Investing in Southern Alberta's Music Scene

Government of Canada provides funding for Tongue on the Post Festival

MEDICINE HAT, AB, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Department of Canadian Heritage

Member of Parliament LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat) today announced $5,000 in funding for the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Funding is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program and will help support the 8th Tongue on the Post Festival.

The Festival will feature a variety of activities for all ages, including a gala concert, performances by local musicians, a free singer/songwriter open stage and an artisan market, as well as musical workshops and afternoon school concerts.

Quick Facts

  • This year's Tongue on the Post Festival will take place from January 20 to 25, 2014, at various venues across Medicine Hat.

  • Medalta Potteries, a National Historic Site of Canada, serves as the Festival's main concert stage.

  • Founded in 2002, the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club is a non-profit society that stages folk-music and other artistic performances in Medicine Hat and fosters the development of local artists.

Quotes

"Local festivals play an important role in enriching the cultural vibrancy of our communities. Investing in arts and culture is an investment in our quality of life, and our Government is proud to provide this funding."

- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Tongue on the Post Festival has become a wonderful winter tradition in Cypress County, bringing the community together to enjoy the best in folk music and pay homage to storytelling through song. We are pleased to be a partner in the Festival's continued success."

- LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat)

"Thanks to support from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club has been able to contribute to the culture and quality of life that we enjoy in our community. For the past seven years, our winter festival has offered a high-quality musical celebration to the people of Medicine Hat.  We are proud to promote and showcase local musicians by offering their talents to the people of our community."

- Blaine Whitford, Director or the Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

Associated Links

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Tongue on the Post Festival

Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

Medalta Potteries National Historic Site of Canada

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Manager
Communications
Western Region
604-666-6504

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