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Canadian Heritage

May 03, 2008 16:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 2008 Eloizes Event

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - Prince Edward Islanders and visitors to the province will have an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate Acadian talent at its best, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB)

Funding of $100,000 will help the AAAPNB organize the Eloizes event and present the 10th edition of the gala. The event is taking place from April 30 to May 4 in Charlottetown, with the gala on May 3 at the Civic Centre.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to celebrate excellence in the arts in Acadia," said Minister Verner. "The Eloizes event creates connections between artists and the population and reflects the vitality, diversity, and richness of Acadian culture. On this 10th anniversary of the gala, I wish to congratulate the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick for its continued efforts in recognizing the talent of Acadian artists."

"We are delighted with the support provided by the Government of Canada. The Department of Canadian Heritage was instrumental in making the 2008 edition of the Eloizes and the 10th anniversary of the gala happen, and happen for the first time in Prince Edward Island," said Carmen Gibbs, Executive Director of the AAAPNB. "The Eloizes is an excellent venue to promote Acadian artists; it is an event that allows Acadia to shine beyond its borders."

The AAAPNB has been presenting the Eloizes gala since 1998. Six awards will be presented to artists who distinguished themselves in various disciplines in 2007: literature, visual arts, film and video, dance, music, and theatre. The Eloizes event, introduced last year, showcases various artistic activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Activities for young people, art exhibits, live performances, and film screenings are among the activities to be presented in Charlottetown.

The Government of Canada has provided this support through the Community Life Component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster development of French and English minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations