Canada’s New Government Invests in Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boreal
SUDBURY, Ontario, May 9, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced funding of $27,000 for the Northern Lights Festival Boreal, which will take place in Sudbury’s Bell Park from June 6 to 8, 2007.”Canada’s New Government is pleased to support the Northern Lights Festival Boreal,” said Minister Oda. “We are committed to investing in cultural initiatives that make diverse, high-quality artistic experiences accessible to Canadians in all parts of the country.”
“Featuring a variety of performances, this festival does an incredible job of weaving together Francophone, Indigenous and other culturally diverse artists,” said Minister Clement. “Since its inception in 1972, Festival Boreal has become an integral part of Sudbury’s artistic landscape.”
Celebrating its 36th year, the Festival presents a variety of artists at Sudbury’s Bell Park, on the shores of Ramsey Lake. Featuring top musicians, international food, and music workshops throughout its three-day run, the Northern Lights Festival Boreal highlights the bilingual and multicultural nature of the Sudbury community.
“Festival Boreal is most happy for the continued support from Canadian Heritage,” said Paul Loewenberg, artistic director of the Festival. “With this funding, the festival can continue to bring a wider array of music artists to Sudbury than would have ever had the chance to come here before. Thank-you.”
Canada’s New Government has provided funding through the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Status of Women
Office of the Minister of Health and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario