The Government of Canada Supports Guelph Jazz Festival

Two arts and culture festivals will once again brighten the summer landscape of Guelph, thanks in part to support from the Government of Canada. On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Dr. Gary Goodyear, Member of Parliament (Cambridge), today announced federal investments in the Guelph Jazz Festival and the Hillside Community Festival of Guelph.

"Over the years, the Guelph Jazz Festival and the Hillside Community Festival of Guelph have made important contributions to Canada's cultural landscape and to the economy of Guelph and its region, " said Minister Verner. "Every year, both music festivals attract a number of tourists to the area, benefiting local businesses."

Funding of $75, 000 is being provided to the 14th annual Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium, which will run from September 3 to 7, 2008. The Festival will present 20 concerts and 15 lectures and workshops that explore innovative jazz and improvised music.

The Hillside Community Festival will receive funding of $60, 000 to support its 25th edition, which will run from July 24 to 27, 2008. Located on Guelph Lake Island, the Festival will feature five outdoor stages and more than 50 artists performing in a wide variety of genres, including folk, pop, indie rock, and spoken word. The Festival will also include community workshops and demonstrations.

"The Guelph Jazz Festival and the Hillside Community Festival of Guelph are key contributors to the cultural vitality of the city of Guelph and surrounding areas, " said Dr. Goodyear. "It is important to support cultural events like these that enhance the quality of life of Canadians."

"The Guelph Jazz Festival considers Arts Presentation Canada support critical for the well-being of the festival, " said Derek Andrews, Executive Director, Guelph Jazz Festival. "The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing funding that allows for a strong foundation to be in place for the Guelph community's cultural needs."

"The Hillside Festival board, staff, and volunteers were delighted to get the news that the Department of Canadian Heritage will support our organization's summer community music festival this season, " said Rachel Thompson, Festival Manager. "This support will help us present a diverse array of Canadian and international talent, as we celebrate our 25th Hillside."

The Government of Canada has provided funding through 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.

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