Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 15, 2008 11:53 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Centre d'Action Artistique

BERTRAND, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - People of all ages will be able to discover or rediscover early music thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), 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 Centre d'Action Artistique.

The $16,000 in funding will enable the Centre d'Action Artistique to present the Sackville Early Music Festival, which takes place from September 20 to 28. Audiences of all ages will be able to discover the Middle Age, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, not only through music, but also through theatre, dance, and themed activities, such as medieval days.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Centre d'Action Artistique," said Minister Verner. "Festivals like this one give people the opportunity to discover our country's cultural richness and diversity and to make our communities more vibrant."

"The contribution of organizations like the Centre d'Action Artistique is essential for the cultural development of our communities," said Mr. Allen. "Our Government is committed to making the arts more accessible in all regions of the country, and today's announcement demonstrates this."

"Thanks to funding from Canadian Heritage, we can continue to develop the Sackville Early Music Festival and mostly build on our programming by presenting a series of concerts specially tailored for youth," said event co-chairs Clarence Cormier and Peter Mesheau.

Established in fall 2003, the Centre d'Action Artistique has a mission to promote the richness of the performing arts by creating places where the public, creators, and performers gather. Since its inception, the organization has been producing festivals, special events, and popular celebrations that emphasize the performing arts.

The Government of Canada has provided this support 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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    Atlantic Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations