Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 18, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Festival beauceron de l'erable

VILLE SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament (Beauce), today announced funding for the Festival beauceron de l'erable.

This funding will be used to support the festival, being held from March 18 to 22, 2009. The Festival is part of a larger event called Saison des sucres, which will take place from March 1 to 28.

The Festival will feature sporting, cultural, musical, and culinary activities. This year, more than 40 local artists and some 260 volunteers will take part in the celebrations.

"Every community is a reflection of its geography, its history, its founders, and subsequent inhabitants," said Minister Moore. "By supporting such festivals, our Government is encouraging citizens to increase their awareness of the value of their shared heritage."

"It is important to encourage festivals such as this one," said Mr. Bernier. "The Festival beauceron de l'erable promotes a strong sense of pride among members of the Beauce community. It is also an opportunity for Beauce citizens to be with family and friends and to reconnect with the rich heritage of their local surroundings."

"The Festival beauceron de l'erable would like to thank the Government of Canada for being part of the success of this event," said Marcel Paquet, Festival coordinator. "Thanks to this generous funding, the organization can further its goal of developing the cultural component of the Festival and highlighting activities such as the Saison des sucres en Beauce, the Place de l'erable, the Veillee beauceronne, the Explosion des sens, and other events that feature our local artists and allow everyone to take part in the celebrations."

Funding of $45,991 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 communities and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

Also 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
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot, Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155