Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 09, 2009 15:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Grande Prairie Boys' Choir

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 9, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), today announced funding to support the Grande Prairie Boys' Choir's 2009 Songs and Sweets Around Town Festival, which is taking place from March 6 to 9.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "The Songs and Sweets Around Town Festival will bring people of all ages and backgrounds together."

"I am pleased to be part of a government that makes investments in community-based arts programs and rewards ambitious and positive initiatives like the Grande Prairie Boys' Choir," said Mr. Warkentin. "I am very proud of the quality of the program that the leadership of the Grande Prairie Boys' Choir provides to boys and young men in our community."

"The festival brings together folk, classical and choral singers from our small city in a festive atmosphere, open and free to the public," said Jeannie Vanwynsberghe Pernal, Founder and Director of the Grande Prairie Boys' Choir. "We wish to thank the Government of Canada for this funding, and we know the community will enjoy sitting down with their neighbors while enjoying a sweet treat and listening to some great music."

The Songs and Sweets Around Town Festival will feature a number of outreach and live musical presentations, musical instrument demonstrations, artist interactions, displays, and presentations boasting some of Grande Prairie's most ambitious artistic and musical performers. The Grande Prairie Boys' Choir was established in 2000 and has grown from humble beginnings to hosting some of the city's highest quality professional voice and performance training through a unique choral program.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $5,500 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

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
    Ginette Montreuil, Regional Manager
    Western Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations