Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 16, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Guelph's River Run Centre

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament (Wellington-Halton Hills), today announced funding for the Corporation of the City of Guelph's River Run Centre.

This funding will support the River Run Centre's annual professional entertainment season. There will be a diverse and dynamic array of music, theatre, dance, and comedy shows that will feature more than 200 artists. The series will run from April 1, 2009, until March 31, 2010.

"The Government of Canada is committed to offering all Canadians the opportunity to appreciate the talent of our artists who enrich our culture and our imagination," said Minister Moore. "The River Run Centre is a wonderful example of an organization that fosters community engagement through arts and culture."

"From John Galt to the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, this community has long produced and supported artists," said Mr. Chong. "Artists pursue a unique method of inquiry, designed to expose us to different ways of thinking. I am happy to support the arts community in Guelph with this funding and look forward to getting new ideas from their work and creativity."

"We are thrilled to learn that the Government of Canada will support River Run Centre's 2009-2010 season of professional entertainment, including the Centre's program of performances for elementary school children in Guelph," said Karen Farbridge, Mayor of Guelph. "A strong and diverse performing arts program is a key component in stimulating cultural, social, and economic activity in our community."

The Government of Canada has provided $70,000 in funding under 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, presentation 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
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations