Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 20, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the South Country Fair Association

FORT MACLEOD, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Macleod), today announced funding for the South Country Fair Association.

This funding will help the Association present the 24th edition of the South Country Fair in Fort Macleod from July 16 to 18, 2010. The fair will feature more than 30 performances by 55 local and international emerging artists in genres including folk, new, and world music. In addition to its core programming, the Association will also organize its annual songwriters' competition.

"Our Government recognizes the importance of supporting communities in their artistic and cultural growth," said Minister Moore. "The South Country Fair Association contributes greatly to Alberta's music scene by supporting local and national artists in presenting high-quality performances."

"By supporting festivals such as this one, we are creating an environment in which culture and art are showcased and can enrich the lives of our residents," said Mr. Menzies.

"The Canada Arts Presentation Fund has allowed the South Country Fair Association much more than the opportunity to present world-class music from all parts of Canada; it has also helped us to grow as an organization," said Maureen Chambers, Artistic Director, South Country Fair Association. "We see ourselves more and more as a cultural adjuvant or catalyst, and I don't know if we could have accomplished that without the support of Canadian Heritage."

One of the South Country Fair Association's goals is to foster appreciation and accessibility of the performing arts. During the last few years, the Fair has highlighted folk and roots trends to an average audience of 2500 participants.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $21,000 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 Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101 or 1-866-569-6155