Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 28, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Saskatoon Blues Society

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Feb. 28, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Lynne Yelich, Member of Parliament (Blackstrap), today announced funding for the Saskatoon Blues Society.

The funding of $6,000 will help the Saskatoon Blues Society support, promote, and celebrate blues music through its annual festival in Saskatoon.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the 2008 Saskatoon Blues Festival under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner.

"Events like this one bring together people of all ages and backgrounds and contribute to building strong communities," said Ms. Yelich. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The assistance of Canadian Heritage is greatly appreciated, as the funding contributes to the success of the Saskatoon Blues Festival in providing a high quality, diverse, and accessible production. Thank you Canada for helping to melt down the winter blues," said Jeff Montgomery, Committee Chair of the Saskatoon Blues Festival.

In addition to primarily showcasing local blues musicians, the Saskatoon Blues Festival invites artists from the region, across Canada, and elsewhere. This festival gives blues musicians the opportunity to showcase their talent and gives residents of Saskatoon an opportunity to experience and gain an appreciation for the blues genre. The festival consists of presentations and activities for all ages. The Saskatoon Blues Society is made up entirely of volunteers, and the Saskatoon Blues Festival is organized and presented by approximately 100 volunteers. This year's festival runs from February 28 to March 2, 2008.

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities, and to providing opportunities for all Canadians to engage in their communities and in the celebration of 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
    Angela Cassie
    Director of Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region