The Government of Canada Supports Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association
JOUSSARD, Alberta, April 11, 2008 — Residents of Northern Alberta and Northern British Columbia will continue to enjoy well-renowned arts and culture festival thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.Brian Jean, Member of Parliament (Fort McMurray-Athabasca), on behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association.
Funding of $18,000 will help support the 2008 North Country Fair, which will take place from June 20 to 22.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to support Alberta’s performing arts scene,” said Minister Verner. “We are committed to help organizations that provide stimulating performing and visual arts experiences.”
“I am proud to be a part of a government that is committed to encouraging interest and appreciation of music and art in our community,” said Mr. Jean. “The North Country Fair features a variety of live performances and workshops that present the best in arts and culture to the larger communities of Northern Alberta and Northern British Columbia.”
“Without the generous help provided by organizations like Canadian Heritage, we would be hard pressed to continue,” said Colin Ross, President of the Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association. “Our volunteers, artists, musicians, and audiences all appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the 30th Annual North Country Fair.”
The 30th edition of this festival will feature nearly forty culturally diverse artists, including Aboriginal and Francophone artists, in performances and workshops of music, theatre, dance, poetry, and children’s entertainment.
The Government of Canada has provided funding under the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages
A/Chief, Media Relations