Supporting Artists at the 63rd Traversée Internationale du Lac Saint-Jean

Government of Canada funding will give locals and visitors the opportunity to experience diverse arts and culture programming.

ROBERVAL, QC, June 6, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $9,300 in funding for the 63rd Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean, which will take place from July 22 to 30, 2017.

This funding, provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, will allow people to enjoy diverse arts and culture programming in the heart of Roberval.


"We know that investing in our arts and culture helps build strong communities. That is why our government is proud to support events like the Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean, which provide opportunities for Canadian artists to make their mark on our cultural landscape. I encourage all the people of Roberval to come out and celebrate!"

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The support from Canadian Heritage will make it possible for the Traversée to provide a stage and a showcase for many local artists as part of its programming. As a result, these artists can put their talents on display in front of thousands of festival visitors taking part in the event."

—Kim Privé, Chair, Board of Directors of the Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean

Quick Facts

Established in 1955, the Traversée internationale du lac Saint-Jean is a 32-km open water swimming race between the municipality of Péribonka and the city of Roberval. Approximately 25 swimmers from near and far participate in the final sport event on the last Saturday of July each year.

The 63rd edition of the Traversée will offer cultural, family and sport activities, including musical performances, an art gallery, street performances, as well as Supper in the Streets on a table stretching more than a kilometre long that can seat 10,000 guests.

This large festive gathering will actively engage 375 volunteers and allow nearly 140 local artists and artisans to showcase their talents within their community. More than 80,000 people are expected to attend during the nine days of festivities.

Associated Links

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, 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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