Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 06, 2009 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Calgary International Blues Festival

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced funding for the Calgary Blues Music Association to present the 5th annual Calgary International Blues Festival, taking place from August 6 to 9, as well as community engagement activities throughout the year. The Festival will present a wide range of blues music by professional Canadian and international artists at a variety of venues.

"Our Government is investing in cultural events that strengthen community ties and enhance the cultural vitality of our cities," said Minister Moore. "This festival welcomes a wide variety of artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the Calgary region."

"The Calgary Bluesfest is a perfect example of the important role that arts and cultural festivals play in our community," said Mr. Richardson. "I am pleased that our Government is supporting this event and helping make this year's festival the best yet."

"We are extremely pleased to receive this crucial support, which makes it possible to bring in some of the best talent that we do each year from all across Canada," said Maurice Ginzer, Festival Producer. "We applaud the Government of Canada for clearly recognizing the positive results of supporting many of the lesser known acts, who are often truly the jewels of our festivals."

The Calgary Blues Music Association is also the proud presenter of the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest. The second Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest will take place from February 23 to 28, 2010. This is audience outreach event features local, regional, and international artists. The Midwinter Bluesfest helps promote the main summer festival by raising and maintaining the organization's profile in the community.

The Government of Canada has provided $23,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations