Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 24, 2010 21:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Port Moody Festival of the Arts

PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam), today announced funding for the Port Moody Arts Centre Society.

This funding will support the Port Moody Festival of the Arts, which is taking place from September 24 to October 3, 2010. Programming includes music, comedy, theatre, and literary and visual arts by emerging and established artists from British Columbia and across Canada. This festival also promotes the arts through hands-on participation and workshops that give young people the chance to learn from professional artists.

"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in organizations like the Port Moody Arts Centre Society because of its ongoing efforts to provide high-quality artistic performances and presentations," said Minister Moore. "Through this dynamic festival, residents of Port Moody and throughout the Lower Mainland are able to experience and enjoy a multitude of local and national professional artists and their works."

"The Port Moody Festival of the Arts is a wonderful opportunity to provide a broad range of visual and performing arts activities to all age groups, from free family and youth events to ticketed performances," said Jane Matthews, Executive Director. "The funding support from Canadian Heritage allows us to bring musical performers of national and international acclaim to the citizens of Port Moody. We'd like to thank Canadian Heritage for their continued support of this event for our community."

The Port Moody Arts Centre Society, established in 1998, aims to stimulate, develop, and promote arts and culture by providing opportunities for all members of the community to participate in a variety of artistic pursuits. The Arts Centre has four art galleries that host 48 shows and produce several arts and heritage events throughout the year.

The Government of Canada has provided $10,000 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
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager - Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations