Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 26, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Saskatoon Blues Festival

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Member of Parliament (Blackstrap), today announced funding for the Saskatoon Blues Society, which will be used to support the 7th annual Saskatoon Blues Festival.

The Festival will take place from February 26 to March 1, 2009, and feature local, regional, national, and international artists. Planned activities include the "5 Bands for 5 Bucks" opening night concert and a variety of shows in venues throughout the Broadway area, a centrally located thriving arts and entertainment district in Saskatoon.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "Festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

"I have had the pleasure of attending the Saskatoon Blues Festival and know the sense of community pride it creates," said Minister of State Yelich. "Today's investment demonstrates our Government's ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"The Saskatoon Blues Festival is a community-based, volunteer-organized event intended to provide music education and entertainment for people from all walks of life. The assistance of the Government of Canada plays a part in allowing this event to take place, and the continued significant support of the arts by the Government of Canada is greatly appreciated," said Jeff Montgomery, Chair, Saskatoon Blues Festival.

The Saskatoon Blues Society is a volunteer-driven organization that works to provide the people of Saskatchewan, including local and regional musicians, with the opportunity to advance their understanding, knowledge, and enjoyment of blues music. The Saskatoon Blues Society has been organizing and presenting their annual blues festival since 2002.

Funding of $7,400 is provided through 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken, Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155