Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 13, 2014 12:20 ET

Celebrating Ukrainian Culture and Heritage in Toronto

Government of Canada supports the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $99,700 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to support the 18th edition of the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival. The Festival celebrates Ukrainian culture and heritage through free community-oriented programming.

Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament (Etobicoke Centre), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • This year's festival will take place from September 12 to 14 and will include music and dance performances by local artists, heritage arts and crafts workshops, films, interactive dance lessons and an art exhibit.
  • The event is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North America.
  • Canada is home to the world's third largest population of Ukrainians, after Ukraine itself and Russia.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support organizations that engage communities through arts and culture, stimulate the local economy, and bring unique cultural experiences to people who live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area."

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

"I am looking forward to this year's edition of the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival, a dynamic and fun event that reflects the spirit of the GTA's broad and vibrant Ukrainian community, while also providing great opportunities for local artists and artisans to showcase their talent."

-Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament (Etobicoke Centre)

"Cultural festivals allow people of diverse backgrounds to learn about each other and celebrate not only our uniqueness, but also those aspects that unite us. The support of Canadian Heritage allows the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival to showcase our exceptional local talent to hundreds of thousands of guests, and we are grateful."

-Sonia Holiad, Executive Director, Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

Associated Links

Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival

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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    Ontario Region
    Canadian Heritage
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    jillian.lum@pch.gc.ca

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