Dec. 21, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $225,000 to help local artists and performers take centre stage in celebration of Saint John's 225th anniversary as Canada's first incorporated city. Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson made the announcement today.
"The provincial government is proud to support the continued development of Saint John's vibrant arts, culture and heritage sector," said Jamieson."The celebration of Saint John's 225th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talented artists, performers and craftspeople and highlight the contributions Saint John has made to the development of New Brunswick."
Jamieson was participating on behalf of Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.
Joining Jamieson for the announcement were Minister of Supply and Services Ed Doherty, Saint John Mayor Ivan Court, and Peter Buckland, chairman of Saint John 225: The Original City/La ville originale, the volunteer committee which is spearheading the city's 225th anniversary celebrations.
"The City of Saint John is pleased to have the Province of New Brunswick onboard with the Saint John 225 celebration," said Court. "2010 will be a year to remember in Saint John, and this program will offer something for everyone: resident or visitor, born-and-raised Saint Johner or new arrival."
Funding provided through the Regional Development Corporation funds will help pay for events to celebrate the anniversary. Throughout 2010, the committee will present programs to highlight the city's arts, culture and history, including the official anniversary celebrations on May 18, the day Saint John was incorporated as a city in 1785.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce Macfarlane, communications, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.