Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 21, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Sudbury Summerfest

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2008) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Sudbury Summerfest.

Funding of $20,000 will support the Sudbury Summerfest. This annual summer music festival will run from August 21 to 24, 2008, at Sudbury's Bell Park. The festival will showcase a wide range of musical genres from blues to samba and is intended to appeal to all age groups.

"Over the years, the Sudbury Summerfest has been a key attraction to the Sudbury area," said Minister Verner. "Every year, this festival brings people together from across the country and attracts many tourists. Our Government is proud to support events that enhance the quality of life of Canadians by allowing them access to excellent artistic programming."

"We are proud to say that through the tireless work of volunteers, Summerfest has grown into an important cultural event for Northern Ontario, recognized as the largest Northern showcase of emerging artists," said Elaina Groves, President of the Sudbury Summerfest. "Through the support of Arts Presentation Canada, we will be able to expand programming and bring more diverse cultural opportunities to the North. This support benefits not only the festival and the community, but also benefits artists who rely on opportunities like Sudbury Summerfest to reach new audiences."

The Government of Canada has provided funding 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, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

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