Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 26, 2009 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), today announced funding for the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre.

The funding will support the Centre's 2009-2010 Expression Season, taking place from April 2009 to March 2010. This performance series will present music, dance, theatre, and comedy by artists from several Canadian provinces and abroad.

"This celebration of live music, dance, and theatre provides opportunities for Canadians to enjoy artistic performances," said Minister Moore. "The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is becoming a strong player in Alberta's vibrant artistic community, and our Government is proud to be a partner in yet another exciting season."

"I am very pleased with the funding provided by our Government," said Mr. Payne. "It is an important showcase of various cultural activities for the citizens of Medicine Hat and area. This funding will enhance and enrich our community."

"This funding allows us to cultivate and solicit artists from the many different facets of Canada's cultural mosaic," said Paul Heywood, Director of Theatre Operations. "Medicine Hat audiences are forever richer from this great funding resource, which brings Canadian artists to our concert halls, theatrical stages, and community programs on a regular basis."

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is owned by the City of Medicine Hat and was built as part of Alberta's Centennial Legacy Projects. Its mandate is to present professional artists that challenge and celebrate the cultural fabric of Canada with an emphasis on new and emerging artists, audiences, and forums.

The Government of Canada has provided $45,000 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
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations