Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

November 04, 2014 12:39 ET

Celebrating Local Arts and Winter Fun in Brock Township

Government of Canada supports the Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival

CANNINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 4, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $14,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the 11th edition of the Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival. The Festival, which includes heritage displays and local musical and dance performances, will take place in Cannington on January 24 and 25, 2015.

Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Festival celebrates winter by featuring outdoor activities such as ice sculpting and dog sled races. It also showcases local performers, including aboriginal fiddlers and dancers.
  • The events attract visitors and participants from across Ontario, Canada and the United States.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in community events that bring people together to enjoy shared heritage, arts and culture. Festivals such as this one benefit the economy and enrich the cultural life of Canadians."

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

"We are thrilled to support the 11th edition of the Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival, which stimulates the local economy and boosts tourism in Brock Township. I applaud the organizers for providing this unique event celebrating the culture and spirit of rural Ontario communities in the winter."

-Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock)

"Thank you to Canadian Heritage for its continued support of our event. The funding is a key factor in allowing us to engage our community by presenting Aboriginal culture and history, along with local artists and musicians. The Festival draws a diverse crowd from the surrounding area to experience and learn about our local history through re-enactors, storytellers, dance and music. We are one of the most anticipated events in the region and with help from Canadian Heritage, our many local sponsors and a dedicated team of volunteers, the event continues to grow."

-Alison Bennie and Ben Deith, Event Organizers and Committee Members, Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival

Associated Links

Cannington Dog Sled Races

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Jillian Lum
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    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage
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    jillian.lum@pch.gc.ca

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