Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival des Glaces de St-Gedeon and Mid-lent Celebration on L'Isle aux Grues

ST-GEDEON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Denis Lebel, Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-St-Jean), today announced funding for the Festival des Glaces de St-Gedeon and the mid-Lent celebration on L'Isle aux Grues.

Funding of $10,000 will allow the Festival des glaces to raise awareness of the art of ice sculpting in the community. Around 15 local sculptors will display their talents throughout the festival. The 4th Festival des glaces de St-Gedeon began on February 13 and will end on February 24, 2008. This event offers the community a wide range of winter activities, including artistic ice creations, evening dances, and musical performances.

Funding of $2,695 will go to the Corporation de developpement touristique de L'Isle aux Grues to organize a costumed mid-Lent celebration. This event will take place on March 14 and 15, 2008, and will include a number of activities, including a costumed parade and interactive awareness-raising development workshops.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Festival des Glaces de St-Gedeon and the mid-Lent celebration on L'Isle aux Grues under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring together people of all ages and backgrounds and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Lebel. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The organizing committee is very pleased about this funding from Canadian Heritage," said Marjolaine Girard, Chair of the Festival des glaces. "Thanks to this support, the Festival's organizers can develop and promote ice carving, an activity that is not well known or commonly practised and that is sure to raise interest among the population for the cultural activities that are part of the Festival des glaces."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

Also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Quebec Region
    514 283-4027