TORONTO, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for the Toronto Downtown Jazz Society for the Toronto Jazz Festival.
"Our Government is proud to support this one-of-a-kind musical experience in the heart of our country's largest city," said Minister Flaherty. "I encourage all Torontonians to take part in this festival, which attracts an impressive 500,000 tourists from all around the world every year. Festivals such as this one provide high-quality musical experiences that bring vitality and creativity to this region and beyond."
This year's festival will take place from June 20 to 29 at a variety of venues and outdoor stages in Toronto. The Festival, now in its 27th year, has grown into a large-scale event that attracts more than half a million visitors. Over the course of the 10-day event, audiences can enjoy many free and ticketed musical performances by Canadian and international performers.
"The Toronto Jazz Festival has become one of the high notes of summer by bringing together locals and tourists to enjoy an impressive range of shows by Canadian and international musicians," said Minister Moore. "Events like the Toronto Jazz Festival showcase our country's thriving arts scene and provide Canadians with opportunities to enjoy outstanding professional performances."
"We take pride in presenting the best in local, national, and international jazz talent on our stages," said Patrick Taylor, Executive Producer, Toronto Jazz Festival. "This Government of Canada funding helps us to maintain the internationally acclaimed quality of the festival, and also helps us to foster the development of the current and upcoming generation of jazz performers, educators, and audience members."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $80,000 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.
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