Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 06, 2009 17:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the 2009 Squamish Wild at Art Festival

SQUAMISH, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, John Weston, Member of Parliament (West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country), today announced funding for the Wild at Art Festival Society. This funding will be used to support the 2009 Squamish Wild at Art Festival, which will be held from March 6 to 15, 2009. Planned activities include dance and musical presentations showcasing local artists, artisans, and heritage performers, as well as lumberjack demonstrations.

"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."

"It is important to encourage festivities like the Squamish Wild at Art Festival," said Mr. Weston. "I am delighted for the spirited arts community of Squamish. I know that the Wild at Art celebrations promote a strong sense of pride among members of our community and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"The theme for our 2009 Squamish Wild at Art Festival is 'Local Colour,'" said Michelle Neilson, Fundraising Coordinator and Assistant Festival Coordinator. "Our goal is to inspire works of art reflecting our local history, heritage, and culture from our local arts community of singers and songwriters as we lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympics."

Incorporated in 2007, the Wild at Art Festival Society is mandated to contribute to the development, promotion, and appreciation of local arts, culture, and heritage in the Sea to Sky Corridor, British Columbia, while offering affordable and inclusive events to the general public.

Funding of $17,100 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 under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations