Investing in Nova Scotia's Arts and Culture

Government of Canada provides funding for arts and culture organizations in Halifax

HALIFAX, Jan. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided $274,000 in total funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to enable a variety of arts and culture organizations to hold cultural events in Halifax in 2014 and 2015.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament (Central Nova) Peter MacKay today announced funding for six arts organizations on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover. Recipient organizations will provide audiences in Nova Scotia with opportunities to enjoy music, dance, theatre, comedy and circus performances.

Quick Facts 

Funding is for the following projects to take place in 2014-15:

  • Halifax Jazz Festival, JazzLabs, JazzEast Concerts, and Creative Music Workshop
    ($118,500 - Jazz East Rising Association)
  • Scotia Festival of Music ($61,500 - Scotia Chamber Players)
  • Stages Theatre Festival ($44,500 - Eastern Front Theatre Society)
  • Halifax International Busker Festival ($23,000 - Atlantic Buskers Festival Society)
  • Halifax ComedyFest ($17,500 - Halifax Comedy Festival Society)
  • Kinetic Studio Dance Series ($9,000 - Kinetic Studio Society)


"I am pleased that our Government is supporting projects that highlight the thriving culture of Canadian communities. By supporting these Nova Scotia organizations, we are delivering on our commitment to strengthen communities through job creation in the cultural sector."
- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Our Government is proud to invest in initiatives that enhance Nova Scotia's vibrant cultural scene and tourism sector. Arts and culture stimulate the local economy and contribute to the quality of life for residents and visitors to this province."
- Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament (Central Nova)

"The continued support of the Government of Canada to JazzEast is integral to the success of our organization and Halifax's largest live music festival, The Halifax Jazz Festival. Through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund suite of programs, the Department of Canadian Heritage provides essential support to the arts and culture sector in Canada."
- Heather Gibson, Executive Director of Jazz East Rising Association

Associated Links

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Halifax International Busker Festival
Halifax Comedy Festival
Kinetic Studio Society
Jazz East Rising Association
Scotia Chamber Players
Stages Theatre Festival

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

For further information:


Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Gilles Thériault
Director, Communications 
Atlantic Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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