Member of Parliament Neil Ellis Announces Investments in Arts and Culture in Prince Edward County
The Government of Canada supports music festival and theatre season in Picton and Wellington, Ontario
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Ontario – July 10, 2018
Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament (Bay of Quinte) today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $15,000 in the Festival Players of Prince Edward County and $10,000 in the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF). Mr. Ellis made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Funding for the Festival Players of Prince Edward County will support its theatre series “Festival Players Presents,” which will include a variety of dramas and cabarets performed in Wellington and Picton. Funding for the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival will support the festival in Picton, which features performances by Canadian classical and contemporary classical musicians, with a primary focus on chamber music.
Through the CAPF, Canadians are able to enjoy a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities. The CAPF supports organizations that present professional arts festivals or performing arts series and organizations that offer support to artists and performers.
“Arts festivals contribute to the cultural and economic development of local communities. Our government is proud to contribute to the success of these organizations, which showcase the rich culture in this region and help drive growth in the strong local tourism economy.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“I am proud that our government is investing in two premier arts and culture organizations in our region. These two groups are key reasons why Prince Edward County’s strong arts and culture sector continues to grow year after year. This funding will help support further growth in tourism in our communities.”
—Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament (Bay of Quinte)
“Festival Players is very grateful for the continued investment from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This funding allows us to bring top-notch performing arts events to the County as part of our season—including Blind Date, Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble and Bruce Dow. We are thrilled to be able to offer this variety and quality of programming to the residents and visitors of the County with the support of the Fund.”
— Graham Abbey, Artistic Director, Festival Players of Prince Edward County
“We are proud to present the 2018 Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival, which marks the debut of our new artistic directors, the New Orford String Quartet. Artists include Andre Laplante, Erin Wall and Mark Fewer, and works being performed include the world premiere of a string quartet by Canadian composer John Burge entitled Death of a Lady’s Man, with a nod to Leonard Cohen.”
—Maureen Dunn, Chair, Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival
- Each year, the CAPF supports 650 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to arts presentation, in more than 250 communities across Canada.
- The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2004 and features performances by classical and contemporary classical musicians, with a primary focus on chamber music by Canadian performers and composers.
- The Festival Players of Prince Edward County is a professional theatre company founded in 2006 and features engaging Canadian-produced theatre performances.
- Continued investments in arts and culture bolster economic growth, as the sector represents more than 3.5 percent of jobs in Canadaand employs more than 652,000 Canadians.
Canada Arts Presentation Fund: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/arts-presentation-fund.html
Festival Players of Prince Edward County: https://festivalplayers.ca/
Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival: http://www.pecmusicfestival.com/
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage