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Government of Canada

July 20, 2016 15:30 ET

Original Music is on the Agenda in Abitibi-Temiscamingue

The Government of Canada supports the Festival de musique émergente to be held in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - July 20, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED, along with the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announce that the Government of Canada awarded financial support to the Festival de musique émergente in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FMEAT).

The FMEAT plays an indispensable role in the advancement of independent music in Quebec; every year, this diversified gathering of emerging artists attracts over 24,000 visitors. It generates significant media and tourism spin-off benefits for Abitibi-Témiscamingue and helps boost its international reach. For four days, roughly 100 music performances are programmed, almost half of which, are free.

The financial assistance granted by CED to the FMEAT amounts to $190,120 and applies to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions. Awarded in the form of a non-repayable contribution under the Quebec Economic Development Program, this amount is earmarked for such things as promoting the FMEAT on foreign markets.

Canadian Heritage is providing $60,000 to the 14th Festival de musique émergente in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. This funding, awarded through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will support a diverse lineup including concerts by groups from the emerging music scene, and will contribute to the vitality of the region while promoting up-and-coming musicians.

Quotes

"The Festival de musique émergente in Abitibi-Témiscamingue is a unique opportunity to discover the multitude of artists on the alternative scene and the up-and-coming musical talent. By gaining a reputation both in and outside of Canada, this cultural showcase greatly benefits its region."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"The arts and culture define us and unite us. They help build ties between communities all over the country. By supporting events such as the Festival de musique émergente in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, we are helping create jobs, boost tourism and promote the cultural wealth of our regions."

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Related links

Website of the Festival de musique émergente in Abitibi-Témiscamingue: http://www.fmeat.org/english/

For more information about the QEDP: http://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/programs/qedp/index.html

To learn more about the Canada Arts Presentation Fund : http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1452621893765

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
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    dec.media.ced@canada.ca

    Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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