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Member of Parliament Mark Adler announces support for the Upfront Theatre Foundation

June 16, 2014 – Toronto – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided the Upfront Theatre Foundation with $3,400 through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program to support local artists participating in the 2014 edition of Rastafest. This annual event, which takes place in August, is a multidisciplinary festival showcasing different aspects of the Rastafari culture.

The announcement was made today by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament (York Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Rastafest presents music, drumming, dance and spoken-word performances, as well as visual arts demonstrations.
  • In addition to planning festival events, the Upfront Theatre Foundation organizes and promotes cultural and educational activities throughout the year that focus on African and Caribbean Canadian experiences, with a particular emphasis on youth.


Our Government is proud to invest in community events that bring people together to enjoy shared heritage, arts and culture. Festivals such as this one benefit the economy and enrich the cultural life of Canadians.” 

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


Congratulations to the organizers, artists, and volunteers who make Rastafest possible every year. Our community is fortunate to have so many talented local artists, musicians, dancers and groups to inspire us.” 

—Mark Adler, Member of Parliament (York Centre)


“Rastafest belongs to all Canadians. The festival contributes to the multicultural mosaic of Canada.  Rastafest showcases different aspect of the Rastafari history, culture and lifestyle.  With our theme, ‘The Family is the Strength of the Community,’ the festival provides activities for the entire family on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at York Woods Public Library and on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Downsview Park.”

—Masani Montague, Festival Coordinator

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Upfront Theatre Foundation


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