Promoting Maritime Heritage in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

The Government of Canada supports the Fête des chants de marins

SAINT-JEAN-PORT-JOLI, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $24,100 in funding for the 19th Fête des chants de marins, which will take place from August 16 to 20, 2017.

This funding, provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will allow visitors to explore maritime culture of the region and beyond as they take part in varied activities that promote folk arts and traditions.


"Our government commends the efforts of the organizers of the Fête des chants de marins, who will let us discover the unique and unifying character of sea shanties. In this year in which we celebrate Canada 150, our maritime heritage takes on real significance and it makes us aware that the St. Lawrence River played a key role in our history."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Fête des chants de marins is very pleased to receive funding from Canadian Heritage to support the promotion of regional maritime culture and to reaffirm the pride of the people of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, which was named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2005. This 19th edition of the festival is part of the Canada 150 festivities and celebrates Canadian artists from coast to coast to coast."

—André Bois, Chair, Board of Directors

Quick Facts

Every year, over 15,000 visitors with a passion for maritime heritage come to Saint-Jean-Port-Joli for the Fête des chants de marins.

To mark Canada 150, the event will have D'un océan à l'autre as its theme and will honour Canada's maritime heritage by welcoming over 15 musical groups from Quebec (including the Magdalen Islands), New Brunswick and British Columbia.

The 2017 festival, headlined by Kevin Parent, will also have family activities, craft workshops, a maritime dictation, and conferences in partnership with the Musée maritime du Québec and the Musée de la mémoire vivante.

Associated Links

Fête des chants de marins 
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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