Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 22, 2008 10:42 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Societe Artistique du Nouvel-Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women, today announced funding for the Societe artistique du Nouvel-Ontario.

Funding of up to $110,000 will be used for the organization's new production, Si Champlain m'etait chante, a musical about 400 years of French presence west of the Ottawa River.

"I applaud the work and determination of the Societe artistique du Nouvel-Ontario in bringing this production to the stage, which is part of the celebrations marking 400 years of Francophone presence in North America," said Minister Verner. "The Government of Canada invites Francophones and Francophiles to celebrate their attachment to the French language and at the same time to take part in the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City."

"We are proud to support this project which allows Canadians to reconnect with their history and celebrate the cultural vitality of the Franco-Ontario community," said Ms. Boucher. "This historic event celebrates 400 years of French presence in North America, and serves as a reminder that French is the founding language of Canada."

"As part of the festivities marking the establishment of a French presence in the Americas, there was a need to celebrate the French-speaking presence in Ontario and have a show highlighting Ontario on stages across the country," said Laurent de Crombrugghe, President of the Societe artistique du Nouvel-Ontario. "Etienne Brule, representing Champlain, opened the door to Ontario, and it was under Champlain that a permanent French presence in the Americas was achieved. This is the interesting idea behind the show."

The Societe artistique du Nouvel-Ontario is a not-for-profit organization in the Ottawa region that stages multidisciplinary shows that bring professional Franco-Ontarian artists to a wider audience. Si Champlain m'etait chante is a musical that is being created and performed in schools and communities throughout Ontario to mark the 400th anniversary of the French presence in the province.

Funding for the project comes from the additional $30 million over two years that was announced by the Government of Canada in its 2007 Budget for the purpose of supporting official-language minority communities and linguistic duality. These funds from the Department of Canadian Heritage seek to foster the vitality and development of the country's Anglophone and Francophone minorities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations