Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 30, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Silver Skate Festival

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament (Edmonton East), today announced funding for the Silver Skate Festival Society.

This funding will support the 21st annual Silver Skate Festival, which will take place from February 18 to 21, 2011. A free event for the public to enjoy, the festival features planned activities that include an Aboriginal village installation, skating and races on a frozen artificial lake, interactive ice and snow sculptures, an ice slide, and multimedia presentations on a giant snow screen.

"The Government of Canada is committed to providing all Canadians with opportunities to celebrate the vitality of their communities," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with organizations that support local history and heritage."

"The Silver Skate Festival is a wonderful celebration for the Edmonton region," said Mr. Goldring. "Local events like this bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities. We are pleased that this funding will support the festival's continued success."

"Edmontonians are always looking for ways to embrace our long winter season, and the Silver Skate Festival in William Hawrelak Park is a popular community event," said Ritchie Velthuis, Festival Producer. "Our programming has grown to include the long blade skate marathons, a snow sculpture garden, night works in the park, a fire sculpture installation, our family fun zone, a heritage village, and the Edmonton Winter Triathlon. We truly have become a festival with something for everyone. These expanded areas of programming have been made possible, in a large degree, with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and we would like to express our sincere thanks for its continued support in 2011. Without Canadian Heritage, we would not exist."

The Silver Skate Festival—the longest running winter festival in Edmonton—is rooted in the Dutch tradition of a love of the outdoors and the pleasure of experiencing the cultural and aesthetic beauty of winter. Participation continues to grow every year, with last year's activities attracting more than 30,000 festival goers.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $35,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations