Canada's New Government Supports the Trout Forest Music Festival



    EAR FALLS, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J.
Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Tony
Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for the Federal Economic Development
Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced funding of up to $25,000 for
the Trout Forest Music Festival. The funds will support the organization's
2007 festival, which takes place in August.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to support the Trout Forest Music
Festival," said Minister Oda. "By investing in cultural initiatives that bring
artists and community members together, we help ensure that Canadians living
in small communities can share in the talent of artists from across the
country, and that Canadian artists have opportunities to perform in different
parts of our land."
    "We are proud to support the Trout Forest Music Festival," said Minister
Clement. "This Festival has become a rich, local tradition that is vital to
the cultural and community life of the region. Canada's New Government is
committed to supporting initiatives that offer Canadians opportunities to
share in our cultural heritage through artistic excellence."
    Over a three-day period, from August 10 to 12, 2007, the festival will
feature musical performances on various stages showcasing the breadth and
depth of Canadian musicians. The Trout Forest Music Festival has a strong
family focus. It is known for its nightly jam sessions, which bring artists
and audience members together in an informal and spontaneous way. The festival
takes place at Waterfront Park in the community of Ear Falls.

    Canada's New Government has provided funding under the Arts Presentation
Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to
give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness
of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live
professional performances and other arts experiences.

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





For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, (819) 997-7788; Erik
Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Health and Minister for
the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, (613)
957-0200; Jaime Burke, A/Communications Manager, Canadian Heritage, Ontario
Region, (416) 973-2050


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