PORT MOODY, BC, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The rich heritage and cultural
vitality of Port Moody will be celebrated and commemorated, thanks to
an investment from the Government of Canada. The Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member
of Parliament (Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam), today announced
funding for the Port Moody Heritage Society.
The society will present the 12th annual Ioco Days festival from October 6 to 14, 2012. Ioco was
originally a townsite for an Imperial Oil Company refinery, for which
the area is named. This free family festival will reenact scenes from
Ioco life of years past in tribute to the living history of the
community. More than 2,000 visitors are expected to attend.
"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. The Ioco Days festival, held right here
in Port Moody, is a perfect example of this. 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."
"The Port Moody Heritage Society very much appreciates the support of
the Government of Canada," said Robert Simons, President. "It enables
us to host a grassroots community festival that celebrates and promotes
our heritage. The Ioco Days festival is an important part of our
efforts to ensure that as many visitors as possible have fun while
learning the historical significance of the City of Port Moody's first
heritage conservation area."
The Port Moody Heritage Society, founded in the late 1960s, is a local
incorporated non-profit organization that promotes interest in the
history of Port Moody through exhibits, programs, and events.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $4,900 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
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)