NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, May 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Investments in arts and
culture in the Niagara region are helping boost the economy and create
jobs and growth. Support for the Canadian Chamber Academy's Music
Niagara festival was announced today by the Honourable Rob Nicholson,
P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice
and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support the Canadian Chamber Academy in presenting its
four-week Music Niagara summer festival in 2012 and 2013. This year's
festival will take place from July 13 to August 11 and will feature
high-calibre Canadian and international artists in a range of music
genres, including classical, jazz, choral and cabaret. The concerts
will be presented at a number of indoor and outdoor venues in
Niagara-on-the-Lake. Music Niagara's international reputation for
excellent programming attracts an average of more than 4,000 local
patrons and international visitors every year, fostering economic
growth in the region.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
important arts festivals like Music Niagara," said Minister Moore. "By
supporting the activities of the Canadian Chamber Academy, our
Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy,
promote tourism, and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"I am proud of our Government's commitment to supporting the arts in
Niagara," said Minister Nicholson. "With this investment, we will be
able to showcase the talents of our local musicians and their fellow
Canadian artists in scenic Niagara-on-the-Lake."
"This substantial investment in our festival is deeply appreciated and
will help us to maintain our high standard of performance," said Atis
Bankas, Artistic Director of Music Niagara. "It's wonderful to see that
the Government of Canada recognizes the contribution that Music Niagara
makes on the artistic front and as a vital partner in the tourism
economy of Niagara."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $40,000 ($20,000
in 2012-2013 and $20,000 in 2013-2014) 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.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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Canadian Heritage and
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