Federal Government Supports the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival

May 4, 2015

Federal Government Supports the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival


Ottawa, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced that the Government of Canada is providing $2,300 to the 153rd Emancipation Festival in Owen Sound.


The Emancipation Festival has been holding an annual Black History celebration and commemoration of the event in Owen Sound since 1862. Furthermore, the village of Sydenham near Owen Sound was the most northerly terminus of the Underground Railroad. This year marks the 153rd anniversary of the festival which will take place from July 31st to August 27th. The festival will include an artist and artisan show, speakers’ forum, and musical performances.


Minister Glover stated that: “Our Government recognizes the value of local arts and heritage activities, and we are proud to invest in projects like the Emancipation Festival that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians.”


Funding will be received through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. This program is administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage and seeks to increase opportunities, through festivals and other events/projects, for local artists and artisans to be involved in their community and for local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.


“The Emancipation Festival is a long standing tradition in Owen Sound and I am pleased to see that the Government will be supporting its continued success,” said Miller. “I would like to thank the organizers for all the hard work they have put into this event and I look forward to another great festival this summer.”


Festival Chairman Blaine Courtney stated that: “It is with great pleasure that the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival acknowledges their successful application for a 2015 Building Communities federal grant. This type of support is key to the continued success of the Festival’s many programs. The awarding of $2,300 will ensure that the level of commitment to our endeavors can continue.”


For more information on the 153rd Emancipation Festival please visit www.emancipation.ca or send any inquiries to emancipationfestival@rogers.com.

For more information on the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program please visit; http://www.pch.gc.ca/eng/1267799042836.