Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in British Columbia

KELOWNA, BC, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments from the Government of Canada in British Columbia's arts and culture sectors are helping to boost the economy and create jobs and growth. This was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna.

Funding will support 11 projects throughout the province, including the Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan, the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society, and the Chamber Music Kelowna Society.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that help define our culture and promote our identity," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and create jobs and growth throughout British Columbia."

"The Board, artistic directors, and volunteers of the Chamber Music Kelowna Society are very happy to receive this funding, as this allows us to continue our work in furthering a 32-year tradition of bringing some of Canada's and the world's top classical musicians to audiences in Kelowna and the Okanagan," said Derald Oldring, President, Chamber Music Kelowna Society. "It also allows schools, community groups, music students, and others exposure to these artists through our outreach program. This support from the Government of Canada enhances, in a significant way, the cultural life of the community and is a stimulus for our organization to strive for excellence in the musical arts."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $759,442 under four programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Arts Training Fund, and the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Today's announcement includes the following projects:

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan Think Global - Act Local - Global Citizen Kelowna 2011-2012 $30,300 Kelowna
Association des francophones et francophiles du Nord-Ouest Le Sugar Shack Festival d'Hiver 2011-2012 $11,400 Prince Rupert

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Lakes District Arts Council Presenting Series 2012 and 2013 2012-2013
Burns Lake
Chamber Music Kelowna Society Chamber Music Series 2012-2013
Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Variety Seasons 2012-2013
Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts 30th and 31st Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts 2012-2013
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society 2012 and 2013 Presenting Activities 2012-2013

Canada Arts Training Fund

The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre.

En'owkin Centre (Okanagan Indian Educational Resources Society) Professional arts training 2012-2013

Canada Periodical Fund - Aid to Publishers Component

The Canada Periodical Fund provides funding to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.

Armstrong-Enderby Publishing Co. Ltd. Okanagan Advertiser 2011-2012 $17,687 Armstrong
APV Publishing Inc. 4WD Magazine 2011-2012 $19,152 Kelowna
Dream Wave Publishing Inc. Zamoof! 2011-2012 $42,903 Kelowna




SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

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

Perry Boldt
Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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