Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 22, 2008 15:42 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Woody Point Literary Festival

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR --(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John's South-Mount Pearl), today announced funding for the Writers at Woody Point Festival.

Funding of $11,000 will assist with the presentation of the fifth annual Writers at Woody Point Festival, which will be held in the province's northern peninsula from August 13 to 17, 2008.

"Our government is pleased to support the Writers at Woody Point Festival, a highly successful event featuring local and visiting authors against a backdrop of music and visual art," said Minister Verner. "This festival celebrates Newfoundland and Labrador's rich literary culture and introduces new and established writers to the community."

"The Government of Canada is committed to providing artistic experiences to residents of rural Newfoundland and Labrador-and scenic Gros Morne is an ideal setting for such a gathering of talent," said Minister Hearn. "I applaud the organizers for their ongoing efforts to celebrate and promote the wordsmiths, musicians, and artists that together will no doubt make this year's festival a resounding success."

"We are delighted to receive Canadian Heritage support for our beloved festival, now in its fifth year," said Gary Noel, Event Coordinator. "This is a special year, given that we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Woody Point Heritage Theatre, the festival venue. We're excited about our lineup of events, which includes readings by Gordon Pinsent, Des Walsh, and Donna Morrissey. We are also proud to present a tribute to Figgy Duff, Newfoundland and Labrador's pioneering traditional rock group formed in the 1970s. Pamela Morgan and many of the original members of Figgy Duff will perform for two nights."

Literary readings at the festival will be interspersed with musical presentations, including a special guest appearance by Canadian folk musician Sylvia Tyson. The festival also partners with local artisans and crafters who run an on-site exhibit during the festival.

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 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