Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 15, 2010 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Stratford Arts Foundation

STRATFORD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gary Schellenberger, Member of Parliament (Perth–Wellington), today announced funding for the Stratford Arts Foundation.

This funding will support the Foundation's 11th Summer Music Festival, which will take place from July 18 to August 21, 2011. The Festival will give residents and visitors the opportunity to listen to and enjoy all genres of music, from classical to jazz. Both emerging and professional artists will perform at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Stratford. Audiences will also be able to participate in outreach and audience development activities, and there will be programming for children of all ages.

"Our Government is proud to support the Stratford Summer Music Festival, an annual celebration that brings the community together in a shared enjoyment of the arts," said Minister Moore.

"This celebration of music is a key contributor to the cultural vitality of Stratford," said Mr. Schellenberger. "It is important to support community organizations like the Stratford Arts Foundation that allow Canadians to experience arts and culture through live musical performances."

"Stratford Summer Music is delighted to receive this support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, particularly because with its two-year range it brings us a longer and important reach with our own future planning," said Mr. John Miller, Artistic Producer, Stratford Summer Music. "This announcement is another fine way to conclude our tenth anniversary season."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $60,000 for fiscal years 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 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 under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations