Government of Canada supports the OFF Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec
SHERBROOKE, QC, April 20, 2018 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $48,600 in funding for the OFF Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec.
The funding, provided under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will make it possible to host the 15th annual OFF Festival. From May 3 to 27, 2018, music lovers will be able to enjoy to hundreds of free concerts at venues in Sherbrooke that include Promenade du Lac‑des‑Nations, restaurants, health centres and hospitals.
"The Government of Canada is proud to support community events like the OFF Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec that bring people together and make the arts accessible to residents and visitors. This lively event reaches out to audiences and helps local artists showcase their passion and talent."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"This spring, we are delighted to mark Sherbrooke's 15th annual OFF Festival—an event for local artists that highlights the vitality of a community renowned for its top music schools and talented musicians."
—Jean-Marie Messier, Executive Director, Corporation du printemps musical de Sherbrooke
The OFF Festival and the Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec are organized by the Corporation du printemps musical de Sherbrooke, a non-profit agency whose key mandate is to promote and develop local music activities and events.
Along with concerts at 10 Sherbrooke restaurants and on Promenade du Lac-des-Nations, the 15th OFF Festival will feature shows by Valaire and Tintamarre at La Petite Boîte Noire.
The festival, which runs from May 3 to 27, 2018, draws nearly 45,000 visitors each year and showcases the talent of 600 local artists.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information: (media only) Simon Ross, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, [email protected]