Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 04, 2009 22:15 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Festival de Lanaudiere

JOLIETTE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 4, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), the Honourable Michel Rivard, Senator, today announced funding for the Festival de Lanaudiere.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Festival de Lanaudiere, which continues to grow in popularity and attract lovers of classical music from near and far," said Minister Moore. "This gathering expresses all the wealth of the classical music world and contributes to the cultural vitality of the region and all of Quebec."

"The diversity, richness, and originality of classical music are no doubt behind the hundreds of thousands of visitors who attend the Festival international de Lanaudiere every year," said Minister of State Lebel. "Its success, combined with the $5 million in annual economic spin-offs, has a major impact on the entire region. Through this contribution, Canada Economic Development aims to support Quebec's incredible cultural and artistic vitality and to make our communities more dynamic through tourism development."

"I would like to pay tribute to the work and legacy of the late Father Lindsay, founder of the Festival de Lanaudiere. Thanks to him, magnificent concerts are presented not only in the Amphitheatre de Lanaudiere in Joliette, but also in a number of neighbouring communities," said Senator Rivard.

The Festival de Lanaudiere promotes the creation, development, and production of top-quality artistic performances presented in unique contexts. The 32nd edition of this international-calibre event, which is taking place this year from July 4 to August 2, provides a showcase for artists from Canada and other countries and offers a program of more than 70 concerts to music lovers in the Lanaudiere region, elsewhere in the country, and around the world.

The Government of Canada has provided $300,000 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.

The Government of Canada has also provided a non-refundable contribution of $306,375 through Canada Economic Development for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of the Festival. These funds, which come from the Community Diversification program, will be used to finance promotional efforts in Canadian and foreign markets.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Quebec Region
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Marie-Claude Lemire
    Communications
    514-283-2199
    marie-claude.lemire@dec-ced.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of State (Economic Development
    Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec)
    Eric Lefebvre
    Senior Special Assistant, Communications
    613-608-7906
    eric.lefebvre@dec-ced.gc.ca