Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2015 12:00 ET

Coldsnap Festival Continues to Grow and Entertain Thanks to Federal Funding

Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer announces support for the Prince George Folkfest Society

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 20, 2015) - The Government of Canada is providing funding of $15,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to the Prince George Folkfest Society in support of the 2016 edition of Coldsnap - The Prince George Winter Music Festival.

Coldsnap is one of the few music festivals in British Columbia that takes place during winter. The festival lineup includes performers in various genres from across Canada, as well as artists from the community. The Prince George Folkfest Society also offers free daytime concerts and a series of outreach activities, including musical workshops hosted by both headlining acts and local talent.

Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament (Prince George-Peace River), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Prince George Folkfest Society, a specialized presenter of folk music in northern British Columbia, oversees the Coldsnap Festival and also facilitates other smaller concerts and festivals throughout the year.
  • Next year's Coldsnap Festival is scheduled to take place from January 22 to 30, 2016.
  • Performances will take place in nine different venues across the city, including the Coast Inn of the North and the Prince George Playhouse.
  • 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.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support Coldsnap - The Prince George Winter Music Festival as it continues to showcase and support Canadian talent. I commend the Prince George Folkfest Society, its volunteers and festival organizers for their commitment in making music accessible to all members of the community."

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

"Over the years, the Coldsnap Festival has grown to become an event that so many look forward to on our community's winter calendar. I am pleased to see the festival continue to offer new and exciting performances for all audiences to enjoy."

-Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament (Prince George-Peace River)

"The Prince George Folkfest Society is thrilled to receive this support from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This investment allows the Society to move forward into long-term sustainability, and furthers our dream of growing the City of Prince George into the arts and cultural hub of the north."

-Sue Judge, Artistic and Executive Director, Prince George Folkfest Society

Associated Links

Coldsnap - The Prince George Winter Music Festival

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

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