Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 24, 2009 20:00 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates Nominees and Winners of 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament (Mississauga-Erindale), today attended the 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards presentation to recognize the talent and efforts of home-grown musicians and singers.

"The Smooth Jazz Awards allow us to honour artists who, through their works, creativity, and passion for their art, enrich the cultural life of our country, help make our music industry more dynamic, and enhance our everyday life," said Mr. Dechert. "These awards also provide an opportunity to promote the best in the Canadian pop-jazz scene both at home and abroad."

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has increased funding for arts and culture. We are proud to support celebrations like this one that highlight the talent of our creators and the contribution of the cultural sector to our society.

"On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper; my colleague James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages; and the Government of Canada, I commend all the nominated artists and offer my congratulations to all of this year's winners," added Mr. Dechert. "Thanks to all who helped organize this evening's event, especially members of the Mississauga Living Arts Centre."

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations