Harper Government Invests in Culture in the Greater Toronto Area

MARKHAM, ON, April 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Arts and culture organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will continue to create jobs and growth, boost tourism, and attract visitors from around the world, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, alongside representatives from the cultural community, announced today support for 111 arts, culture, heritage, and official-language projects across the GTA.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that are important to Canada's cultural identity and integral to its heritage," said Minister Moore. "By supporting arts and cultural projects in the Greater Toronto Area, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and provide better access to the arts."

Supporting Canadian culture means supporting Canada's economy, as arts and culture represents $46 billion in the Canadian economy and over 630,000 jobs. Arts, culture and official language organizations contribute to the cultural vitality of communities and enrich the quality of life of all Canadians. The funding announced today supports a wide range of organizations across the GTA, including Le Théâtre français de Toronto, the Toronto Dance Foundation, the Markham Jazz Festival, Soundstreams Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company.

"As Soundstreams enters its 30th season, we are keenly aware that the ongoing support of the Government of Canada—who was with us from the beginning—has contributed significantly to our growth and success," said Chris Lorway, Executive Director of Soundstreams Canada.

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $20,209,843 through 10 programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Museums Assistance Program, the Canada Arts Training Fund, the Canada Music Fund, the Canada Interactive Fund, the Canada Book Fund, the Canadian Studies Program, and the Enhancement of Official Languages Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Arts For Children and Youth - BIG BAM BOOM: AFCY Youth Arts Festival $4,500 (2012-2013)
Burlington Burlington's Sound of Music Festival Inc. - Burlington's Sound of Music Festival $78,400 (2012-2013)
Toronto Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. - Asian Heritage Month Festival $12,500 (2012-2013)
Mississauga Carassauga Festival Inc. - Carassauga Multi Cultural Festival $41,200 (2012-2013)
Oakville Carousel of Nations Multicultural Association - Carousel of Nations Multicultural Festival $4,100 (2012-2013)
Toronto Dance T.O. - International Dance Day - Toronto Festival 2012 $9,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto East Danforth Creative Collective - Art of the Danforth $4,800 (2012-2013)
Rexdale Expect Theatre Inc. - urbanNOISE Festival $17,000 (2012-2013)
Markham Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham - Taste of Asia Festival 2012 $19,700 (2012-2013)
Toronto Friends of Humewood House - Humewood House Centennial Celebration $5,700 (2011-2012)
$3,030 (2012-2013)
Markham Markham Jazz Festival - Markham Jazz Festival $10,100 (2012-2013)
Markham Markham Village Festival Corporation - The 34th Annual Markham Village Music Festival $10,100 (2012-2013)
Toronto Muhtadi International Drumming - 2012 Muhtadi International Drumming Festival $9,500 (2012-2013)
Toronto St. Christopher House - Celebrating 100 Years $5,050 (2011-2012)
$12,380 (2012-2013)
Mississauga Streetsville Founders' Bread and Honey Festival Incorporated (The) - Streetsville Founders' Bread and Honey Festival $20,800 (2012-2013)
Toronto Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (The) - Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival $10,900 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $278,760

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Ashkenaz Foundation - Ashkenaz Foundation/Ashkenaz Festival $60,000 (2012-2013)
$20,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto b Current Performing Arts Corp. - rock.paper.sistahz Festival $15,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto CCMC Music Gallery - Concert Season and Festival 2012/2014 $52,000 (2012-2013)
$52,000 (2013-2014)
Oshawa Conseil des organismes francophones de la région de Durham (COFRD) - Saison culturelle 2012-2013/2013-2014 $15,000 (2012-2013)
$15,000 (2013-2014)
Markham Corporation of the Town of Markham - Programming support $50,000 (2012-2013)
$50,000 (2013-2014)
Oakville Corporation of the Town of Oakville - The Big Ticket Series featuring the Family Series, Drama & Dance, Learning with the Arts $65,000 (2012-2013)
$65,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto Dance Matters Dance Productions - Dance Matters $9,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society -2012-2013 Multidisciplinary Performance Series $20,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Dusk Dances Inc. - Dusk Dances $28,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Moonhorse Dance Theatre - Older and Reckless $14,000 (2012-2013)
$18,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto Music Toronto - 2012-2013-2014 Concert Seasons $80,000 (2012-2013)
$80,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto New Adventures in Sound Art - 2012-2014 New Adventures in Sound Art Presentation Programming $30,000 (2012-2013)
$30,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto New Music Concerts - New Music Concerts 2012-2013 Presentation Activities $18,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Northern Visions Independent Film and Video Association - Images Festival 2012 and Images Festival 2013 $65,000 (2012-2013)
$65,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto Soundstreams Canada Concerts - Soundstreams $120,000 (2012-2013)
$120,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto Théâtre français de Toronto - 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons $80,000 (2012-2013)
$80,000 (2013-2014)
    TOTAL: $1,316,000

