Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

January 27, 2015 09:00 ET

Shivering Songs Festival 2015 Warms the Heart of Fredericton

Government of Canada provides funding to Capital Arts Support

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Jan. 27, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Capital Arts Support has hosted another winter-themed festival in Fredericton, featuring a wide range of live performances to warm the hearts of music lovers.

The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton), today announced funding of $11,500 for Capital Arts Support under Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The 5th Shivering Songs Festival took place in Fredericton from January 22 to 25, with musical performances by local artists, songwriting workshops, storytelling and literary events. These activities presented the work of 54 local artists, artisans and heritage performers for music fans of all ages.

Quick Facts

  • Capital Arts Support is a first-time funding recipient under Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.
  • The Shivering Songs Festival involved 50 volunteers who dedicated 300 hours to planning, managing and implementing the four-day festival.
  • This festival has a strong emphasis on the craft of songwriting and features an array of East Coast artists, as well as songwriters, musicians and storytellers from all over North America.
  • The festival took place again this year at Wilmot United Church. Constructed in 1852, the building's unique "shoe-box" profile and dramatically high ceilings produce a spectacular acoustic effect. Wilmot Church features design work by Canadian artist Alex Colville and a striking collection of stained glass windows.

Quotes

"We are proud to invest in organizations like Capital Arts Support that contribute to the economic growth of our communities and enrich the quality of life of Canadians."

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

"The Shivering Songs Festival is a great example of residents coming together for the benefit of the community. Fredericton residents and visitors have had the opportunity to enjoy music performances by talented artists and performers."

-The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton)

"We're grateful for the invaluable support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which has allowed Capital Arts Support to instill a stronger community focus in the Shivering Songs Festival. We've made inroads at pairing a number of emerging artists from our region with international headliners, exposing local artists to new audiences and allowing them further career development opportunities. The funding has also enabled us to improve the overall accessibility of Shivering Songs, with the addition of free programming in the event schedule."

-Brendan MaGee, co-organizer for Shivering Songs Festival

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Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Shivering Songs Festival 2015

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