Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Elora Festival

ELORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills), today announced funding for the Elora Festival, an annual classical and contemporary music festival taking place from July 10 to August 2.

The Festival will feature a variety of musical performances, with classical, jazz, and choral works performed in a number of venues in the Elora region, including the Gambrel Barn, St. John's Church, and the Elora Quarry in the Grand River Conservation Area. The 30th edition of the Festival will feature 22 performances by more than 140 Canadian and international artists. In addition to the musical performances, festival patrons will be able to take in a variety of activities for all ages.

"Our Government is proud to support the Elora Festival," said Minister Moore. "Congratulations on 30 years of first-rate musical programming in this beautiful region."

"From Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to Natalie MacMaster, this community has long supported world-class artists," said Mr. Chong. "Artists pursue a unique method of inquiry, designed to expose us to different ways of thinking and bring us to new insights. The Elora Festival has exemplified this pursuit through the many world-renowned classical and contemporary artists that have appeared on its program since 1979. I am pleased to be able to support the Elora Festival and look forward to another excellent season."

"The Elora Festival is thrilled to receive generous support from the Government of Canada," said Jurgen Petrenko, General Manager, Elora Festival. "The arts show us who we are and what we value. In times of uncertainty they become more important than ever. Support from the government is essential for the arts to thrive, especially in the current economic climate."

The Government of Canada has provided $52,000 in funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. 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.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations