Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 15, 2008 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Fredericton will beat to the rhythm of jazz and blues during the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, 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 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival will receive $43,000 to present its 18th edition from September 9 to 14, 2008. More than 500 professional and emerging artists from Canada and the United States will perform during the event. Each year, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival presents jazz and blues musical performances, as well as other styles, such as world music, funk, and zydeco.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support a renowned event such as the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival," said Minister Verner. "The Festival is a great opportunity for audiences of all ages to discover new artists and new musical styles."

"Each year, the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival attracts many visitors and spectators to the Fredericton area and it contributes to the city's vitality," said Mr. Allen. "We are proud to support an event which improves accessibility to the arts and culture in Fredericton."

"This funding is a welcomed endorsement from the Department of Canadian Heritage," said Patti Graham, chair of the 2008 Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. "It will allow our festival to continue to grow and establish itself as one of Canada's finest jazz and blues event."

The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival was established in 1991 and has for mandate to promote, preserve, and encourage the interest in appreciation of jazz and blues music. Each fall, hundreds of performances are offered in various locations of the Fredericton area including theatres, tents, city streets, and other public places around the city.

The Government of Canada has provided this support through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca 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
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155