Harper Government Supports the Arts in Niagara

ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 27, 2012 /CNW/ - In the Soil: Niagara's Homegrown Arts Festival will once again bring in tourists and showcase local artists, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. Rick Dykstra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

From April 27 to 29, Suitcase in Point Arts Performances will present the 4th In the Soil: Niagara's Homegrown Arts Festival. The 3-day festival will bring Niagara Region artists from a range of disciplines together to provide unique audience experiences. Residents and visitors to the area will enjoy musical, theatrical, dance and spoken-word performances, as well as visual art exhibitions and demonstrations.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that support local artists," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support arts, culture and heritage."

"Thanks to the Government of Canada's investment in this local arts festival, our artists and musicians will have an opportunity to demonstrate the talent we have right here in the Niagara Region," said Mr. Dykstra. "Festivals like these create memorable experiences for the community and encourage economic growth."

"In the Soil Arts Festival is an annual explosion of creativity in our community," said Annie Wilson, General Manager of Suitcase in Point. "We planted the seed four years ago and continue to find new and innovative ways to showcase the original talents of local and national artists. We are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement from the Department of Canadian Heritage."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,500 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and 
Official Languages
819-997-7788

Jillian Lum
Manager, Communications
Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage
416-973-2050
jillian.lum@pch.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)