Investing in Nova Scotia's Musical Heritage

Government of Canada provides funding for Musique Royale festival and year-round performances

LUNENBURG, NS, Jan. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada has provided $44,000 in funding through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to help Musique Royale present a summer festival and year-round performances of world-class Renaissance, Baroque, and traditional music in communities across Nova Scotia.

Member of Parliament Gerald Keddy today announced this funding for Musique Royale, A Treasury of Music from our Historic Past, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover. Funding is over two fiscal years: $22,000 in 2014-15 and $22,000 in 2015-16.

Musique Royale will present more than 30 concerts and about 30 community-development and outreach activities annually. Approximately 20 early-music specialists from five Canadian provinces and abroad are expected to participate.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1985, Musique Royale has offered musical performances in settings of historic and cultural significance in communities throughout Nova Scotia.
  • St. John's Anglican Church, in the heart of old town Lunenburg (a UNESCO World Heritage site), is the primary venue for Musique Royale events.
  • The summer festival and year-round programming feature local, national and international artists specializing in early and traditional music.
  • The group's summer festival typically runs for 20 days between June and September.


"Our Government is proud to invest in cultural groups like Musique Royale that contribute to the quality of life and economy of Canadian communities."
- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"By supporting Musique Royale and its musical presentations, our Government helps provide a special cultural experience to people who live in or visit communities in Nova Scotia."
- Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's)

"Musique Royale is deeply indebted to the Department of Canadian Heritage for helping us to bring established artists from across the country to Nova Scotia for the benefit of citizens and visitors. Our province is filled with beautiful historic settings and, every year, with the assistance of dedicated volunteers, Musique Royale visits over 25 communities from the fishing shores of Yarmouth County to the highlands of Cape Breton."
- Barbara Butler, Artistic and Administrative Director.

Associated Links
Canada Arts Presentation Fund
Musique Royale

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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