Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 14, 2009 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Collingwood Music Festival Association

KIMBERLEY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of State (Status of Women) and Member of Parliament (Simcoe-Grey), today announced funding for the Collingwood Music Festival Association.

This funding will support the 10th annual Collingwood Music Festival, which will present a series of concerts from July 11 to August 8, 2009. The festival features a variety of musical genres, including classical, new music, world and jazz. In addition to the festival, the association also presents individual concerts throughout the year, activities for schools, lectures, and artist talks.

"Thanks to the dedication of the Collingwood Music Festival Association, this community will once again be able to enjoy great music this year," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support this organization and applauds the significant contribution it makes to this region's economy and cultural vitality."

"The Collingwood Music Festival is a vital part of the cultural fabric of the town of Collingwood and communities in the surrounding area," said Minister of State Guergis. "The funding for this festival will go a long way toward making this 10th anniversary celebration a spectacular experience for residents and visitors alike. This is one more reason why tourists keep coming back to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Simcoe-Grey area as a quality four-season tourist destination."

"The Collingwood Music Festival is very pleased that the Government of Canada will be giving a grant to our festival on its 10th anniversary!" said Douglas Nadler, Artistic Director of the Collingwood Music Festival Association. "This support on the part of the federal government acknowledges that cultural events such as ours make a huge difference to our community."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $20,000 through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(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
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155