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto B.A.A.N.N. Theatre Centre - Carnegie Library Renovation $1,200,000(2012-2013)
$600,000 (2013-2014)
Toronto Theatre Museum Corporation - Feasibility Study for Theatre Museum Canada at 355 King Street West $28,500 (2011-2012)
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Toronto Toronto Dance Foundation - Capital Improvements to 80 Winchester Street: Phase 1 $248,000 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $2,076,500

Canada Arts Training Fund
The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio - Professional arts training $300,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Collective of Black Artists (COBA) - Professional arts training $55,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre - Professional arts training $40,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Native Earth Performing Arts - Professional arts training $50,000 (2012-2013)
Thornhill Nrtyakala: Indian Classical Dance - Professional arts training $140,000 (2012-2013)
$140,000 (2013-2014)
    TOTAL: $725,000

Canada Interactive Fund
The Canada Interactive Fund supports the creation of online, interactive Canadian cultural content and applications that are developed by official-language minority, Aboriginal, ethnocultural, and other not-for-profit cultural organizations.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Centre for Aboriginal Media - imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Online and Mobile Interactive Initiative $46,200 (2011-2012)
Toronto Ontario Museum Association - The Insider's Look at Ontario Museums (ILOM) and the Mobile Insiders Look at Ontario Museums (MiLOM) $55,100 (2011-2012)
Toronto Soundstreams Canada Concerts - The Soundstreams SoundMakers Project $253,635 (2011-2012)
Toronto Théâtre français de Toronto - Creation of an interactive platform for artists and productions by Théâtre français de Toronto $58,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Toronto International Film Festival Inc. - Body Mind Change: The Worlds of David Cronenberg $43,573 (2011-2012)
$362,636 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $819,144

Canada Book Fund - Support for Organizations and Support for Publishers streams
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto 1097488 Ontario Ltd. o/a Master Point Press - Publishing support $85,950 (2011-2012)
Toronto Annick Press Ltd. - Publishing support $282,308 (2011-2012)
Toronto Association of Canadian Publishers - PD Seminars & Subsidy Program $132,888 (2011-2012)
Toronto Association of Canadian Publishers - Strategic Planning $50,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Between the Lines Incorporated - Publishing support $39,018 (2011-2012)
Toronto Book and Periodical Council - Internship $7,125 (2011-2012)
$2,625 (2012-2013)
Toronto Canadian Children's Book Centre - Canadian Children's Book News (two editions) 20000+ $50,000 (2011-2012) $50,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Canadian Scholars' Press Inc. - Publishing support $110,104 (2011-2012)
Toronto CCNM Press Inc. - Publishing support $21,676 (2011-2012)
Burlington C.G. Publishing Inc. - Publishing support $65,704 (2011-2012)
Toronto Chestnut Publishing Group Limited Partnership - Publishing support $45,516 (2011-2012)
Toronto Coach House Books Inc. - Publishing support $49,783 (2011-2012)
Toronto Coach House Books Inc. - Publishing internship $8,880 (2011-2012) $3,600 (2012-2013)
Toronto Curriculum Plus-Bailey Press Ltd. - Publishing support $32,931 (2011-2012)
Toronto Diaspora Dialogues - Diaspora Dialogues Literary Festival $15,000 (2011-2012) $30,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Dundurn Press Limited - Publishing support $214,471 (2011-2012)
Toronto ECW Press Ltd. - Publishing support $224,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Emond Montgomery Publications Limited - Publishing support $347,036 (2011-2012)
Toronto Emond Montgomery Publications Limited - Business planning $50,000 (2011-2012)
Markham Fifth House Ltd. - Publishing support $64,849 (2011-2012)
Richmond Hill Firefly Books Ltd. - Publishing support $449,035 (2011-2012)
Markham Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited - Publishing support $179,889 (2011-2012)
Toronto Groundwood Books Limited - Publishing support $225,294 (2011-2012)
Toronto House of Anansi Press Inc. - Publishing support $192,777 (2011-2012)
Oakville Howard Aster and Assoc. Corp. Ltd. o/a Mosaic Press - Publishing support $22,531 (2011-2012)
Toronto Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning - Book Summit 2012 $15,000 (2011-2012) $20,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto International Readings at Harbourfront - 2011 International Visitors Programme at the International Festival of Authors $20,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Irwin Law Inc. - Publishing support $119,162 (2011-2012)
Toronto James Lorimer & Company Limited - Publishing support $123,809 (2011-2012)
Toronto Kids Can Press Ltd. - Publishing support $524,076 (2011-2012)
Toronto League of Canadian Poets - Marketing and Promotion of Canadian Poetry 2011-2012 $28,250 (2011-2012)
Toronto Lingo Learning Inc. - Publishing support $159,333 (2011-2012)
Toronto LitDistCo - LitDistCo Technology Project $39,100 (2011-2012)
Toronto Literary Press Group of Canada - Sales and Marketing Project $221,663 (2011-2012)
Toronto McArthur & Company Publishing Limited - Publishing support $100,610 (2011-2012)
Toronto Organization of Book Publishers of Ontario - Open Book $70,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Owlkids Books Inc. - Publishing support $117,077 (2011-2012)
Markham Pembroke Publishers Limited - Publishing support $130,017 (2011-2012)
Toronto Playwrights Canada Press Ltd. - Publishing support $47,906 (2011-2012)
Markham Red Deer Press Inc. - Publishing support $86,396 (2011-2012)
Toronto Robert Rose Inc. - Publishing support $422,987 (2011-2012)
Oakville Rubicon Publishing Inc. - Publishing support $255,401 (2011-2012)
Toronto Salon du Livre de Toronto $20,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Second Story Feminist Press Inc. - Publishing support $106,360 (2011-2012)
Toronto Southern Ontario Library Services - First Nations Communities Read 2012 $24,707 (2012-2013)
Toronto The Toronto South Asian Review - Publishing support $8,476 (2011-2012)
Markham Thomas Allen & Son Limited - Publishing support $82,498 (2011-2012)
Toronto Thompson Educational Publishing Inc. - Publishing support $177,558 (2011-2012)
Toronto Thompson Educational Publishing Inc. - Technology internship $12,733 (2011-2012)
Toronto University of Toronto Press - Publishing support $459,102 (2011-2012)
Toronto Word on the Street Canada Inc. (The) - The Word on the Street Canada Inc. $100,000 (2011-2012)
Toronto Writers' Trust of Canada - Writers' Trust Awards $20,000 (2011-2012)
$20,000 (2012-2013)
Toronto Writers' Union of Canada (The)- PD Project ("How to Be Your Own Publicist", "OnWords" Conference panels, Write magazine articles) $46,757 (2011-2012)
$55,917 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $6,687,885

