Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 01, 2010 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Hornby Festival

HORNBY ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), today announced funding for the Hornby Festival Society.

This funding will support the Hornby Festival, an annual 10-day summer event that includes concerts with classical, jazz, world beat, and traditional music, modern dance, childrens' programming, theatre, and spoken word. Since its inception in 1980, the festival has presented over 400 concerts and events featuring more than 1,200 Canadian artists.

"This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's ongoing commitment to arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support opportunities for Canadians to experience the arts in all forms."

"The Hornby Festival provides a wonderful showcase for music and performing arts from across Canada," said Minister Duncan. "Events such as this add to the cultural diversity of our province, while contributing to its economic and artistic vitality."

"The Hornby Festival is grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage," said Dierdre Atkinson, Artistic Director. "Support of this kind allows us to continue to present a world-class festival that supports Canadian creation, as well as provide a way for our community to remain involved in the ever-weaving tapestry of Canadian culture. Without this support, we could not keep the ticket prices accessible to people from all walks of life, nor could we offer artists sustaining fees for their work. Our festival has become a nationally recognized Canadian cultural treasure with the help of this funding."

The Hornby Festival Society is a not-for-profit organization that presents a strong and innovative program of performances, outreach activities, and workshops. It is the only professional presenter in the small island community of Hornby Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island. The society promotes appreciation of and education in the arts through cultural and artistic programming.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $18,000 over two years through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager - Communications