Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 09, 2009 12:39 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of David Alvarez Winning a 2009 Tony Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - Billy Elliot is the moving story of a talented young boy who overcomes tremendous obstacles to pursue his passion for ballet. This engaging story can be seen as a metaphor for the thousands of young Canadians who are working tirelessly to make their dreams of a promising career in the arts come true.

At the tender age of 15, David Alvarez has won a 2009 Tony Award for his outstanding performance in the title role of the Broadway production Billy Elliot: The Musical. In achieving this important recognition at such a young age, Mr. Alvarez serves as an inspiration to young people throughout this country.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to congratulate David Alvarez on his Tony Award and to wish him all the best in the future.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca