Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 05, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Arts Festival King

YORK REGION, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 5, 2008) - The residents of King Township will be able to celebrate their artistic side with the Arts Society King (ASK), thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, Minister for Democratic Reform, and Member of Parliament (York-Simcoe), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Arts Festival King.

The Arts Society King received $10,000 in funding for its Arts Festival King, a two-week event that features arts, heritage, and nature events in King Township. The festival begins July 5 and runs until July 19.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Arts Society King," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with organizations such as this that showcase our country's rich culture and heritage."

"There are many successful arts organizations in King Township and York Region," said Minister Van Loan. "They succeed, in part, because of strong community and private sector support, and I am pleased the Government of Canada is able to help."

"We are very appreciative of this grant that enables ASK to host artists, musicians, culinary artists, singers, writers, dancers, and filmmakers at the King Township Museum site, as part of our ASK Festival King 2008," said Judy Craig and Cathy Webster, Co-Chairs of the ASK Festival King 2008.

The 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 to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications