Harper Government Invests in Festival JAZZ etcetera Lévis

LÉVIS, QC, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - New funding from the Government of Canada will enable the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis to present a wide variety of musical programming to residents and visitors to the Chaudière-Appalaches region. This was announced today by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis will celebrate its sixth anniversary by offering a variety of activities, popular music concerts and other musical performances. The event will take place from August 9 to 12, 2012.

"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."

"The Government of Canada is convinced that by investing in events like the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis, it is encouraging the region's economic growth and allowing our cultural organizations to enrich the lives of our citizens, inspire our young people, and celebrate our heritage," said Minister Blaney.

"For six years, Canadian Heritage has helped us present local artists on our festival stages—much-appreciated support for a festival that is still growing," said François Brunet, manager of the Festival Jazz etcetera Lévis.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,700 through 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 the history and heritage of a region. 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

media only:

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

Éric Amyot
Director of Regional
Canadian Heritage
Quebec Region

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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

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