Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 14, 2008 08:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports March Hare Literary Festival

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 14, 2008) - Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador will take part in a celebration of poetry and music next March, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John's South-Mount Pearl), 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 23rd annual March Hare literary festival.

Funding of $10,000 will assist the organizers in presenting public events in St. John's, Gander, Corner Brook and Toronto, from March 9 to 15, 2009.

This year's festival will include provincial, national, and international poets and writers as well as local musicians. Organizers are also planning a special feature for high school writers. The growing festival has built non-traditional poetry audiences through its imaginative mix of artists and venues, while at the same time continuing to attract the participation and respect of the literary and academic communities.

"Our Government is committed to providing the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with opportunities to experience the arts in all forms," said Minister Verner. "We are delighted to support the March Hare, a wonderful event that brings professional writers, poets, and musicians to communities that seldom have this opportunity."

"Founded by the late, great Newfoundland and Labrador poet Al Pittman, the March Hare has consistently featured artists of national and international calibre," said Minister Hearn. "I congratulate the organizers and participants for their success in bringing so many talented artists to an appreciative community."

"This will be our 23rd running of the March Hare, and we are really looking forward to broadening our patron base, as we have done consistently for years," said Rex Brown, March Hare Project Manager. "We believe in selling poetry to the public - entertaining people with this arts genre. We could not continue to present this festival without the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage."

Funding is provided through Arts Presentation Canada, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, live professional performances, and other arts experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at 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
    Canadian Heritage
    Newfoundland and Labrador
    Beth Ryan
    Communications Advisor
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    1-866 669-6155