Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 30, 2009 19:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Les FrancoFolies de Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding of more than $2,598,375 to Les FrancoFolies de Montreal.

Canadian Heritage is providing $175,000 to support the 21st edition of Les FrancoFolies de Montreal. Canada Economic Development is contributing $301,667 this year; under a three-year funding agreement that ends in 2010, it will have provided a total of $905,000. In addition, Industry Canada announced last week funding of $1,518,375 for 2009.

The $175,000 in funding from Canadian Heritage for 2009 comes from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund(http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pac-apc/index-eng.cfm). This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

"Once again this year, our Government is proud to support Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, the biggest international event dedicated to French-language music. During the festival, artists from Canada and abroad invite us to celebrate Francophone arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "Les FrancoFolies-a not-to-be-missed part of summer in Montreal-generates major economic and tourism spin-offs. It is in line with one of our Government's objectives, which is to stimulate the economy through the arts and culture."

The funding from Canada Economic Development, provided under the Community Diversification program, is intended to support the international marketing activities of Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, particularly in the United States and Europe.

"Les FrancoFolies de Montreal is a major tourist magnet for the city. Canada Economic Development's financial support for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions is in line with our mandate to foster the growth of sectors that, like tourism, play a significant role in furthering a region's economic health. I am pleased to contribute to the success of an event that, since its creation, has become an essential musical event for artists from the French-speaking world," said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec).

Industry Canada's funding is provided under the Marquee Tourism Events Program, a federal government initiative that is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The program will invest $100 million over two years in various events, with the aim of supporting the tourism industry.

"The announcement made on July 21 is excellent news for everyone taking part in Les FrancoFolies de Montreal," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry. "The Government of Canada recognizes the important role played by Les FrancoFolies de Montreal in the local economy, and this is shown by the funding announced under the Marquee Tourism Events Program."

The festival, celebrating its 21st year, will present more than 250 performances in the coming days. Of these, more than 150 outdoor shows will be offered free of charge to the delight of the tens of thousands of visitors who come to the city each year for the festival.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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For more information, visit the website of the Marquee Tourism Events Program or the website of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Regional Communications Director
    Quebec Region
    514-283-4027
    eric.amyot@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Karina Gagnon
    Communications
    418-368-6048 or 1-866-368-0044
    karina.gagnon@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
    Canada Economic Development
    Simon Bachand
    Press Secretary
    613-996-6236
    simon.bachand@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Laryssa Waler
    A/Press Secretary
    613-995-9001