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The Government of Canada Supports Folk Festival Society of Calgary

July 15, 2008

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – July 15, 2008) – Residents and visitors to Calgary will once again have an opportunity to participate in the Calgary Folk Music Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), 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 Folk Festival Society of Calgary.

Funding of $120,000 will help the Society produce the 29th annual Folk Music Festival and hold a number of concerts throughout the year featuring a wide array of musical styles. The festival will feature more than 260 presentations from both Canadian and international folk musicians. Planned community outreach activities during the festival include Folk Boot Camp, songwriting classes, guitar lessons, folk music workshops, and educational sessions about the music industry.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that culture is an important part of healthy communities,” said Minister Verner. “Our Government wants to ensure that all Canadians have opportunities to enjoy diverse and varied artistic experiences, such as the Calgary Folk Music Festival.”

“Arts organizations must have access to resources that enable them to flourish in their communities,” said Mr. Richardson. “Today’s funding will allow this organization to offer unique cultural experiences to audiences in Alberta.”

“The support from Canadian Heritage to the Calgary Folk Music Festival, through the APC program ensures the stability and capacity of our community based organization,” said Les Siemieniuk, General Manager of the Folk Festival Society of Calgary. “This funding helps us bring over 60 Canadian and international artists annually to seven stages at Prince’s Island Park to 50 000 attentive audience members, with the support of 1400 volunteers.”

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, live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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