Canada commemorates St. George's Hall (Arts and Letters Club) as a National Historic Site of Canada and J.E.H MacDonald as a person of national historic significance

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr.
Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, today unveiled two
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaques commemorating St.
George's Hall (Arts and Letters Club) as a National Historic Site of Canada
and J.E.H. MacDonald as a Canadian of national historic significance. A
ceremony marking their importance and impact on the history of Canada was held
today at St. George's Hall in Toronto.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to honour both a member of the Group
of Seven and a site associated with the Group of Seven as being of national
historic significance", said Mr. Calandra. "Today's commemoration of St.
George's Hall, known as the Arts and Letters Club, and J.E.H. MacDonald by
Canada's Government will help to ensure that this historic site and person of
great significance will be remembered and appreciated by generations to come."
    Founded in Toronto in 1908, the Arts and Letters Club has been a
gathering place for artists including painters, writers, musicians,
architects, actors and patrons of the arts. It was an important venue for
artistic activity and a catalyst for the organization of artistic communities
such as the Group of Seven.
    A founding member of the Arts and Letters Club and Group of Seven, J.E.H.
MacDonald was a talented artist and graphic designer as well as a renowned art
teacher. He was an idealist who fostered the growth of Canadian culture in all
its manifestations and inspired a generation of artists.
    "These commemorative plaques celebrate an important page of Canadian art
history," said Minister Prentice. "Our Government is proud to participate in
the commemoration of this exceptional place and this original painter, which
allowed a new generation of artists to emerge and create new ways of
representing the Canadian identity in the arts."
    Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises
the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance
of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement
of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of historic
value. It is one means of informing the public about the richness of our
cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

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For further information:

For further information: Ron Dale, Parks Canada, (905) 468-6600

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