Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Arts, Culture, and Official Languages in the Outaouais Region

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding for three cultural and community projects in the Outaouais region.

The organizations receiving this funding are the Corporation du centre culturel de Gatineau, Concerts Ponticello, and the Regional Association of West Quebecers.

"Our Government is committed to encouraging creativity and openness in the cultural sector, as well as the development of official-language minority communities through targeted investments," said Minister Moore. "By providing opportunities for Canadians and visitors to enjoy the rich cultural diversity that is characteristic of our country and by promoting dialogue among official-language communities, we are fostering the growth of our artists, artisans, communities, and our society as a whole."

"Arts, culture, and official languages play an important role in both the economic and cultural development of our communities," said Minister Cannon. "That is why our Government is proud to have invested in several organizations in the Outaouais region."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $168,900 through two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

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The following are the projects that are part of this announcement:

Corporation du centre culturel de Gatineau, Salle Odyssée, 2010–2011: The Corporation, a multidisciplinary arts presenter based in Gatineau, offers a varied program of song, theatre, and musical performances, as well as comedy and variety shows, for residents of the Outaouais region. More than 60 different performances by Canadian and foreign artists will be presented at the Salle Odyssée. This organization will also offer educational activities especially for younger audiences. Funding of $35,000 is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, which 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.

Concerts Ponticello, 2010–2011 season: A presenter specializing in chamber music in the Outaouais region, this organization will once again offer a program of 10 performances during its 2010–2011 season. Close to 40 artists from different provinces will present concerts at Salle Jean-Desprez and at the Centre culturel du Vieux-Aylmer. Funding of $10,000 is being provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

Regional Association of West Quebecers, program funding 2010–2011: This organization will offer various activities to the English-speaking community of the Outaouais region through its 2010–2011 programming. These activities—presented in two components: communications and community relations—seek to maintain the vitality of the English-speaking community. Funding of $123,900 has been provided through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, which aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit, Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot, Director, Regional Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101 or 1-866-569-6155