Neil Ellis

Your member of parliament for

Bay of Quinte

Neil Ellis

Your member of parliament for

Bay of Quinte


MP Ellis Announced Canadian Heritage Funding in Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County Gets Support for Local Festivals

The Government of Canada supports the Prince Edward County Festival Players and the Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival

April 25, 2017 – Picton, Ontario – Department of Canadian Heritage

Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament (Bay of Quinte), today announced that the Prince Edward County Festival Players will receive $15,000 in funding for a series of theatre presentations and the Prince Edward County Music Festival have been awarded $10,000 to support their 2017 Festival. MP Ellis made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This support is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Arts Presentation Fund.


“It is my pleasure to be able to bring forward the news about both the Prince Edward County Festival Players and the Classical Music Festival being successful applicants for these Canadian Heritage Grants. The Government of Canada has provided funding for so many different aspects of communities in celebration of Canada’s 150th year, and I am very happy to be able to announce another two successful recipients in Prince Edward County.”

-Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte

“I am so proud that two of our arts festivals have received funding support through this program. We have a strong and growing artistic community here in Prince Edward County, and I’m glad that support exists to see these kinds of festivals flourish. Celebrating our cultural heritage, our artists and musicians is part of what makes the County – and Canada more broadly – such a wonderful place to live.”

-Robert Quaiff, Mayor of Prince Edward County.

“Festival Players is thrilled to continue our theatrical presentation activities with the support of the Government of Canada. For years, we have been bringing some of the best solo shows in Canada to share with audiences in Prince Edward County. With this funding, and our new program Festival Players Presents, we will be able to shake things up a bit, broaden our artistic selections and bring new kinds of performances to audiences year-round.”

-Julianne Snepsts, Interim General Manager of PEC Festival Players

Quick Facts

  • Prince Edward County Festival Players will receive $15,000 to put toward their festivals operations
  • Festival players will program a series of “one-night-only” and short run theatre presentations that celebrate the best of Canadian talent.
  • This series will create access to professional theatre in PEC not only in the summer but through to the fall and winter months as well.
  • Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival has been granted $10,000 to put toward their festival of 2017
  • Classical Music Festival is celebrating its 14th season this year and will be presenting a series of concerts specially programmed in the spirit of celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary
  • Concerts will include: o Picton 1867

o Remember 1917 – music commemorating Canada’s role in WWI

o Canada at 100 – celebrating founding nations including “Metis Songs”

o Bridges To the Future – a passing of the torch with recent Canadian work


For more information (media only), please contact:

Pierre-Olivier Herbert Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage 819-997-7788

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