Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 18, 2009 12:08 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Snowking's Winter Festival

YELLOWKNIFE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister responsible for the North, today announced funding that will help the Snowking's Winter Festival celebrate arts and music in a unique winter setting. The 14th annual Snowking's Winter Festival is taking place from March 1 to 28, 2009.

"It is important to encourage festivities like the Snowking's Winter Festival," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is pleased to support this festival, which is a source of pride for Yellowknife residents and demonstrates that Canadians are committed to celebrating our country's rich and diverse culture."

"Over the years, the Snowking's Winter Festival has become a must-see event for residents and visitors to the Yellowknife region," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I am proud that our Government has chosen to support this Festival, which highlights the interests and culture of different communities in this beautiful part of the country."

"We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Government of Canada for the Snowking's 14th Annual Winter Festival," said Elsbeth Fielding, Festival Director. "This year we will be able to give back to the musicians who put so much energy and talent into our festival's events."

The 28-day festival will take place at the Snowking Castle on the frozen surface of Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife. The festivities will present a large number of musical performances by local performers and presentations of local historical heritage. Planned activities include igloo and snow sculpting workshops, La Nuit francaise with local Francophone performers, a local heritage exhibit on mining, the Frozen Dog Film Festival, and a high school student art show.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $16,900 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 under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of
    Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage, Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Communications and Executive Services
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations