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The Government of Canada Supports the Forest Festival

2008-08-07 09:00:00

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO–(EMWNews – Aug. 7, 2008) – Once again this year, the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve will beat to the rhythm of the Forest Festival thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Mr. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for Patria Music/Theatre Projects’ the Forest Festival.

Funding of $15,000 will support the Forest Festival, a 10-day, multi-disciplinary event taking place from August 22 to August 31, 2008. The celebration will feature artists from a range of genres, including music, dance, and visual arts, all of which are thematically linked to ecological topics. These performances will take place in the Logging Museum and the Bone Lake Amphitheatre at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

“The Forest Festival has made an important contribution to the arts in Canada.” said Minister Verner. “Investments in the arts and culture are essential to Canadians, and the Government of Canada is pleased to support Patria Music/Theatre Projects as they showcase such tremendous talent and artistic excellence.”

“Our Government is proud to support events such as the Forest Festival, which provide Canadians with an opportunity to see high-quality, artistic programming,” said Mr. Devolin. “It is important to support cultural events that enhance Canadians’ quality of life. Festivals play an important role in developing our home-grown artistic talent and greatly benefit our communities.”

“We are delighted by the news that a substantial Department of Canadian Heritage grant has been awarded to the Forest Festival for 2008,” said Stuart Laughton, President of the Forest Festival. “The festival’s development of eco-arts presentations in a wilderness setting is at a crucial stage of development. Our artists and audiences will benefit greatly, as will Ontario’s eco-tourism and the Haliburton Highlands community at large.”

The Government of Canada 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, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

For more information, please contact

Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie
Kassandra Albert
Press Secretary
819 997-7788


Canadian Heritage
Maya Kane
Manager, Regional Communications
Ontario Region
416 954-6615


Canadian Heritage
Media Relations
819 994-9101
1 866 569-6155

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