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July 3, 2006

Montreal Jazz Festival Gets Support from Canadian Government

Written by
cindy mcleod

Government of Canada supports 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival

The Government of Canada announced earlier this week that they’ll be supporting the 2006 Montreal Jazz Festival to the tune of $850, 000.

“The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal is very close to the hearts of Montrealers and is one of the largest musical gatherings in the world, ” said Minister Beverley J. Oda Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women. “I am pleased to support this event, which allows Canadians to hear musicians from around the world and to discover new jazz trends.”

The 27th Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which started this week, will feature 2000 musicians from 30 countries in more than 500 shows, 350 of which will take place in outdoor venues. The Jazz a l’annee series will offer 25 shows between September 2006 and June 2007.

Of the total funding announced, $200, 000 comes from the Department of Canadian Heritage Arts Presentation Canada program. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentation of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences provided by arts presenters. The contribution includes funding for the 7th annual Jazz a l’annee series.

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