LA GRAND'TERRE, NL, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Shelly Glover,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced
the Government of Canada has provided support to the Association
régionale de la côte Ouest to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Émile Joseph Benoit.
"Our Government is proud to fund celebrations in honour of Émile Joseph
Benoit, a personality who has left his mark on the cultural world of
Newfoundland and Labrador's Francophone community and beyond," said
Minister Glover. "By supporting projects like this one, we are creating
opportunities for Canadians to learn more about the events and people
that are part of our country's rich heritage."
The funding has allowed the Association régionale de la Côte ouest to
present a variety of activities in recent months, including music and
dance performances, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Émile Joseph Benoit's birth. In addition, a compact disc
will be put together with music and stories from local musicians and
storytellers to celebrate the life of this artist and his contribution
to the community.
"For Franco-Newfoundlanders, Émile Benoit was a flag-bearer for our
culture and our identity. His popularity went beyond our communities,
and even beyond our province," said Robert Cormier, President of the
Association régionale de la côte Ouest. "He is recognized by all
Newfoundlanders, Francophone or not, for having left an incomparable
heritage. Even today, his pieces of traditional music are regularly
performed by numerous artists."
Émile Joseph Benoit, born on March 24, 1913, in L'Anse-à-Canards on the
Port-au-Port Peninsula, was a fiddler, composer, and storyteller.
Although already well known in his community, he was over 60 years old
before his musical career took off across Newfoundland and Labrador and
elsewhere in Canada. He also performed in the United States and France.
He died in 1992.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $26,700 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
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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