Supporting Francophone Culture in Northern Ontario

    27,000 People Expected At Third Salon du Livre du Grand Sudbury

    SUDBURY, ON, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The third bi-annual Salon du livre du Grand
Sudbury is expected to draw 27,000 people in May, making it the largest
francophone cultural event in Northern Ontario.
    Taking place from May 8-11 at the indoor farmers' market in downtown
Sudbury, the event is the fourth largest literary salon for francophone art
and culture in Canada and the biggest in Ontario.
    The event will bring together more than 70 authors and artists,
58 community partners and at least 200 publishing houses from across the
    Visitors attending the salon will be able to enjoy:

    -   Les 5 à 7 Littéraires - literary cocktail receptions that feature
        readings with culinary treats and refreshments
    -   Musical performances by Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard, the
        McDades and Andréa Lindsay
    -   Book signings, readings and literary conferences

    The theme for the salon this year is Grand ciel bleu par ici - "Big Blue
Sky This Way." The theme is taken from the title of a poetry collection by
popular Sudbury author Robert Dickson, who passed away early last year.
Dickson, a Franco-Ontarian, received the 1992 Governor General's Award for
French poetry for his book Humains Paysages En Temps De Paix Relative.
    The Ontario government is investing $75,000 to help promote the salon in
Ontario and Quebec. The funds are provided through the Ontario Cultural
Attractions Fund, which helps cultural organizations to develop, promote and
present unique events.
    Le Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury attracted 14,000 people in 2004 and
22,500 people in 2006 - a 73 per cent increase. The organization hopes to
attract new audiences including youth, Francophiles and immigrants. A new
literary festival for youth called Salon du livre jeunesse has been added to
its children's event, Le Festival de la mauvaise herbe for spring, 2009.
    "Le Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury has been a bestseller from the very
beginning, thanks to a strong partnership among community partners and a
common vision to raise the profile of Francophone culture in Ontario," said
Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.
    "Every two years, people across the region look forward to coming to
Sudbury for what has become the largest francophone cultural event in Northern
Ontario," said Sudbury MPP Rick Bartolucci. "This funding will help attract
new visitors to the city, and boost cultural tourism in this area."
    "Francophone arts and culture have long been a source of pride for all
Ontarians, and the popularity of le Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury is a
testament to that pride," said Francophone Affairs Minister Madeleine
Meilleur. "The salon also does a wonderful job showcasing the diverse talent
of the Franco-Ontarian community and the important contribution they make to
our province's artistic and cultural heritage."
    "The Ontario Cultural Attractions Foundation's grant will assure Le Salon
du livre du Grand Sudbury's radiance in Ontario and enable the organisation to
develop its full potentiel as a tourist attraction," said salon General
Manager and Artistic Director Miriam Cusson.

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Mark Thompson Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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