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Promoting Francophone Song in Canada

June 12, 2014 – Montréal, Quebec – Canadian Heritage and Canada Economic Development

The Honourable Shelley Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today joined the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, in announcing funding for Les FrancoFolies de Montréal.

Funding includes $350,000 ($175,000 for 2014 and $175,000 for 2015) from Canadian Heritage under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund to enable more than 1.3 M festival-goers to discover the talent of some 1,000 French-speaking artists from around the world.

Funding provided by Canada Economic Development for 2013 and 2014 amounts to $602,000, granted through the Quebec Community Development Program to help promote and market the the Festival to foreign markets. 

Quick facts

  • Through Canada Music Fund's Collective Initiatives Component, Musicaction will provide funding support of more than $100,000 to Montréal's FrancoFolies in 2014–15.
  • The 26th FrancoFolies de Montréal will take place in the Quartier des spectacles, June 12–22.
  • Its varied programming will include nearly 100 indoor shows and 150 free outdoor concerts.
  • More than 1,000 artists from 10 countries and from various regions of Quebec and the rest of Canada will offer shows featuring French-language songs and world music, exploring various musical genres (rock, pop, world beat, hip hop, electronic, etc.).

Quotes

“I invite Canadians from all walks of life to discover the talent of French-speaking artists from here and around the world by attending a variety of shows as part of the FrancoFolies de Montréal.”

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“By supporting Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, our Government is helping to strengthen the city’s standing as a prime tourist destination. The region’s economy will certainly benefit from the economic spinoffs generated by the presence of foreign tourists. I am delighted to be able to contribute to the success of this festival.”

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

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Sources:

Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Tel.: 819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 819-994-9101
Tel. (toll-free): 1-866-569-6155
E-mail: media@pch.gc.ca

Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 514-496-1282
E-mail: vincent.rabault@miga-maig.gc.ca

Media Relations
Canada Economic Development
Tel.: 514-283-8818        
E-mail: media@dec-ced.gc.ca


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