Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 21, 2008 18:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 9th Montreal High Lights Festival

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, today announced funding for the Montreal High Lights Festival.

Funding of $120,000 will enable the Festival to promote the Montreal All-Nighter and Celebration of Light, two components of its 2008 programming. This amount will also provide guaranteed fees to artists and artisans and will cover expenses for program facilities and logistics.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for Montreal High Lights through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to join Canadian communities in supporting activities that celebrate local history and heritage."

"Montreal is, without a doubt, the city of festivals, and the Montreal High Lights Festival is one more example of that," said Minister Fortier. "The festival industry attracts national attention to the city and puts the spotlight on the dynamic nature of Montrealers. Our Government is proud to contribute to a cultural event that will gather people of all ages and walks of life."

"As a prestigious event that occupies a unique niche, the Montreal High Lights Festival brings a number of important benefits for the cultural and tourist sectors and plays an important part in Montreal's economic development. The Festival has won the hearts of Montrealers and helps raise the city's profile as an international tourist destination," said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

The 9th Montreal High Lights Festival takes place from February 21 to March 2, 2008. Artistic, visual, culinary, and recreational experiences will take place over 11 days and allow participants to discover lesser-known highlights of the Montreal winter. More than 250 volunteers are involved in this festival.

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

Also available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    Quebec Region
    514-283-4027