Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 13, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Canadian International Military Tattoo

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 13, 2008) - Residents and visitors of the Hamilton area will be able to learn more about our country's rich military history thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

David Sweet, Member of Parliament (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Canadian International Military Tattoo.

The Canadian International Military Tattoo Association will receive $15,000 in funding for its 2008 Tattoo, a show featuring marching bands, dancers, pipes and drums, and military displays. The theme of this year's event is "Je Me Souviens" in honour of the military traditions of French Canada and the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. The show will pay special tribute to the Royal 22nd Regiment, recently returned from active service in Afghanistan. The tattoo will take place at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, on June 14 and 15.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Canadian International Military Tattoo in its efforts to commemorate the military history and traditions of Quebec and Canada," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with organizations that showcase our country's rich culture and heritage."

"The Canadian International Military Tattoo provides people with a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate our country's military history," said Mr. Sweet. "The Government of Canada is proud to support the Canadian International Military Tattoo in its important role of representing the culture and military tradition of Canada through music, song, and drills."

"The Canadian International Military Tattoo would be impossible to mount without the generosity of our sponsors and supporters," said Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret'd) Rick Kennedy, C.D., Chair of the Board. "We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its donation to the Tattoo, which shows its commitment to the importance of education, history, and tradition. We would also like to invite new friends to come out and learn more about the remarkable military history of our nation."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to provide Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations throughout Canada this year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and to celebrate Canadian arts and heritage.

This release can also be found on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    Ontario Region
    416-954-6615