DAWSON CITY, YT, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament
(Yukon), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for
the Dawson City Music Festival Association's year-round performance
series and annual music festival.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Dawson City Music
Festival Association," said Mr. Leef. "By offering quality programming
throughout the year, this organization ensures access to performing
arts for residents and visitors to Dawson City and engages the
community through workshops, youth concerts, and family programming."
This funding will allow the Dawson City Music Festival Association to
present its 2014-15 and 2015-16 year-round concert series, as well as
the 36th and 37th editions of the Dawson City Music Festival. Every year, thousands of
music lovers gather in venues across the city to enjoy quality cultural
programming. The annual festival and presentation series both offer a
diverse range of music from a variety of genres, including jazz, folk,
blues, reggae, and country.
"The Dawson City Music Festival Association is providing residents and
visitors with increased access to top-notch performances that appeal to
a range of audiences, including youth, Aboriginal peoples, and the
Francophone community. There's something for everyone!" said Minister
Glover. "We are proud to support organizations that showcase our
artists and contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of Yukon."
"Since its inception in 1979, the Dawson City Music Festival has
delivered high-quality musical experiences and diverse programming and
has become a significant contributor to both the quality of life and
the cultural economy in Dawson and Yukon," said Jenna Roebuck, Producer
and Artistic Director of the Dawson City Music Festival Association.
"The continued multi-year support of the Canadian Arts Presentation
Fund is fundamental to maintaining the nationally acclaimed quality of
the Festival and to enabling us to remain one of Yukon's most visible
The first Dawson City Music Festival took place in 1979 thanks to the
efforts of an informal group of local residents interested in
attracting Canadian music talent to their northern community. The
Dawson City Music Festival Association has worked for more than three
decades to build an appreciation for professional musical performance
in Dawson City.
The Government of Canada has provided $64,000 over two years ($32,000 in
2014-15 and $32,000 in 2015-16) 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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