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June 6, 2014 – Ste. Anne, Manitoba – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing financial support to 15 organizations in southeastern Manitoba for community festivals and Celebrate Canada events.

Ted Falk, Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced total funding of $94,340. Support is being awarded through two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage and Celebrate Canada.

For a breakdown of the funding and details on the organizations receiving support, consult the attached backgrounder.

Quick Facts

  • The 44th edition of Frog Follies and Agricultural Fair will take place in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, from July 10 to 13, 2014. Activities will include concerts with local fiddlers and musicians, and dance and comedy performances showcasing local Francophone heritage.
  • On July 18 and 19, 2014, Sainte-Agathe will be host to the 25th edition of the Festival d'Été Cheyenne Summer Fest. Activities will include a kick-off parade, many live musical performances, and children’s entertainers and activities.
  • The Fire & Water Music Festival will take place in Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, from August 1 to 3, 2014. Visitors can check out musical performances on indoor and outdoor stages, workshops on songwriting, children's performers, and artisan demonstrations and exhibitions.
  • From August 14 to 17, 2014, Grunthal, Manitoba will host the 69th annual Hanover Ag Fair, featuring performances by local musicians, singers, and dancers; historical tours of the area; and demonstrations of historical agricultural practices.
  • Celebrate Canada is an 11-day period from June 21 to July 1 that includes National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and Canada Day. Eleven of the organizations for which funding was announced today are receiving support through the Celebrate Canada program.


“Our Government is proud to support arts and culture in both small and large communities. The organizations receiving funding today enrich the cultural vitality of our province and our country as a whole, and allow us to celebrate all the great things Canada has to offer.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“I am proud that our Government is investing in festivals and celebrations that bring residents and visitors together and showcase Manitoba’s great local talent. I look forward to taking part in some of these events in the coming months!”
—Ted Falk, Member of Parliament (Provencher)

“We want to thank the Government of Canada for this funding. Without it, we would not be able to continue to deliver our great Canada Day celebration here in Ste. Anne.”
—Nicole Magnant Bedient, Ste. Anne CDC Event Co-ordinator

“We are honoured to have been selected as recipients for funding through this program. These funds greatly contribute to our ability to promote local and regional talent in the arts community and showcase some of the cultural history of the area.”
—Curtis Dawydiuk, President, Hanover Agricultural Society

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