Cultural Olympiad 2009 artists take the show across Canada

    National Presentation and Touring Program highlights Canadian talent

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Cultural Olympiad 2009, presented by Bell -
the multidisciplinary artistic showcase celebrating Canada's top creative
talent - is hitting the road with its national touring program featuring 12
artists in 35 locations and over 50 shows in cities large and small.
    With less than a year to go before the start of the Vancouver 2010
Olympic Winter Games, Cultural Olympiad 2009 is branching out beyond British
Columbia to bring the spirit and excitement of Canada's Games to communities
across the country over the next few months. Performers include: the Alberta
Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Hawksley Workman, Bell Orchestre, Beast,
Asani, Lucie Idlout, Thunderheist, The Sadies, Manitoba Métis Music and Dance,
K'NAAN, and Shad.
    "We want all Canadians to feel they can share in the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in their own hometowns," said Robert Kerr,
program director, Cultural Olympiad, for the Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). "Whether it's seeing
the Olympic Flame during the Olympic Torch Relay or experiencing a performance
by a great Canadian talent. These are Canada's Games and the Cultural Olympiad
2009 and 2010 festivals will share talented performers and artists with as
many people as possible."
    The performers and artists of Cultural Olympiad 2009 will travel widely,
with stops ranging from Vancouver to Iqaluit to Chicoutimi, supported by their
home provinces and territories (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and
Nunavut), together with the Government of Canada and Canada Council for the
    The tours will coincide with the more than 400 free and ticketed Cultural
Olympiad 2009 performances and exhibitions at over 70 venues in Metro
Vancouver and BC's Sea to Sky corridor from February 1 to March 21. The
festival includes music, dance, visual arts, literary arts, theatre, film and
new media from BC, Canada and around the world.
    Next year, Cultural Olympiad 2010, presented by Bell, will be even larger
in scope to both welcome the world and celebrate as the world's top athletes
compete in Vancouver and Whistler. The National Presentation and Touring
Program will also grow in 2010, connecting the entire country with the
cultural elements of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
    For a full listing of tour dates, please visit, and search Participating Acts for details.


    About the Cultural Olympiad

    Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is a series of multidisciplinary
festivals and digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and
international arts and popular culture. Launched in 2008, this multi-year
celebration features an expanded program in 2009 (February 1 to March 21,
2009). The program culminates with the 60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (January
22 to March 21, 2010), which begins before and continues throughout the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.



    Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive
Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games, and the presenting sponsor for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers with
solutions to all their communications needs, including telephone services,
wireless communications, high-speed internet, digital television and
voice-over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and communications
technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is the Virtual
Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses (SMBs). Bell
is wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
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    The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad is grateful for the support of the
Government of Canada and the governments of all of Canada's provinces and
territories and their respective cultural agencies: British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince
Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and
Yukon. In addition to the Cultural Olympiad's government and corporate
partners, CODE is proudly supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the
National Film Board of Canada. New Media BC and Wavefront Innovation Society
are also both active participants in the project. The National Presentation
and Touring Program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts
and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Erin Mikaluk, VANOC
Communications, Tel: (604) 403-2471, E-mail:

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