Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 10, 2011 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Songs of the World Festival

PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - The Songs of the World Festival, a local festival that will host more than 2,500 young performers from 12 visiting choirs, will hold another successful event this year, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Funding was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

With this funding, the Coastal Sound International (C.S.I.) Choral Festival Society will engage 125 volunteers to stage the 2011 Songs of the World Festival, which is taking place in Burnaby from July 4 to 9. Over the course of six days, young singers will participate in group and solo sessions, workshops, and clinics.

"We are pleased to support the Coastal Sound International Choral Festival Society," said Minister Moore. "Local organizations such as C.S.I. bring youth together and plant the seeds for a life-long passion for music."

"This generous grant from the Government of Canada will contribute to empowering young singers from around North America, who are gathering in July for Songs of the World 2011, to experience new and unique dimensions, not only as choral artists, but also as global citizens," said Donna Otto, Festival Manager and Artistic Director, C.S.I. Choral Festival Society.

C.S.I. Choral Festival Society is a local incorporated non-profit organization with a mission to celebrate the human spirit and to build bridges of understanding and respect through music. The Songs of the World Festival aims to inspire and invigorate the choral community by providing continuous learning opportunities.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,100 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Perry Boldt - A/Regional Manager
    Communications Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations