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Government of Canada provides funding to Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society

July 17, 2014 – Lockeport, Nova Scotia – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society will receive funding of $11,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund for two events: Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song and A Place for Dory Mates Concert Series.

Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society is a specialized festival and series presenter highlighting the talent of female singer-songwriters. It presents the Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song and the A Place of Dory Mates Concert Series annually in the town of Lockeport, Nova Scotia. Planned programming for the 2014 festival, taking place July 25 to 27, includes more than 20 performances of original music and two dance performances by established and emerging artists—all women—from six provinces. The annual series programming includes five concerts by women and men from three provinces. Four outreach and audience development activities (in the form of music and dance workshops) are also planned.

Quick Facts

  • Harmony Bazaar 2014 will be the ninth edition of this festival in the rural coastal community of Lockeport. The development of women telling their stories through song and music is the key principle of Harmony Bazaar.
  • The Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society strives to increase women’s participation in creating music and in having music as a viable career option through professional, semi-professional, novice and youth opportunities, as well as formal learning opportunities. The development of a cultural sector in this local area is essential to the feasibility of women engaging in music and songwriting as a career choice.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to improving the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Our support to Harmony Bazaar, an investment in the arts and culture sectors, will enrich and strengthen the community’s economy.”

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

“By investing in our local artists, our Government provides them with an opportunity to showcase the talent that makes us proud of our culture and heritage.”

—Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s)

“Support from Canadian Heritage allows Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song to showcase talented Canadian female artists who also mentor the next generation to tell their lived experiences through cultural activities.”

—Errin Williams-Spidle, Artistic Director, Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song

Associated Links

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

Harmony Bazaar

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