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. The Celebrate Canada period includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.

City Organization Project Funding and Year
Whitehorse Kwanlin Dün Cultural Society National Aboriginal Day $18,000 (2014-2015)
Whitehorse Association franco-yukonnaise Célébrations de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste et de la fête du Canada au Yukon - 2014 $15,300 (2014-2015)
Whitehorse Royal Canadian Legion Branch 254 Celebrate Canada Day 2014 $23,500 (2014-2015)
TOTAL : $56,800

Contact Information

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

    Anna Gravelle
    A/Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    604-666-6504

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