CALGARY, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament
(Calgary Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister
of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support
for the Sled Island Arts Fellowship, presenter of the Sled Island Music
and Arts Festival.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Sled Island Arts
Fellowship," said Ms. Crockatt. "The Sled Island Music and Arts
Festival is an important part of our community, providing residents and
visitors with increased access to high-quality performances that appeal
to a range of audiences, including young people, Aboriginal peoples and
the Francophone community. There's something for everyone!"
Funding will allow the Sled Island Arts Fellowship to present the 8th Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, from June 18 to 22, 2014. This
annual independent festival, founded in 2007, promotes emerging local
talent alongside established national and international artists.
Festival activities will include music performances, artistic displays
and film presentations. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to
"The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival is a true celebration of
artistic diversity," said Minister Glover. "The strength and tenacity
shown by Sled Island and the many other arts organizations affected by
the devastating floods in Alberta this past summer is inspirational and
a testament to the resilience of the cultural community.
Congratulations and best wishes for a fantastic festival next year."
"We are thrilled that Canadian Heritage decided to renew its support for
the festival. They've been a great partner for the last two years, and
the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program has helped
us greatly in growing our organization," said Maud Salvi, Executive
Director of the Sled Island Arts Fellowship.
The Sled Island Arts Fellowship is a non-profit organization dedicated
to producing the annual Sled Island Music and Arts Festival in Calgary.
One of the region's most anticipated yearly events, the festival takes
place in a variety of venues across the city and focuses on providing
visitors with a wide range of multidisciplinary artistic activities and
The Government of Canada has provided $75,200 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
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