Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 31, 2015 10:00 ET

Celebrating Local Arts and Heritage in Elgin County

Government of Canada supports heritage projects in St. Thomas and Tyrconnell

ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 31, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing a total of $13,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support two local heritage projects in Elgin County. The Iron Horse Festival of St. Thomas is receiving $11,900 and the Tyrconnell Heritage Society has been awarded $2,000.

Joe Preston, Member of Parliament (Elgin-Middlesex-London), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The 21st edition of the Iron Horse Festival will take place in St. Thomas from August 20 to 23, 2015. Activities include musical performances, museum tours and activities for children.
  • The Heritage Farm Show will take place in Elgin County, Ontario, from September 12 to 13, 2015. It will feature musical performances, textile arts demonstrations, and displays of traditional farming techniques and equipment.


"Our Government is proud to partner with organizations that promote our history and heritage while bringing communities together through the enjoyment of arts and culture. Events such as the Iron Horse Festival and the Heritage Farm Show benefit the local economy and enrich the cultural life of Canadians."

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

"I congratulate the organizers of the Iron Horse Festival and the Heritage Farm Show for their efforts to promote local artists and attract visitors to Elgin County. Local festivals are a great opportunity for Elgin residents and visitors to get together to enjoy unique artistic displays and performances."

-Joe Preston, Member of Parliament (Elgin-Middlesex-London)

"The Iron Horse Festival is a four-day festival held in late August bringing fun, interactive and educational exhibits to celebrate the rich railway heritage of St. Thomas. With the generous contribution from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are able to bring the history of the Railway Capital of Canada to life for young and old alike. From delectable food vendors to headliner entertainment, the largest midway in the area and Kids Junction, there is something for everyone."

-Rebekah Ryersee, Office Manager, Iron Horse Festival

Associated Links

Tyrconnell Heritage Society

Iron Horse Festival

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Renee Mactaggart
    Regional Communications Director
    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage