Government of Canada

Government of Canada

August 05, 2016 20:00 ET

Tourism: A Key Industry for Gaspesie

Financial assistance will allow Festival Musique du Bout du Monde (FMBM) to put together and promote outside Quebec a wide range of shows

GASPÉ, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Aug. 5, 2016) - Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) and Department of Canadian Heritage

Acting on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development (CED), and of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and MP for Gaspésie-Les-Îles-de-la-Madeleine, announced that the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde (FMBM) was awarded $169,500 in financial support.

Known for its varied programming, FMBM is seen as an itinerary of discoveries. Furthermore, the festival generates considerable impacts that benefit the region's shops, restaurants and hotels. This exciting event also helps create jobs and establish conditions favourable for the middle class and the growth of the Canadian economy.

The assistance allocated by CED to FMBM amounts to $136,500 for the 2016 and 2017 editions. Awarded in the form of a non-repayable contribution under the Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP), that amount will be used to publicize FMBM's activities in Canada and abroad.

For its part, Canadian Heritage is awarding $33,000 to FMBM, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This funding will enable the Festival to put on a multitude of shows as well as awareness-building activities highlighting world music.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is proud to support FMBM which will help give the Gaspésie region increased exposure both nationally and internationally."

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

"Tourism is one of the sectors undergoing the fastest development in the entire world. By supporting events like FMBM, we are demonstrating our commitment to foster the growth of that industry, which brings about major benefits that contribute to the health of the Canadian economy."

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

"The FMBM is successful in highlighting the culture of the Gaspésie and other cultures of the world, thanks to a talented lineup of artists from the region and beyond. This gathering allows communities to strengthen the links between them, and also contributes to the development of culture, the economy and tourism in the magnificent Gaspésie region."

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"FMBM is proud to contribute to the touristic and cultural development of Gaspésie. The economic benefits of our actions as a social economy organization are important for the region. The financial assistance from the Canadian government will help not only position the Festival among the essential cultural events in Canada, but will also help market Gaspésie as an international destination."

Stéphane Brochu, General Manager of the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde

Related links

For more information about the QEDP: dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/programs/qedp/index.html

For more information about the Canada Arts Presentation Fund: canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1452621893765/1452621979961

Website of the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde: musiqueduboutdumonde.com/

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Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
    514-283-8818
    dec.media.ced@canada.ca

    Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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