Canada Music Fund
The Canada Music Fund provides support for established Canadian music entrepreneurs to build a strong, sustainable industry. It enables these entrepreneurs to offer a wide range of choices that enrich the Canadian musical experience in the long term, to become increasingly competitive nationally and internationally and to play a leading role in the global digital economy.
City Organization Amount
(Fiscal Year 2011-2012)
Toronto Arts & Crafts Productions Inc $650,000
Toronto Canadian Independent Music Association $445,000
Toronto Canadian Music Centre $34,000
Toronto Dine Alone Music Inc. $413,240
Toronto Distort Inc. $281,340
Toronto Last Gang Records Inc $408,265
Toronto Maplecore Ltd. $618,859
Toronto 2204253 Ontario Inc. (Casablanca) $40,000
    TOTAL: $2,890,704

Canadian Studies Program
The Canadian Studies Program encourages Canadians to learn about Canada's history, civic life, and public policy. The Program supports the development and/or enhancement of learning materials, the organization of learning and developmental experiences, and the establishment and maintenance of networks that give Canadians opportunities to enhance their understanding of Canada, thus building an informed and engaged citizenry.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Historica Dominion Institute - Canadian Encyclopedia / Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. $1,250,000 (2011-2012)
$1,250,000 (2012-2013)
$1,250,000 (2013-2014)
    TOTAL: $3,750,000

Museums Assistance Program
The Museums Assistance Program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Toronto Centennial Centre of Science and Technology - Imaginate $170,600 (2011-2012)
$70,800 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $241,400

Enhancement of Official Languages Program
The Enhancement of Official Languages Program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality.
City Organization and Project Amount
(Fiscal Year)
Mississauga Canadian Parents for French - Ontario
Gotta Love That French: I am Bilingual Tour
$30,000 (2011-2012)
Mississauga Canadian Parents for French - Ontario
Core operational funding
$294,450 (2011-2012)
Toronto Français pour l'avenir/French for the Future Inc.
Project French For The Future
$550,000 (2011-2012)
$550,000 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $1,424,450

 


 

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