Member of Parliament Royal Galipeau Announces Support for Ottawa Bluesfest

OTTAWA, July 4, 2013 - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa–Orléans), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for Ottawa’s 2013 RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest.

“Ottawa Bluesfest is a great example of the kind of quality arts programming the Government is proud to support,” said Mr. Galipeau. “This festival contributes to the region’s cultural vitality and fosters a healthy local economy.”

One of Canada’s largest outdoor music festivals, Ottawa Bluesfest will take place from July 4 to 14, 2013, at LeBreton Flats Park and various venues in Ottawa. Every year, Ottawa-area audiences have an opportunity to enjoy over 200 performances by some of the best Canadian and international musical artists, in a variety of genres, including electric rock, traditional rock, jazz, world music, blues and folk music.

“Congratulations to Ottawa Bluesfest on 20 years of exciting musical programming that attracts an impressive number of tourists to our nation’s capital,” said Minister Moore. “Arts and culture support local businesses, boost tourism and bring us together to celebrate the remarkable talent that we have right here in Canada.”   

“We are grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for its continued support of our national and international music festival that features international and Canadian headliners, Canadian emerging artists and over 60 local Ottawa and region performers,” said Dave O’Malley, President of the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. “Support from the Government of Canada assists us in presenting Canadian and local musical talent every year as part of our commitment to provide opportunities for established and emerging Canadian and local artists to reach the huge audiences attending Bluesfest.”

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $50,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness ofCanada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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