Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 27, 2009 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Various Arts, Culture and Official Languages Organizations in Quebec

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2009) - A number of organizations in the fields of arts, culture, and official languages will receive funding from the Government of Canada to foster the advancement of the arts and cultural industries, provide Canadians with the opportunity to participate in events celebrating the history and heritage of specific regions, and highlight Canada's linguistic duality.

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced funding for various arts, culture, and official languages organizations in Quebec. Minister Paradis made this announcement during his visit to Les Productions Loma inc., in Montreal.

"We are investing directly in our communities, artists, and cultural industries," said Minister Moore. "Our actions speak volumes and give organizations a chance to highlight the excellence and cultural vitality of our country. They make it possible for Canadians to enjoy a wide range of cultural experiences, and they promote a better understanding of our linguistic duality."

"Our Government's message is clear: by investing in various cultural sectors and supporting official languages, it recognizes how important they are and ensures the social and economic vitality of Canadian communities," said Minister Paradis. "I would like to thank Les Productions Loma for their warm welcome here today, and congratulate all the other organizations that play an important role in Canada's cultural and economic sectors."

The organizations will share a total of $481,104 allocated by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the following programs:

- The Arts Presentation Canada Program offers Canadians direct access to various artistic experiences by providing financial assistance to arts presenters.

- The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program fosters the participation of Canadians in community life and funds activities that celebrate events, historical anniversaries, and heritage of a region.

- The Enhancement of Official Languages Program promotes a better understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality.

- The Book Publishing Industry Development Program aims to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books and to help the Canadian book industry adopt innovative technologies.

An information sheet listing the funded organizations is attached.

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


THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS VARIOUS ARTS, CULTURE AND OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ORGANIZATIONS IN QUEBEC

FACT SHEET

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THROUGH THE ENHANCEMENT OF OFFICIAL LANGUAGES PROGRAM

Le Phare, enfants et familles, Montreal, Quebec
Funding of $2,207 for the translation and revision of documents was provided in 2008-2009.

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THROUGH THE BOOK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Association nationale des editeurs de livres, Montreal, Quebec
Funding of $77,150 in 2008-2009 for the development of a digital platform capable of hosting the digital content of books and making it accessible in various formats for promotional and sales purposes.

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THROUGH THE ARTS PRESENTATION CANADA PROGRAM

Azimut diffusion inc., Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

Funding of $24,000 for its 2009-2010 season, featuring around 50 professional performances from a variety of disciplines, including theatre, music, song, dance, comedy, and variety shows.

Oboro Goboro, Montreal, Quebec

Funding of $45,000 for its 2009-2010 season of activities including 30 multidisciplinary shows and interactive performances, as well as residency and awareness-raising activities.

Les Productions Loma inc., Montreal, Quebec

Funding of $75,000 in 2009-2010 for the presentation of the annual series Danse Danse, featuring 8 shows and 91 performances. Three of the shows are by foreign artists (from Belgium, the United States, and Great Britain) and five are by artists from Quebec and other Canadian provinces.

Societe de musique contemporaine du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec

Funding of $123,000 in 2008-2009 for the presentation of the Festival Montreal/Nouvelles musiques, dedicated to contemporary concert music. This 4th edition will feature more than 20 concerts from 50 composers and performed by 20 ensembles, 18 conductors, 15 soloists, and more than 1600 professional and emerging musicians from Canada and abroad.


ASSISTANCE PROVIDED THROUGH THE BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ARTS AND HERITAGE PROGRAM

Festival Saint-Come en glace, Saint-Come, Quebec

Funding of $15,300 to present the 2008-2009 festival, with the focus on the creation and exhibition of 60 ice sculptures made by volunteer craftspeople from the village and performances by local artists.

Festival culturel ibero-latino-americain de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec

Funding of $38,400 in 2008-2009 for the 13th Festivalissimo Montreal Latino, which features cultural programming that provides interesting opportunities for 212 artists from the region and promotes community involvement.

O.T.J. Saint-Bernard inc., Saint-Bernard-de-Michaudville, Quebec

Funding of $3,800 in 2008-2009 for the Festival de musique traditionnelle de St-Bernard-de-Michaudville, which brings together 40 local artists, including traditional musicians and singers, and promotes greater community participation.

Association des pourvoyeurs de peche aux petits poissons des chenaux inc.

Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade, Quebec

Funding of $16,100 in 2008-2009 for the Festival de peche au poulamon 2009, which brings together residents of Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade through celebrations highlighting the treasures of the Sainte-Anne River, the hub of this community.

Comite de developpement rural de Saint-Onesime-d'Ixworth, Saint-Onesime-D'Ixworth, Quebec

Funding of $34,147 in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 for the Fetes du 150e de la municipalite de Saint-Onesime-d'Ixworth to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the municipality with celebrations featuring 47 local artists, artisans, and performers.

Fete d'hiver de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec

Funding of $17,000 for the 2008-2009 edition of this local winter arts festival featuring more than 90 local artists, including ice sculptors, singers, and musicians.

Office de developpement d'aventure, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec

Funding of $10,000 in 2008-2009 for the project Les Nuits Polaires, an innovative winter event that promotes participation in outdoor and indoor activities of an artistic, cultural, heritage and sports-related nature.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken, Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101 or 1-866-569-6155