New funding has been announced that will allow greater access to the performing arts in Morrisburg.
MP Guy Lauzon announced Thursday that $8,000 is being provided by the federal government to the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage Performances.
With this funding, St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage Performances will present seven concerts featuring both emerging artists and professional musicians from across Canada. The series will present performances in a variety of genres, including folk, jazz, indie rock and spoken word.
Artists will also lead two workshops in musical and creative development. More than 900 residents and visitors are expected to attend the 2012–2013 performances.
“Funding from the government of Canada allows Morrisburg’s St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage to continue to present top-quality musical performances in a rural setting,” said Sandra Whitworth, vice-president of St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage. “We are passionate about introducing our audiences to Canadian and international musicians who would otherwise only be available in more distant urban centres. We also focus on promoting emerging artists and engaging our community through workshops and master classes, all of which is made possible by this commitment from the federal government, for which we are most grateful.“
The Government of Canada has provided total funding 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.
“I am proud of our government’s commitment to supporting the arts in Canada,” said Lauzon. “By showcasing Canadian musicians, St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage Performances will attract tourists and generate economic growth for the area.”