Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 12, 2010 14:25 ET

Government of Canada Supports Remembrance Day Concert in Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA, announced today up to $1,100 in federal government support for a concert in Toronto, Ontario to honour veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Community groups and organizations are leaders in bringing remembrance activities to people of all ages in communities of all sizes," said Minister Blackburn. "Canadians can honour our veterans by participating in community events like these and by pausing for a moment of silence. The Government of Canada honours our veterans by ensuring that our veterans are well cared for with appropriate and accessible programs and services. This is how we remember."

On November 11, 2010, the Toronto Choral Society presented a Remembrance Day concert entitled "The Larks, Still Bravely Singing." The multimedia presentation included choral selections interspersed with narration and excerpts of radio and film broadcasts from the Second World War era. The narrative segments included letters from the front and segments from published war accounts such as Farley Mowatt's And no birds sang as well as Georges Vanier's Report on the Concentration Camp at Buchenwald. A special section of the program featured choir members commemorating their family and friends who have served in the armed forces. 

"I applaud the Toronto Choral Society for organizing this concert, which will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the bravery, courage and sacrifice of our veterans," said Minister Flaherty. "With Government support, events like these help ensure a noble legacy will live on."

Canadians observe Veterans' Week from November 5-11, each year. This year, the Government of Canada is asking Canadians to make remembrance more than something you feel, and make it something you do. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember?

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for more information and a list of the other funded projects. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252