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Member of Parliament Joyce Bateman announces funding for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival
November 19, 2014 – Winnipeg – Department of Canadian Heritage
The Government of Canada is providing $100,000 in funding over two years ($50,000 per year) to the Gas Station Arts Centre for its 2015 and 2016 Winnipeg Comedy Festival. The funding is provided through Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund.
Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
- The Winnipeg Comedy Festival offers professional comedy performances by Canadian and international artists to rural and urban audiences throughout Manitoba in both official languages.
- The inaugural festival was held in 2002. Since then it has become the Gas Station Arts Centre’s flagship event.
- The 2015 festival will take place April 6 to 12 while the 2016 edition—also the festival’s 15th anniversary—will be held April 4 to 10.
- The Gas Station Arts Centre, located in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village neighbourhood, is a hub of urban arts activity that supports and facilitates innovation and creativity.
“The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is one of Manitoba’s well-known cultural events, and each year it attracts thousands of spectators. This brings significant economic benefits to both Winnipeg and rural communities, while enriching the cultural tapestry of our city, our province and our country.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“Our Government is proud to support the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. This investment contributes to Manitoba’s comedy industry and gives residents access to great performances right here at home.”
—Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament (Winnipeg South Centre)
“Knowing that we can count on the federal government for stable funding is extremely gratifying and helps us immensely in running one of Winnipeg’s big five festivals.”
— Nick Kowalchuk, Executive Director, Gas Station Arts Centre
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Francine D. Lefebvre
Regional Manager, Communications
Prairies and Northern Region