PORT COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Residents of Port Coquitlam will benefit from another successful May Day Festival, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and local Member of Parliament for Port Moody–Westwood–Port Coquitlam.

This funding will support the Port Coquitlam May Day Task Force in staging the Port Coquitlam May Day Festival from April 29 to May 8, 2011. Festival highlights include traditional maypole dances, displays of original artwork by local artists, and performances of jazz, big band, and popular music. May Day Festival activities for young audiences will feature theatrical shows for children and a carnival with interactive art stations.

"Festivals bring people closer together and contribute to the cultural strength of our community," said Minister Moore. "Our Government believes that investing in festivals such as this one is central to the economic and cultural health of communities across British Columbia."

"The City of Port Coquitlam gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by the Government of Canada," said Mayor Greg Moore. "This contribution allows the May Day Task Force to continue with the traditions of the school maypole dance program and community parade, as well as support new activities and performances, resulting in an exciting community festival."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $27,100 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

Contact Information: Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
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or
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media@pch.gc.ca
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Canadian Heritage
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Perry Boldt
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604-666-5739