MISSION, British Columbia, May 3, 2012 – Investments in arts and culture in the Central Fraser Valley are helping to boost the economy and create jobs and growth, thanks to the Government of Canada’s support for the Mission Folk Music Festival Society. This was announced today by Randy Kamp, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and for the Asia–Pacific Gateway and Member of Parliament (Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge–Mission), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Mission Folk Music Festival, which will take place from July 19 to 22, 2012, and July 17 to 21, 2013, at Fraser River Heritage Park. Concertgoers will have access to more than 40 different performances featuring a variety of musical genres. Other activities include a summer music camp and interactive workshops with musicians. Close to 7,000 participants are expected to attend.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that showcase the richness and diversity of culture in British Columbia, while promoting local tourism,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting this annual festival, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy, create jobs, and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”
“The Mission Folk Music Festival is a cornerstone of our local economy,” said Mr. Kamp. “It attracts residents and visitors alike to experience new performances. This investment will ensure that it remains strong and vibrant for years to come. I offer my congratulations to the Festival, which has accomplished great things over the last 25 years.”
The Mission Folk Music Festival Society—founded in 1988 by a collective of musicians committed to raising the profile of folk, roots, acoustic, and related music—presents the annual Mission Folk Music Festival every summer in Mission, British Columbia. The Society aims to create opportunities for cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary experimentation and exchange, and to present programming that is participatory, entertaining, and enlightening. This year marks the festival’s 25th anniversary.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $48,000 over two years (2012–2013 and 2013–2014) through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.