Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 25, 2008 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Two Major Montreal Festivals

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced funding for the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Just for Laughs Festival.

The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Just for Laughs Festival will each receive $1 million, totalling $2 million in funding for these events.

"This funding for these major cultural events clearly demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to the arts and culture," said Minister Verner. "It also demonstrates our willingness to support initiatives to make Montreal the cultural metropolis of the 21st century. We intend to work together with all our partners to implement the 2007-2017 action plan adopted at the Montreal, Cultural Metropolis Rendez-vous November 2007."

"Every year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal and the Just for Laughs Festival bring the city to life. They help make Montreal a destination of choice for tourists while forging closer ties among residents of Montreal. The Government of Canada recognizes the extraordinary contribution that these festival make; this is why I am pleased, as Minister Responsible for the Region of Montreal, to announce this important funding, which will allow these two great celebrations to show off their best for festival-goers," said Minister Fortier.

This summer, the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal will present more than 500 shows featuring renowned artists from Canada and beyond. This internationally recognized festival allows our artists to shine on the national and international stages. The $1 million in funding will also support the Jazz a l'annee series, which will present 25 shows from September 2008 to May 2009.

The Just for Laughs Festival attracts millions of spectators year after year. The 2008 program will include 1000 shows and other activities aimed at different groups, including disadvantaged young people, merchants, and members of cultural minorities. The Festival takes an active part in promoting humour in Quebec and in the rest of Canada and helps enrich and diversify Montreal's cultural and artistic landscape.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager, Communications
    514-283-4027