Harper Government Invests in the Festival équestre de La Doré

LA DORÉ, Quebec, May 2, 2012 - Residents of and visitors to La Doré will be able to appreciate the talent of local and emerging artists, as well as the region’s tourist and heritage attractions, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Regions of Quebec, and Member of Parliament (Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will support the 3rd Festival équestre de La Doré, which will feature about 20 local artists, from August 24 to 26, 2012. More than 5000 expected festival goers will be able to enjoy country-and-western musical evenings and dances, craft demonstrations, and guided heritage tours. About 30 volunteers will ensure that the program’s many activities run smoothly.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in gatherings such as the Festival équestre de La Doré,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting this event, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and stimulate tourism while supporting our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“I am pleased that our Government’s support will help the community of La Doré present its equestrian festival,” said Minister Lebel. “I would like to acknowledge the exceptional work of the organizers, volunteers, and artists who will provide both visitors and residents with enriching experiences in this picturesque community in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.”

The Festival équestre de La Doré inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote its region’s artists and tourist attractions.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate the history and heritage of a region.