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Federal funding music to ears of the arts


Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis announced $25,000 in federal investment for the arts in Prince Edward County.

Tuesday morning at Shire Hall he said $15,000 will go to Festival Players and $10,000 to the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF).

Funding for the Festival Players will support its theatre series “Festival Players Presents,” which will include a variety of dramas and cabarets performed in Wellington and Picton.

Funding for the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival will support the fall festival in Picton, which features performances by Canadian classical and contemporary classical musicians, with a primary focus on chamber music.

“I am proud that our government is investing in two premier arts and culture organizations in our region,” said Ellis. “These two groups are key reasons why Prince Edward County’s strong arts and culture sector continues to grow year after year. This funding will help support further growth in tourism in our communities.”

“Festival Players is very grateful for the continued investment from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund,” said Graham Abbey, artistic director. “This funding allows us to bring top-notch performing arts events to the County as part of our season—including Blind Date, Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble and Bruce Dow. We are thrilled to be able to offer this variety and quality of programming to the residents and visitors of the County with the support of the Fund.”

“We are proud to present the 2018 Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival, which marks the debut of our new artistic directors, the New Orford String Quartet,” said Maureen Dunn, festival chair. “Artists include Andre Laplante, Erin Wall and Mark Fewer, and works being performed include the world premiere of a string quartet by Canadian composer John Burge entitled Death of a Lady’s Man, with a nod to Leonard Cohen.”

Each year, the CAPF supports 650 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to arts presentation, in more than 250 communities across Canada.

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  1. Ian says:

    I, for one, am sick of Liberals (federal and local) confiscating the earnings of working people to fund the diversions of the wealthy.

    If the County’s arts and culture sector is so strong and continues to grow, why does it need tax money?

    While many in the County struggle with tax burdens, the rich and powerful find ways to “invest” tax dollars in ways that amuse themselves.

    Shame.

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