Government of Canada Invests in Festi-Vent sur glace

SAINT-PLACIDE, QC, Feb. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Once again this year, the skies of Lac des Deux-Montagnes will be brightened by hundreds of multi-coloured kites, and visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator (Mille Îles), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will support the Festi-Vent sur glace festival, which will take place February 18 and 19. Residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in a variety of music and dance shows, artistic performances, exhibitions, children's activities, guided tours highlighting the history of the area, and much more. Some 50 artists will participate, and 200 volunteers will ensure the event runs smoothly.

"Canadians gave us a clear mandate to invest in organizations, such as the Festi-Vent sur glace, that provide an opportunity for the public to come together and for local artists to display their talents," said Minister Moore. "Through this support, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support the arts, culture and heritage."

"Arts and culture stimulate creativity and innovation, making our communities better places to live and work. Our Government's support of the Festi-Vent sur glace festival will have a positive impact on the Lower Laurentians area from both a cultural and an economic perspective. Funding will allow the organization to present a variety of activities that will showcase our artists, craftspeople, and creators," said Senator Carignan.

"On behalf of Festi-Vent sur glace and Mayor of St-Placide Denis Lavigne, I would like to thank the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support of our 14th Festival. As a result, the event will be even better than ever," said Brigitte DesRosiers, chair of Festi-Vent sur glace.

The main mandate of the Festi-Vent sur glace organization is to contribute to culture and recreation in Saint-Placide in the Lower Laurentians region, in addition to organizing this annual winter kite festival.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $17,600 under 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 heritage.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Éric Amyot
Communications Director
Canadian Heritage
Quebec Region

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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