Harper Government Invests in the Festival international du conte Jos Violon de Lévis

LÉVIS, QC, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of Canada in the Festival international du conte Jos Violon de Lévis, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will once again get people talking through the arts of songwriting and storytelling. Funding was announced today by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

From October 11 to 21, 2012, an array of events including storytelling shows, evenings of traditional music and dance, family activities, and much more will take place throughout Lévis. The festival will feature the talents of local artists and historical heritage performers, and several dozen volunteers will work hard to ensure the event runs smoothly.

"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."

"Storytellers and other lyrical artists help preserve our heritage and make it accessible to future generations," said Minister Blaney. "Our Government is pleased to support the Maison natale de Louis Fréchette and its storytelling festival, which work to build awareness of a part of our common history and boost the strength of culture and tourism in Lévis."

"We thank the Government of Canada for providing funding for the 10th Festival international du conte Jos Violon de Lévis. The Maison natale de Louis Fréchette, which organizes the event, appreciates this generous act that encourages cultural initiatives in our community. The year 2012 also marks the 20th anniversary of our organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the life and works of Louis Fréchette and of the house where he was born," said Carole Legaré, Artistic Director, Maison natale de Louis Fréchette.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $4,600 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.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

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

Éric Amyot
Director, Regional Communications
Quebec Region
Canadian Heritage
514-283-4027

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.)



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