Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

January 26, 2015 12:00 ET

Tongue on the Post Festival Brings Music to Medicine Hat

Member of Parliament LaVar Payne announces Government of Canada support for the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 26, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club will receive funding of $10,300 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the 9th edition of the Tongue on the Post Festival (TOP Fest). LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

TOP Fest is an annual festival that showcases folk music in Medicine Hat. Activities include a gala concert, performances by local musicians, an afternoon school concert, a singer/songwriter workshop, and artisan displays and demonstrations.

Quick Facts

  • The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club is a local non-profit organization that promotes folk music and fosters the development of its artists through concerts, workshops, publications and education.
  • This year's TOP Fest is taking place from January 26 to 31 at various venues across Medicine Hat.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Fund program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support organizations that contribute to the rich cultural heritage of Canada. The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club celebrates this local history through music, a universal language that enriches the cultural vitality of our communities and increases our quality of life."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Medicine Hat Folk Music Club consistently showcases some of the finest folk music performances in the country. We are pleased to partner with the Tongue on the Post Festival, a welcome event that provides us with a bright week in chilly January where we can enjoy the fantastic array of music by our talented local artists."

-LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat)

"We are excited to receive funding from Canadian Heritage. The Government of Canada's continued support has been instrumental in helping us provide a week of high-quality music to the people of Medicine Hat."

-Michelle Titus, Secretary Treasurer, Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

Associated Links

Tongue on the Post Music Festival

Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
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    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
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