Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 13, 2008 18:37 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival de Lanaudiere

JOLIETTE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - From July 5 to August 3, close to 60 000 music lovers will have the opportunity to attend classical music performances at the Festival de Lanaudiere, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, and the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced Government of Canada funding for the Festival de Lanaudiere.

"For more than three decades, the Festival de Lanaudiere has invited classical music lovers to experience something unique," said Minister Verner. "I am thrilled to support this wonderful event that provides Canadians with the opportunity to hear musicians from around the world and discover the extraordinary diversity of classical music."

"Each year, the Festival de Lanaudiere welcomes the best artists and the most renowned orchestras from across the globe. Its reputation continues to grow, and it attracts enormous interest from music lovers both at home and abroad," said Minister Blackburn. "In fact, the Festival is a key driver of the local economy. It demonstrates the wonderful cultural and artistic vitality of Quebec. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the success of this event."

"The Festival de Lanaudiere would like to express its deepest thanks to Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development for their financial support," said Francois Bedard, Executive Director of the Festival de Lanaudiere. "Thanks to this support, the Festival will be able to maintain and increase its involvement in the community life of the region, particularly through a program to support the next generation of musicians and increase accessibility for young music lovers."

The Festival de Lanaudiere takes place primarily at the Amphitheatre de Lanaudiere in Joliette. Other activities take place beyond its main presentation space in order to reach citizens in several communities in the region. This year, the Festival will offer more than 70 activities, including 24 concerts featuring artists from Quebec, other provinces in Canada, and foreign countries, including artists from a number of symphony orchestras and choirs.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing $300,000 in funding for the 2008 Festival de Lanaudiere through its Arts Presentation Canada Program. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

The non-repayable contribution awarded by Canada Economic Development supports promotional efforts of the 2005 to 2008 editions of the Festival in Canada and abroad. The total funding awarded to this event is $308,859.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Communications Manager
    Quebec Region
    Office of the Minister of Public Worksand Government Service
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
    Office of the Minister of Labour and
    Minister of the Economic Development
    Sylvain Frenette
    Canada Economic Development
    Nathalie Levesque