Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 17, 2009 16:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Coast Recital Society

SECHELT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, John Weston, Member of Parliament (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country), today announced funding for the Coast Recital Society, which will help the Society present its 2009-2010 Concert Series.

"Our Government knows how essential arts and culture are to our communities, our identity, and our economy," said Minister Moore. "The Coast Recital Society makes an outstanding contribution to the cultural vitality of the region, and we are proud to support to it."

"I would like to congratulate the Coast Recital Society and all of the volunteers who have made the Concert Series possible," said Mr. Weston. "This is just the latest example of the good work that they continue to do in our community."

"As the Sunshine Coast's only producer of classical music subscription concerts of the highest artistic quality, the Coast Recital Society gratefully uses its funding to bring first-rate Canadian and international performers to sold-out, enthusiastic audiences of all ages," said Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright, Artistic Director of the Coast Recital Society. "The Government of Canada's support also helps the Coast Recital Society take our concert artists to local elementary and secondary schools and to seniors' residences. These performances are a great delight to students and residents alike, and we are confident that our school concerts initiative ensures future audiences for live classical music on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast."

The annual classical concert series will showcase 24 emerging and established national and international artists from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick, as well as the Netherlands and Spain. The events will also include 11 outreach activities, including a local music student concert, 10 school and eldercare concerts, and pre-concert introductions. The concerts will take place in the Raven's Cry Theatre in Sechelt. The Series will feature 7 concerts and 11 outreach activities.

The Coast Recital Society is a non-profit society dedicated to the presentation of the finest recitals and chamber music for Sunshine Coast audiences. The Society aims to reflect diversity of all types within the classical music genre, balancing ensemble type (recital, orchestra, and choir) and repertoire (well known to less familiar pieces drawn from the 16th to 21st centuries).

The Government of Canada has provided $9,000 in funding 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
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations