Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 17, 2014 11:00 ET

Jazz Festival Kicks Off Summer in Bridge City

Member of Parliament Maurice Vellacott announces funding for the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Dec. 17, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $176,000 in funding over two years ($88,000 per year) to the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Inc. for the 2015 and 2016 editions of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. The funding is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • For 10 days each summer, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival presents hundreds of world-class artists in Saskatoon. Every year, more than 85,000 music fans are treated to the sound of jazz, blues, funk, pop and world music.
  • The first festival took place in Saskatoon during the summer of 1987. Today, it is the second largest festival of its kind in Western Canada.
  • The 2015 festival will take place from June 25 to July 5, and the 2016 edition is planned for June 24 to July 3.

Quotes

"This international jazz festival attracts thousands of spectators each year with its fantastic program. It brings significant economic benefits to Saskatoon, while enriching the artistic landscape of Saskatchewan and our great country."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Our Government is proud to support the 2015 and 2016 editions of the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival. This investment in the arts in Saskatchewan gives residents and visitors access to remarkable performances right here at home."

-Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin)

"The Government of Canada's funding enables the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival to continue to fulfill its mission to present the best of Canada's musicians. It allows us to bring often little-known yet high-quality musicians to the province and develop a nationwide market for talented artists in our country."

-Bob Eaton, Chair, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Associated Links

Saskatchewan Jazz Festival

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Stay Connected

Follow us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Flickr.

Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage
    204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca