Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 10, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2008) - Manitobans and visitors to the province will discover a rich variety of folk music this summer, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival.

The $125,000 in funding will enable the organization to offer a distinctive and vibrant program in order to highlight the 35th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, which takes place from July 10-13. The Festival presents a wide range of artistic programming, featuring folk music in all its diversity. Up to 250 performers are slated to participate this year.

This funding also supports year-round folk concerts in Winnipeg and community engagement activities such as the Young Performers' Program and Folk School workshops which complement the Festival's professional programming and provide unique artistic experiences for its audiences.

"The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a veritable global showcase of music from all around the world, featuring quality local, national and international folk music artists," said Minister Verner. "This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to arts, culture, and heritage."

"This world class event adds to the cultural diversity of our province, while contributing to its economic and artistic vitality," said Minister Toews. "I would like to congratulate the staff and volunteers on their enormous efforts to organize this event again this year."

"The funding provided by Arts Presentation Canada is important to the ongoing health and vitality of the Winnipeg Folk Festival," said Trudy Schroeder, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. "Over four days, this event attracts more than 60 000 people, including musicians from all around the world, and engages the services of more than 2 000 volunteers. This funding will also help to support our outreach programs to diverse communities and broaden their scope in order to reach a wider audience."

The Government of Canada has provided this 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca 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
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367