Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 19, 2010 14:24 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Festival of the Sound

PARRY SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Member of Parliament (Parry Sound–Muskoka), today announced funding for the Festival of the Sound.

This three-week-long festival of chamber music takes place in Parry Sound in July and August. With the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts as its primary presentation venue, the Festival of the Sound brings both Canadian and international musicians to Georgian Bay and often pairs them together in unique collaborations. Through its local outreach and educational programs, the festival also offers opportunities for interaction between audiences and performers.

"Our Government is proud to support the Festival of the Sound," said Minister Moore. "This long-running annual summer event showcases the best in chamber music from around the world. It stimulates tourism and allows more people to experience both the world-class performing arts venue of the Stockey Centre and the natural beauty of Georgian Bay."

"I am pleased to present this funding on behalf of our Government," said Minister Clement. "The Festival of the Sound is now entering its fourth decade of bringing unique and beautiful music to the area. It is a fundamental part of the cultural life of Parry Sound, and we recognize and value it as such."

"The Festival of the Sound is most grateful to the Government of Canada for its support," said Margaret Boyd, Executive Director of the Festival. "This funding will be used for both the 2010 and 2011 summer seasons of the Festival of the Sound, so we can offer Canadians the opportunity to experience professional arts experiences right in their own communities. We look forward to welcoming festival visitors to Parry Sound."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $240,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca