TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Harper Government
in the performing arts in Toronto will create jobs, and promote
economic growth in the region. Funding for the Canada's Walk of Fame
Festival was announced today by Paul Calandra, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Oak
Ridges-Markham), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
From September 20 to 23, 2012, Toronto's residents and visitors will
once again enjoy the four-day celebration of the Canada's Walk of Fame
Festival. The Festival, which will be presented at Massey Hall, Nathan
Phillips Square, and other locations in the city, will feature
performances by some of Canada's most popular and celebrated
performers. Now in its third year, the Festival coincides with the
Canada's Walk of Fame Awards Ceremony, the annual induction of Canadian
cultural icons to the Walk of Fame, which began in 1998.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"Our Government is proud to support activities that promote excellence
and provide Canadians with a variety of professional artistic
experiences," said Mr. Calandra. "Canada's Walk of Fame Festival is a
showcase of strong Canadian artistic talent that attracts tourists to
Toronto and generates economic growth for the area."
"Canada's cultural exports continue to grow around the world, and more
people are interested in our homegrown talent than ever. Our goal with
the Canada's Walk of Fame Festival is to continue the growth,
enhancement, and exhibition of our 100-percent Canadian cultural
content, as well as to create opportunities for emerging artists to
showcase their talents alongside our iconic Canadian performers." said
Peter Soumalias, Founding Director, Canada's Walk of Fame. "On behalf
of the organization, we express our sincere gratitude to the Government
of Canada and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for their generous
financial support that will help us to pave the way for these young
Canadians to shine."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $500,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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