Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 21, 2008 12:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Greater Toronto Area's Cultural Sector

AURORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, today announced funding for five arts, heritage, and cultural organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.

Funding totalling more than $2.7 million will go to the Corporation of the Township of Aurora, Luminato-the Toronto Festival of Arts, Culture and Creativity, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Canadian Opera Company, the Carlos Bulosan Theatre, and the Association of Artists for a Better World.

"The Government of Canada is committed to offering all Canadians the opportunity to appreciate the talents of our local artists," said Minister Verner. "Supporting creativity and investing in these arts and cultural organizations will not only add to the vitality of Aurora and the Greater Toronto Area, but of Canada as a whole."

"As Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, I am pleased to be part of this funding announcement," said Minister Flaherty. "It is important to support facilities and events that make it possible for all Canadians to participate in cultural activities."

"It is a great honour for the Town of Aurora to receive this generous funding for the Church Street School, and on behalf of Aurora Council, we are extremely appreciative," said Mayor of Aurora Phyllis Morris. "Aurora is a special place with a unique culture that has been shaped over the past 200 years by talented and creative people. Aurora Council dedicated 2008 as the year of celebration for arts, culture, and heritage. We look forward to the possibilities this funding presents in aiding us to preserve the history and individuality of this beautiful building."

"Luminato was launched in 2007 as an annual multi-arts Festival featuring the best artists and companies from Toronto, Canada, and around the world," said David Pecaut and Tony Gagliano, Luminato Co-Founders. "We are extremely grateful to the Government of Canada for this generous funding, which will support our mission of providing free or affordable access to festival events for the widest possible audience and allow artists from all parts of Canada to showcase their creativity on a world stage."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under various programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This funding will give Canadians the opportunity to become involved and to celebrate Canadian arts and heritage.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    Ontario Region