Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in Nova Scotia

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HALIFAX, July 18, 2012 - New investments in arts and culture in Nova Scotia are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth. Support for 52 projects throughout the province was announced today by the Honourable Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

The funding will support a range of projects—from hosting summer festivals to various arts events and acitivities—that provide visitors and residents of Nova Scotia with rich cultural experiences. Organizations receiving funding include the Halifax Pop Explosion Association, the Millbrook Powwow Committee, the Antigonish Highland Society, the Jazz East Rising Association, the Chedabucto Bay Folk Society, the Maison la bouche rouverte associée, the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, and Live Art Dance Productions. 

“This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017,” said Minister Moore.  “Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians.  On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous and free country we are today.” 

“Investing in arts and culture is essential to Nova Scotia and to Canada,” said Minister Penashue. “Many of the projects receiving funding will stimulate tourism in numerous communities across the province and contribute to their cultural vitality. We are proud to partner with these groups, whose hard work makes these projects possible.”

“Because of our funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, we are able to offer over 200 cultural community events during the Celtic Colours International Festival. These volunteer-run events instill a sense of community pride and a feeling of belonging in the small rural communities that make up Cape Breton,” said Mary Pat Mombourquette, Business Director. “The increased cultural activity feeds our living Celtic culture, supports our musicians and artisans, and benefits Cape Breton’s tourism industry by helping sustain the culture that attracts visitors.”

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,593,423 through three programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, and the Museums Assistance Program. For more information about these projects, see the attached backgrounder.



Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is designed to give Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals and performances, and other arts events.


Atlantic Comedy Festival Society – Halifax Comedy Fest

$17,500 (2012–2013)


Atlantic Buskers Festival Society – Halifax International Busker Festival

$23,000 (2012–2013)


Astor Theatre Society – This is Canada 

$10,000 (2012–2013)

$10,000 (2013–2014)


Atlantic Film Festival Association – ViewFinders Youth Outreach Series

$8,500 (2012–2013)

$8,500 (2013–2014)


Atlantic Fringe Festival Society – Atlantic Fringe Festival

$15,000 (2012–2013)


Celtic Colours Festival Society – Celtic Colours International Festival

$118,000 (2012–2013)

$115,000 (2013–2014)


Chedabucto Bay Folk Society – Stan Rogers Folk Festival 2012 and 2013

$62,692 (2012–2013)

$62,692 (2013–2014)


deCoste Entertainment Centre Society – 2012–2013 Season 

$6,500 (2012–2013)


Eastern Front Theatre Society – The SuperNova Theatre Festival

$44,500 (2012–2013)

$44,500 (2013–2014)


Halifax Pop Explosion Association – Halifax Pop Explosion International Festival

$14,576 (2012–2013)

$11,500 (2013–2014)


Jazz East Rising Association – Halifax Jazz Festival, JazzLabs, JazzEast Concerts and Creative Music Workshop

$118,500 (2012–2013)


Live Art Productions Society – Dance Season for 2012 and 2013

$132,000 (2012–2013)

$130,000 (2013–2014)


Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society – Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

$23,000 (2012–2013)

$23,000 (2013–2014)


Maison la bouche rouverte associée – Festival de la parole de la Baie Sainte–Marie

$14,000 (2011–2012)

$14,000 (2012–2013)


Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia – MIPAC Entertainment Series 2012

$7,000 (2012–2013)


Scotia Chamber Players – Scotia Festival of Music 2012

$61,500 (2012–2013)

Port Hawkesbury

Town of Port Hawkesbury – Granville Green Concert Series

$7,000 (2012–2013)

TOTAL: $1,102,460


Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.


Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society – Africa Festival of Arts and Culture 2012

$8,100 (2012–2013)


Annapolis Couty Federation of Agriculture – Annapolis Valley Exhibition 2012

$9,000 (2012–2013)


Antigonish Highland Society (The) – 149th Antigonish Highland Games

$12,600 (2012–2013)


Chester Art Centre Association – Chester Art Festival

$4,000 (2012–2013)

Christmas Island

Comunn Feis an Eilein – 22nd Annual Feis An Eilein

$5,200 (2012–2013)


Creamery Square Association – Tatamagouche Tattoo Festival 2012

$25,800 (2012–2013)

New Glasgow

Festival of the Tartans Committee (The) – Festival of the Tartans

$6,000 (2012–2013)

Petite Riviere, Lunenburg County

The Friends of Heritage Art of the Petite Riviere Valley – 5th Annual Petite Riviere Valley Art Exhibition: John Cook and the Petite Riviere School of Art

$500 (2012–2013)



Friend of Hank Snow Society (The) – 22nd Annual Hank Snow Tribute

$7,200 (2012–2013)


Halifax Pride Committee – Halifax Pride

$25,800 (2012–2013)


Harmony Bazaar: Festival of Women & Song Society – Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women & Song

$5,500 (2012–2013)


Kennetcook Society For Economic And Environmental Development – Kennetcook Summer Fest (Culture and Heritage Festival)

$14,400 (2012–2013)

Lake Charlotte

Lake Charlotte Area Heritage Society (The) – Annual Women’s Heritage Celebration

$2,100 (2012–2013)


Mainland South  Heritage Society – Sambro Sou’Wester Days 2012

$3,500 (2012–2013)


Maritime Fiddle Festival – Maritime Fiddle Festival

$6,500 (2012–2013)

Middle Musquodobit

Middle Musquodoboit Agricultural Society – Halifax County Exhibition

$5,100 (2012–2013)

First South

Mi’kmaq & French Descendents Reunion Association – Mi’kmaq Acadian Cultural Festival and Reunion

$4,200 (2012–2013)


Millbrook Powwow Committee – Millbrook Annual Powwow

$9,800 (2012–2013)


Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia – RBC Multicultural Festival

$8,300 (2012–2013)

New Glasgow

New Glasgow Riverfront Music Jubilee Society – New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee Music Festival

$28,900 (2012–2013)


Privateer Days Commission – Privateer Days 2012

$34,600 (2012–2013)

River John

River John Festival Days – River John Festival Days

$2,700 (2012–2013)


Royal Nova Scotia  International Tattoo Society – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

$16,600 (2012–2013)


Seafest Association – Seafest, Lobster Festival + Parade of Lights

$11,600 (2012–2013)

North East Point

Shag Harbour Incident Society (The) – Shag Harbour Incident Festival

$2,200 (2012–2013)


Shelburne County Agricultural Exhibition Association – Shelburne County Exhibition

$3,800 (2012–2013)


Société Promotion Grand–Pré (La) – Journées acadiennes à Grand–Pré 2012

$3,600 (2012–2013)


South Shore Exhibition Commission – South Shore Exhibition

$27,500 (2012–2013)


South Shore in Motion Festival Society – South Shore in Motion

$8,500 (2012–2013)


Tri-County Multicultural Association – Tri-County Multicultural Festival

$6,000 (2012–2013)


Whitney Pier Society for the Arts – PierScape’s 15th Anniversary

$3,900 (2012–2013)


Wolfville Historical Society – 200th Anniversary of the Randall House

$5,800 (2012–2013)


Yarmouth County Agricultural Society – Western Nova Scotian Exhibition (South West Nova Cultural & Art Extravaganza)

$11,500 (2012–2013)

TOTAL: $330,800


Museum Assistance Program (MAP)

This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.


The Aboriginal Heritage component of the MAP supports the preservation, presentation, and management of Aboriginal cultural heritage. It also seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of the rich and diverse cultures of Aboriginal Peoples.


Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre – Anchoring the Future: Curatorial Resources and Skills for the MDCC

$57,575 (2012–2013)

$61,640 (2013–2014)


The Collections Management component of the MAP aims to improve professional knowledge, skills and practices and to strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management. It also supports organizations in the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums.


Association of Nova Scotia Museums: Museums Studies Program and Collections Management Project

$40,948 (2012–2013)



TOTAL: $160,163