Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 29, 2009 12:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2009 JUNO Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 29, 2009) -

Canada enjoys a wealth of talented songwriters, composers, and singers-remarkable artists throughout the country who contribute not only to our rich culture, but also to a dynamic and innovative music industry. This year's JUNO nominees are a wonderful reflection of Canada's diverse cultural heritage, and I am personally pleased that the 2009 JUNO Awards are taking place in the city of Vancouver.

Our Government understands that creativity and innovation are vital both to Canada's vibrant cultural life and to our economic future, which is why we are investing significant levels of funding in Canadian arts and culture. We appreciate the efforts of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to highlight the success of all those involved in the Canadian music industry through the JUNO Awards.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I congratulate the nominees and winners of the 2009 JUNO Awards, and I look forward to meeting many of them at this evening's show.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications