Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2008 18:51 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Thunder Bay Children's Arts Festival

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Joe Comuzzi, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay-Superior North), today announced funding for Arts Fiesta, a children's arts festival in Thunder Bay.

Funding of $5,350 will support the 5th annual Arts Fiesta event, organized by members of the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project (CAHEP). Celebrating original, creative works of local children, the three-week festival takes place in various Thunder Bay venues, including the airport, banks, and art galleries.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support Arts Fiesta through funding provided under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals such as this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and promote the creativity of children in our community," said Mr. Comuzzi. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The Arts Fiesta event has 600 Grade 4, 5, and 6 students creating their own multidisciplinary works in collaboration with local professional artists and arts educators," said Lila Cano, CAHEP Coordinator. "Thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are able to increase our volunteer base for this children's multidisciplinary arts festival and create an awareness about the benefits of arts education in our community for children and youth."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) 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 all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage.

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
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional