Member of Parliament Seamus O'Regan invites Canadians to celebrate Canada 150 by taking part in the "Canada, It's Complicated" project in Newfoundland and Labrador
ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is supporting a project from Newfoundland and Labrador that will allow Canadians to discover the culture and keen sense of humour that give the province its unique character. Seamus O'Regan, Member of Parliament (St. John's South–Mount Pearl), made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
In 2017, Newfoundlanders, Labradorians and other Canadians will be able to celebrate Canada 150 by taking part in this wonderful project that highlights this country's cultural and regional diversity. The "Canada, It's Complicated" tour will get Canadians from several communities across the country involved in creating, producing and presenting a touring multimedia comedy show with soundscape and video. The show will feature sketches and satirical songs that examine Canada's joys, foibles, tragedies and triumphs, today and into the future.
The Government of Canada has provided $1 million in funding for this project through Canadian Heritage's Canada 150 Fund. The government is pleased to support local, regional and national activities designed to give Canadians across the country an opportunity to join in the Canada 150 celebrations, and to make 2017 an unforgettable year.
"Arts, culture and heritage organizations are an integral part of every community. As we celebrate Canada 150, our government is proud to support the 'Canada, It's Complicated' tour, which promotes arts and culture and showcases our diversity. 2017 is going to be a memorable year, and the Atlantic Provinces are a big part of it. So go ahead—participate, celebrate and explore!"
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"I am pleased that Canadians and visitors will have the chance to take part in a range of cultural activities that support the development of our region. I am also delighted that the 'Canada, It's Complicated' tour is providing a unique opportunity to come together and highlight our rich culture as we celebrate Canada 150. Join us for this one-of-a-kind experience!"
—Seamus O'Regan, Member of Parliament (St. John's South–Mouth Pearl)
"I'm thrilled to be working on such an exciting project with some of this country's top writers. We're putting together a show that will be performed right across Canada—in the east, west, north and south, in communities both rural and urban. It will shine the spotlight on talented comedy, music and theatre artists in a state-of-the-art multimedia production that takes an affectionately satirical look at our country today, as we mark Canada 150."
—Mary Walsh, Director and Co-Producer, Canada, It's Complicated
The Government of Canada is providing $1 million in funding for the "Canada, It's Complicated" tour.
Comedy Show 150 Canada is a not-for-profit, incorporated organization whose mandate is to tell Canada's story to Canadians through song, dance and comedy.
The main themes of the Government of Canada's vision for Canada 150 are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the environment, and young people.
The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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