SASKATOON, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Maurice Vellacott, Member of
Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly
Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today
announced support for the 2014 Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, taking place
from June 20 to 29.
Funding will help the Festival showcase hundreds of world-class artists
from Saskatchewan, Canada, and around the world. In addition to jazz,
the annual event presents various other musical genres, such as blues,
hip hop, and rock. The festival line-up includes both free and ticketed
performances, in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues, and is
expected to draw over 80,000 music enthusiasts.
"This award-winning festival has become a tourism destination for
thousands of visitors from across Saskatchewan and Canada, and it
brings significant economic benefits to our community,"
said Mr. Vellacott. "Congratulations to the organizers and the hundreds
of volunteers who present this outstanding event year after year and
give Canadians an opportunity to discover the musical richness of our
province and our country."
"The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival has provided exceptional opportunities
for Canadians to experience high-calibre international performances and
some of the best Canadian and Saskatchewan performers in jazz and other
musical genres," said Minister Glover. "The Government of Canada is
proud to invest in organizations that give Canadians access to a
variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities."
"With this funding, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival can continue to
provide world-class presentation and promotional opportunities for
Canadian artists," said Louis Christ, Festival Chair. "We are proud of
the work accomplished thus far, and with the ongoing support of the
Government of Canada, we will continue to offer artistically
significant programming showcasing Canadian artists."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $80,000 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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