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Saint-Jean-Port-Joli Celebrates Music Inspired by Its Maritime Past

Government of Canada Supports the Fete des chants de marins

SAINT-JEAN-PORT-JOLI, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 08/16/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced $7,600 in funding for the 16th Fete des chants de marins (Maritime Song Festival). This funding is being provided under the Local Festivals component of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

The event, which showcases maritime culture in all its forms from the region and beyond, as well as the art and folklore of the St. Lawrence River, takes place this year from August 13 to 17 under the theme Porte par le fleuve (Carried by the River).

Quick Facts

--  The festival will be organized by a crew of nearly 100 artists and 140
    volunteers. 
--  An expected 20,000 visitors can enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor
    activities: maritime songs, music, dancing, performances, conferences,
    boating and more. 
--  Monique Miville-Deschenes, an author-songwriter-performer from Saint-
    Jean-Port-Joli, will be spokesperson for the festival's 16th edition.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to make it possible for Chaudiere-Appalaches residents and visitors to attend an original cultural event that keeps the region's maritime heritage alive."

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Fete des chants de marins sincerely thanks Canadian Heritage for its financial support, which has helped the event achieve its goal of showcasing our maritime heritage-including the region's artists and artisans."

- Louise Fortin, Chair of the Board of Directors, Fete des chants de marins

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Fete des chants de marins

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

Local Festivals component

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