Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 16, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2008) - Canadians will have the opportunity to learn about military music, its traditions, and its history at the 10th Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Daniel Petit, Member of Parliament (Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, and the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced financial support for the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands.

Funding of $50,000 will help organizers present the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands, which takes place from August 14 to 24, 2008. Canadians of all ages will have the opportunity to celebrate the military music of Canada and abroad. The festival will allow us to honour our Veterans as well as current members of the military, who still proudly uphold Canadian values around the world.

"The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to announce financial support of $40,000 for the Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands," said Minister Verner. "This funding will allow local residents to take part in the festivities, including popular concerts that feature Canadian military bands and put the spotlight on the military historic sites and fortifications of Old Quebec."

"The festival is a great opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of Canada's Veterans and to honour the Veterans and the men and women of the Canadian Forces who proudly stand up for Canadian values around the world," said Minister Thompson. "Veterans Affairs Canada is proud to contribute $10,000 so that thousands of people attending the event will learn about the presence of music in our country's past and present military efforts."

"It is important for new generations of Canadians to understand where they come from, as well as to thoroughly appreciate Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Mr. Petit. "The Quebec City International Festival of Military Bands will be a source of pride for members of our community."

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage 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 throughout Canada this year.

September 1, 2008 is the deadline for submitting a funding application for a festival taking place between January 1 and August 31, 2009, or a community historic commemoration taking place between January 1 and December 31, 2009.

Funding has been provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, which helps non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations in need of financial assistance to organize commemorative activities of national or local scope. The Fund is administered by the Canada Remembers Program of Veterans Affairs Canada, and provides assistance throughout the year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Director Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468