Ontario Supports Hamilton's Creative Economy

    McGuinty Government Supports Original Opera Production

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping build its creative economy and enhance its quality of
life by supporting a project led by Opera Hamilton.
    The province is investing $50,000 to develop a new Canadian opera based
on the life of Chief Joseph Brant. The opera will help attract new audiences
and generate more cultural tourism for the region. The opera will also provide
special opportunities for youth to experience the arts by touring with a
condensed version of the show for schools in southern Ontario.
    Funding for this announcement is from the Cultural Strategic Investment
Fund (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/csif/index.html), which helps build
a strong and stable cultural sector by funding projects that contribute to
Ontario's cultural development and achieve economic and creative growth.


    "Building our cultural sector is about making our economy more
competitive and improving the quality of life for Ontarians. This investment
in Opera Hamilton does both for our community."
    - Sophia Aggelonitis, MPP Hamilton Mountain

    "Ontario is committed to ensuring programs and services that strengthen
economic growth. Through its unique and original production, Opera Hamilton
will generate new ideas for economic growth and job creation in the region."
    - Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture


    -   Ontario's culture sector generates almost $20 billion of the
        province's Gross Domestic Product.
    -   Ontario's creative sector is the third largest in North America by
        employment after California and New York.


    Learn more about the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund

    Learn more about Ontario culture

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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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