SASKATOON, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Residents of all ages in Saskatoon and
surrounding areas will be able to enjoy the arts, thanks to an
investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by
the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic
Diversification and Member of Parliament (Blackstrap), on behalf of the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
With this funding, three Saskatoon arts organizations—the Gustin/Trounce
Heritage Committee, the Northern Saskatchewan International Children's
Festival, and the 25th Street Theatre Centre—will provide audiences with access to a variety
of professional artistic experiences and outreach activities.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to boost
tourism and create jobs and growth throughout Canada," said Minister
Moore. "With this investment, we are delivering on our commitment to
strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"These organizations help ensure that people all across Saskatchewan can
experience the arts in their community," said Minister of State Yelich.
"This investment will benefit the arts, artists, and the local
"For 24 years, the Children's Festival has been part of the cultural
ecology of the province, and the funding we receive from the Government
of Canada represents a significant investment in the creative
experience of our most cherished resource—our kids," said Shauna
Bradford-Wilson, Executive Director, Northern Saskatchewan
International Children's Festival. "The world needs dreamers; big
things come from empowering others to put dreams into action. This
support will encourage us to 'dream big' in 2012."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $92,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.
Funding announced today includes support for the following Saskatoon
organizations through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund:
The Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee (Lyell Gustin Recital Series) -
The Lyell Gustin Recital Series will be presented between April 2012 and
January 2013. Featuring performances by Canadian musicians in solo
piano, cello with piano, and voice with piano, these recitals aim to
encourage a deeper understanding of classical music composers,
compositions, musicians, and presentations. The series includes three
concerts, each preceded by a talk on the music to be performed.
25th Street Theatre Centre (PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival - Saskatoon)
The annual ten-day PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival will take place
from August 2 to 11, 2012, in the Broadway area of Saskatoon. Held in
four different venues, the Festival presents performances by emerging
and established theatre groups from Saskatchewan, Canada, and other
countries. Kids Fringe offers shows for children and young adults.
Northern Saskatchewan International Children's Festival (Dream Big with
the 2012 Children's Festival) - $75,000
The 24th annual Saskatchewan Children's Festival will take place from June 3 to
6, 2012, at venues on and around the riverbank in downtown Saskatoon.
The Festival includes performances by professional artists in theatre,
dance, folk music and comedy. The Festival also partners with community
organizations and businesses to offer outreach activities such as SciFi
Spaceship, a science-based activity delivered in partnership with
engineering students from the University of Saskatchewan.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Francine D. Lefebvre
Prairies and Northern Region
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)