Classical Music Made Accessible to All in the Eastern Townships

The Government of Canada supports the Orford Music Festival

ORFORD, QC, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $65,000 in funding to Orford Music for the presentation of its summer program, including the Orford Music Festival.

The funding, made available through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will allow Orford Music to make classical music accessible to the entire population by offering concerts in different municipalities in the Eastern Townships and Montérégie regions, as well as at its festival site. Meetings with the artists will also be organized in parallel with certain events.


"We are delighted that Orford Music is paying tribute to Canadian composers as part of its festival. This is a wonderful way to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation and to celebrate the musical heritage and the great talent of our Canadian artists."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"We are pleased to have Canadian Heritage as one of our valuable partners. Once again this year, this financial support will help us to fulfil our artistic mission. I am pleased to present the 2017 edition of the Orford Music Festival, my second as artistic director. I promise you that it will be a stunning season with events for every taste. The public will have the opportunity to hear world-renowned artists and discover innovative musicians."
—Wonny Song, Artistic Director

Quick Facts

The Orford Music Festival 2017, which takes place from July 7 to August 12, is in its 66th edition and welcomes close to 25,000 festival-goers each year.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the festival will feature several Canadian musicians, including young pianist Jan Lisiecki. In addition, guest artists will perform the music of some of our very own composers—such as Simon Bertrand, André Prévost and François Morel—throughout the festival season.

This year, the festival is offering more than 50 free activities for the entire family, including two visual art exhibitions, a film activity, the third edition of Family Day and a new concert series, Classical Picnics, presented by talented emerging musicians.

Associated Links

Orford Music

Canada Arts Presentation Fund


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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