Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 16, 2009 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 25th Annual Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris), today announced funding for the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society. This funding will be used to support the 2009 Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival, which will be held from July 24 to 26, 2009. Planned activities include outdoor performances and artist-led workshops by performers from Canada and the United States in various disciplines such as literature, visual arts, and music, including folk, popular/cabaret, interdisciplinary, world, and jazz.

"The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society provides residents of rural Manitoba with access to quality cultural and artistic experiences that contribute to the community's vitality and economy," said Minister Moore. "I would like to congratulate the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival on its 25th Anniversary, and wish the Festival much success in 2009."

"I am pleased that our Government can provide the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival with financial assistance in helping them celebrate their 25th anniversary," said Mr. Tweed.

"Thank you to the Government of Canada for supporting our 25th anniversary festival," said Shandra MacNeill, Chair of the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society. "The programming this supports will help us reach out to Brandon's culturally diverse community and offer more interactive opportunities for artists and audience."

The Brandon Folk, Music and Art Society is the only specialized presenter of professional folk music in rural Manitoba. Its mandate is to promote local, provincial, and Canadian folk art and music to a local audience.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,000 through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Regional Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-229-5283
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations