Federal Government Supports 2015 and 2016 Electric Eclectics Festival

June 3, 2015

Federal Government Supports 2015 and 2016 Electric Eclectics Festival

 

Ottawa, ON – Today, Larry Miller, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced that the Government of Canada is providing $30,000 in funding over two years to support the 2015 and 2016 Electric Eclectics Festival.

 

Electric Eclectics is an outdoor festival of experimental music and sound art which takes place every summer in Meaford. Each edition of the festival presents approximately 30 avant-garde and crossover Canadian and international musicians, as well as music-related art installations.

 

The festival will receive $15,000 in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 years through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is designed to give Canadians access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities by providing funding to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series.

 

Minister Glover stated that: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our Government’s commitment to giving Canadians access to quality artistic performances. We are proud to partner with organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series.”

 

“I am very pleased to see that the Federal Government will be supporting the Electric Eclectics Festival for the next two years,” said Miller. “This has been a very popular festival that draws a number of people to Bruce and Grey for this unique event. I am looking forward to the continued success of this festival for years to come.”

 

Gordon Monahan, Director of the Electric Eclectics Festival added: “As an annual festival that presents avant-garde, exploratory music and art, in a rural setting, the Electric Eclectics Festival is unique to our region, and it is safe to say that we are a one-of-a-kind cultural event in the rural county of Grey-Bruce. We also attract a sizeable audience to our festival, thus bringing in significant tourism visits to our local community of Meaford, Ontario. The funding received from the Department of Canadian Heritage is crucial to the existence of the Electric Eclectics Festival, as without this support we would not continue to function.”

 

For more information on the Canada Arts Presentation Fund please visit; http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267553110077.

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