Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 29, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2008) - The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo will salute the founding of Quebec City, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 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 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

The Tattoo will use funding of $50,000 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City during this prestigious event, which will take place in Halifax from June 30 to July 8, 2008. The festival will present more than thirty free performances, two parades, and several evening presentations.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce its support for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo to present this event that celebrates the 400th anniversary of Quebec City," said Minister Verner. "This anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the unique role that a dynamic, strong, and diverse Canadian Francophonie has played in building our country."

"The Tattoo is a unique event that brings an impressive amount of tourists and spectators to the Halifax Regional Municipality," said Minister MacKay. "The Government of Canada is proud to support this prestigious event saluting the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City."

"We are delighted to be part of celebrations marking this very important anniversary, and we will be celebrating it throughout our show and bringing it to the attention of an international audience gathered for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo," said Ann Montague, CEO and Executive Producer of the Tattoo.

The Celebrate Canada! program promotes pride in being Canadian by encouraging participation in activities offered from June 21 to July 1. The Government of Canada provides this support as part of Canada-wide funding for Celebrate Canada! activities, which, in 2008, will mark the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. This will be a unique occasion that will allow all Canadians to celebrate the historic founding of the Canadian state together at community events.

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
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    506-851-3980