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Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards

November 18, 2012

OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2012 /CNW/ – Folk music is an important part of our
heritage and a source of pride for Canadians. The Canadian Folk Music
Awards, which were first presented in 2005, reward excellence in folk
music and highlight the special place that this genre occupies in our
cultural heritage.

This year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards is celebrating the best in
traditional music with 85 Canadian nominees in 17 categories.

Our Government recognizes the importance of the music industry, and we
are proud to support our artists who help showcase our culture at home
and abroad. Canada is home to more than 30,000 composers and
songwriters. Our music industry enriches our lives, creates jobs, and
generates economic growth. Because of the talent and creative spirit of
Canadians, our country has a leading place on the international stage.
We rank third in terms of exports of musical talents, and we are the
world’s seventh largest sound-recording market.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I would like to commend all the nominees and winners of this year’s
Canadian Folk Music Awards.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage


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